Position Now Filled: Purchasing Assistant (Maternity Cover)

Position Now Filled: Purchasing Assistant (Maternity Cover)

With an illustrious history dating back to 1868, Stephensons have been supplying the catering and hospitality industry for almost 150 years.

Stephensons are renowned for their innovative, exciting products and are often first to market with the latest trends from leading suppliers such as Churchill, Dudson, Steelite, Villeroy & Boch, Duni and Artis.

Alongside tableware, Stephensons also supply back of house and capital equipment. The company invested in a demonstration kitchen in 2016 to replicate a commercial environment. With limited seating and an informal, friendly atmosphere, Stephensons host demonstrations from RATIONAL, Robot Coupe and other distinguished manufacturers.


Start Date

Immediate (9-12 month position)

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Working Hours

38.25 hours a week

Plus 1 in 6 Saturdays

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Salary

We offer a competitive salary.

Details upon application.

 


YOUR ROLE

Reporting to the purchasing manager and working as part of a small team of three you will be responsible for the following;

Key Responsibilities
  • Understanding product specifications and sourcing products for Customers and our team of Representatives
  • Processing requests and placing orders with suppliers
  • Assisting the customer service team with queries for information and delivery dates accurately and in a timely manner
  • Responsible for maintaining and updating data in our internal system relating to price and producing reports on for example, lead time,  order quantities, order confirmations and delivery dates
  • Maintain and update accurate supplier details
  • Maintaining the cost and pricing database
  • Liaising with the Warehouse to solve delivery queries and issues
  • Liaising with the Warehouse to ensure they are aware of large deliveries so that these can be planned for
  • Creation and management of spread sheets to control the purchasing process
  • Assist with the ordering and confirming of sales samples required by our sales force
  • Monitoring and forecasting stock levels
  • Researching and finding new products and suppliers
  • Negotiating prices and agreeing contracts
  • Keeping up to date with market trends
Key Personal Behaviours
  • Understanding & Self Motivated
  • Getting things done – planning & organizing
  • Working with others
  • Developing self
Skills, Knowledge & Experience
  • Experience in the Catering industry desirable but not essential
  • Strong Customer Services leadership experience
  • Advanced Excel skills
  • A high level of numeracy
  • Product, Process & Operational Knowledge

Up to the job? We are accepting applicants of all skill levels.

Send your CV to our HR Manager: clairh@stephensons.com

Victorinox: The Cutting Edge of Kitchen Knives

Victorinox: The Cutting Edge of Kitchen Knives

Victorinox is renowned the world over for its craftsmanship. The companies’ quartet tagline of ‘Quality’, ‘Functionality’, ‘Innovation’ and ‘Design’ has spurred their business ethic for the past 130 years and with such a committed focus to fashioning perfect blades, it’s no wonder that the original Swiss army knife was a Victorinox invention.

Today, Victorinox are still known for their nifty multi-tool, but they’ve also gained a significant reputation for professional and commercial knives that has made them a favourite of expert chefs and home kitchen cooks alike.

Recently here at Stephensons, we were given a demonstration and talk by Victorinox employee & fourth generation butcher, Martin Schnellmann, who travelled all the way from Switzerland to Stockport to impart his knife-based knowledge and let us know why Victorinox is a cut above the rest… Sorry.


Why Do The Pros Choose Victorinox?

One of the first things Martin chose to emphasise was the continued use of Victorinox products by professional chefs. According to Martin, it’s the combination of “unique by-hand sharpening, hardening and polishing” as well as “the laser tested cutting angles” that make these Victorinox knives firm favourites. One major way that Victorinox ensures superior quality over competitors is through an on-site laboratory that tests products for durability, endurance and quality. Martin highlighted some key statistics from the lab that reflect this superiority:

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Sharper than competitors

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Longer lifespan

Competitors knives need sharpening more often

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Some other interesting facts:
  • Victorinox produces 160,000 knives every day
  • Because the knives stay sharper for longer, there is reduced risk of hand and wrist fatigue
  • 26 million knives a year come from Ibach HQ in Switzerland
  • Founded 133 years ago, Victorinox is still run today by the Elsner family

Top Tips
As a fourth generation butcher and a representative for Victorinox, Martin Schnellmann knows his knives. We asked him for some advice to give you the cutting edge in the kitchen. Click through the tabs below to read what he said: 
“A knife is a helper, not a weapon. A sharp knife won’t require too much strain to use, meaning you can handle it with calmness and precision. Choosing a good handle will help too. A fibrox handle has the benefits of non-slip safety, whereas a rosewood handle will over time adapt and form to fit the hand”
“If you’re using your knives a lot, obviously they need to be a sharp. As a butcher, we sharpen as often as once an hour during heavy usage times. If using a sharpening rod, a few swipes at a 20° angle will work to hone the blade.”
“If you want to be know how to really use a blade to its maximum potential, practice really does make perfect. Test different knives on different products and find out what works for you. You may find that something like a pastry knife is actually great for large fruits such as watermelon.”

