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Sales Associate

Ridgewells Catering, Washington DC’s go-to caterer for stunning events and culinary innovation, is seeking a Sales Associate to support an Event Designer. This entry level position is an exciting opportunity to grow and train along a specific track towards becoming an Event Designer, in a dynamic and creative environment. Sales Associates require strong planning and organizational skills, an eye for creative event design, and a passion for all things culinary. Responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting in the planning, designing, and execution of corporate and social events to deliver exceptional and unconventional guest experiences.
  • Helping the Event Designer by curating proposals, mood boards, and other supporting presentation materials that “Wow!” in response to each client’s vision and budget.
  • Supporting the Event Designer in managing assigned and solicited accounts.
  • Collaborating with our culinary team to develop fresh and inspired customized menus to match each client’s unique event.
  • Responding to client inquiries in a timely manner with superior customer service, via both phone and email.
  • Entering sales and event information into event software, and reconciling Event Analysis reports.
  • Assisting the Event Designer with all administrative functions.
  • Attending meetings, site visits, tastings, and events.
  • Acting as a liaison between the client and internal departments to ensure that event contracts are fulfilled.
  • Assisting the Event Designer to help achieve a monthly sales budget.

A successful candidate will be polished and professional both in person and over the phone, have the ability to think and work proactively and creatively, and will be responsive and timely in order to meet firm deadlines. Job requirements include but are not limited to:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, Business Administration, Event Management, or a related field.
  • 1+ Years of professional or internship experience in event production, catering, sales and/or customer service.
  • Knowledge and interest in food and beverage is a must.
  • Impeccable organization and attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, including Publisher and PowerPoint.
  • English fluency is required. Second language is appreciated.
  • Exceptional communication skills (written and verbal), and the ability to take direction.
  • Team player with an outgoing, helpful personality, and positive “can-do” attitude, and a willingness to be a part of a welcoming and exciting company culture!
  • Ability to work events in and around the DC area that may take place on nights, weekends, holidays, and early mornings.

How to Apply: Please put “Sales Associate” in the subject field of email

Email: HR@ridgewells.com

Pastry Cook

Ridgewells Catering is seeking a Pastry Cook to join our bakery team. This candidate will be responsible for preparing and baking cakes, cookies, pies, breads, pastries and other desserts according to recipes. This candidate should have the ability to decorate cakes and pastries at a high level. Should be able to prepare ice creams, confections, chocolates and plated desserts. Have the ability to assist in creating and testing new recipes. Should be able to safely use all baking equipment and utilize proper food handling techniques following the health and safety standards. This candidate should maintain a clean and organized work area. Requirements for this position is a minimum of 2 years of experience as a pastry and dessert cook, and a minimum of 1 year of experience as a baker, in a hotel, resort or a restaurant setting, good self-discipline with an ability to complete tasks independently. Strong artistic and decorative talents with great attention to detail. Candidate must complete a 1-2 day stage in order to be considered for this position.

How to Apply: Please put “Pastry Cook” in the subject field of email

Email: HR@ridgewells.com

Executive Sous Chef

Ridgewells is seeking to hire an Executive Chef to join our culinary production team. This candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day food production of our high volume operation. Candidate must maintain the highest quality food standard and ensure that food is prepared in an organized, efficient and timely manner. Responsibilities include: utilization of high sanitation standards and monitoring the overall cleanliness of the department; establishing food preparation deadlines through effective management of staff within the department and assisting in menu planning, preparation of budgets, management of payroll, food cost control and other records. Must have a proven record in managing high volume kitchen operation and working well in high-pressure situations. Ideal candidate should have the following qualities: leadership abilities, working as a team player, problem solving, prioritizing and delegating. A culinary degree and a minimum of 5 years culinary management experience are required.

How to Apply: Please put “Executive Sous Chef” in the subject field of email

Email: HR@ridgewells.com

Prep Cook

Ridgewells the premier catering company in the Washington, DC area is seeking a Prep Cook to join our food production team. Candidates must have experience with all cold food production including; salads, vinaigrettes, cold sauces, soups, charcuterie, hors d’oeuvres, fruits, etc. Must have the ability to read and execute recipes written in English, understands and practices proper time and temperature controls as defined under county, state and federal guidelines, and must have good knife skills. Candidate must have at least 3 years’ of catering/hotel experience with all cold food production. Must have the ability to work as a team member in a high volume environment and practice good communication skills. Servsafe certification is preferred. Candidate must complete a 1-2 day stage in order to be considered for this position.

