WHAT: Freelance Events Manager - Midlands WHEN: ASAP REPORTS TO: Operations Director LOCATION: The Midlands SALARY: Competitive day rate

Job Description


KERB is a business that powers other businesses. We focus on the incubation and growth of innovative, independent food businesses. We run brilliant street food markets, workshops, consultancy, bars, a food hall in Central London and have developed a growing, successful corporate catering company, KERB Events Limited.

We are a food-obsessed and people-first company who believes that everyone with a bit of spark should have the opportunity to ignite it. Be it food entrepreneurs or team members, our mission is to create opportunity and joy through great food, from the KERB up.

Role Overview

KERB Events Limited provides our services at many live events, including at venues such as The KIA Oval, Goodwood Motor Circuit, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Aston Villa Football Club, Leicester Tigers and Jockey Club Racing venues.

Reporting to the Operations Director, you will be responsible for managing the operational needs and successful running of a range of events across a variety of venues in The Midlands on a freelance basis. This role is well-suited to someone who is hungry to get involved with KERB, with a keen eye for detail, good communication skills, understanding Health & Safety principles, and previous experience of operating & managing large scale events with multiple stakeholders, week-in-week-out.

We need a talented, enthusiastic team player to deliver an excellent experience for the customer, traders and client. The role encompasses ensuring the day-to-day operation runs smoothly, working with the Operations Director to ensure all health and safety practices are implemented fully. Stakeholder management, quality control (this includes eating!) and customer engagement all feature prominently.

A grasp of the street food world and previous experience working on a stall is a big plus. We need a can-do character with the ambition and expertise to push our Midlands based events to a new level.

What you’ll be doing

  • Performing H&S checks on our bars and food traders to ensure they are meeting KERB standards
  • Overseeing  loads ins/outs of the traders and bars, being physically present to support
  • Managing the onsite bars, stock control and people management
  • Working with the Health and Safety team to ensure all required health and safety practices are being followed
  • Allocating team members to job roles and responsibilities, line managing the team and being first port of call for queries, completing timesheets and submitting to head office
  • Managing a diverse group of clients/venue/partnership stakeholders whilst supporting the teams to deliver a smooth operation as well as exceptional hospitality and being the conduit between the venues and KERB
  • Customer engagement – being the voice and face of KERB on the ground
  • Focusing on the guest experience and developing ways to enhance this
  • Reporting on weekly set KPIs including;  stock takes, operational excellence, Customer and Team satisfaction
  • Adhering to the venue and KERB’s procedures and rules, whilst maintaining clear communication at all times

What you’ll bring to KERB

  • Able to travel to necessary locations within the Midlands
  • A clear and detailed understanding of UK health and safety practices
  • Able to define and deliver exceptional hospitality and service
  • Able to identify increased sales opportunities across the site
  • Demonstrable operational knowledge of electricity, gas and foodservice operations and troubleshooting
  • Experience in bar and stock management
  • Strong people management skills, working with a wide range of stakeholders to deliver the best outcome for KERB, its traders, customers and the team
  • Proactive / self-starter able to focus and operate in a free-style work environment
  • An interest and understanding of the street food industry and wider food scene of The Midlands
  • Strong understanding of EPOS/till set-up and management – we use GoodTill
  • Positive and flexible attitude, with the ability to think laterally and able to problem-solve

Desirable but not essential

  • Experience in street food events and/or bars and events would be preferred

This list is in no way exhaustive and the incumbent may be asked to perform other tasks to help out the KERB team (within reason!), including some unsociable hours and weekends.

As a Disability Confident Committed employer, we encourage all applicants to feel comfortable reaching out to our People Team for any accommodations or reasonable adjustments needed during the recruitment process. Your accessibility and comfort are of the utmost importance to us, and we are committed to supporting your experience with us.

What you’ll get by joining KERB

  • Generous discount on all KERB food & drink
  • Team socials

Diversity & Inclusion

As part of our values, we are dedicated to fostering a culture of inclusivity at KERB. We actively celebrate our teams’ different abilities, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, faith, and gender. Everyone, from any background, is welcome and supported in their development at all stages in their journey with us. Applicants are encouraged to share with our People Team any accommodations or reasonable adjustments required during the recruitment process.

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