Kitchen Supervisor (Sous Chef) – Auckland Airport

Full Time | Culinary | New Zealand
Applications close 26-04-2024

Delaware North is a market leader in the catering and hospitality industry with a portfolio spanning across sporting stadiums, airports, leisure and entertainment venues across Australia and New Zealand.

Our Auckland Airport operation partners with some of New Zealand’s most acclaimed hospitality brands and venues across the domestic and international terminals.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Kitchen Supervisor (Sous Chef) to join our dynamic culinary team. In this role, you will to lead our kitchen brigade to produce an excellent standard of food quality and presentation; and ensure the kitchen and storage areas are kept in a clean and hygienic manner. We seek a team player with a profound love for cuisine, who thrives in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. 


About the Role

  • Oversee kitchen operations with effective leadership, ensuring highly efficient service delivery to customers
  • Prepare and cook menu items in adherence to guidelines and set standards while maintaining the target cost of goods
  • Cultivate and sustain professional relationships with internal departments and external suppliers
  • Proactively engage and educate team members, fostering learning and development, and maintaining high motivation levels through effective leadership and communication
  • Ensure staff consistently deliver quality products and service standards
  • Plan menus, estimate food and labor costs, and place food supply orders
  • Collaborate with the Head Chef in establishing, executing, and evaluating food service standards
  • Monitor the quality of dishes at all stages of preparation and presentation
  • Address food preparation issues with managers, kitchen, and waiting staff
  • Demonstrate techniques and provide advice on cooking procedures
  • Enforce and explain hygiene regulations

Ideal Candidate

  • We are a seven day a week operation so you must have flexibility across a 7 days a week roster including days, evenings, weekends and public holidays
  • A proven track record of effectively managing large-scale kitchen operations, with experience in hotel functions being highly regarded. Venue/event experience is a significant plus
  • Proficiency in menu development and inventory control
  • Relevant culinary qualifications and/or hands-on experience
  • Creative and passionate about food and committed to delivering exceptional food service
  • Competence in using business technology such as stock control systems, spreadsheets, and accounting systems
  • Exceptional communication skills across all levels
  • A strong team player with the ability to mentor and develop our culinary team members
  • A positive attitude and the ability to excel under pressure



  • Diploma in Professional Cookery Level 5, or equivalent
  • Food Safety Supervisor Certificate desired
  • Minimum 2-3 years monitoring food and labour cost, menu development and costing
  • A proven background in ordering and inventory procedures including cost controls, and handling invoices



Benefits on Offer

  • Reward and Recognition program
  • Learning and career development opportunities, including on-the-job training, formal programs, and access to over 800 hospitality lessons through our partnership with Typsy.
  • Being part of a global company opens doors to various possibilities across our network of Australian and international resorts, airports, and stadiums.


Working With Us

Explore limitless career opportunities with Delaware North! As a global leader in hospitality, we offer the chance for long-term growth and success in your career. Join our dynamic and fun team and be a part of the excitement at one of the busiest airports in New Zealand. APPLY TODAY and be a valued member of our culinary team!

IMPORTANT: Successful candidates will be required to obtain an Aviation Security Services Access Card (CAA), which requires a background and criminal history check. All employment offers are conditional on being able to hold and maintain an ASIC.


Applications close 26-04-2024