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Director of Food & Beverage

New Orleans, LA, USA | Highgate Hotels

  • Industry:
    Hospitality, Travel, & Leisure
  • Position Type:
    Full-Time
  • Functions:
    General Management
  • Experience:
    5-7 years
Job Description:
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We are searching for a Director of Food & Beverage to lead our F&B department!Are you passionate about food, beverage and hospitality?Then please let us hear from you!We are assembling a team of Food and Beverage professionals who love providing our guests with an unforgettable experience!Through knowledge, passion and professionalism we look to extend our brand of thoughtful hospitality to all that come through our door!


Situated at the end of famed Canal Street, The Westin New Orleans offers stunning views of the mighty Mississippi River and the French Quarter. Guests are just steps from the Shops at Canal Place and Harrah’s Casino and a short walk to the excitement of Bourbon Street and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The hotel features 462 rooms and suites, including a Presidential Suite, with Westin's signature Heavenly® bedding, 34,000-sq-ft of event space, a fully equipped WestinWORKOUT fitness center, a lobby bar Observatory 11 with the best view of the French Quarter anywhere, and a new restaurant Bistro at the Bend.


Overview


The Director of Food & Beverage is responsible for coordinating, supervising and directing all property food and beverage operations, while maintaining a profitable F&B department and high quality products and service levels. He/she is expected to market ideas to promote business; reduce employee turnover; maintain revenue and payroll budgets; and meet budgeted productivity while keeping quality consistently high.


Responsibilities



  • Employees must, at all times, be attentive, friendly, helpful, and courteous to all guests, managers, and fellow employees.

  • Supervise all F&B personnel.

  • Respond to guest complaints in a timely manner.

  • Prepare the F&B budget and monitor department performance with respect to the same. Perform any necessary follow-up, including forecasting.

  • Monitor industry trends, take appropriate action to maintain competitive and profitable operations.

  • Work with other Executive Committee members and keep them informed of F&B issues as they arise.

  • Keep immediate supervisor fully informed of all problems or matters requiring his/her attention.

  • Coordinate and monitor all phases of Loss Prevention in the F&B department.

  • Prepare and submit required reports in a timely manner.

  • Organize and conduct department meetings on a regular basis.

  • Monitor quality of service and product.

  • Cooperate in menu planning and preparation.

  • Ensure timely purchase of F&B items, within budget allocation.

  • Oversee operations of the employee cafeteria.

  • Ensure compliance with all local liquor laws, and health and sanitation regulations.

  • Ensure departmental compliance with SOP’s.

  • Ensure the training of department heads on SOP’s, report preparation, technical job tasks.

  • Attend and/or conduct departmental and hotel training (CARE, One to One), etc.

  • Interview candidates for front-of-house F&B positions and follow standards for hiring approvals.

  • Conduct and/or attend all required meetings, including pre-convention and post-convention meetings.

  • Ensure overall guest satisfaction.


Qualifications



  • At least 6 years of progressive experience in a hotel or a related field; or a 4-year college degree and at least 3 years of related experience; or a 2-year college degree and 4 or more years of related experience.

  • Must be proficient in Windows, Company approved spreadsheets and word processing.

  • Must have knowledge of F&B preparation techniques, health department rules and regulations, liquor laws and regulations.

  • Long hours sometimes required.

  • Medium work - Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 20 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.

  • Must be able to effectively communicate both verbally and written, with all level of employees and guests in an attentive, friendly, courteous and service oriented manner.

  • Must be effective at listening to, understanding, and clarifying concerns raised by employees and guests.

  • Must be able to multitask and prioritize departmental functions to meet deadlines.

  • Approach all encounters with guests and employees in an attentive, friendly, courteous and service-oriented manner.

  • Attend all hotel required meetings and trainings.

  • Participate in M.O.D. coverage as required.

  • Maintain regular attendance in compliance with Highgate Hotel Standards, as required by scheduling, which will vary according to the needs of the hotel.

  • Maintain high standards of personal appearance and grooming, including wearing nametags.

  • Comply with Highgate Hotel Standards and regulations to encourage safe and efficient hotel operations.

  • Maximize efforts towards productivity, identify problem areas and assist in implementing solutions.

  • Must be effective in handling problems, including anticipating, preventing, identifying and solving problems as necessary.

  • Must be able to understand and evaluate complex information, data, etc. from various sources to meet appropriate objectives.

  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality of information.

  • Perform other duties as requested by management.

  • Maintain a warm and friendly demeanor at all times.


Highgate is a leading real estate investment and hospitality management company widely recognized as an innovator in the industry. Highgate is the dominant player in major U.S. gateway cities including New York, Boston, Miami, San Francisco and Honolulu, with a growing Caribbean and Latin America footprint. The hospitality forward company provides expert guidance through all stages of the property cycle, from planning and development through recapitalization or disposition. Highgate has a proven record of developing its diverse portfolio of bespoke lifestyle hotel brands, legacy brands, and independent hotels and resorts with contemporary programming and digital acumen. The company utilizes industry-leading revenue management tools that efficiently identify and predict evolving market dynamics to drive outperformance and maximize asset value. With an executive team consisting of some of the most experienced hotel management leaders, the company is a trusted partner for top ownership groups and major hotel brands. Highgate maintains corporate offices in New York, Chicago, Dallas, London, Miami, and Seattle. 


Highgate Hotels, L.P. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and maintains the policy of recruiting and retaining the best-qualified personnel who demonstrate the ability to perform competently and work well with others. It is the policy of Highgate Hotels to provide equal employment opportunity regardless of race (including traits historically or culturally associated with race, such as hair texture and protective hairstyles), religion (including religious dress and religious grooming), color, age (40 and over), genetic information, disability (mental and physical), medical condition (as defined under state law), national origin (including language use restrictions and possession of a driver’s license issued under section 12801.9 of the California Vehicle Code), ancestry, sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression), sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, parental status, domestic partner status, citizenship status, pregnancy (including perceived pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, or pregnancy-related conditions), military caregiver status, military status, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law. This policy of nondiscrimination is applied to all aspects of the employment relationship. The Company complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and applicable state and local laws in ensuring equal opportunity and employment for qualified persons with disabilities. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.


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