In addition to academic and administrative staff, Merton College employs specialists in a wide variety of fields, including conference organisation, housekeeping, catering, landscaping and maintenance.

Waiter/Waitress (Senior Common Room and Hall Assistant)

Contract type: Permanent, full-time
Salary: £22,415.48 per annum

Merton College invites applications for a SCR & Hall Assistant (Waiter/Waitress) to perform various catering related duties to a high standard for all College members and visitors to the College.

Working a 40-hour week, normally over 5 days a week, applicants will be required to work up to three split shifts a week including evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays. Times of work will vary in accordance with the weekly duty roster notified to you in advance by your Head of Department, so flexibility is essential.

We offer an excellent benefit package, including:

The position may be discussed further with the Head Steward.

Deadline for applications: The vacancy will remain open until a suitable candidate is appointed.

Chef de Partie

Salary: Up to £29,000 pa, (plus overtime) depending on qualifications and experience

Contract type: Permanent, 40hrs, over 5 straight shifts per week, including some weekends and Bank Holidays, with 2 consecutive days off per week.

Excellent benefits include: 38 days holiday (including Bank Holidays), less 5 days for Christmas/New Year closure, Oxford University Staff Pension Scheme, private health cover, free on-site parking, travel pass loan, use of the College fitness room, free meals when on duty, uniform and laundering of whites. 

This is an exciting opportunity for you to develop your career working under a multi Michelin star experienced Head Chef and become part of a stable and supportive work place.

The College kitchen is modern, clean and efficient, and our friendly team pride themselves on preparing and cooking all meals with fresh ingredients to produce innovative and high-quality dishes.

Eating together forms a fundamental part of Merton’s communal life. The College has a strong sense of community which we foster in many different ways – food plays a central role within the College and we pride ourselves in the work that we do to support our students and Fellows in their academic careers.

Essential Experience Required

  • A recognised Professional cooking qualification or equivalent experience:
    • NVQ/SVQ Level 2/3 or equivalent
    • The 14-19 Hospitality & Catering diploma
    • City & Guilds diplomas in professional cookery
    • BTEC HND in professional cookery
  • A good knowledge of British & world foods.
  • A good standard of spoken & written English and able to follow written instructions.
  • Hard working approach, a commitment to learn, good attention to detail.

Deadline for applications: the vacancy will remain open until a suitable candidate is appointed.  Early application is encouraged.

Chef de Partie - application form

Chef de Partie - further particulars 

Housekeeping Supervisor

Job Title:                 Housekeeping Supervisor

Contract type:         Permanent, 40 hours per week - inclusive of paid breaks, Monday to Friday, 7am–3pm.

Salary:                     £26,598 per annum

Benefits include:    38 days holiday (including Bank Holidays), Oxford University Staff Pension Scheme, Private Health Cover, free on-site parking, free lunch when on duty, travel pass loan, use of the College fitness room and staff social events    to name a few.

Due to an internal promotion we are looking for a highly organised and experienced supervisor to join our friendly team. The ideal candidate will be willing to bring a positive and flexible approach to the role.  The culture within the department is professional, helpful, friendly and service focused.

This is an exciting time to join our dynamic team working collaboratively with colleagues and managers. 

This role will suit a person who has previous cleaning and supervisory experience, good oral and written English communication skills, is organised and able to supervise and train staff to ensure that cleaning throughout the College, its annexes and Estates properties is maintained to a high standard.

Merton is one of the oldest and most beautiful colleges in Oxford, tucked away behind the High Street, with stunning views across Christ Church Meadows but within easy reach of other University buildings and the city centre.  We are a vibrant, diverse, friendly and inclusive community.  The College is one of the largest with approx. 600 undergraduates and graduate students.

Early application is encouraged.  The role will remain open until filled. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview.

Housekeeping Supervisor application form

Housekeeping Supervisor further particulars

Merton College is an equal opportunities employer


We are a Living Wage Employer