Sous Chef - N/A09199
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Job Purpose

Manages the day to day delivery of the food production operation and culinary team within a specific outlet with the objectives of delivering quality culinary products, maximising revenue through controlling operational efficiencies and productivities, operating equipment and stock, in line with Company standards


  • 3-Year Culinary Diploma or equivalent National Culinary Qualification at a Diploma level
  • Membership with South African Chef€™s Association and other relevant culinary accreditation


  • 5-6 years experience and track record in a similarly graded hotel / restaurant kitchen environment of which at least 2 years experience must have been as a chef de partie

Skills and Knowledge

  • Culinary SME
  • Analytical skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate at all levels
  • Strong organisational and planning skills
  • Strong decision-making skills
  • Financial knowledge

Key Performance Areas:

Delivered Culinary Business Plan for the Outlet

  • In collaboration with the Executive Sous Chef, develop outlet objectives and deliverables in line with the Culinary strategy
  • Facilitate the communication and implementation of Culinary deliverables for the outlet
  • Provide clear delegation of authority and accountability for deliverables
  • Manage and allocate people and operational resources
  • Communicate plans relative to promotions and strategies to relevant staff and stakeholders within the unit
  • Align plans with EE, SD and procurement transformation strategies which contribute towards BBBEE targets being achieved for the property

Shift management

  • Put in place staff scheduling and duty allocations to ensure coverage
  • Handle shift briefings / handovers / shift reports
  • Manage the preparation of mise-en-place
  • Complete opening and closing checklists
  • Interact and be present on the floor during service to ensure food quality and presentation in line with standards
  • Handle any special requests, special requirements, recommendations, concerns, resolution of complaints, issues experienced during service etc.
  • Manage staff appearance and kitchen appearance/ functioning of equipment and systems for the outlet
  • Report and resolve any issues experienced
  • Monitor the cleanliness and hygiene of the kitchen before, during and after service

Outlet Product Enhancement

  • Keep up to date with regards food products, trends and cooking methodologies required to deliver menus
  • Monitor products and pricing within the outlet
  • Make recommendations of improvements to the product / menu offering
  • Compile and co-ordinate the culinary promotional calendar for the outlet
  • Monitor standards in the outlet and identify any areas of concern

Culinary Standards & Governance

  • Conduct maintenance and hygiene inspections in all areas of the kitchen
  • Monitor health, safety, hygiene and environmental elements in the outlet
  • Manage the control and storage of stock, operating expenses (gas) and operating supplies (packaging, chemicals), equipment as per SOP for the outlet
  • Investigate variances / discrepancies and take necessary action to correct
  • Monitor Culinary standards and processes
  • Control waste for the outlet
  • Work with internal stakeholders (maintenance, finance, HR, and security) to identify risk areas and address these

Outlet Budget Management

  • Collaborate with the Executive Sous Chef to complete the planning for the Budget and forecasts for the outlet
  • Motivate and manage Capex requirements for the outlet
  • Authorise spend in line with budget
  • Monitor food costs (purchases related to revenue)
  • Food recipe €“ All menu item food recipes to be documented, updated and captured into the system MC or IFS to ensure accurate food theoretical.
  • Manage the conducting of accurate stock takes for the outlet in line with Company process. Report on any variances for the outlet
  • Produce a 10-day / 20-day and monthly food cost report
  • Monitor departmental leave liability
  • Check and report on all outlet staff wages / spend are in line with budget as a % of revenue; maintain productivity ratios of performance for line staff
  • Procurement €“ All supplier prices and supplier price quotes to be reviewed and monitored on a monthly basis going forward to ensure we monitor and track price movements to minimize input cost fluctuations.
  • Contribute to month-end financial commentary for the outlet

Customer Relationship Management

  • Ensures that guests are treated with courtesy and respect at all times
  • Interact with guests and provide professional service standards and solutions
  • Handle any escalated complaints, disputes and suggestions as required
  • Engage with customers and provide a customer experience within the outlet / on the floor that will support brand loyalty ensuring SI as the brand of choice
  • Be present on the floor during service / promotions or functions
  • Conduct staff training on product knowledge / promotions (including promotion information, functions, facilities, etc)
  • Provide post-mortem feedback with regards promotions to ensure these are always relevant and effective
  • Shift handover ensures that staff have sufficient insights and information with regards VIP customers visiting the property

People Management

  • Manage staff conditions of employment, e.g. attendance, absenteeism, leave, adherence to policies and procedures
  • Identification of employee training needs
  • Perform on the job training and coaching to close developmental gaps and build succession for a talent pipeline within the outlet
  • Manage employee relations within the department
  • Staff communication and motivation
  • Performance contracting, reviews and development
  • Provides resources and removes obstacles to performance


Preference will be given to employees from the designated groups in line with the provisions of the Employment Equity Act, No. 55 of 1998, SISA internal recruitment policy as well as units employment equity plans.