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Catering Assistant - short term contract


This is a short-term, temporary contract role for in-person, onsite support at the Countdown Summit conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. You may be asked to work some or all of the dates between October 5 and October 15, 2021. You will be responsible for any travel, accommodation and meal costs.

As a Food and Beverage Catering Assistant, you’ll be responsible for ensuring conference catering, including attendee and crew meals are served as ordered.You’ll supervise the set up of each meal, ensuring that all spaces have the food, beverages and supplies specified in the event order and that dietary information is visible and accurate. You’ll monitor service flow, communicate supply levels to banquet captains, track food and alcohol consumption rates, and act as a point person for attendee requests and kitchen updates. You’ll also support food and beverage experiences throughout the conference space as needed, ensuring that FSA and TED COVID-19 protocols are adhered to at all times. 

You’re energetic and detail-oriented, with a strong work ethic. You have prior food and beverage or catering experience and excellent interpersonal and communication skills. You’re proactive and resourceful, able to remain calm and discreet when solving problems. You’re a critical thinker, able to address time sensitive challenges calmly and strategically on the fly, communicating any changes to the appropriate people in a timely and effective manner.You follow instruction well and are comfortable working under minimal supervision.

This is a labour intensive position, and involves walking and standing for long periods of time, and participation in physical work and lifting up to 50 lbs. 



  • Oversee the setup of all meals, including signage and printed menus; ensuring visibility and accuracy of dietary labels
  • Use event orders to oversee each meal; manage service flow and track consumption 
  • Ensure FSA regulations and TED’s COVID-19 safety measures are adhered to at all times
  • Act as a key point person for banquet + service staff
  • Manage time effectively, working with the TED team to prioritize and complete tasks, delegating where appropriate 
  • Work with the TED Food and Beverage team and external partners and stakeholders to ensure the success of all programs



  • Previous experience in a food and beverage or catering role is required 
  • Experience leading a food and beverage program is an asset 
  • Able to work well under little supervision, with excellent time management skills 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Proactive and resourceful
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills 
  • Organized and detail-oriented 
  • Calm, kind and discreet 
  • Fluent in English 
  • Able to walk and stand for long periods, and  participate in physical work and heavy lifting of up to 50 lbs
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