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Advantage Solutions Culinary Center Manager in Chicago, Illinois

Summary

WHO WE ARE

CSSI is a rapidly growing marketing and culinary agency, with a talented staff that includes marketing and creative professionals, classically trained chefs, food scientists and registered dietitians, all with expertise in the foodservice industry.

We are looking for a dynamic Culinary Center Manager to oversee the various culinary-focused events we host for our clients. In addition to executing and supervising company events, you will support the R&D teams on recipe development projects with support from our chefs and marketing teams.

POSITION SUMMARY

The culinary center at CSSI is a production kitchen for various catering services as well as a development kitchen for R&D chefs to create new concepts and formulas. The Culinary Center Manager oversees and facilitates both the catering and recipe development in the culinary center. The Culinary Center Manager prepares catering services and provides hospitality to clients. S/he provides support and leadership to the R&D teams during production. S/he maintains and executes sanitation protocols in the culinary center and ensures compliance.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage use of culinary center by R&D teams

  • Lead the day-to-day catering functions

  • Provide hospitality and meeting support for sales efforts

  • Receive and store all food items

  • Organization and rotation of all perishable and non-perishable items

  • Coordinate with account teams for development support

  • Work with culinary teams for formula composition, recipe development and recipe editing

  • Maintain and upkeep culinary hardware and small-wares

  • Oversee execution of events on-site and off-site

  • Work with CFO to keep production costs in line with business model

  • Adheres to all food safety and sanitation protocols and procedures

  • Supervising the Culinary Internship Program

  • Supervising Kitchen Assistant

  • Collaborates with Office Manager and Facility Manager

  • Oversee project specific recipe/concept development and recipe writing

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Associate or Bachelor degree in a culinary or related field

  • 3+ years of foodservice industry experience

  • Sanitation certification

  • Public speaking

SPECIALIZED QUALIFICATIONS AND DESIRED SKILLS

  • Able to draft and execute new catering services

  • An energetic, forward-thinking and creative leader with high ethical standards

  • Ability to effectively build and foster relationships with clients, potential clients and colleagues

  • Strong and confident culinary skills which include culinary concept creativity, understanding of R&D process from paper concepts to formula writing, desire to continuously improve and hone culinary skills

  • Sense of teamwork and collaboration.

  • Excellent presentation and communication skills

  • Capability to stay organized and adjust to constantly changing priorities

  • High level knowledge of food safety

  • Capable of discerning and addressing facility upkeep needs

  • Understanding of current nutrition, food and food industry trends.

CONCLUSION

This position description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the position and the general nature and level of work performed by job holders within this job. But, this position description is not intended to be an exhaustive nor an all-inclusive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed. This position description does not convey either an offer of or contract for employment. At-will employment applies to all positions within this organization.

The salary range for this role is $55,000-$65,000.

Responsibilities

The Company is one of North America’s leading sales and marketing agencies specializing in outsourced sales, merchandising, category management and marketing services to manufacturers, suppliers and producers of food products and consumer packaged goods. The Company services a variety of trade channels including grocery, mass merchandise, specialty, convenience, drug, dollar, club, hardware, consumer electronics and home centers. We bridge the gap between manufacturers and retailers, providing consumers access to the best products available in the marketplace today.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

Catering

  • Lead the day-to-day catering functions

  • Provide hospitality and meeting support for sales efforts

  • Oversee execution of events on-site and off-site

Culinary Development

  • Work with culinary teams for formula composition, recipe development and recipe editing

  • Oversee project specific recipe/concept development and recipe writing

  • Coordinate with account teams for development support

Kitchen Management

  • Manage use of facility

  • Maintain facilities to meet safety codes and requirements

  • Maintain and upkeep culinary hardware and small-wares

  • Receive and store all food items

  • Organization and rotation of all perishable and non-perishable items

Supervisory

  • Supervising the Culinary Internship Program

  • Supervising Culinary Support Chef and Building Engineer

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct Reports

  • Hires, retains, trains, coaches, guides, directs, and develops direct reports using company-wide processes, tools and resources

Indirect Reports

  • May delegate work of others and provide guidance, direction and mentoring to indirect reports

Travel and/or Driving Requirements

  • Travel and Driving are not essential duties or functions of this job

Minimum Qualifications

The following are the minimum job-related qualifications which an individual needs in order to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the job

Education Level:

(Required): Associate's Degree or equivalent experience

(Preferred): Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience

Field of Study/Area of Experience: Culinary Arts

5+ Years of experience in culinary experience in high volume production

3+ years of culinary experience in culinary management

5+ years of foodservice industry experience

Sanitation certification

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Ability to Work Independently & Prioritize with minimal supervision, in order to Meet Deadlines

  • Track Record of Building & Maintaining Customer/Client Relationships

  • Ability to make Oral Presentations

  • Team Building Skills

  • Flexible & Adaptable, able to change & Alter According to changes in Projects or Business Environment

  • High level knowledge of food safety

  • Capable of discerning and addressing facility upkeep needs

  • Understanding of current nutrition, food and food industry trends

  • Able to draft and execute new catering services

  • Strong and confident culinary skills which include culinary concept creativity, understanding of R&D process from paper concepts to formula writing

Environmental & Physical Requirements

Office / Non-Sedentary Requirements

Incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of the job. Work may be performed in an office or warehouse environment. Typically requires the ability to spend 66%+ hours each work day doing the following activities: stand for extended periods of time, walk, bend, stoop, or climb. May have possible exposure to dust, and may require the ability to lift and/or push up to 50 pounds 33% - 66% of the time.

Additional Information Regarding The Company Job Duties and Job Descriptions

Job duties include additional responsibilities as assigned by one’s supervisor or other manager related to the position/department. This job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. The Company reserves the right at any time with or without notice to alter or change job responsibilities, reassign or transfer job position or assign additional job responsibilities, subject to applicable law. The Company shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable a qualified applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.

Any estimate, schedule, or guideline provided to associates in this job description or elsewhere in connection with their jobs is only intended to help describe job duties and for planning purposes. Regardless of any such estimate, schedule, or guideline, associates must always record all time worked for our company (which includes but is not limited to on-site work time in an assigned store, office, or other work location; required waiting time; administrative time; and work-related travel time).

Important Information

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of associates so classified.

The Company is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment practices without regard to age, race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, physical or mental disability, or any other category protected by law. As part of this commitment, the Company shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable an applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.

Job Locations US-IL-Chicago

Primary Posting Location : City Chicago

Primary Posting Location : State/Province IL

Primary Posting Location : Postal Code 60601

Primary Posting Location : Country US

Requisition ID 2022-426139

Position Type Full Time

Category Business Development

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