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Sous Chef



Sydney, NSW, Australia
Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2024

Job Description

Where and how you can work

Our flagship campus is in Sydney. We also have a campus in Melbourne and co-working spaces in Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. You’ll work in the office Monday to Fridays with some evenings required (no weekend shifts).

About the Team

As part of our dynamic Vibe team, the Hospitality Experience (HospoX) Team is dedicated to crafting an unparalleled food program and hospitality experience that embodies Canva's values and fosters a strong sense of community. Our mission revolves around the Communal Table, a unique connection program centered on the joy of food , where we continuously unite the team through delightful culinary experiences.

With a team of 7 full-time chefs and 4 kitchen hands, we cater to the culinary needs of 500 - 800 people daily, serving up diverse breakfast and lunch offerings buffet-style for our Canva employees and their guests. Our lunch menu changes daily, ensuring a fresh and inclusive array of dishes inspired by cuisines from around the globe. Sustainability is a core focus, as we prioritize sourcing vegetables and meat from ethical farms and supporting local communities through food volunteering initiatives.

On some days, we host breakfast activation stations where we make omelette, pancakes, crepes and Banh Mi’s. On other days we do events for teams, such as teaching people to cook pizza on our rooftop pizza oven, Korean BBQ DIY, cooking classes, in-person and hybrid across the world.

As the company scales, we have to continually innovate our culinary and beverage offerings, adapting our menu creations and our cultural perspectives on food. So we need YOU in order to achieve our mission and become a world-class HospoX team. We’re seeking an experienced and passionate chef to support the head chef and drive the team in the day to day operations. You’ll have the freedom to express yourself through your skills as a Chef, empowering you to be creative by curating an environment for your growth and development.

What you’ll be doing

No two days will be the same as you immerse yourself in a collaborative, creative and fast-paced environment. As the Sous Chef, you’ll primarily be involved in:

  • Designing diverse and inclusive menus for breakfast and lunch, prioritising quality and nutrition.
  • Documenting all recipes in Google Sheets and Canva docs.
  • Mentoring a team of chefs and kitchen hands with the opportunity to lead a team in the future.
  • Directing (and be hands on in) the food preparation processes daily with the goal of continuing to elevate the communal table
  • Managing food inventory needs, stocking, ordering and rotation.
  • Keeping up operational excellence daily as well as continuing to make improvements in the operations and offering.
  • Ensuring the kitchen meets all health and safety regulations by following all food safety and hygiene practices.
  • Driving the kitchen sustainability initiatives, contributing to a more environmentally conscious operation.
  • Collaborating with the maintenance team to maintain and repair kitchen equipment as needed.
  • Supporting wider team events and projects as required.
  • Conducting cooking classes and host events, engaging with the community and sharing culinary knowledge.

You’re probably a match if you

  • have a true passion for cooking and want to bring your creative flair and flavors to the table and share with the team.
  • have experience cooking many different styles of catering, cuisines and cooking techniques.
  • have experience leading teams or are willing to learn.
  • have a deep understanding of all dietary requirements.
  • thrive in a fast pace and collaborative environment.
  • are able to adapt to the constant change and embrace new ideas and processes.
  • are self-starter and a team player, able to work autonomously but also provide support to the wider team.
  • have a bias for action and problem solving.
  • have experience or willingness to learn the tech tools we use such as Zoom, Google Suite products, Canva and Slack (our internal comms tool).

What’s in it for you?

Achieving our crazy big goals motivates us to work hard - and we do - but you'll experience lots of moments of magic, connectivity and fun woven throughout life at Canva, too. We also offer a range of benefits to set you up for every success in and outside of work.

Here's a taste of what's on offer:

  • Equity packages - we want our success to be yours too
  • Inclusive parental leave policy that supports all parents & carers
  • An annual Vibe & Thrive allowance to support your wellbeing, social connection, office setup & more
  • Flexible leave options that empower you to be a force for good, take time to recharge and supports you personally

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Other stuff to know

We make hiring decisions based on your experience, skills and passion, as well as how you can enhance Canva and our culture. When you apply, please tell us the pronouns you use and any reasonable adjustments you may need during the interview process.

Please note that interviews are conducted virtually.