Sous Chef

Ridgedale, MO
Big Cedar Lodge
Depends on Experience 
Full Time

Position Summary: The Sous Chef's duties include supervising and coordinating every aspect of food production and ensuring a high and consistent level of culinary quality and service for the front and back of the house, while meeting company standards, menu specifications, financial goals and production schedules. He/she is also responsible for overseeing kitchen operations and providing as needed, hands-on assistance for preparation and/or execution of meals to ensure constant culinary guest satisfaction.

Essential Functions:

  • Monitor and control all food production in the restaurant and ensure of its quality during preparation and service execution
  • Oversees the daily kitchen operations of the restaurant and ensure its culinary readiness for service.
  • Schedule Staff according to budget and business forecast/needs. Monitor daily culinary operation efficiency and productivity.
  • Develop menu in collaboration with Sr. Sous Chef--Outlets and Executive Chef.
  • Constantly is aware of menu item P-mix to better be prepared for the food needs.
  • Create and maintain an accurate kitchen recipe book.
  • Monitor and control all food production and ensure of all recipe are constantly followed by cooks
  • Continually train and update staff.
  • Responsible for product availability for restaurant.
  • Provide administrative assistance to the Sr. Sous Chef—Outlets and /or the Executive Chef as needed
  • Direct proper sanitation of kitchen facilities and equipment.
  • Ensure that all kitchen equipment is in good working order.
  • Direct proper maintenance of kitchen coolers and freezers (food product rotation, food product storage, sanitation, labeling, etc.)
  • Ensure safe working environment and techniques in the kitchen.
  • Model and promote good working relationship with Front of the House managers and staff.
  • Meet daily with servers and kitchen staff to communicate menu changes, discuss and resolve operational challenges.
  • Understand and effectively communicate expectations to direct reports, and ensure expectations are met while adhering to proper guidelines. Hold direct reports accountable.
  • Responsible for control of sign-in/sign-out procedures for kitchen staff; including but not limited to: keys and vehicles.
  • Monitor and  promote to all staff the importance of resort asset protection
  • Facilitate monthly departmental meetings and follow through on unresolved topics.
  • Other duties as assigned

Candidate Profile:

Education and Experience

  • Associates degree in culinary arts plus 3 years, of relevant professional cooking experience in hotel and/or Conference facilities, including management experience, or a combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills are acquired.
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time
  • Minimum of 2 years in a supervisory role with experience in coordination and managing staff
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • Ability to perform as a strong team player

Physical Demands

  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to bend, lift and carry heavy objects.

Preferred Traits

  • Broad and in-depth professional knowledge and skills in food preparation, cooking and presentation; good knife skills and knowledge of food and its characteristics, especially its shelf life.
  • Ability to motivate others and lead people in the area of correct procedures and follow through.
  • Ability to deal effectively with a variety of company personnel and outside vendors.
  • Good personal hygiene.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Basic Computer Skills - Using basic computer hardware and software (e.g., personal computers, word processing software, Internet browsers, etc.).
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training and development, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules that apply to job (e.g., OSHA, EPA, ADA, CFC, NFPA, ASI).
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Analytical/Critical Thinking - The ability to gather and organize information using a logical and systematic process; recognize patterns and relationships in complex data; examine data to identify implications, problems and draw appropriate conclusions; generate alternative solutions to problems; evaluate strengths, weaknesses and consequences of alternative solutions and approaches to solving problems.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Number Facility - The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about products, services or situations, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

Management Competencies

  • Adaptability - Ability to effectively adjust to major changes in work tasks or the work environment.
  • Aligning Performance for Success - Skilled at focusing and guiding others in accomplishing work objectives.
  • Building a Successful Team - Skilled at building a cohesive team and facilitating goal accomplishment.
  • Building Trust - Ability to interact with others in an honest, fair and respectful way; giving others confidence in one's intentions and those of the organization.
  • Communication - Skilled at clearly conveying information and ideas through a variety of media; engaging the audience and helping them understand and retain the message.
  • Customer Focus - Ability to develop and sustain productive customer relationships; actively seeking information to understand and address customers' needs.
  • High Work Standards - Sets high standards of performance for self and others; assumes responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks.
  • Planning and Organizing - Skilled at establishing courses of action for self and others to ensure work is completed efficiently.
  • Problem Solving / Decision Making - Ability to identify and understand issues, problems, and opportunities; using effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing solutions.