• Executive Chef 2

    Location US-AR-LITTLE ROCK | US-NM-Albuquerque | US-CA-Los Angeles | US-FL-Miami | US-NY-New York | US-PR-San Juan
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    Relocation Type
    Yes - According to Grade
    Employment Status
  • Unit Description

    Are you an  Executive Chef who has catering skills, creativity and can create exceptional student experiences? If so Sodexo has an opportunity that may be a fit for you. 


                                          Relocation Assistance Available!


    Sodexo Dining Services at University of Arkansas Little Rock is seeking Executive Chef 2 to support the culinary operations for this state university located Little Rock, AR. Sodexo has partnered with UA Little Rock for the past ten years and has recently signed a new 7 year contract providing Dining services to its student body population where the managed volume of the account is approximately $4.85 million. This is a highly visible culinary position with a 20/80 split between Front of the house and Back of the house responsibilities. Additional duties include, purchasing, client communication, assisting with catering, monitoring food production, managing culinary staff, food safety and sanitation standards. Sodexo's services at UA Little Rock features: Residential Dining, Tres' Habaneros, Starbuck's, Trojan Grill, WoW Wingery and Cafe', Business Brewing, a convenience store, and a small Starbuck's Kiosk in the library building.  The Chef will oversee all aspects relating to food production as well as catering on the entire campus.  This position reports to the General Manager and the unit is additionally supported by a Catering manager, Retail manager, Unit Controller, HR Clerk, who all report up to an on-site Area General Manager.

    This is an exciting time at UA Little Rock as we are currently renovating Resident Dining and have recently opened a new WoW and Tres' Habaneros.  Additionally we have renovated and expanded our offerings at the Trojan Bistro and in the next year will be starting other renovations to include a fully licensed Starbucks.


    The ideal candidate will present with the following: 

    • Has a passion for leading, training and developing a team.
    • Speaking and engaging with high level clients.
    • Experience purchasing/ordering inventory.
    • Experience training and leading a front and back of the house team.
    • Has knowledge and experience in HACCP and food safety guidelines.
    • Experience with cost control measures. 

    Is this opportunity right for you?

    Are you an experienced chef ready to take your career to the next level? At Sodexo, you will find the ingredients for a great culinary career. With benefits including schedules that encourage work-life balance, reimbursement of association dues and continuing education opportunities, you’ll enjoy an improved quality of life that’s unique in the hospitality industry.


    We are looking for candidates who will:

    • manage the daily food production including production planning and controls;
    • ensure Sodexo Culinary Standards including recipe compliance and food quality;
    • manage food costing, controls and compliance;
    • develop menus and manage inventory;
    • have high expectations for customer service and quality of food;
    • have the ability and willingness to develop and train frontline employees;
    • have a passion for food and innovation;
    • have knowledge of special diets and allergens; and
    • knowledge of Sodexo Food Management System (FMS) is preferred.


    Working for Sodexo:

    How far will your ambition, talent and dedication take you? Sodexo fosters a culture committed to the growth of individuals through continuous learning, mentoring and other career growth opportunities, along with the performance of organizations. We believe it is important for our work to be meaningful to all who contribute to it, and we remain faithful to our mission, our core values and the ethical principles that have guided us since 1966. We support these values and help them thrive in each employee.


    We strive to make working for Sodexo a genuinely great experience with benefits to promote your professional, personal and financial well-being, and to improve your Quality of Life now and into the future. Our experiences with our over 50 million customers each and every day enable us to develop Quality of Life services that reinforce the well-being of individuals, improving their effectiveness and helping companies and organizations to improve performance … every day. 

    Position Summary

    Provides culinary leadership within a medium sized unit including menu planning, program execution and staff management & training.  Works directly with internal and external clients managing the catering process from beginning through execution. 
    Key Duties
    - Implements & coordinates the culinary function. 
    - Directs & trains cooks & utility workers.
    - Ensures food preparation & production meets operational standards.
    - Manages catering & retail areas.
    - Customer & Client satisfaction.
    - Financial management to include food cost & labor management.
    -  Manages food & physical safety programs.


    Qualifications & Requirements

    Basic Education Requirement - Associate's Degree 
    Basic Management Experience - 2 years
    Basic Functional Experience - 2 years work experience in food or culinary services including restaurants, fast food, vending, catering services, institutional services, mall food courts, etc.

    Sodexo is an EEO/AA/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran employer.


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