Lead, Culinary - Temporary



hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2024

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.


Lead, Culinary is a leadership role responsible for but not limited to, staff supervision and quality control in one or more of the food service outlets on campus. This individual works directly with the outlet supervisor and manager to properly delegate, complete, and ensure the quality of production in the kitchen and fills in as the key point of contact in the supervisor or manager’s absence. They are also responsible for overseeing and defining work planning and product allocation needs while maintaining food safety standards and supporting training of the culinary team. This role supports and/or takes complete ownership of tasks like creating prep lists, orders, station assignments, features, and menus in the outlet/s they are assigned.

The Lead, Culinary supports the mission by upholding quality and safe food services in their areas to enhance the productivity and morale of the workforce while ensuring the staff is performing to departmental and company standards.


  • Work with leadership to plan services, menus, and production
  • Set and enforce standards of kitchen operation
  • Fill in at cooking stations as needed
  • Monitor quality and consistency of food products
  • Maintain a clean and safe work stations throughout kitchen
  • Monitor cleaning of kitchen equipment and work area
  • Facilitate effective communication of team or station needs with staff
  • Write and plan menus; create prep list, and place orders
  • Play a key role in training all cook positions
  • Enforce proper food safety practices with staff
  • Coordinate and enhance time management for team
  • Support ongoing staff development


This is a temporary position with SpaceX, for the length of time as stated, and is subject to change with minimal notice as business needs dictate.

  • LENGTH OF POSITION: 3 months (permanent hire conversion based on performance and business need)
  • LOCATION: Hawthorne, CA


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • Culinary degree and 7+ years industry experience; or 10+ years of food services industry experience in lieu of a degree


  • Leadership experience
  • Experience in corporate environment
  • Experience with batch cooking or high-volume operations
  • Experience working in large team settings
  • Customer service or guest interaction experience
  • Ability to write menus, prep lists, and create orders effectively
  • Advanced knife skills and knowledge of kitchen equipment
  • Proficient in all cooking methods, sauce making, and meat and vegetable preparations
  • Strong time management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experienced with Microsoft word, excel, and outlook


  • Ability to carry large heavy items unassisted (up to 25 lbs.)
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time – up to 10 hours a day
  • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime and weekends as needed
  • Ability to perform frequent bending, stooping, and lifting of objects
  • Must participate in internal leadership and development training
  • Must have or be able to obtain manager level food safety certification


Pay range:

Lead, Culinary: $25.00/hour + $2.00/hour lead differential

Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for potential discretionary bonuses. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, and various other discounts and perks. You will also be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year.


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.