Fast-track your career, and put theory into practice, learning first-hand what it takes to succeed in our industry. If you’re studying for a Hospitality or business-related degree with a year’s placement, our Undergraduate Assistant Manager scheme will put you at the heart of our restaurant operations. Not to mention, give you a management role to look forward to upon graduation.
Over your year with us you’ll learn everything you need to eventually carry all the responsibility and autonomy that goes with the role. From making commercial decisions to managing the team, we’ll make sure you’re involved in every aspect of running a restaurant. And give you the tools to do it successfully.
What’s more, if you’re successful in your placement year, we’ll still have a job for you when you return to uni for your final year – on a part time basis, of course. And because you’ll know we’ll have a full-time restaurant management role waiting for you when you graduate, you can just focus on your studies without worrying about finding a job.
• Employee discount scheme – dine out with your family and friends and receive up to 50% off the bill at most times of the week (25% at other times)
• Employee meals – restaurant employees working shifts over 4 hours long are entitled to a free meal (2 meals if the shift is over 8 hours)
• Paid holidays
• Stakeholder pension scheme – available for all employees to join
• Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Leave – we offer an enhanced scheme to eligible employees
• Company sick pay scheme
• Career breaks – eligible employees can take a ‘sabbatical’ break from work
• Childcare vouchers – we operate a childcare voucher scheme in line with current rules
• Health cash plans – we offer a wide range of health schemes through our partner provider
• Life insurance benefit – after 1 year’s service, employees are entitled to a death-in-service payment of 4 times their average basic earnings
Training and development
As a new Undergraduate Assistant Manager, you will have a comprehensive induction. This is an 8 week training plan that covers all elements of both front and back of house. This structured programme is carried out in different restaurants to make sure you get the best possible training experience. You’ll have a mixture of e-learning modules, training guides, on the job training, job shadowing and quizzes.
You will cover a range of key technical skills during your induction and you will also cover a suite of Trainee Manager courses that will be delivered regionally by the Learning and Development Team and experienced Managers across the business. These sessions will give you the chance to spend time with other new recruits, helping you establish an early network of colleagues – and make some new friends.
Ongoing training is provided to ensure all management are kept up to date with new initiatives and menu launches. This is delivered via our e-learning system, by 1-to-1 sessions, and as a group session in area or team meetings.
We also offer bespoke development opportunities, such as spending time with key central departments, so that you get to understand the business from all angles. Additionally, you’ll also have an Operations Manager mentor, who will regularly spend time with you to discuss your progress. They will also set up specific training for you, when you’re ready, on topics such as looking at the profit and loss of our restaurants.
We have one intake of undergraduates per calendar year – in August.
We advertise all Undergraduate Assistant Manager roles on the Careers section of our website. You will need to apply online to these roles – this process will take about 10-15 minutes.
If your application is successful, you will be invited to take part in a video interview. This will take about 20 minutes.
If successful at that stage, you will be invited to a face-to-face assessment. This will consist of a selection of exercises, including a more in-depth interview and a number of restaurant-scenario based exercises.
Finally, you will be contacted to let you know the outcome. We aim to confirm all offers to the placement scheme by the end of February.
We advertise once a year for the Undergraduate placement programme. The advertising is now open for the August 2017 intake and we have nationwide placements available. The closing date is November 20th 2016 at midnight.
Your face-to-face assessment venue will vary, depending on where you live. We usually use our training academy in Fulham for candidates in London and the South East – and one of our larger restaurants across the UK and Ireland for other areas. We will endeavour to hold your assessment as close to where you live as possible.
Right to work in the UK
Please bring the following documents with you on your assessment day, as well as a colour photocopy of each that we will keep for our files:-
• Proof of your National Insurance number
(i.e. National Insurance Card, P60, a P45 dated within the last 3 months, or a letter issued by HMRC or your previous employer)
• A valid passport, plus colour copies of both front cover and main page OR
• A full birth certificate (if born in the UK or Northern Ireland) OR
• An identity card (European countries only), with copies of both front and back
• Proof of your right to work in the UK
(e.g. a visa, or worker registration scheme letter for European A8 Countries’ nationals only, or Blue/Yellow registration card for Croatian nationals only)
All supporting documents need to be valid and in date. If your name on your passport or other document is different to your current name, please bring proof of your name change (e.g. marriage certificate or name change by deed poll document).
Unfortunately, we will not be able to make any offer of employment and you will not be eligible to work for PizzaExpress until you have provided the appropriate ID and eligibility information. Also, if you don’t bring these documents with you to your assessment, we will have to rearrange it to a later date.