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Creating imaginative menus daily, you also know how to make your customers feel at home. You are a people person and a culinary expert all in one.

Sodexo's Campus Segment is seeking a Catering Manager 2 for Western Connecticut State University located in Danbury, CT. The Catering Manager will be tasked with the organization, coordination and execution of university/campus and 3rd Party events. The ideal candidate will have a strong catering background, experience with upscale events, and the ability to plan, execute, and coordinate multiple catering functions simultaneously.

Western Connecticut State University changes lives by providing all students with a high quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals, and leaders in a global society. WCSU has been proudly serving the community and surrounding areas for the past 121 years.

Key Duties

  • Oversight of Sodexo resources, recipes, systems and use of catering programs to direct daily catering events including; food production, inventory, product deliveries, invoices, and procurement operations.
  • Oversight of the sales process for catering and/or conference services. Works with client and customers to design events.
    Ensures employees have appropriate equipment, supplies and resources to perform their job, and meet goals, cost controls and deadlines as assigned.
  • Establishes and maintains a safe work environment including both food and physical safety in order to comply with all regulatory and Sodexo standards in various environments. Drives the Zero Harm mindset.
  • Complies with budget requirements by controlling costs (i.e. labor, inventory, equipment, materials) and making adjustments when necessary
  • Supervises employees by delegating, assigning and prioritizing activities, and monitoring operating standards
  • Managing food and labor costs and managing daily catering operations.
  • Strong background in Campus/University Catering is strongly desired.
  • Flexibility to work varying shifts based on catering business needs. This includes some nights and weekends.

The successful candidate will:

  • identify customer needs and expectations;
  • ensure that Sodexo and customer goals are aligned and met;
  • educate and develop rapport with clients and promote partnerships;
  • promote a customer/client centered culture that strives to exceed customer and client needs;
  • coordinate all unit catering initiatives to drive sales growth and track results.
  • maintain and improve service level resulting in increased customer satisfaction;
  • ensure all HAACP standards are followed; and/or
  • demonstrate resourcefulness and quick responsiveness to client and customer requests.

Is this opportunity right for you? We are looking for candidates who:

  • have a work history demonstrating strong leadership skills and the ability to work collaboratively with all levels of the organization;
  • possess the ability to manage multiple priorities, demonstrate professional communication skills, and exhibit a passion for a high-level of customer service;
  • exhibit flexibility to take on additional responsibilities as needed; and/or
  • demonstrate working knowledge of automated food inventory, ordering, production and management systems as well as menu graphics programs.

Sodexo offers a full array of benefits including paid time off, holidays, medical, dental, vision, 401K and access to ongoing training and development programs, tuition reimbursement, plus health and wellness programs.

Not the job for you?
We offer Food Service Management positions in a variety of business segments, including Corporate, Schools, Campus, Government and Agencies, Healthcare, Senior Living and Sports and Leisure locations across the United States. Continue your search for Food Service Management jobs.

Working for Sodexo:
At Sodexo, you will find the ingredients for a great career in food service management. With benefits including schedules that encourage work-life balance and continuing education opportunities, you’ll enjoy an improved quality of life that’s unique in the hospitality industry.


What We Offer

Sodexo offers fair and equitable compensation, partially determined by a candidate's education level or years of relevant experience. While the budgeted range for the position is posted, Sodexo salary offers are based on a candidate's specific criteria, like experience, skills, education and training.


Qualifications & Requirements

Basic Education Requirement - High School Diploma or GED

Basic Management Experience - 1 year


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

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