Kitchen Production Manager

Thursday, 11 April, 2019

The Pebbles Project Trust is a registered NPO that supports children, families and communities on the wine farms in and around Stellenbosch and Wellington, Citrusdal and in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.  The work of Pebbles consists of 5 main pillars: education, health, nutrition, protection and community. For more information, please feel free to visit our website:

The Pebbles Project seeks to employ a Kitchen Manager who forms part of the Pebbles Kitchen based at Joostenberg Farm, Junction R301 & N1. 

The Pebbles Kitchen is a new Social Enterprise food production facility being developed outside Stellenbosch. The facility will produce cooked meals for the Pebbles beneficiaies, and then grow to supply other organisations. These meals will be sold to help cover the running costs of the facility, but not for the generation of profit.

The Kitchen manager will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the Kitchen, the staff, the meal planning & production and the stock control to ensure gross margins are achieved. 

The role is Monday-Friday, daytime only, so no late evenings or weekends.Should demand grow to require additional shifts, these must be accommodated.

Minimum Requirements:

  • A Love of food and creating clever recipes for the production of great value, healthy meals.
  • A passion for the wellbeing of children through the provision of a balanced diet.
  • A bubbly, ‘can-do’ attitude with a determined and hardworking nature.
  • 5-years’ experience in a senior role within a commercial kitchen as either kitchen manager, production manager or head chef.
  • Good Computer skills, with competency in excel, word and stock management systems.
  • Stock control understanding and experience.
  • Production planning and basic logistics.
  • Valid driver’s license and own transport
  • Excellent people skills and basic HR experience.


  • Production Planning, Stock Management & Cost Control
    • Management of stock to ensure daily production is achieved
    • Portion control to manage margins
    • Stock counting and management of ‘free donations’
    • Counting and recording of all incoming stock and stock on hand.
  • Staff Management & Development
    • Ensure staff efficiency delivers the daily, weekly and monthly production targets
    • Manage conflict resolution and disciplinary processes
    • Training and talent development
  • Health & Safety Management
    • Responsibility for the Health & Safety Plan, File and Compliance.
    • Completion of all daily, weekly and monthly checks and recording of such.
    • Communication of any potential hazards to ensure corrective actions are taken.
  • Communication & Administration
    • To ensure our customers (beneficiaries) are happy with their meals & service and to create corrective action plans for approval where required.
    • Monthly reporting to The Programme Manager with sales, costs and margin reports.
    • Inputting of supplier invoices into stock management system.


To apply, submit a CV and a cover letter to Angela du Plessis at: by 30 April 2019.

If you are not invited for an interview by 14 May 2019, please consider your application unsuccessful. The Pebbles Project Trust reserves the right not to fill the position. EE candidates will be given preference.