How to write a Kitchen Manager job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Kitchen Manager job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Kitchen Manager job titles

    Kitchen Manager
    Kitchen Manager (4+ Years’ Experience)
    Restaurant Kitchen Manager
    Kitchen Manager (Part-Time)
    Kitchen Supervisor

Kitchen Manager job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Kitchen Manager job summary

Our small casual dining establishment needs a Kitchen Manager to take over the operations of our kitchen staff. The successful candidate will have culinary and management experience. We’re looking for a creative, motivating professional who doesn’t mind contributing to prep work or delivering food when necessary, but who won’t be afraid to delegate. You will report to the Restaurant Manager and have the opportunity to hire and train staff. The job requires approximately 50 hours per week with some nights and weekends each month.

Kitchen Manager responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of Kitchen Manager responsibilities

    Order supplies, food and ingredients based on rapidly shifting demand
    Hire and train kitchen staff in specific stations, and cross-train as necessary
    Create schedules for kitchen staff to ensure there are always enough workers to meet the demand, particularly for the lunch rush
    Maintain inventory levels and conduct full weekly inventory
    Schedule and oversee necessary maintenance and repairs on kitchen appliances
    Assist the Restaurant Manager with menu changes and adjustments based on seasonal availability
    Respond personally to guest questions and complaints

Kitchen Manager qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Kitchen Manager skills

    5+ years’ culinary experience
    2+ years’ restaurant management experience
    Ability to work well under pressure and in a fast-paced environment
    Excellent written and oral communication skills
    Capable of conducting and assessing restaurant inventory
    Willing to work a flexible schedule
    Experience with delegating tasks and maintaining fast speed of service

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