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Ayrshire Food Hub

(Trading Name of Crossroads Community Hub)


We’re a community-led group in the agricultural heartland of Ayrshire.


As well as making and selling local produce, we also provide community resources to support health & well-being, education and employment in the area.



Building has re-started on our new eco-friendly hub on the site of the former primary school at Crossroads with opening scheduled for later this year.  Look out for news of our farm shop, coffee shop and social events and classes onsite.

We will be recruiting our team over the next few months and getting everything in place ready for opening.  Watch this space for more news!




37 hours per week (25 days holiday plus 8 public holidays)

Opening November 2020, Ayrshire Food Hub  is looking for an experienced proactive Development Manager to work closely with the Trustee Board, staff and volunteers to set up  a café and farm shop and plan a busy schedule of events  for  the  teaching kitchen, event space and outside growing areas. Through the new purpose-built hub, we will look to expand our established educational outreach work promoting growing, cooking, and eating” local”.

As the Development Manager, you will be responsible for leading the staff team and managing all Hub activities, including food, retail and catering, business administration, marketing, staff recruitment and training. This role will suit an ambitious and successful business development/catering/hospitality manager with experience of work in the third sector.

You will be self-motivated, flexible, an excellent communicator, a strategic and creative thinker, personable, professional and have a positive can do attitude to develop a dynamic community organisation, open 7 days a week and  with a major focus on promoting local produce .

If you have a creative approach, strong communication skills, and can work effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds and are willing to work 5 over 7 to develop a facility that is valued by the local community, and beyond, then we would like to hear from you!

Please submit your CV and a supporting statement, explaining why you are a suitable candidate for this post by referring to the job description available here or by contacting

Closing Date for applications 5pm on 20th September   

Interviews  25th September  


We are currently recruiting a Lead Chef / Cook to take ownership of the food operation at our new purpose-built Community Hub based in Crossroads, East Ayrshire. The hub will open soon, and this is a great opportunity for you to make your mark on a brand-new kitchen and work for a forward-thinking charity with food at the heart of everything they do.  The kitchen will service a café, farm shop, community/event space and educational cookery classes.

The lead Chef / Cook is vital in the overall success of the kitchen operation, therefore you will have experience and working knowledge within a similar role and ideally will be located within Ayrshire as this is a community project working and supporting the local area.

You must have a passion for using local produce to create and cook seasonal menus. and have experience handling volume production and delivering the high-quality products that our customers will come to expect. You will also be required to be a committed team player with staff development as a priority for this role as we are always stronger together in any community team.

Ideally, you will:

  • Have previous experience in a similar role.
  • Have the ability and temperament to work in a busy kitchen environment under pressure
  • Have the ability to lead, focus and multi-task
  • Be a strong and committed team player
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills
  • Take pride in your work and  produce homemade style food utilising local produce as far as possible
  • Have experience of menu development & costings to ensure profit margins are achieved
  • Maintain high standards of food hygiene & record keeping
  • The ability to complete live demos from time to time will be expected within your development for this role.


Prior to opening you will be based in our Darvel Hub responsible for:

Overseeing and participating in the continued production of emergency meal provision in response to COVID

Planning and piloting commercial food provision for online ordering and collection

Establishing menus and systems for the new Hub

Consistently meeting standards to comply with food legislation

Collaborating with our gardeners to establish a kitchen garden

Staff training and development


The hours of this role are 40 hours, 5 days out of 7 on a rota basis covering breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas with the flexibility when required for an evening / function service

Due to the location of the site and the hours of work, you should have your own transport.

Package will depend on experience and working knowledge we are excited about finding the right person and the salary will support this.

Holiday entitlement will be 25 days plus 8 Public Holidays

If you feel you have all the right qualities and passions to develop this position into the exciting role it will become please send an up to date CV and covering letter to by Monday 3rd August. Interviews Monday 17th August.  For further information about the role please call Morag on 07732 751503.

This post is part of our RegenerEAT Programme, funded by the Scottish Government Investing in Communities Programme.


Recent Awards

We are proud winners of The MacRobert Trust Award for Working with Communities category at the 2019 @Scotlandestates #HelpingItHappen Awards!

You can read more about our story and the rest of the fantastic finalists here:…/helping-it-happen-awards…

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Proud to be a finalist


We were also finalists in the Cream of Ayrshire Awards for 2019! There were so many fantastic nominations this year, so we are very proud to have been selected as a finalist in the Best Local Charity category.

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