Dining Room Assistant Manager

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The Dining Room Assistant Manager is responsible for the management and operational success of the Front of the House (FOH) at Waters Edge Winery. Success is defined by:

  • Having a FOH team that is delivering excellent customer service, engaged in their work and are learning.
  • Operational excellence in the dining room and bar that leaves guests satisfied with the quality and consistency of the experience at Waters Edge, enough to return
  • Executing memorable catered and special events that exceed guest expectations, creates new brand ambassadors and results in new business
  • Support operations as need by filling in for the duties of other leaders

Reports to: Winery Owners and General Manager

Positions Reporting to the Assistant Manager: Sommelier, all FOH staff

Peers with: Executive Chef, Vintner, Sales and Marketing Assistant Manager

Work Schedule: Full-Time Position

Essential Job Functions:

Team Management

  • Manage day-to-day operations of dining room with the service team to ensure readiness at opening and prior to service rushes.
  • Assist in on the job training and continuing training for all service staff to provide for the best guest experience.
  • Work with the leadership team to develop team members' wine knowledge.
  • Document any gaps in staff performance within two days of the incident and discuss with the staff member.
  • Promote teamwork among staff through effective communication, follow through and goal setting.
  • Work with GM to write schedules to ensure adequate coverage for dining room operations

Operational Excellence

  • Work with service staff to setup/breakdown all service areas at the beginning and end of assigned shifts.
  • Ensure that all service areas are adequately stocked with smallwares and perishables to prevent delays in guest service.
  • Manage day-to-day dining room and bar service.
  • Empower service staff to handle guest complaints, working with them to find mutually satisfying solutions, assisting when a resolution can not be found.
  • Conduct opening and closing procedures with the Revel POS system, reporting and interpreting sales data as requested.
  • Maintain high standards for the personal appearance and uniforms of FOH staff.
  • Work with all service staff to fairly distribute and report tips.
  • Troubleshoot problems with Revel POS, reporting to GM, owners and Revel as needed
  • Regularly inventory smallwares, reporting needs to GM.
  • Ensure cleanliness of all service areas, including bathrooms, Dining Room, Private Party Room, Patio, Bar and retail area in partnership with service staff.
  • Maintain tables, chairs, bar and everything in service areas in good, working condition, quickly reporting maintenance needs to owners/GM
  • Maintain a working knowledge of the food menu, wine menu, products and procedures being able to answer in depth guest questions
  • Work with service staff to ensure that all guests served alcohol are of legal drinking age and prevent over consumption.
  • Manage the safe service of alcohol according to ServSafe Alcohol principles and local regulations.

Event Management

  • Work with the sales & marketing assistant manager and chef to execute events.
  • Assist in event planning as needed

Operational support

  • Serve as the Sales & Marketing Assistant manager as needed by schedule and business volume.

Any other duties assigned by owners or the General Manager.

A person that will be successful in this job has the ability to:

  • Be an ambassador for our brand, gaining satisfaction from wine service, knowledge, team building and making our guests feel like Waters Edge Winery is their home away from home.
  • Assist in developing a results-oriented staff through effective training, evaluation, motivation, coaching and counseling. Ability to assist others in developing needed skills for effective job performance.
  • Positively interact with diverse personalities, including co-workers, subordinates, guests, and purveyors in a variety of work situations. Must have active listening and effective communication skills.
  • Be passionate about food and its role in the organization to enhance the wine drinking experience.
  • Positively distribute responsibility to others to meet objectives and achieve desired results.
  • Recognize problems and to find solutions creatively and expeditiously.
  • Set priorities and use initiative; solid decision-maker.
  • Be detail-oriented, multi-task and effectively prioritize in a continuously changing environment.
  • Be self-directed while working in a team-oriented environment.
  • Work a flexible schedule; able and willing to work nights, weekends, and long hours as business volume demands.
  • Responding to management’s direction and solicit feedback to improve performance.

Desired/Required Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree / higher education qualification in Hotel Management, Culinary Arts, or related field preferred. Equivalent experience will be considered.
  • At least 2 years of successful restaurant management experience required, verified by references.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of wine varietals, regions and types
  • Effective communication skills and adaptable communication style for interacting with team members, upper management and clients
  • ServSafe Manager Certified preferred - will train as needed

Physical Requirements:

  • Requires visual acuity and ability to hear to clearly communicate with managers, coworkers, guests, and vendors.
  • Must be able to sit, stand. and walk for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to reach with arms and hands.
  • Must be able to lift and/or move up to 60 lbs.

Must have finger to hand dexterity to be able to grip, grasp items or equipment