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VIAD EXECUTIVE CHEF in Columbia Falls, Montana

The Executive Chef at Glacier Park Collection (GPC) coordinates the activities of and directs training for all chefs, cooks, and other Culinary Food & Beverage team members engaged in the preparation of a wide variety of quality menu items. The Executive Chef is responsible to ensure a focus on Pursuit Core Values, exceptional hospitality, vision, efficiency and profitable culinary service in all GPC Food & Beverage locations. This role reports directly to the VP-General Manager of GPC to ensure the highest level of strategic vision, quality and delivery.

  • Directly supervise employees in the Food & Beverage Culinary Department

  • Carries out a variety of supervisory responsibilities including the interviewing, hiring, and training of F&B employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

  • Plans or participates in the design and engineering of all menus

  • Ensures locally-sourced ingredients are utilized when possible, and that relationships with local providers are established and maintained

  • Reviews menus on a regular basis, adjusting as appropriate to ensure creativity, quality and efficiency

  • Ensures efficient inventory and utilization of food surpluses and leftovers, taking into account probable number of guests, marketing conditions, popularity of various dishes, and complexity of menu

  • Estimates food consumption and purchases or requisitions foodstuffs and kitchen supplies accordingly

  • Continuously analyzes recipes to ensure relevant updates are made in keeping with current tastes

  • Uses available data to properly determine food, labor, and overhead costs, and works with members of the Finance and RevMax team to determine appropriate menu pricing options, including daily rates and specials

  • Directs food apportionment policies to control costs

  • Supervises prep staff, cooks and all other kitchen team members, providing coaching and mentoring to develop strong talent and ensure high levels of engagement

  • Coordinates with all F&B team members to ensure proper labor management, work schedules, and assignments of tasks to ensure efficient, high quality, economical and timely food production

  • Continually observes methods of food preparation to ensure appropriate food safety, portion sizes, garnishing, visual plating is consistently prepared with high quality

  • Ensures ongoing quality assurance by working closely with culinary staff and ensuring menu sampling as appropriate

  • Creates a positive team environment in each kitchen, working closely with both new and experiences chefs, cooks and mentoring programs for F&B apprentices

  • Works closely with People & Culture staff to create and implement reward and recognition programs for F&B teams, and to drive a high level of staff engagement

  • Ensures that nutrition specifications and sanitation standards are established and maintained for all restaurants

  • Travels to all GPC food and beverage outlets on a regular basis as determined by season and the needs of the business

  • Other duties as assigned to support the overall needs of the business

This list of duties is intended to be representative of many of the tasks associated with this role. However, Pursuit and the Glacier Park Collection reserve the right to modify, add, remove, or otherwise change duties at their discretion based on the needs of the business.

Ideal Experience

  • Culinary degree or minimum of 5+ years of experience in a multi-unit Food & Beverage operation in a senior level chef role, preferably including time in a high-volume, seasonal hospitality environment and multi-geography company required

  • Experience working directly in a highly-collaborative, team environment including an ability to build relationships and working positively with team members across multiple departments.

  • Experience working with MS Office tools at a competent level to provide summaries, reports and analyses of F&B operations

  • Experience working with F&B POS systems or other analytical tools used in hospitality businesses that inform performance of an F&B business

  • Experience with recent menu engineering and design of kitchen operations that are efficient and able to handle seasonal fluctuations and guest-driven culinary expectations

  • Must possess valid Driver’s License and current Passport with ability to support both U.S. and Canadian culinary operations

  • ServSafe, T.I.P.S., and formal Culinary certifications desired

Critical Competencies

  • Must communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing, with a solid attention to detail.

  • Must bring a keen eye for detail, organization, safety and cleanliness to improve GPC back-of-house culinary operations

  • Must bring a positive, helpful, team-oriented, “we can do this together” attitude to all aspects of the job that inspires others

  • Must exhibit a real curiosity about the business for not only F&B, but also GPC and for Pursuit overall

  • Must ask good questions and drill down into details to improve the business

  • Must process information quickly and take initiative to recommend solutions to F&B challenges

  • Must stay cool under pressure by being resilient, adaptable and flexible

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. This role is based in the Glacier Park Collection’s Columbia Falls, MT office, but travel to and from all other GPC culinary locations on a regular basis is required. This includes cross-border travel. The successful candidate must be willing to relocate to Montana and must be eligible to work in the United States. Pursuit is an Equal Opportunity employer.

  • This role is based in the Glacier Park Collection’s Columbia Falls, MT office, but travel to and from all other GPC culinary locations on a regular basis is required. This includes cross-border travel.

  • Re-location to East Glacier Park during summer operating season required.

  • The successful candidate must be willing to relocate to Montana and must be eligible to work in the United States.

Job ID # (iCIMS): 2019-13058

External Company Name: Glacier Park Collection by Pursuit

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Street: Columbia Falls Office