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Job Title:
Chef, Official Residence

Starting Annual Gross Salary: RMB 179,844 (before tax and employee social insurance contributions; 13th month bonus and employer social insurance contributions are paid on top of the gross salary; salary is non-negotiable)

Vacancy type:

General Support



Closing date for applications:
26-09-2018 At midnight UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Under the general direction of the Executive Assistant to the Head of Mission, the incumbent is responsible for preparing and overseeing culinary aspects of Canada’s mission in Beijing. This includes identifying appropriate Canadian and local cuisine and preparing such cuisine for official and unofficial hospitality events (including formal and informal luncheons, dinners, cocktails and receptions).

The incumbent is also responsible for the daily running and management of the Chancery/Official Residence, managing staff (either temporary or permanent), and managing the OR food inventories and supplies.

Essential qualifications:
 Diploma from a certified culinary institute OR an acceptable equivalent through the combination of education and work experience

• Proficiency in English or French (reading, writing, listening, speaking)

• Recent* experience in the following areas:
 Working in the field of high caliber food creation and productions; demonstrating high-level culinary skills in the delivery of wide range gourmet meals, with an emphasis on Canadian cuisine;
 Working in a reputed/recognized hotel, restaurant, or commercial kitchen;
 Providing catering to events for up to 200 people;
 Supervising catering and serving staff;
 Food purchasing and control of provisions and inventories;
 Budget planning and tracking;
 Kitchen Management and Administration (i.e. managing kitchen invoices, receipts, inventories, time management etc.)

* Minimum of one year within the past five years.

• Knowledge of culinary preparation, artistic design and trends, cooking method and presentation techniques according to the highest culinary and food safety standards, including allergies and food restrictions;
• Knowledge of pastry presentation;
• Knowledge of wine pairing;
• Knowledge of health and safety practices.

• Ability to create exceptional meals, including adapting recipes, developing menus and cooking unique dishes based on a theme;
• Ability to collaborate in several aspects of kitchen operations, for example: receiving and verifying quality of goods, tracking and rotating inventory, loading and unloading goods;
• Ability to respond promptly and effectively to all requests to deliver and adapt high caliber culinary services, within short deadlines;
• Ability to establish effective interpersonal relationships within team and supervisory relationships;
• Ability to perform effectively under pressure.

Personal suitability:
• Client Focus - Acts to improve client services
• Effective Interactive Communication - Adapts language to the audience
• Effectiveness/Achievement Orientation – Implements innovative solutions
• Initiative - Plans ahead
• Judgement - Applies sound judgment in difficult situations
• Teamwork – Expresses positive attitudes and expectations of team or team members

Asset Qualifications:
• Proficiency in both English and French (reading, writing, listening, speaking)
• Proficiency in Mandarin Chinese (reading, writing, listening, speaking)

• Experience working as Chef in a reputed/recognized hotel, restaurant, or commercial kitchen;
• Experience and familiarity in preparing Chinese cuisine.

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Ability and willingness to work overtime on short notice as required;
• Able to travel as required;
• Willingness to participate in required training including, but not limited to, Mandarin language courses and other corporate training courses.

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Ability to obtain and maintain a valid working authorization in China. Per Chinese regulations, the Embassy / Consulates can facilitate working visas for Canadian citizens;
• Ability to obtain and maintain a valid “Reliability Status” security clearance.

Area of selection:
This position is open to applicants who meet all of the essential qualifications and whose applications are received by the closing date. Short-listed candidates should be able to participate in tests and/or interviews at the designated location at own expense. The successful candidate will be required to relocate to Beijing at own expense.

Important Notes:
Please be advised that applications through email will NOT be considered, you must apply using the online application.

We are seeking high quality written applications to establish a shortlist for further testing. Your application must include an Application Letter and Curriculum Vitae in English or French.

Your Application Letter should indicate why you meet the mandatory requirements as listed under: the Area of Selection; Education; Language and Experience.

Please be advised that incomplete applications will not be considered.

The results of this competition may also be used to create an eligibility list to staff similar openings of either indeterminate or term duration which may arise at the Embassy.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Please ensure that you provide appropriate contact information so that you can be easily reached (e-mail, phone, mobile, etc.)

If you have any questions, please send email to

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