How to Apply: Please put “Prep Cook” in the subject field of email

Email: HR@ridgewells.com

Event Designer

Ridgewells Catering, Washington DC’s go-to caterer for stunning events and culinary innovation, is seeking an Event Designer to join its Sales Team. This position requires strong planning and organizational skills, along with a creative eye for fresh trends in event design and culinary activations, and prior experience reaching sales goals and objectives. Event Designers are the backbone of our Sales Team, and are dedicated team players and brand ambassadors. Responsibilities will include:

  • Planning, designing, and executing innovative corporate and social events to deliver exceptional and unconventional guest experiences.
  • Presenting proposals that “Wow!” in response to each client’s vision and budget.
  • Collaborating with our culinary team to develop fresh and inspired customized menus to match each client’s unique event.
  • Responding to client inquiries in a timely manner with knowledgeable customer service and creative expertise, and completing timely post-event follow-up.
  • Managing assigned and solicited accounts to achieve a monthly sales budget.
  • Seeking new business through attending networking events and conducting prospecting activities, and working proactively to develop and convert prospects into repeat clients.
  • Entering sales and event information into event software.
  • Scheduling and attending site-visits.
  • Coordinating third-party vendors and contracts to enhance event experiences.
  • Working closely with Accounting to ensure accurate final billing for all services.
  • Acting as a liaison between the client and internal departments to ensure that event contracts are fulfilled for flawless results.

A successful candidate will be results-oriented and entrepreneurial minded, maintain adaptability and flexibility in high volume and fast-paced environments, have the ability to think intuitively and work proactively, and the ability to identify and resolve problems through effective decision-making. Job requirements include but are not limited to:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, Business Administration, Event Management, or a related field.
  • 5+ Years of progressive experience in hospitality, event production, catering, sales and/or customer service.
  • A proven track record of strong sales experience and successfully achieving sales goals.
  • Knowledge and interest in food and beverage is a must. Specific experience in catering and/or event production for off-site events preferred.
  • Impeccable organization and attention to detail.
  • Exceptional communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Fluency in MS Office Suite, including Publisher and PowerPoint.
  • English fluency is required. Second language is appreciated.
  • Team player with an outgoing, helpful personality, and positive “can-do” attitude, and a willingness to be a part of a welcoming and exciting company culture!
  • Ability to work events in and around the DC area that may take place on nights, weekends, holidays, and early mornings.

How to Apply: Please put “Event Designer” in the subject field of email

Email: HR@ridgewells.com

Account Manager

 

Haute Catering by Ridgewells is seeking a highly motivated professional to join their sales team as an Account Manager. This position will manage a portfolio of clients for one of our major locations on Capitol Hill.  Responsibilities will include: working with clients to plan customized menus in accordance with preferences, needs and budgets; collaborating with the culinary team to develop regionally inspired menus; designing a service plan for each client inclusive of staffing and equipment; serving as a liaison between the client and various departments to ensure all orders, special requests and service plans are accurately fulfilled; providing outstanding customer service that is responsive, knowledgeable and courteous; entering event and sales information into event software; accounting duties such as invoicing and accounts payable. A successful candidate should have at least two years of professional/food service sales experience with  proven customer service experience in high volume environments, strong organizational and communication skills with strict attention to detail.

How to Apply: Please put “Account Manager” in the subject field of email

Email: HR@ridgewells.com

Human Resources Generalist

 

Ridgewells Catering, Washington DC’s go-to caterer for stunning events and culinary innovation, is seeking a Human Resources Generalist to join the Human Resources Department. The human resource generalist is responsible for performing HR-related duties on a professional level and works closely with the HR Manager. This candidate will have responsibilities in the following functional areas; recruitment/employment, on-boarding, training, employee relations, benefit administration, performance management; policy implementation, and employment law compliance. A successful candidate must have a minimum of 2 years of basic knowledge of Human Resources concepts, principals and laws; have strong verbal and communication skills; be proficient in MS Office Suite, must be a team player with an outgoing, helpful personality, a positive “can-do” attitude, and a willingness to be a part of a welcoming exciting company culture. Experience working within a union environment is a plus, but not required. This candidate must be bilingual in Spanish.

