The renowned Sage Restaurant Group is set to hire an accomplished General Manager of Food and Beverage to lead the Mercat a la Planxa a modern interpretation of timeless Catalan traditions. Mercat offers an authentic dining experience that combines fresh meats and produce with the energetic spirit of a Barcelona market. The interiors boast bright, rich fabrics and weathered mosaic tiles, accented by dynamic sculptural furniture and distinctive art murals. The inspired menu offers diners the chance to experience the rich culture of Barcelona, whether they’re savoring small plates, distinctive steaks, or sampling from Mercat’s extensive cava, sangria, and wine or bar selections. Mercat a la Planxa combines the best of both the old and new worlds, bringing a Catalan aesthetic to the heart of Chicago.
Sage Restaurant Group’s mission is to create the best restaurants in the world, we focus on building independent restaurants and lounges adjacent to our hotels in prime locations. We connect with the people that live and work in the communities we serve by providing innovative, playful, locally focused food and beverage experiences.
This role will report to the Divisional Vice President of Operations within Sage Restaurant Group as well as partnering with a collaborative leadership team that takes pride in excellence and is a great steward of its properties. You will oversee the entire food and beverage operation that includes a 3-meal a day restaurant, bar, catering, in-room dining, and over 15,000 sq. ft. of banquet space on the property.
Your success will be measured by your ability to:
•Achieve both revenue and profit budgets
•Improve all sources of guest satisfaction
•Develop internal talent into next Sage Restaurant Group leaders
•Establish outstanding relationships within the thriving Chicago community
The ideal candidate has a background in high volume independent restaurants, extensive experience in banquet and catering environments, strong business acumen, and proven track record of developing marketing techniques to develop strategies that drive scalable business. Bachelor degree is highly preferred.
General Manager of Food and Beverage
Mercat a la Planxa
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The General Manager of Food and Beverage is responsible for successfully driving all food and beverage operations; including banquets, culinary and restaurant outlets. Ensures high food quality and service levels while maximizing revenue, accurate forecasting and budgeting. Ensure accurate inventory controls are implemented, menus are continually updated and food costs are kept in line. Develop and implement annual budgets and marketing plans to penetrate new sales opportunities and maximize use within existing markets. Must demonstrate excellent leadership, communication and team building skills with associates, peers and across departments.
Dealing with Ambiguity
Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn’t upset when things are up in the air; doesn’t have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.
Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective; trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective; is future oriented; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.
Confronting Direct Reports
Deals with problem direct reports firmly and in a timely manner; doesn’t allow problems to fester; regularly reviews performance and holds timely discussions; can make negative decisions when all other efforts fail; deal effectively with troublemakers.
Sizing Up People
Is good judge of talent; after reasonable exposure, can articulate the strengths and limitations of people inside or outside the organization; can accurately project what people are likely to do across a variety of situations.
Knowledgeable about how organizations work; knows how to get things done both through formal channels and the informal network; understands the origin and reasoning behind key policies, practices and procedures; understands the cultures of organizations.
Requires advanced knowledge of the principles and practices within the food & beverage/hospitality profession. This includes the knowledge required for management of people, complex problems and food and beverage management.
Must possess highly developed communication skills to negotiate, convince, sell and influence other managerial personnel, hotel guest(s), and/or corporate clients.
Must have excellent vision for administrative responsibilities (i.e., forecast, purchase orders, budget review and invoice approval).
Must be literate for written guest communication, administrative and Human Resource responsibilities. Requires excellent reading and writing abilities 100% of the work day.
Limited physical requirements in order to assist various outlets during peak business demands (i.e., banquet room turns, restaurant bussing, etc.).
Bending/kneeling - as directed above.
Physical ability to supervise on-floor activities required 60% of work day.
Climbing Stairs - up to 20 steps 20%of work day.
Chemicals/Agents – Limited access in the course of supervising the sanitation of the operation.
A four year college degree or interaction education/experience
Four to five years of employment in a related position with this company or other organization(s)
Various business equipment in order to perform administrative responsibilities
Inside 90% of the work day.
Due to responsibility of total operation, specifically sanitation standards, position requires 10% of work day inspecting various walk-in coolers, temperatures ranging as low as 30 degrees.
Full Time - Regular