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KIBOU is as much about our fabulous food, drink and restaurants as it is the incredible people who bring all the magic together. Our teams are what truly make our restaurants standout, and what makes each of them so unique.

We’re a small and growing family of restaurants, with sites in Cheltenham, Clifton, Battersea and Solihull, and are always looking for exceptional individuals who share our passion to join us.

We offer an extensive menu of contemporary Japanese cuisine, served from a sushi and hot food kitchen, plus an enticing Japanese inspired drinks and cocktail menu.

If this sounds your sort of place to work, and you’d like to join the KIBOU family, then please read more about our culture, roles and vacancies here.

Our Culture

From our humble beginnings as a small basement restaurant in the heart of Cheltenham, to the emerging group of restaurants you see today, there’s something that has always united us. A passion and love for Japanese food and drink, and that lightbulb moment when you find people who, like you, love to share that passion.

It’s what makes our teams seem more like a family, a shared interest to explore the flavours of Japan, and a shared passion in delivering the perfect KIBOU experience to our guests.

Whether you’ve just discovered Japanese food and drink or are honing your skills in the art of Japanese cuisine, we’re thrilled to be on this journey with you, and, as a company, will offer you all the support you need to achieve your goals.

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Why work with us?

We’re proud to be a people first business. We’re a warm and generous bunch who believe as much in the individual as the team, so there’s plenty of opportunity to carve a career with us, and plenty of like-minded individuals to celebrate your success with along the way.

From our super skilled sushi and hot kitchen chefs, to our warm and welcoming front of house staff, you’ll be joining a team who all share the same passion in delivering the best guest experience and ensuring that our restaurants are a fun and rewarding place to work.

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Pay, training and benefits

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Competitive salary & benefits package

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Free staff meals or 50% discount off menu during every shift

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Staff discount when you dine in any of our restaurants

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Extensive training programme and opportunities for career progression

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General Managers, Assistant and Deputy Managers with a successful track record of delivering great results and developing equally great teams.

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Sushi Chefs

Experienced Sushi Chefs looking to hone their skills and develop their careers.

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Head Chefs, Sous Chefs, Chef de Partie & Commis Chefs with a creative flair and a desire to be part of a growing and rewarding kitchen team.

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Bartenders brimming with enthusiasm and a desire to work in a fun, fast-paced, creative environment.

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Front of House

Dynamic and lively team members and supervisors committed to delivering the best of service in a warm, friendly and knowledgeable way.

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Kitchen support staff embarking on their journey to become the next KIBOU kitchen superstars.

Can't find the role you're looking for, then please get in touch with head office via the form below, letting us know which type of role you are interested in and why.

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