Executive Pastry Chef

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Cake Life Bake Shop, 1306 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125
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Cake Life Bake Shop

Cake Life is looking for an adaptable, energetic, creative collaborator to
lead our talented Back-of-House Team!

The Executive Pastry Chef at Cake Life is a dynamic and important role: they
are responsible for contributing to the founders’ vision for Cake Life,
bringing that vision to life through the menu, and ensuring that the kitchen
team has the skills, support, and materials they need to prepare the menu to
the highest standard every day. The person in this position will lead our
Back-of-House (BOH) throughout the year, developing new items and refining
old ones, hiring and training staff, and both maintaining and refining our
systems for organizing our kitchen, from costing, ordering, and recipes, to

The right candidate will be experienced, organized, and inspired, in addition
to being a positive, spirited, compassionate team player. We are seeking a
production whiz who is capable of mastering our existing menu as well as
adding their own flair, developing new items, programs, and systems in
conjunction with the rest of our Management Team.

Expect to be busy and work hard on a dedicated team of good-hearted,
excellence-driven individuals that care about giving our community fantastic
food–made with the right things, in the right ways–alongside great
service. Cake Life strives to be an environment of perpetual learning across
all positions, so enthusiasm around deepening your own professional skill set
is key, as well as being able to develop that of your team and coworkers.


--5+ years prior BOH production experience, preferably in a bakery,
commissary, or high-volume café setting
--3+ years culinary management experience, including scheduling, supervising,
and motivating a team in a fast-paced environment
--Excellent pastry skills, including viennoiserie, cake production, and cake
--Ability to train others to prepare menu items efficiently and at a high
--A professional, friendly, and receptive attitude (especially regarding
constructive criticism and healthy conflict resolution), as well as a sense
of humor!
--Willingness to hold others accountable with respect and compassion, and to
also be held accountable by others (this position involves hiring decisions
and disciplinary matters that require both sensitivity and backbone)
--Proficiency or comfort with using/learning current Cloud-based technology,
including Google Suite and costing, inventory, scheduling, and ordering
--Ability to keep complex systems organized, as well as refine them and
create new ones as needed
--Current Serve Safe certification
--Willingness to pivot and adapt as Cake Life’s needs evolve and grow
--Availability to work on weekends and some holidays (as per Cake Life’s
holiday schedule)
--Team-focused, collaborative, can-do attitude!

Job Specifications

Salary:                    $55,000-$60,000 (avg. 40h/week), exempt from tip
pool and overtime
Schedule:              Wed-Sun, 8am-4pm (subject to change)
Paid Time Off:     10 days/year, plus avg. 3+ fixed days off (13+ days
15 days/year after 3 years of employment, plus avg. 3+ fixed days off (18+
days total)

Equity in Compensation

To help do our part in providing our community with fairly paid, living-wage
jobs, Cake Life offers a minimum global take-home pay of $15/hour (including

We believe in equal pay for equal work. In order to prevent social privileges
from impacting pay rates for the same position, past wages will not be
considered and wages are negotiable only for education, training, or
experience that goes well beyond the position requirements, or for applicable
continuing education completed while employed at Cake Life.

In keeping with equity-based best practices, Cake Life does not provide
performance-based compensation; instead, Cake Life offers a guaranteed annual
2% raise and bonus to all employees, with other raises accompanying
promotions or new responsibilities. Considering the difficult economic
landscape, we expect our bonus program to begin modestly, but grow with us,
ensuring that employees benefit from Cake Life’s success over time.

Cake Life is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all
positions without regard to race, sex, national origin, age, marital status,
the presence of a non-job related medical condition or handicap, or any
legally protected status.

Cake Life is committed to cultivating a safe environment for both staff and
customers alike during the COVID-19 pandemic, and follows masking and other
COVID guidance put forward by the City of Philadelphia.

How to Apply

Please visit the link below to read the full Job Description and apply!

Successful applications will be invited to a 30-minute virtual pre-interview,
with advancing candidates moving on to a 90-minute virtual panel interview,
followed by a 120-minute in-shop visit/kitchen demo and before an offer is

Applications to this position will be accepted until it is filled, with
interviews being conducted on a rolling basis.

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