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Area Manager - Dark Kitchens at Pasta Evangelists

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  • London
  • fulltime


Job Title: Area Manager - Dark Kitchens

Department: Dark Kitchens

Location: Field-based

Reporting into: Head of Dark Kitchens


Who we are:

At Pasta Evangelists, we deliver fresh pasta dishes of restaurant-quality across the UK. We provide our customers with fresh, handmade pasta, the finest sauces & beautiful garnishes from Italy, inviting them to prepare a 5* pasta dish in the comfort of their own home.

With the hard work taken care of by our Italian chefs, all our customers need to do is boil the pasta and heat up the sauce… e buon appetito, a Michelin-starred quality meal in minutes! And whilst we're mainly an online business, selling our pasta through our website, Pasta Evangelists is also the only pasta brand in Harrods. We’ve also kicked off our partnership with M&S, are sold in Amazon, Ocado and have a thriving new business with dark kitchens working with Deliveroo.

Our mission is clear, loud and simple: we want to be THE authority in fresh, artisan pasta. And it’s a booming market! As a category, pasta is worth £3.8bn in the UK alone, and we are the only company disrupting it! Pasta Evangelists is one of the fastest-growing food tech companies in the UK!

Manages the day to day aspect and running of the Pasta Evangelists Kitchen in a preallocated area.  Oversees all aspects of the Pasta Evangelists business through creating a culture to be proud of, coaching and supporting, motivating and engaging all employees. 


Purpose of the Job:


Manages the day to day aspect and running of the Pasta Evangelists Kitchen in a preallocated area.  Oversees all aspects of the Pasta Evangelists business through creating a culture to be proud of, coaching and supporting, motivating and engaging all employees. 

Who you are:

  • Minimum of three years experience in managing a hospitality outlet. Multi-site experience is preferred.
  • Great analytical thinker, working to fulfil KPI’s, with the proven ability to drive sales.
  • A can-do, will-do attitude.
  • A highly adaptable candidate who is able to switch between long-term strategic initiatives one moment and pivot into rapid, tactical actions the next.
  • Pasta Evangelists Dark Kitchen is a weekend and late night. It is essential for you to work shifts including weeknights and weekends.
  • You will be an inspirational leader, displaying excellent management skills along with identifying and nurturing talent to encourage career development and employee satisfaction.
  • Excellent communication skills will allow you to embed and drive the Pasta Evangelists  DNA in the team, along with ensuring all back of the house and operational procedures are adhered to.
  • You love working in a start-up team! 
  • ... A pasta lover! 


What you'll do at Pasta Evangelists:

  • Manage weekly personal visits to the sites in your region. Aim to have 7- 9  sites under management
  • Communication - Keep daily contact with all sites, and one-on-one meetings with all sites leaders and weekly calls with all sites to go through the previous week results.
  • Hiring - Work on a Hire & retain plan for all sites
  • KPIs - Aim to have 4.8 rating and 90%+ ATP for all sites, and maintain wastage & labour targets. 


  • Ensure compliance with legislative requirements associated with recruitment and working practices of employees, such as working time regulations and immigration restrictions.
  • Actively Help or consistently recruit and conduct on the job training.
  • Conducting and completing robust Performance Appraisals and in line with the company guidelines and timescales.
  • Proactively develop Team leaders through continuous coaching and support.
  • Pro-active management of all in-Kitchen Employee Relations issues so that all issues are managed in line with statutory requirements and employment law, updating as appropriate.
  • Track Team absence, taking action in line with Pasta Evangelists absence management policy where appropriate. Manage team holidays in line with the needs of your business.
  • All statutory and company Health, Safety, and Food Hygiene regulations must be strictly adhered to at all times and corrective action taken in a timely manner as necessary.
  • Adopt a strong recognition culture that highlights high performing individuals
  • Create a customer-focused environment. Achieve a  rating of 4.8*+ for all sites 
  • Continuously coach all employees to provide outstanding Product Quality at all times.
  • Through exceptional operational standards, consistently seek to maximise the sales in your Kitchen by having all products available at all times.   Aim to achieve ATP of 90% + and Rating of 4.8* on deliveroo Platform. 
  • Set and communicate daily/ weekly  Sales Goals to the team, striving to consistently exceed sales targets.
  • Recognise and celebrate exceptional sales achievements with the team.
  • Maximise the profitability of the Kitchen by understanding and controlling all Kitchen costs (e.g. labour, food). 



  • Avid Learner who naturally coaches and supports their team
  • Passion  for food,  Knowledge of Italian food/ Pasta 
  • Customers rule mindset
  • Belief in all People, Identifying and nurturing talent, seeing the potential in every person.
  • Celebrating the achievement of others and having fun whilst doing it!
  • Previous experience of managing a diverse workforce
  • Commercial Awareness
  • Understanding of P&l
  • Strong Operational Knowledge 
  • Demonstrates strong Sales Focus

    What we can offer:
  • Join a dynamic team
  • Regular team socials and pasta tastings, as well as occasional trips to ''il bel paese''... 
  • Free Pasta Evangelists products
  • Italian Lessons
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • 25 days of paid annual leave (plus bank holidays!)
  • Competitive salary and longer-term potential equity package 

To apply, please:

  • Send us a copy of your CV and a covering letter detailing why you would like to join the Pasta Evangelists team & why you are right for this role.


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