How to Apply: Please put “Human Resources Generalist” in the subject field of email

Email: HR@ridgewells.com

Unit Manager

 

Haute Catering by Ridgewells is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Unit Manager to oversee a high profile account in Washington, DC. This position would lead the team that is responsible for servicing over 100 on-site conference rooms which would include on-site catering and logistics. A successful candidate will have proven customer service experience in high profile environments, adaptability and flexibility to changes, and the ability to think outside of the box. Responsibilities will include: assisting with the oversight of the daily operations, responding to inquiries and generating client proposals;accounting duties such as cash management, invoicing, and accounts payable;and maintaining proper sanitation, cleaning, and food safety standards. Requirements for this position include: A bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Hospitality Management, or other customer service related field; 2-4 years of experience in the hospitality or restaurant industry; the ability to handle multiple inquires while remaining organized and on schedule; effective leadership and management skills, the ability to problem solve quickly and effectively; and strong communication and organizational skills.

How to Apply: Please put “Unit Manager” in the subject field of email

Email: HR@ridgewells.com

Operations Manager, Major Events

 

Ridgewells Catering seeks a highly motivated and experienced professional to join the Major Events team as Operations Manager. This position will plan and oversee the catering and concessions operational design for one of Ridgewells’ major sporting event accounts.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Plan and execute all infrastructure and support needs for food service at all assigned events; ensure efficiencies and cohesion between catering and concessions operations at each site
  • Develop, communicate and implement standard operating procedures to ensure seamless execution, including site-specific food and beverage distribution plans
  • Plan and manage operational budgets; furnish creative solutions to improve efficiency and cut costs
  • Create timelines and coordinate logistics for load-in and teardown at each event with consideration for other vendors and clients on course
  • Procure all operational vendors and sub-contractors, building relationships and negotiating the best possible pricing and service contract terms
  • Train and manage full-time and contract staff, as well as a team of temporary event staff
  • Track invoices, operational expenses, and conduct post-event reconciliation with accuracy
  • Maintain organization and inventory of equipment and supplies
  • Attend site visits and vendor meetings as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Hospitality and Event Management, or related field
  • 6+ years of professional experience in event production, planning, operations and/or related field; experience in event concessions is a plus
  • Proven experience in high volume environments; comfortable working on multifaceted projects
  • Ability to adapt in fast-paced environments and thrive under pressure
  • Strong organizational skills with strict attention to detail
  • Exceptional communication skills (written and verbal); ability to build strong relationships
  • Solution-oriented team player with the ability to lead, train and motivate others
  • Proficiency in MS Office (specifically MS Excel) with the ability to pick up new computer programs quickly
  • Interest in food is a must
  • Some travel, including 30+ consecutive days from mid-May to mid-June

How to Apply: Please put “ME Operations Manager” in the subject field of email

Email: HR@ridgewells.com

Account Manager, Major Events

 

Ridgewells Catering is seeking a highly motivated, experienced professional to join our Major Events team as an Account Manager. This multifaceted position primarily focuses on sales and client relations for United States Golf Association championship accounts, but also has a hand in overall operations.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage a portfolio of assigned, high-end corporate clients
  • Create strategic client-facing materials and training documents and presentations
  • Create customized menus to match each client’s budget and needs
  • Design individual service plans for each client inclusive of staffing levels and equipment needs
  • Coordinate all internal tastings with various departments
  • Serve as the liaison between our clients and the rest of the team to ensure a flawless experience
  • Use catering software to manage client info and place client orders
  • Train, manage and supervise front of house and back of house temporary staff
  • Handle all billing, invoicing and accounts payable functions for each client
  • Develop, implement and execute new ideas, methods and procedures to enhance the sales experience and improve the overall operation
  • Comply with all ServSafe and HACCP guidelines

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Hospitality, Event Management, or related field
  • 3+ years of professional experience in the event production, sales and/or customer service
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Team player with an outgoing, helpful personality, and positive, can-do attitude
  • Physical and mental capability to work long hours on your feet, while interacting with clients, guests and staff, at outdoor events
  • Proficient use of MS Office (specifically MS Excel) with the ability to learn new computer programs quickly – experience in Adobe InDesign and Photoshop are a plus
  • Some travel, including up to 30+ consecutive days in May and June
  • Knowledge and/or interest in food is a must

How to Apply: Please put “ME Account Manager” in the subject field of email

Email: HR@ridgewells.com

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