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Sodexo is seeking a General Manager for Simpson College in Indianola, IA. The picturesque main campus sits on 85 tree-shaded acres in Indianola, 12 miles south of the state capital of Des Moines and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country according to US News & World Report.

The General Manager will manage the Resident Dining, Retail operatoins and Catering for a total managed volume of approximately $3 million. Retail brands include Red Mango SubConnection , Tyler’s Grill, and a Starbucks We Proudly Serve.

The General Manager will oversee an Executive Chef, a Retail Manager, and a Catering Manager.

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

  • proven track record for Integrating fully within our client's organization becoming a trusted advisor and member of the account’s leadership team;
  • 3-5 years of food service General Manager/Director experience, preferably within a high-volume college/university setting;
  • experience managing salaried managers and providing team leadership;
  • proven financial acumen, controlling costs, reviewing financial statements and tracking operating expenses;
  • excellent professional communication skills, managing all client relationships and ensuring regular contact and communication;
  • proven track record of driving innovative strategies for customer satisfaction;
  • excelled in building a cohesive team while holding employees accountable, identifying their strengths and building their skills;
  • constantly improved food service operations in order to drive client and customer satisfaction; and
  • developed strategic plans for account retention and growth.

The successful candidate will:

  • develop business plans that establish a rapport, promote partnerships and exceed the University's needs and expectations;
  • have a work history demonstrating strong employee engagement leadership skills, as well as previous supervisory experience and the ability to work collaboratively;
  • manage multiple priorities, demonstrate professional communication skills, and a passion for a high level of customer service;
  • prioritize tasks and exhibit flexibility to take on additional responsibilities as needed; and
  • manage the budget by increasing revenue and controlling costs, reviewing financial statements and tracking operating expenses.

Learn more about Simpson College at

At Sodexo, we believe every employee should have the resources to be their best. As part of our overall rewards, we offer benefits programs designed to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle including health, dental and vision insurance. We also offer other benefits like paid time off, financial and savings programs, 401k, and access to our employee assistance program and other discounts. Click here for more information about Sodexo’s Benefits.

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Working for Sodexo:
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.

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 - Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience

Basic Management Experience - 5 years

Basic Functional Experience - 5 years

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

Application Instructions

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