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Production Cook and Lead Cook

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Please either complete the work history section as you build your personal profile or attach a resume.
Questions? Contact - Cook Search Support at or 994-6468.
This recruitment is open for multiple Cook openings at two levels. Candidate’s relevant knowledge, skills and abilities will be reviewed for either level.
  • Production Cook: $13.16 - $15.00/hour
  • Lead Cook: $15.50 - $15.98/hour

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 17267
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Cook Search Support at or 994-6468.

Classification Title Culinary Professional II/Cook II - BZ
Working Title Production Cook and Lead Cook
Brief Position Overview

Join the Culinary Services team!

Position Number Multiple
Department Auxiliary Services - Food Services - Administration
Division Auxiliary Services - University Food Service
Appointment Type Classified
Contract Term Other
If other, specify From date
If other, specify End date
FLSA Non-Exempt
Union Affiliation Teamsters
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary See "Special Instructions"
Contract Type Classified Hourly
If other, please specify
Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

Culinary Services (CS), a division of Auxiliary Services, provides meals for over 12,000 customers a day becoming an integral part of campus life and the overall college experience. CS proudly provides Montana State University students with not only a repertoire of various cuisines, cooking styles, and flavors, but a comfortable atmosphere to meet friends, study, and simply relax. The division is comprised of 2 residential dining halls, 9 retail operations, Brick Breeden Fieldhouse and Bobcat Stadium Concessions, Fork in the Road food truck, MSU Catering, Indulge In-House Bakery & Salads, and the Farm to Campus Program.

Duties and Responsibilities

Production Cook and Lead Cook duties include:

  • Actively preparing food while consistently keeping in mind quality and presentation
  • Excellence in customer service
  • Recipe testing
  • Directing work the work of production staff (training and coaching)
  • Accurate record keeping and monitoring of inventory
  • Proper food handling and sanitation techniques

Production Cooks assist area supervisors with directing and training staff.

Lead Cooks are responsible for efficiently run venues; are the lead worker at each venue; and are the primary trainer and area supervisor.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

Progressive experience working in a high volume restaurant or institutional food service or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

Lead worker experience.

Experience providing excellent customer service.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

Experience with inventory control.

Experience with recipe testing and development.

The Successful Candidate Will
  • Exude enthusiasm, and have a high level of integrity and customer orientation while interacting with a wide range of individuals.
  • Maintain composure while working with a broad spectrum of personalities under stress, pressure, and time sensitive demands of the job.
  • Organize and time kitchen production.
  • Possess solid problem solving skills.
  • Work effectively in a fast paced, team oriented environment.
  • Exhibit interest in industry trends.
  • Exhibit leadership and team building skills.
  • Be self-motivated, adapt to frequently changing priorities, and able to organize and prioritize multiple work assignments and meet deadlines.
  • Exercise good judgment and make consistent decisions.
  • Be able to operate and maintain departmental equipment.
  • Maintain all health, sanitation, and safety standards.
  • Represent the department and its programs in a positive, professional courteous manner.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Multiple shifts are available.

Eligible for overtime. Will be asked to work evenings, weekends, long hours, consecutive days during busy periods, and holidays dependent on school schedule and shift.

Shifts may change dependent on departmental need.

12 month and 10 month/academic year positions available.

All positions are eligible for full MSU benefits 12 months out of the year including:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision and Life insurance
  • Paid Holidays
  • Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Wellness Program
  • Retirement Plan
  • Tuition Waiver

Physical Demands

Normal kitchen environment inclusive of:

  • Standing and/or moving about for long periods of time.
  • Walking up and down stairs while carrying product.
  • Moving and lifting containers weighing up to 50 lbs.
  • Bending and/or kneeling while stocking product.
  • Gripping handles on small kitchen utensils.
  • Performing repetitive motions such as, but not limited to, chopping, stirring and serving
  • Will have exposure to cleaning chemicals on a daily basis.
  • Must be able to work in an environment where temperatures can range from over 90F to -10F.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? Yes

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies Multiple
Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of the search process.
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date
Applications will be:

Screened starting June 8, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Please either complete the work history section as you build your personal profile or attach a resume.

Questions? Contact – Cook Search Support at or 994-6468.

This recruitment is open for multiple Cook openings at two levels. Candidate’s relevant knowledge, skills and abilities will be reviewed for either level.

  • Production Cook: $13.16 – $15.00/hour
  • Lead Cook: $15.50 – $15.98/hour

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
Optional Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

Supplemental Questions

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