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Sodexo is seeking a Food Operations Manager 1 - University Dining for Hilltop Dining Hall at The University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is consistently rated among the top 10 public Midwestern universities and recognized nationally for quality academics. With the most beautiful campus in the UW System as your backdrop, you will have hundreds of different lanes to explore and make friendships to last a lifetime.

Blugold Dining creates exceptional experiences that exceed our customers’ expectations and supports a healthy learning environment. Each day, we strive to ensure the Quality of Life services we provide have a positive effect on our entire campus community. Efforts, like engagement of students through programming, nutritious healthy meals, a strong commitment to sustainability and a better tomorrow, reinforce our commitment to support the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.

We have many different dining locations on campus: Resident Dining in Riverview Café, Marketplace in Davies Center with multiple cuisines, Einstein Bros. Bagels in Centennial Hall, The Cabin serving Starbucks Coffee and much more. We take great pride in the many ways in which we enhance Quality of Life on our campus.”

As the Food Operations Manager, you will prior high-volume university dining experience or similar, a proven track record with managing a large staff (including other salaried food managers) and implementing a variety of dining programs, experience with food and physical safety programs and excellent project management skills. We are looking for an innovative leader who is comfortable with technology advances and learning new retail programs.

This leader will also be responsible for fostering and maintaining an exceptional relationship with the client and will develop a frontline, union staff.

The successful candidate will:

  • assist the GM with oversight of all food service day-to-day operations;
  • successfully coordinate all required tasks through subordinate managers, supervisors and frontline staff;
  • achieve company and client financial targets and goals;
  • develop and maintain client and customer relationships;
  • help develop strategic plans;
  • work hands-on with the team to ensure safety and sanitation (HACCP) compliance; developing and mentoring; engaging and fostering culture;
  • have daily interaction with patients, their families and the clinical team to ensure patient satisfaction;
  • create a positive environment;

The ideal candidate will have:

  • food service management experience in a contract-services, healthcare, or high-volume hospitality environment;
  • strong leadership skills and proven ability to foster culture, retain employees, and develop frontline staff;
  • culinary and/or food service experience and a strong background in safety and sanitation compliance;
  • proven ability to manage multiple priorities, demonstrated professional communication skills, and a passion for a high level of customer service;
  • be enthusiastic, eager to learn, and self-motivated;
  • a results-driven mindset that enjoys working hands-on to support the team;
  • proven ability to prioritize tasks and exhibit flexibility to take on additional responsibilities as needed;

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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.

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Working for Sodexo:
At Sodexo, you will find the ingredients for a great career in food service management specializing in Catering. 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.

Position Summary

Provides leadership and supervision for the on-site food service exempt and non-exempt level staff in the delivery of our contractual agreement with the client. Provides supervision for food services at account/unit to ensure client satisfaction and retention for the company. Implements business practices in order to uphold company mission, values and commitments made in the Sodexo client contractual agreement.
Key Duties
- Establishes a safe work environment

- Utilizes Sodexo tools and programs to develop client, customer, and staff relationships, to ensure account retention

- Implements and fully utilizes all Sodexo tools and programs to ensure financial outcomes

- Directs daily operations of food service to ensure employees have appropriate equipment, inventory and resources, ensures operating standards and regulatory requirements are met

- Develops and implements plans, projects, with defined objectives, methods, timetables and budget to support client and Sodexo strategic plan

- Ensures adherence to all HR standards for Sodexo, client, and regulatory agencies.

Qualifications & Requirements

Basic Education Requirement - Associate's Degree or equivalent experience
Basic Management Experience - 2 years
Basic Functional Experience – 1 year 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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