Executive Sous Chef - N/A09980
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Job Purpose

Overall responsibility and accountability for the entire culinary operation (for all restaurant outlets, function and banqueting venues) of the business unit with specific regard to:

  • maximising the revenue potential of culinary products
  • maintaining standards of kitchen operations aligned to leading practice in the industry (including health, hygiene, safety and environmental standards)
  • innovative culinary products; enhancements and production
  • procurement of best-price quality ingredients
  • control of kitchen operating equipment and stock
  • control of kitchen spend and wastage
  • team leadership
  • ensuring all culinary operational efforts achieve the unit€™s strategies and objectives


  • Grade 12/Matric
  • 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


  • 10 years in the culinary industry of which at least 5 years are at a management level
  • Demonstrated computer skills at an Intermediate level



Skills and Knowledge

  • Ability to work shifts that meet operational requirements
  • Mobility and ability to move around as per job requirements (including with the use of aids)
  • Physically able to move operating equipment
  • Ability to make use of intermediate computer skills in line with job requirements
  • Have an open attitude perform similar functions to those contained in this document , in alternative outlets due to operational requirements

Key Performance Areas:

  • Culinary Strategy Planning


  • Understand the F&B strategy and align Culinary objectives
  • Provide input into the strategic objectives for the Unit€™s F&B deliverables
  • Facilitate the project management and achievement of milestones of Culinary team€™s deliverables
  • Direct Culinary product analyses and benchmark with leading Culinary trends
  • Provide clear delegation of authority and accountability for deliverables within the kitchen
  • Communicate with all relevant Stakeholders internally at a unit and Group level
  • Manage and allocate people and operational resources
  • Align strategies with EE, SD and procurement transformation strategies which contribute towards BBBEE targets being achieved for the property
  • Culinary Product Innovation & Development


  • Track guest feedback with regards quality and presentation of food across the business unit
  • Conduct product performance analyses / reviews and make recommendations to address opportunities and gaps
  • Provide menu rationalisation on a regular basis or as required
  • Motivate new menu and recipe proposals and enhancements quarterly, annually or seasonally (as per outlet and target market requirements)
  • Budget and direct the implementation of approved menu items and recipes
  • Measure ROI and performance on a regular basis
  • Share unit successes with other operations
  • Culinary Standards & Governance


  • Oversee Kitchen working standards and processes at a unit level
  • Integrates Group standards into Unit Operations
  • Align practices with new legislative compliance around health, hygiene, safety and the environment
  • Implement sufficient control measures (including systems and processes) & checks within each department to mitigate any financial risk to the business.
  • Conduct weekly walkabouts of all kitchen areas to monitor compliance
  • Conduct cleaning spot checks and health, safety and hygiene inspections
  • Drive a waste management culture and ensure all staff are trained.
  • Participate in all month-end stock-takes
  • Participate in operating equipment counts
  • Work with internal stakeholders (F&B, maintenance, finance, HR, and security) to identify risk areas and address these
  • Reports


  • Monthly financial reporting; Food safety and hygiene audits (Quarterly); Cost of Sales


  • People management and Development



  • Communicate daily briefing sessions
  • Lead and motivate kitchen employees and promote positive working relationships, direction and support
  • Lead and oversee departmental communication ensuring employee and management interaction
  • Measure and develop strategies to enhance employee engagement
  • Identify and manage training, coaching and development requirements in line with strategic plans, e.g. skills shortages, succession plans, talent management
  • Encourage and manage team participation in culinary trade shows and competitions
  • Assess that competence levels of staff in the kitchen are sufficient to meet operational level requirements
  • Source and Select talent as per EE plan to build the future food and beverage talent pipeline
  • Performance Manage and coach reporting managers to ensure KPA€™s are achieved
  • Manage employee relations within the kitchen (monthly meetings with staff - formalised, minuted, issues addressed).
  • Financial management



  • Budget forecasts & control
  • Motivate and manage Capex requirements
  • Monitor and report on the 10 day, 20 day cost report results
  • Financial performance of the department including:


  • Salary forecast vs actuals €“ salary monthly forecast to be based on rosters. Track and monitor salary cost in relation to revenue achieved daily and make adjustments throughout the month to bring salary cost in line as a percentage of revenue.
  • Absenteeism €“ actively manage and report on absenteeism in line with company policy, rules, and regulations
  • Productivity €“ rations needs to be monitored daily to ensure staff are operating at the required level to achieve and exceed budgeted revenues with remedial action taken when not tracking on target.
  • Monitor departmental leave liability
  • Report on all Operational Expenses during financial review utilizing the financial pack, ensuring all items are in line with budget as a percentage of revenue; including the monitoring of par stock levels.
  • Report monthly on the function expense line, per outlet, justifying the use of the expense line in relation to revenue generation specifically relating to Food charges;
  • Check that a monthly Maintenance Report per department is submitted with progress on items stated on the report;
  • Strategize and implement cost saving initiatives throughout all outlets, ensuring that the guest experience is not affected;
  • Check all outlet staff wages / spend are in line with budget as a % of revenue; maintain productivity ratios of performance for line staff
  • Check all outlets operating expenses is in line with budget as a percentage of revenue
  • Continuously monitor slow moving stock in all outlets and compile a monthly report with action plan to minimize and reduce current slow moving stock as well as what action already taken


  • Stakeholder relationship management


  • Maintains regular communication with all relevant stakeholders with regards progress, issues, changes, etc. happening within the kitchen environment
  • Provides feedback on operations to Group Executive Chef on initiatives, performance, concerns, etc.
  • Manages non-conformance issues
  • Meetings attended as per schedule
  • Departments / staff are informed of information required to meet their needs and contributes to operational effectiveness
  • Department€™s objectives, standards and operating procedures are communicated to internal and external service providers as per SLA


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.