“If you’re looking for an all-rounder in the kitchen, stick to the smaller knives such as the Santoku or chef variations. These are made to handle a wide range of tasks and are probably the easiest to master quickly.”

“If you’re going to be using a knife frequently and every day, getting to grips with a large knife is recommended. Make this knife your best friend and learn its intricacies. You will be rewarded.”

We couldn’t let Martin go without asking him what his favourite knife to use was, and his answer may surprise some…

“For me, it’s the pastry knife. I find it stays sharper longer, has a nice weight and the wavy edge always gives a satisfying cut. I’ve had my pastry knife for 20 years now and it’s still as good as it was the day I got it!”

Martin Schnellmann

4th Generation Butcher & Commercial Cutlery Sales Manager, Victorinox


Victorinox Pastry Knife

  • No-slip fibrox handle
  • Tempered steel
  • Retains sharpness for longer
  • Versatile and trustworthy
  • Serrated edge
  • 10″ / 26cm
Buy Martin's Favourite Knife Now
A Happy 30th Birthday to Kirsty Millward!

A Happy 30th Birthday to Kirsty Millward!

We’d like everybody to join us today in wishing Stephenson’s very own Kirsty … a happy 30th birthday!

 

For thirteen years Kirsty has been a hardworking, dedicated and enthusiastic member of the team who’s always happy to lend a hand or a smile. Kirsty started out in the sales department where she spent ten years advising customers over the phone, before moving to her current position in the cash & carry department where she has been whizzing around making the Stephenson’s on-site store an all around better, brighter place for the past three years!

Commenting on the key differences between sales and cash & carry, Kirsty thoughtfully said “They are different challenges. Sales is a lot of mental work, whereas cash and carry is more focused on physicality and individual interactions.” When asked about her favourite aspects of the role, Kirsty highlighted taking on challenges such as “Big projects, new racking and tackling the christmas chaos!”. The worst part? – “Because I’m a happy person, I hate when orders go wrong because it is never nice to let customers down”. From a customer perspective, you couldn’t really ask for a better response could you?

For a bit of fun and to celebrate Kirsty’s big day, we decided to put her under a bit of pressure and ask her a quick fire round of questions that we’ve aptly named – ’30 for thirty’. Read the answers below and if you happen to bump into Kirsty today, make sure you warmly wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Here’s to wishing Kirsty a great day,

Everyone from the Stephenson’s team x

30 for Thirty!

  1. Cat or dog? – DOG
  2. Crisps or chocolate? – CHOCOLATE
  3. Mac or PC? – MAC
  4. Lucozade or coke? – COKE
  5. Coffee or Tea? – TEA
  6. Cash & Carry or Warehouse? – CASH & CARRY
  7. Henry or Julian? – JULIAN
  8. Tuna Pasta or Chinese? – TUNA PASTA
  9. Going out or staying in? – STAYING IN
  10. Dinner or dessert? DESSERT
  11. Netflix or Youtube? – NETFLIX
  12. Facebook or Twitter? – FACEBOOK
  13. Pen or pencil? – PENCIL
  14. Game of Thrones or Pokemon – It took some deliberation but it was finally settled on POKEMON
  15. Train or Plane? – PLANE
  16. Aaron or Chris North? – In a brutal blow as Aaron watched on, Kirsty went for CHRIS NORTH
  17. TV or book? – BOOK
  18. Winter or summer? – SUMMER
  19. Dine out or takeaway? – TAKEAWAY
  20. Beer or cider? – CIDER
  21. Circle or square? – CIRCLE
  22. City or country? – COUNTRY
  23. Call or text? – TEXT
  24. Greggs or McDonalds? – GREGGS
  25. Jason Momoa or Kit Harrington? – JASON MOMOA
  26. Fudge cake or vanilla slice? – FUDGE CAKE
  27. Running or weights? – WEIGHTS
  28. Day or Night? – NIGHT
  29. Christian or Jordan? … … SHELL
  30. And finally… The most important question… Till 1 or Till 2? TILL 2!
Position Now Filled:  Warehouse Apprentice

Position Now Filled: Warehouse Apprentice

With an illustrious history dating back to 1868, Stephensons have been supplying the catering and hospitality industry for almost 150 years.

