Job Information

Compass Group, North America MGR, CATERING OPERATIONS in Los Angeles, California

Wolfgang Puck Catering

Salary: $70-$85K yearly

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Wolfgang Puck Catering is committed to recruiting individuals who express an interest in and passion for hospitality-driven experiences; who come from diverse backgrounds, are open-minded and curious about our clients and guests; and, most of all, who possess a welcoming smile and spirit. Our ultimate goal is to develop mentoring and career building opportunities through a talent pipeline that allows us to promote from within.

"The most important thing in life, whatever you do, has to be passion." Wolfgang Puck (

Success on our team starts with our culture:

  • We have Wolfgang’s PASSION for our business, our product, and our people / guests / clients.

  • A FLEXIBLE MINDSET is key; we are strategic business partners who wear multiple hats.

  • Our services require a CONCIERGE mentality, a bias to action with humble hospitality.

  • We are out-of-the-box PROBLEM SOLVERS, who look around corners so our clients and guests don’t have to.

  • We curate company and partner resources to bring our client’s vision to life. We seek to cultivate the next generation of talent, purveyors and partnerships.

  • We bring an entrepreneurial approach to deliver results for our clients (you might call this scrappy).

  • Collaboration and openness to innovative business tools, new ways of thinking and ability to partner across departments are essential to create optimal business solutions.

"I can have the best food, but if we don’t have good people, it won’t get you very far."

Job Summary

The Catering Operations Manager holds duties related to successful execution and coordination for on and off-premise Company events. The position entails a need for excellent attention to detail and communication skills; ability to multi-task on a variety of projects simultaneously, accurate distribution of pertinent information both internally to all departments as well as to clients and related vendors. You will be expected to have excellent client skills in presentation and marketing ability.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Consults clients as to scope, expectations, setting, menu, and collateral entertainment to have a successful and appropriate event within the client’s budget

  • Plans menus in consultation with the clients and chefs

  • Negotiates individual vendor contracts

  • Delegates to, and ensure that the Event Manager coordinates and executes the event within the parameters established by the Catering Event Manager

  • Recruits, interviews, selects and trains permanent and casual staff

  • Organizes, leads, and motivates the catering team

  • Plans staff and event schedules

  • Maintains and develops accurate financial and administrative records

  • Serves as liaison and coordinator between Sales Catering Managers, Supervising Chefs, Staffing, Captains, Suppliers, Vendors, Rental Companies and Clients as needed to plan events

  • Assesses contract requirements and ensure satisfaction with the services delivered

  • Performs final review and assessment of catering events to determine if they meet performance and quality standards

  • Resolves customer concerns and ensures timely customer payment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An operationally savvy industry professional with demonstrated leadership in managing people, events, and the overall guest experience

  • Strong organization, time management, and team motivation skills are essential for success in this role

  • Ability to work independently with little direct supervision

  • Ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written) with clients, senior management, and WPC support staff

  • Ability to respond effectively to continuously changing demands

  • Demonstrated experience in budgeting, P&L, labor and sales forecasting, and reporting

  • Effective use of discretion to problem-solve in a fast-paced environment

  • Excellent negotiating skills

  • Ability to establish credibility with senior culinary professionals

  • Human Resource experience including hiring, training, mentoring, and development

  • 3-5 years experience in a hospitality management environment (preferably in an off-premise catering environment)

  • The ability to manage in an environment with a focus on client service, entrepreneurship, and building and growing a strong business

Apply to Wolfgang Puck today!

Wolfgang Puck Catering is a member of Compass Group USA

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Compass Group is an equal opportunity employer. At Compass, we are committed to treating all Applicants and Associates fairly based on their abilities, achievements, and experience without regard to race, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by law.

Qualified candidates must be able to perform the essential functions of this position satisfactorily with or without a reasonable accommodation. Disclaimer: this job post is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all essential responsibilities, skills, tasks, or requirements associated with this position. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the position posted, the Company reserves the right to modify or change the essential functions of the job based on business necessity. We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with a criminal history (including relevant driving history), in a manner consistent with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance, the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, and the New York Fair Chance Act. We encourage applicants with a criminal history (and driving history) to apply.

Associates at Wolfgang Puck Catering are offered many fantastic benefits.

  • Medical

  • Dental

  • Vision

  • Life Insurance/ AD

  • Disability Insurance

  • Retirement Plan

  • Paid Time Off

  • Holiday Time Off (varies by site/state)

  • Associate Shopping Program

  • Health and Wellness Programs

  • Discount Marketplace

  • Identity Theft Protection

  • Pet Insurance

  • Commuter Benefits

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

    Wolfgang Puck Catering maintains a drugfree workplace.

Req ID: 1190953

Wolfgang Puck Catering

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