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 684069 - Director, Culinary Solutions - Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job information
Posted by: Sodexo Inc. 
Hiring entity type: Food Service and Restaurant 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: US$1000 - 70000
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Service/Skilled - Food & Nutritional Services
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 684069 / Latpro-3807082 
Date posted: Jul-20-2021
State, Zip: Illinois, 60661


System ID 684069
Category Culinary
Relocation Type Yes - According to Grade
Employment Status Full-Time

Unit Description

Director, Culinary Solutions - Airline Lounges

Does your background say you are a High-Level Culinarian!

Are you the CULINARY LEADER we are looking for?

Sodexo has an exciting opportunity for a Director, Culinary Solutions to provide leadership to our Airline Lounges. We are seeking a Culinary executive to have the dynamic style of providing our customers a quality experience.

A little bit about Airline Lounge Business:

Away from the hustle and bustle of the airport, the airport lounges are dedicated spaces for elite passengers to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy chef created dishes or order from the full-service bar which serves premium wine and spirits.

Check out more about Airline Lounge Hospitality!

Position Overview: Reporting directly to our Vice President of Hospitality, you will support and direct the culinary solutions for the Airline Lounges segment.

This includes the following key duties:

  • Develop long-term culinary innovation strategies and culinary standards that balance consumer and client expectations with pre-determined financial goals.
  • Create customized and distinct culinary experiences through comprehensive knowledge of global cuisines.
  • Formulate, write, and collaborate on all client partner seasonal menus, signature and curated items.
  • Utilize agreed Sodexo food management and transformation platforms.
  • Collaborate on all R&D, Sales (RFI - RFP) projects.
  • Lead and manage day-to-day & develop culinary talent at all levels within the segment.
  • Provide coaching, mentoring and balanced feedback to all culinary team members.
  • Support pre-openings, openings, re-starts and new seasonal menu launches.
  • Own all Chef - Partner relationships, setting goals and managing all expectations.

The successful candidate will:

  • Oversee procurement resources within the Airline Lounges segment
  • Consider all consumer insights and trends when developing menus
  • Create significant menu and food programming "differentiation" between client partners
  • Drive culinary program consistency
  • Champion food and physical safety programs
  • Collaborate with other Sodexo segment culinary teams

This position is a virtual position and requires 50 to 60% travel. The candidate must live near a major airport hub.

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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Position Summary

The Director of Culinary will work with Global Executive Chef to help establish Sodexo as the culinary leader in the marketplace by:

  • Leading the design and deployment of global standards for culinary quality and execution as well as global frameworks for recipe and menu development that insure optimized costs and financial performance
  • Responsible for driving culinary innovation through trend utilization and efficient recipe/menu design that will drive consumer satisfaction and reduce cost
    Manage culinary network with key culinary leaders in each segment
  • Build closer collaboration with teams in the field and deploy best practices
  • Support Global Executive Chef with strategic plans, ROI scenarios, business plans and lead region teams in their implementation.
  • Acting as the global ambassador representing Sodexo's culinary principles & heritage and voicing these key messages to stakeholders (internal/external) as well as the marketplace at large.

Qualifications & Requirements

Basic Education Requirement - Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience

Basic Management Experience - 10 years

Basic Functional Experience - 10 years

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


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