Junior Sous Chef

KSA – Culinary /
Full-Time /
Kitopi is the region's leading creator and partner for magical food experiences. With a purpose to satisfy the world’s appetite to create joy, Kitopi operates a portfolio of both invested and franchised F&B brands, serving as enablers in the industry by helping brands grow and scale in both the delivery and dine-in spaces. 

Launched in Dubai, UAE, in January 2018, Kitopi has grown to become one of the greatest success stories in the food tech space. In July 2021, Kitopi announced its $415 million Series C funding round, led by the world’s largest tech-focused investment fund, the Softbank Group. This investment elevated Kitopi to Unicorn status, making it the fastest Unicorn to emerge from the MENA region. 

Kitopi’s growth has been fueled by its innovative and scalable software solutions. Kitopi’s kitchens are powered by its proprietary Smart Kitchen Operating System (SKOS) - an in-house suite of applications that optimizes cloud kitchen operations in real time. As part of its growth roadmap, technological innovation, data science, artificial intelligence, and robotics will take center stage as Kitopi continues to reinvent the food industry and remain the leading food company in the region. 

With over 6,000 employees, Kitopi currently operates 200+ locations across the UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar. It also operates its Customer Experience Center in Amman, Jordan, its Engineering Hub in Krakow, Poland, and its Robotics Hub in Odense, Denmark. 

As a Junior Sous Chef, you will be assisting the Sous Chef and support in managing overall kitchen operation and ensuring the standards, food consistency, recipes, and safety are in accordance with the company policies and requirements in our central kitchen. You will also be responsible for additional support in purchasing, stock rotation, storage, receiving, and labelling.

What You’ll Do

    • Ensure that all food items in his / her section are prepared, cooked and served in a safe and hygienic manner and in accordance with the company policies and clients’ requirements to maintain the company’s reputation and clients’ confidence. 
    • Ensure that all assigned production staff carry out their duties in a set time frame in order to maintain continuity of the workflow and to prevent any subsequent delays in operational flow of work.
    • Ensure that assigned staff receive and follow given recipes and methods, wastage is kept to a minimum and in case of uplift changes, items are utilized appropriately. 
    • Assist in the development and implementation of new dishes by ensuring that the assigned production staff fully understands the requirements of each new dish so as to help maintain the requirement of the clients. 
    • Check and ensure that the dish is correct in weight, presentation and items are prepared as per brand specifications, and food products are coded and dated with color labels. 
    • Ensure that a proper stock rotation is maintained, on time deliveries, high quality service and strict adherence to the laid down hygiene procedures. 
    • Maintain purchasing, receiving and food storage standards.
    • Assist in ensuring staff maintain discipline, are well-trained and are rotated between sections to become familiar with all aspects of the production. 
    • Assist in finding solutions to problems before they occur and ensure that the Sous Chef and Production Manager are kept informed about the daily production, problems encountered and actions taken. 
    • Assist in supervising the staff in the implementation of work procedures in his/her section, report any non-conformance to the seniors if it cannot be immediately corrected and propose solutions.

What Are We Looking For?

    • 3-4 years of experience in Central Kitchen or large kitchen operation
    • 2-year degree from an accredited university in Culinary Arts, Hotel and Restaurant Management, or related major.
    • 8 years experience in the culinary, food and beverage, or related professional area.
    • Demonstrate a strong understanding of more than one of the following cuisines: Italian, Lebanese, Mexican, Bakery, Oriental, International, Butchery, Both hot and cold section.
    • Should have excellent communication skills, management  skills as well as good  planning,  organizing  and  analytical skills.

- Extensive learning opportunities with hard and soft skill training to help you improve and challenge yourself.
- Be involved in customized workshops run by the Kitopi Academy.
- Have the chance to work in an international, diverse, and inclusive environment.
- Get the flexibility to work from anywhere, including international locations.
- Become part of one of the most caring communities out there.
- Free and unlimited access to a nutritionist.
- No Dress Code! (T&C applies).
- The famous team activities and social events bursting with fun.Inclusive private health insurance.
- Up to 50% discount on Kitopi brands.
- Annual leave as per the company policy.
- Flexible working hours to support work-life balance.

Additionally, we offer:

- Wellness spaces designed for mothers inclusive for all.
- Monthly well-being programs to nurture your mental and physical health.
- Informative and empowering webinars to support your growth.
- Social Thursdays and Fridays across markets to gather and connect with colleagues.

Recruitment Process and Timeline 

First, you apply, and our talent attraction team will review your profile. If your profile matches our requirements, you will receive a link to schedule a meeting with a recruiter at your convenience. This meeting is an opportunity for you to share more about yourself and for us to get to know you better.

If you are shortlisted, you will meet with our hiring managers. Depending on the role and its requirements, you may need to attend 2-3 interview rounds. These rounds could include a case study, role-play, trial assignment, or live coding session, which will be communicated to you in the initial conversation.

Upon successful completion of the interview rounds, your recruiter will contact you to discuss the offer. We aim to complete this process within 2-3 weeks.

So, what does it really mean to work at Kitopi? 

We are constantly striving to make Kitopi the best place to work, by empowering you to be the best version of yourself every day. Our company values act as our guiding principles to help ensure that everyone feels safe, included, and like they truly belong.

Kitopi is an equal-opportunity employer. While we currently operate in 6 countries, we are over 70 different nationalities of talented Kitopians. Whether you are a seasoned professional, a recent graduate, or someone looking to return to the workforce after a break, we encourage you to apply. We celebrate rich diverse backgrounds, lifestyles, and cultures and have a 0-tolerance policy towards racism, bigotry, and hate. Please apply if you see a position that makes your heart skip a beat and help us build a company that we are all proud to work for. 

Along with offices in all the markets we operate in, we also believe in a “work from anywhere” policy - you get to choose the environment you operate in because we believe this will help you deliver work you're proud of. 

Customer-obsessed and tech-enabled, at Kitopi, we are a team of passionate humans who are on a mission together to satisfy the world’s appetite.