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Executive Kitchen Manager

Location: 798 W. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, IL
Brand: Cooper's Hawk

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Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants was created with the inspiration of bringing the Napa Valley experience to all of America, by combining an elegant tasting room with a polished casual restaurant and scratch kitchen. Cooper's Hawk wines have won hundreds of awards and are the Official Wines of the Screen Actors Guild® Awards. We are built upon the belief that food and wine hold the power to forge a COMMUNITY, and with the world's largest wine club membership, we are paving the way to democratizing the good life!

As Executive Kitchen Manager, you’ll oversee a fast-paced, high-volume scratch kitchen, driving the culinary execution of our uniquely inspired menu that is thoughtfully paired with our Cooper’s Hawk wines.  You’ll provide team leadership and development so you can work together to achieve operational excellence in food quality, consistency, safety and service. 

What You’ll Do 

  • Oversee overall kitchen operations 
  • Partner closely with the Culinary kitchen team to embrace and execute new menu items  
  • Adhere to policies and manage and train others on standard operating systems and procedures
  • Ensure collaboration between kitchen and front of house operations 
  • Represent company values and create a respectful, positive and professional work environment
  • Manage people by: 
    • Conducting and overseeing final interviews and approving kitchen team member hiring decisions
    • Introducing and supervising the implementation of kitchen training materials to the team
    • Reviewing and approving schedules to align with forecasting in a timely manner
    • Developing and retaining Managers and Team Members
  • Lead menu and system rollouts and kitchen initiatives
  • Lead Community meetings based on Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants’ values and have open communication to inspire the team
  • Demonstrate depth of knowledge in food quality and recipes
  • Execute private events, including monthly themed Wine Club dinners
  • Maximize financial and operational results
  • Work closely with management teams to conduct weekly food inventory
  • Effectively operate computer systems including a POS System, Online Team Member Scheduler, Inventory/Ordering software and the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Maintain a safe and healthy work environment and uphold food safety standards
  • Maintain a professional image by adhering to guidelines listed in the Team Member Handbook
  • Other duties as assigned 

 What You’ll Need 

  •  2-3 years of kitchen management experience in a full-service restaurant. Scratch kitchen experience preferred 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Ability to read, understand and communicate in English 
  • Demonstrates financial acumen 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Preferred certifications include ServSafe and state/local licensing requirements
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to stand for at least 10 hours per shift
  • Must have the ability to work 50-60 hours per week
  • Must be able to work flexible shifts and schedules, inclusive of weekends and some holidays 

Cooper’s Hawk reviews several factors when establishing compensation. Salaries and hourly wages appearing in a job posting may be published by third parties and may not reflect the salaries or hourly wages offered by Cooper’s Hawk.     

Cooper’s Hawk is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to the person’s race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Cooper’s Hawk makes reasonable accommodations during all aspects of the employment process, including during the interview process.     

The information provided above indicates the general nature and level of work required of the position and is not a comprehensive list of all responsibilities or qualifications. The Benefits list is only a highlight of some of the benefits offered to team members; eligibility for certain benefits apply. 

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