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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. | Woodbridge, New Jersey
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Job Description

A glimpse at the job:
At Wegmans, we are able to make great meals easy for our customers thanks to the skills and passion of our culinary professionals. As a Wegmans Sous Chef, you will assist in setting the culinary standard throughout the store. You will use your culinary talents and managerial skills to oversee the Prepared Foods operations and work with a team to ensure the great tasting prepared foods our customers have come to know and love are available for their enjoyment.
I will add value by:
  • Overseeing all elements and operations of the Prepared Foods department, being responsible for sales, contribution (profit), retention, diversity and development as well as interviewing, selecting and arranging training of new team members
  • Delegating responsibilities to team members to allow them the chance to learn new tasks and develop skills, being sure to monitor progress and provide timely feedback on their performance
  • Monitoring the actions of team members to ensure they are following Wegmans recipes and cooking techniques and food is produced with a consistent outcome
  • Educating customers and employees on products in the department, making sure to share knowledge to offer complete meal solutions, suggest ways to prepare meal items and work across departments to eliminate knowledge barriers and exceed expectations
  • Communicating with store and area managers as well as team leaders and other employees to set and achieve goals and development plans for the department and its employees
  • Working with other departments to cross-merchandise products, utilize Peak of Perfection items in prepared food selections, and promote Make It or Take It options
  • Maintaining the overall appearance of the department to ensure products levels are sustained throughout the day and food is presented in eye-appealing ways to showcase quality and increase sales
  • Utilizing shrink when appropriate to reduce product cost and waste
  • Analyzing financial reports and product trends and reacting with the aim of increasing profitability in the department
  • Handling any problems that arise throughout the department, including any personnel issues or concerns with product, vendors, etc.
  • Ensuring all employees are properly handling products, using equipment and taking accurate logs in accordance with food safety and safety guidelines
What abilities I must bring to the table to be considered:
  • Experience working in a multi-faceted food service facility, including restaurant hotel, country club, conference center, casino, theme park, etc.
  • Experience as a Cook I with supervisory responsibilities
  • Understand, recognize and implement the company values; striving to make a difference by empowering employees and promoting high standards and excellence in all areas (Who We Are)
  • Use available resources to pursue goals and challenges with the intent of achieving results, striving for continued excellence and taking appropriate risks (Managing the 5 Measures)
  • Have a feel for business and collaborate with others to coordinate merchandising programs and other strategies focused on meeting customer needs, inspiring others to act on the merchant vision. Analyze market area and benchmark with competition to identify unique products and services
  • Demonstrate teambuilding by communicating a common purpose, empowering team members to contribute their best and selecting candidates with a variety of skills and styles for inclusion on the team. 
  • Drive knowledge based service by encouraging employees to learn about products and providing hands-on training that can be used to educate both customers and employees
  • Practice process management, organizing and coordinating activities and/ or people to get things done through execution and monitoring of recurring processes to achieve a high level of performance
  • Separate and combine tasks into an effective workflow by maximizing resources and providing assistance when needed and supervise output ensuring standards are adhered to
  • Possess strong listening skills and hear many points of view without bias, asking clarifying questions to check for understanding
  • Display and order for freshness: ensure a consistent and fresh look across the department that highlights the peak of perfection and is easily shoppable with the freshest product available
  • Use personal experience and passion to act as a source of culinary knowledge to answer customer and employee questions, create complete meals with other departments, and identify the right product/ meal opportunity by evaluating financial costs and benefits
What will set me apart from other candidates:
  • Associates or Bachelors degree in Culinary Arts
  • Managerial/ supervisory experience
  • Diverse culinary experience, including working with a variety of food in a variety of regions and/ or cultures
Work environment:
  • Continuous interaction with customers and co-workers in a fast-paced environment
  • Typical motions include repetitive hand and arm movements, bending, reaching and frequent lifting of an average of 5 – 20 pounds
  • Tasks will be performed using and in the proximity of ovens, stoves and other hot equipment and products
  • Work requires the safe and proper handling of cooking utensils and kitchen equipment
  • May be exposed to various allergens and work environments, including temperature changes
  • Will be required to spend the majority of time on his or her feet and stand or walk without a break for up to 4 hours
  • Employment at Wegmans may be contingent upon your completion and our evaluation of a physical, drug screen and/or criminal background check.


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About Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 62-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The family-owned company was founded in 1916. Wegmans is recognized as an industry leader, an innovator, and is known for its strong commitment to the communities where it operates stores. It has been listed among Fortune magazine's "100 Best Companies To Work For in America" for five consecutive years.

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