Sodexo at Pepperdine University is seeking an exceptional leader to become our Director of Catering with a resume of extraordinary results in high profile events. The successful candidate demonstrates high energy, is laser focused, highly creative and imaginative with a discriminatory eye for detail. Sodexo has had the opportunity to provide our services since 1978 for Pepperdine University - a high profile and fast paced account with high expectations from our clients, clientele, and organization located in beautiful Malibu, California. You are accountable for the main Catering operation as well as providing direction for two additional operations. Catered events take place on and off campus, services include simple wholesome presentations to very high end productions all with seasonal and sustainable menus. The ideal candidate has strong organizational and trouble shooting skills and will be responsible to evaluate and improve upon existing practices, organizing and execution of all catering events. The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge of casual, fine dining, and banquet management as well as strong writing, costing, menu development and pricing skills. This Catering Director will have experience and additional skills handling a variety of initiatives to achieve sales goals, guest satisfaction, staff training, labor management, control systems, recruiting, training a diverse and talented catering staff while upholding exceptional service standards. Sophisticated leadership skills along with an executive presence are required to maintain strong client relationships through frequent interface with senior level leadership, University departments and student group event organizers. The successful candidate will pro-actively seek out feedback to exceed client and guest expectations. Position oversees; catering, conferences, and summer business. The right candidate will build the program with new approaches, a strong knowledge regarding logistics and event transportation, a commitment to processes and protocols for standards and safety/sanitation. Why Pepperdine? Pepperdine University is located on 830 acres of hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Malibu beaches and Santa Monica. Do you believe that one must not eat to live, but must live to eat? Do you wish to be part of a forward thinking, passionate, and dedicated team? Do you consider yourself to be highly guest service oriented and believe that we are here to teach others about great foods and service while delivering such - then this may be the right place for you to grow your career and apply your skills by joining the Sodexo team at Pepperdine! Working for Sodexo: How far will your ambition, talent and dedication take you? Sodexo fosters a culture committed to the growth of individuals through continuous learning, mentoring and other career growth opportunities, along with the performance of organizations. We believe it is important for our work to be meaningful to all who contribute to it, and we remain faithful to our mission, our core values and the ethical principles that have guided us since 1966. We support these values and help them thrive in each employee. We strive to make working for Sodexo a genuinely great experience with benefits to promote your professional, personal and financial well-being, and to improve your Quality of Life now and into the future. Our experiences with our over 50 million customers each and every day enable us to develop Quality of Life services that reinforce the well-being of individuals, improving their effectiveness and helping companies and organizations to improve performance every day. Apply Now! Are you ready to start your Sodexo career at an amazing account like Pepperdine? Apply now! Not the job for you? Share with colleagues that may be qualified! At Sodexo, we offer Food Service Management and Catering positions in a variety of business segments, including Corporate, Schools, Universities, Government and Agencies, Healthcare, Senior Living and Sports and Leisure locations across the United States. See more Food Service Management jobs here. Position Summary Provides supervision for catering services at an account/unit to ensure client satisfaction and retention for the Company. Implements business practices order to uphold Company mission and values. Contributes to account revenue and operating profit contribution through the implementation of services and creation of opportunities for growth. Plans projects, including defining objectives, methods, timetables and budget to support client and Sodexo's strategic plan. Provides creativity and innovation to develop services and offerings that consistently evolve to drive customer and client satisfaction. Effectively engages with client partners at the highest level of the client organization to drive client confidence and loyalty. Qualifications & Requirements Basic Education Requirement - Bachelor's Degree. Basic Management Experience -1 Year Basic Functional Experience -3 years of experience in catering, food production, or food service management or a related field. Sodexo is an EEO/AA/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran employer.