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Imagine a place to work where everyone is really nice, everyone enjoys being there, and everyone is employed for their cracking personality. If our employees are having fun, our guests certainly will be.

Here at The Alchemist, we believe each and every member of the team has a vital part to play in the success of the company. That is why we offer huge amounts of training, are dedicated to career progression and can guarantee hard work and determination will be recognised. Ask any of the senior team how they got there…

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We have recently become a full living wage employer, meaning everyone – not just over 25s – earn the full living wage as standard. The training is tough and the job is not easy - but the rewards are there for the reaping.

Expansion

THE ALCHEMIST CURRENTLY HAS 12 SITES ACROSS THE UK INCLUDING MANCHESTER, LEEDS, LONDON AND BIRMINGHAM AND WE ARE EXPANDING AT A RATE OF KNOTS. OVER THE COMING MONTHS AND YEARS WE ARE OPENING IN LOCATIONS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY INCLUDING NOTTINGHAM, CARDIFF AND BRISTOL, BRINGING MANY MORE CAREER OPPORTUNITES UP AND DOWN THE BRITISH ISLES.

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We’re constantly on the lookout for talented,passionate people to join our team.

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Staff Bios

Our employees are what makes The Alchemist what it is. Click the names below to read what some of our staff say.

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Scarlett Thorpe

Scarlett Thorpe
  • Age?

    24

  • Where are you from?

    Cheshire

  • Where did you start your career?

    The Alchemist Trinity Leeds

  • Give us a brief timeline of your career with The Alchemist to date.

    I started my career as a host at The Alchemist Trinity. After 10 months, I moved over to The Alchemist Spinningfields for a year and 2 months to help with the re-opening after an extensive refurbishment. I then moved to the Alchemist New York Street as Business Development Manager where I have been for 1 year and a half. I am now about to start a new role as Business Development Training Manager!

  • Describe your role in no more than 100 words.

    The role is multi-dimensional. From running large scale events to schmoozing Top 100s, there is never a dull moment. Daily you deal with customers, general enquiries, stock takes, host training, networking and running events! All this is achieved by working closely with a team to ensure the business is running at its best!

  • What are your pet hates in the workplace?

    The sound of the phone after 4 rings!

  • When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

    A toss up between a Princess and a Writer!

  • Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

    Due to our expansion plans and the opportunity of progression I hope to manage a team of regional Business Development Trainers.

  • What is your Favourite Alchemist drink?

    Rhubarb & Custard Sour!

  • What has been your biggest challenge in your current position?

    When I initially started the role, I was quite shy which was initially challenging in a Business Development role. The combination of meeting potential new top 100’s, attending networking events and being the face of the business has allowed me to come out of my shell.

  • What advice would you give to someone just starting a career with The Alchemist?

    Be yourself and enjoy being a part of The Alchemist family. If you have a passion in something, make yourself heard. The growth of the company gives opportunities you might not think are there.

Tommy O'Mara

Tommy O'Mara
  • Age?

    34

  • Where are you from?

    London

  • Where did you start your career?

    I got my experience starting out as a Kitchen Porter in a busy country gastropub, and within two years had worked my way up to Head Chef.

  • Give us a brief timeline of your career with The Alchemist to date.

    I started at The Alchemist Bevis Marks in October 2015 as a Sous Chef, working under Romulo Silva, until April this year when I took over as Head Chef.

  • Describe your role in no more than 100 words.

    As Head Chef, it’s my job to organise and oversee the running of the kitchen, which includes everything from controlling stocks, to training staff, and organising events for corporate clients. Working with my Sous Chefs and the Front of House team, I guarantee that customers have an excellent experience at The Alchemist, by ensuring that all food that goes out of the kitchen is to the highest standard.

  • What are your pet hates in the workplace?

    Messiness. I like to cook clean, which means that I believe the kitchen should remain organised even at the busiest times.

  • When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

    An astronaut. But I don’t know if I could have hacked the freeze-dried food.

  • Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

    I’m still working that out… Ask me again in 4 ½ years’ time.

  • What is your Favourite Alchemist drink?

    Smoky No. 2. Not too sweet, with a good balance of flavour.

  • What has been your biggest challenge in your current position?

    We’re always looking to expand our team with excellent new people, so a large part of what I do involves recruitment. It can be hard work, but it’s definitely worth it when you find the right person for the job.

  • What advice would you give to someone just starting a career with The Alchemist?

    There’s a strong team ethic at The Alchemist and we all support each other to get the best end result, which is satisfied, happy customers. Work hard and play your part for the team, and good times and rewards will follow.

Sara Chreptowicz

Sara Chreptowicz
  • Age?

    25

  • Where are you from?

    Land of absurd, Poland!

  • Where did you start your career?

    I started in Australasia Manchester both on expo and in the kitchen, and I’m glad I did, because nothing hardens you as much as kitchen banter!

  • Give us a brief timeline of your career with The Alchemist to date.

    I then moved to Leeds and started as a server in Greek Street, met tons of people, and learnt a lot about service

  • Describe your role in no more than 100 words.

    My role is to overlook servers, support them, ensure smooth operation during shifts and look after all things ‘restauranty’

  • What are your pet hates in the workplace?

    No team work. Stop being selfish!

  • When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

    I wanted to be an attorney but then I realised I didn’t want to defend the morons.

  • Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

    I don’t know where exactly but developing further, learning new things, progressing, I can’t stand stagnancy.

  • What is your Favourite Alchemist drink?

    Grapefruit and apricot martini, perfectly citrusy and tart

  • What has been your biggest challenge in your current position?

    Implementing the beach ball theory probably, which means understanding others’ point of view (even when they’re utterly wrong)

  • What advice would you give to someone just starting a career with The Alchemist?

    Put in the work, learn the specs, enjoy the ride and amazing things will happen!