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Sodexo Inc. Executive Chef 2 in NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana

Unit Description

Sodexo is seeking an experienced Executive Chef 2 for our universities segment account in Natchitoches, LA . Northwestern State University is located in Historic Natchitoches Louisiana, located 4 hours from New Orleans, Dallas, and Houston. This residential campus has over 1600 students living on campus. In conjunction with our residential dining facilities, Sodexo operates a remodeled retail space and coffee shop, a Chick-fil-a and a Steak ‘n Shake, catering and concessions for the campus community.

This position reports to the GM and along with a Catering Manager, Retail Manager and Operations Manager, oversees a wide variety of activities and events on campus. The successful candidate with be a multitasker that will provide excellent customer service with a can do attitude while directing and training a team of up to 20 in the kitchen at one time. The chef is in charge of menu development and keeping all the Sodexo culinary systems like DRIVE running smoothly for our board operation as well as high profile catering that is everything from Presidential Dinner Receptions to Student meetings as the position is an integral part of life on campus. We cater to Sky boxes in the football stadium, the ballroom and meeting rooms around campus and being the premier caterer for the community, we cater to the Events Center and other venues around Natchitoches that allows the Chef to become very visible to the community. The chef must be an excellent trainer and be able to get his vision across to a wide variety of experience levels in the kitchen, while keeping strict budget constraints in mind. If you are looking for an opportunity to grow your career and experience, this might be the position for you.

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.

The ideal candidate has:

  • a strong culinary background, with the demonstrated ability to stay current with new culinary trends;

  • excellent leadership and communication skills with the ability to maintain the highest of standards and implements company policies;

  • previous experience working in a high volume facility; and

  • strong management skills.

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 or equivalent experience

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.

System ID 84265

Category Culinary

Relocation Type Yes - According to Grade

Employment Status Full-Time