Head Baker Role

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Please send all applications to recruitment@luminarybakery.com.

*Due to the role responsibilities, it is a Genuine Occupational Requirement that the post holder is female,
permitted under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010.


Who are we looking for?

Joining the Luminary team as Head Baker is a fantastic opportunity for somebody who is passionate about the positive impact that baking can have and who wants to be part of a dynamic business that is having a tangible impact on women’s lives. As the business enters into an exciting chapter of growth, we are looking for someone ready for the challenge of growing the bakery team, fulfilling high-profile orders for our corporate and consumer clients, and overseeing the quality and excellence of all Luminary Bakery products.


Job Description

Job Title: Head Baker
Based in: 47 Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AJ
Reports to: Commercial Director
Hours: 40 hours per week, normally between 8am-4pm from Mondays to Fridays
Salary: £26,000-28,000 dependent on experience
Job Purpose: To run a bakery kitchen and manage a small team of bakers - including graduates of the Luminary training programme - to produce the whole Luminary range of artisan baked goods, from beautiful artisan Wedding and Celebration cakes to Letterbox Brownies. Ensuring quality, consistency and efficiency at all times.


Key Job Responsibilities

  • Overseeing a team of bakers to successfully produce and fulfil bakery orders across all business
    sales channels (corporate orders, café baked goods, consumer orders via the Luminary e-
    commerce store, wedding and celebration cakes)
  • Ensuring the quality and excellence of all Luminary baked goods created on site, including brand
    consistency, product quality and food standards
  • Managing the bakery team to successfully ice and decorate wedding and celebration cakes,
    baking and preparing event or bespoke orders and batch-baking traybakes, layer cakes and
    cookies, amongst other products
  • Oversight of bakery department planning and administration; including ordering packaging in
    advance for postal orders, liaising with suppliers, ordering ingredients and scheduling team shifts
  • New product development: including recipe creation for press and partners (most recently this
    has included opportunities with Waitrose and Ben & Jerry’s), as well as developing innovative new
    product ideas and strategies for in-house products
  • Maintaining food hygiene and safety standards as per company policy and ensuring that the
    bakery team follow correct processes and procedures and have appropriate levels of training
  • Working with the Commercial Director and Head of Finance to oversee the commercial viability
    and performance of the bakery department; including cost of sales analysis, supplier
    management, regular stock takes, and responsibility for managing the profit and loss of the
  • Leadership and line management responsibilities across the bakery team, including overseeing
    work experience and apprentice opportunities and management of full-time and part-time team
  • Line Management will include supervision and one-to-ones with women who are on, or have
    graduated from, the Luminary programme, whether gaining work experience, employed as
    apprentices, or in their first employment role, who have experienced gender-based violence and
    disadvantage, working to develop their confidence and skills in a workplace environment. (For this
    reason it is a Genuine Occupational Requirement that the post holder is female, permitted under
    Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010.)
  • Any other tasks that the Commercial Director and Head Office may require


Job Requirements and Abilities

  • At least three years of experience in a professional bakery or kitchen
  • Ability to bake high-quality products including artisan celebration and wedding cakes
  • Ability to oversee multiple priorities, manage a team and work to tight deadlines
  • Ability to handle and lift items weighing between 0-50 pounds
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the UK
  • Experience working with disadvantaged individuals or groups
  • Experience working in a production kitchen or e-commerce food and beverage business


Perks and Incentives

  • Regular opportunities for training, professional development and building a personal brand,
    including the opportunity to be involved with national press and high-profile corporate partners
  • Free barista coffee each shift
  • 20% discount off all on-site food & drink, 10% discount off online purchases
  • Opportunities to be involved in Press at Luminary