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Job Title:
Chef de Cuisine

AUD 61,315 – 76,710 per annum

Vacancy type:

Term Details:
This position is a LES (Locally Engaged Staff) subject to the Terms and Conditions of employment for LES in the High Commission of Canada in Australia

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High Commission of Canada in Australia - Canberra

Closing date for applications:
17-01-2022 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
The High Commission of Canada in Canberra is looking to welcome a dedicated and energetic individual to work as a Chef de Cuisine at the Official Residence. Under the general supervision of the High Commissioner, the incumbent is responsible for preparing and overseeing all culinary aspects of Canada’s representation. This includes identifying appropriate Canadian and local cuisine and preparing such cuisine for all meals served at the Official Residence, including official hospitality events such as formal and informal luncheons, dinners, and receptions.

Under the supervision of the High Commissioner:

• Plan menus and prepare all meals served at the Official Residence
• Work collaboratively with other staff as part of the team working at the Official Residence
• Oversee the work of any temporary staff engaged to support events at the Official Residence
• Manage relationships with food suppliers
• Manage the food inventory and supplies
• Perform other related duties

Essential qualifications:
Essential Qualifications:

Candidates will initially be screened against the Essential Qualifications relating to education, experience and language. Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter and CV how they meet each of these essential qualifications.


• Certificate or Diploma in Commercial Cookery / Hospitality Management OR an equivalent combination of Education and experience


• Fluency in English, both written and oral


• A minimum of 3 years demonstrated experience working as a chef in a similar position at a diplomatic or international organization or at a private residence, OR a minimum or 3 years' experience working as a chef in a restaurant or hotel environment or catering

Rated Requirements:

The Rated Requirements relating to knowledge, abilities and competencies will also be assessed. Methods of assessment may include, but are not limited to, a written examination, an oral interview, role-play, practical tests, presentations and/or psychometric assessment.


• Food preparation and hygiene
• Varied international menu planning
• Basic computer literacy
• Knowledge of catering management


• Ability to plan, prioritize and organize workflow
• Ability to work under pressure
• Ability to work with minimal supervision
• Ability to maintain high standards of cleanliness and hygiene
• Ability to prepare appropriate menus for guests with special dietary restrictions
• Ability to prepare a wide variety of food
• Ability to multitask


• Teamwork and cooperation
• Client focus
• Judgement
• Initiative

Asset Qualifications:
Preference may be given to candidates who meet the Asset Qualifications. Where applicable, candidates must clearly demonstrate how they meet any asset qualifications in their cover letter and CV.


• Fluency in French, both written and oral
• Extensive experience as an executive/diplomatic-level chef in a restaurant or hotel
• A minimum of 2 years of experience in supervising a team of one or more employees
• Experience of managing formal events of up to 50 guests and receptions of up to 100 guests

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
Operational Requirements (full time, 37.5 hrs / week)

• Ability to work overtime
• Annual leave may be restricted due to operational needs
• As a member of the Canadian diplomatic presence abroad, requirement to adhere to Canada's Code on Values & Ethics
• Hours of Work: 7.5 hours per day, 5 days a week
• Ability to undergo training

Condition(s) of Employment:
The successful candidate must:

• Able to obtain and retain a Government of Canada Reliability Status which includes a criminal background check. This clearance is a requirement prior to appointment from the Government of Canada. This involves, among other things, Australian Federal Police checks, credit checks, and validation of qualifications. The required level of security clearance must be maintained throughout the employment period.
• Only Australian citizens, permanent residents or those holding a valid visa permitting them to work in Australia will be eligible to apply. Considerations may be given to mission employees’ spouses who meet merit criteria. The High Commission of Canada in Australia is unable to provide employment sponsorship.
• The possession of a valid working visa is also a condition of employment for this position that you are expected to continue to meet throughout your employment. By accepting this offer, you agree to comply with this condition.
• All new hires on or after the effective date of October 6, 2021 are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment and to attest that they are fully vaccinated prior to their starting date unless accommodation measures are granted.

Area of selection:
This external competition is open to all applicants eligible to legally work in Australia who meet all of the essential qualifications and whose applications are received by the closing date, including Mission employees, and spouses of Canada based Staff. Please note that the High Commission of Canada does not directly, or indirectly sponsor work permits. The Government of Canada is an equal opportunities employer. Candidates will be considered on merit regardless of ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other factor. Our organization offers an inclusive workplace where respect, teamwork, and collaboration are part of our culture. Canada’s missions abroad are committed to promoting and supporting an environment free from harassment and discrimination, as well as encouraging and supporting employees to learn and develop their skills and competencies.

Important Notes:
How to Apply:

• Applications must be submitted through this website by 17 January 2022 23:59 (GMT+11) AEST.
• Only applications received through the aforementioned website before the closing date will be accepted.
• Applicants must send a curriculum vitae and cover letter in English which addresses each of the essential qualifications and any assets qualifications with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.
• If you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, please include your VEVO/Visa Grant Notice with your application.
• Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidates to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required.
• We thank all applicants for their interest, but we will only contact those who pass the initial screening.

Other Information:

• Applicants who fail to confirm their attendance at our written exam and/or interview will be considered withdrawn from the process.
• Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidates to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. Candidates who apply to this vacancy should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users and regularly check their email, including spam folder.
• The High Commission does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
• If candidates need any special assistance in terms of attending exams or interviews, then please let us know at during the application process
• Applicants are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language (English or French) in their application.
• We thank all applicants for their interest, but we will only contact those who pass the initial screening.
• This competitive staffing process may be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates for this position and/or similar positions with various tenures, including indeterminate and term at the High Commission of Canada in Canberra which may arise in the 24 months following the completion of this recruitment process. If the selected candidate is already an active Locally-Engaged Staff (LES) employee, the eligibility list may also be used for assignments or acting appointments. When you submit your application, you must specify at least one type of employment tenure for which you are interested in being considered (e.g., indeterminate only) so that we may create applicable eligibility lists.

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