Stephensons are renowned for their innovative, exciting products and are often first to market with the latest trends from leading suppliers such as Churchill, Dudson, Steelite, Villeroy & Boch, Duni and Artis.

Alongside tableware, Stephensons also supply back of house and capital equipment. The company invested in a demonstration kitchen in 2016 to replicate a commercial environment. With limited seating and an informal, friendly atmosphere, Stephensons host demonstrations from RATIONAL, Robot Coupe and other distinguished manufacturers.


Start Date

Immediate

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Working Hours

Monday & Tuesday: 10:00am – 6:30pm
Wednesday – Friday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
1 in 6 Saturdays: 9:30am – 3:00pm

Hours may vary according to business needs

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Salary

Details upon application.

We pay above minimum apprentice rates.


YOUR ROLE
Warehouse Picking
  • Accurately pick a variety of products
  • Cross reference item code and supplier code to ensure correct product is picked
  • Leave picked goods on the correct loading bay neatly
  • Pick as quickly and accurately as possible
  • Highlight any short items to Goods In Supervisor
  • Highlight any coding or quality issues to Goods In Supervisor
Packing Goods
  • Pack products to ensure that items are protected and not damaged in transit
  • Ensure suitable boxes are used
  • Confirm items are ready for dispatch using computer system
  • Shred waste paper products and recycle as packaging material
  • Prepare packaging materials for busy periods
Other Duties
  • Assist in keeping the warehouse clean and tidy
  • Empty bins using plastic and cardboard compactor machines
  • Fill up empty picking bin locations when required
Benefits
  • Uniform provided
  • Staff discount in cash and carry
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Opportunities for progression
  • Supportive working environment

Up to the job? We are accepting applicants of all skill levels.

Send your CV to our HR Manager: clairh@stephensons.com

Serve Your Coffee With a Conscience

Serve Your Coffee With a Conscience

Coffee is officially the most popular drink on the planet. With over two billion cups consumed worldwide every single day, and an estimated 55 million drank daily in the UK alone, it’s official – we love coffee. And what’s not to love about a piping hot, flavourful caffeine kick? For many of us the day doesn’t start, or at least we don’t function, till we’ve been snapped into consciousness by a good old warming coffee. 

This love affair with coffee has resulted in a café-culture boom. Every single high street now seems to be pandering to our coffee addiction with new cafes and stores seemingly popping up everywhere. In fact, the UK coffee shop market is currently enjoying its biggest period of growth since 2008. And this widespread popularity is evident – just look at the tube, public transport or any city street during the hours of 7am – 10am and you’ll be drowned in a sea of coffee cups. Again at lunch, swarms will wander to the nearest caffeine-touting counter, grab a cup of coffee and leave. For many it’s a daily routine. Unfortunately, it’s a harmful one. These cups have to go somewhere, and that somewhere happens to often be a landfill.

Figures from a 2015 study by Cardiff University claim that 2.5 billion disposable cups a year are discarded. Of that massive number, it is estimated that only one in 400 is actually recycled, the rest are destined for our already brimming landfills. Some bigger companies such as Starbucks and Costa have made some efforts to reduce the effect on the environment by offering to recycle their customer’s cups, unfortunately due to a polyethylene coating, these cups are very difficult to recycle.

Fortunately, there is a solution. A solution that has all the benefits of a regular disposable coffee cup, yet is entirely environmentally friendly. This sustainable solution is the Vegware cup.

This award-winning cup is made from two layers of sustainably sourced board and instead of nasty plastic, they are insulated by plant based PLA. Here is a 100% recyclable and 100% compostable cup that doesn’t pail in comparison to a disposable. In a world where eco-consciousness is rapidly becoming one of the most important aspects for consumers, one simple change to compostable cups can do a world of good for your business and, more importantly, the environment. Click the link below to see our range of compostable cups AND entirely compostable lids, to help you save the environment one cup at a time.