Catering Sous Chef

Job description

Catering Sous Chef

University of Puget Sound

Job ID: 4172

Location: Student Union-Dining Services

Full/Part Time: Full-Time


Appointment/Status: The typical schedule for this position is full-time between mid-August to mid- May (.75 FTE), subject to change based on university needs. Summer hours may be available.

Position Description

Under the direction and supervision of the Executive Chef, responsible for the hot and cold food production for catered events as well as the Diner. Assist as needed and directed in any and all university culinary operations.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

    Assists with planning and production of various catered events both on and off campus. The nature of events ranges from large campus events with up to 2,000 participants to smaller, upscale events for community leaders, visiting dignitaries and university donors. Position also assists in real time event service, post-event breakdown, and clean-up efforts.
    Completes production sheets with written recipes.
    Works collaboratively with production staff to support retail operations when catering volume permits.
    Participates in weekly meetings with the Assistant Director for Catering and Cafes, catering staff and Purchasing Manager to plan and coordinate upcoming catering functions.
    Ensures proper preparation, serving, storage and labeling of all perishable food items in accordance with recognized sanitation standards.
    Maintains a safe work environment at all times.
    Actively participates in seasonal catering menu development, special functions and product selection.
    Accurately cost out recipes.
    Utilizes a departmental food production system for forecasting, ordering, production, inventory and financial evaluation.
    Operationally responsible and financially accountable for food costs.
    Provides support to all catering food preparation staff in excellent customer service techniques, and directs catering staff in the proper proportions and/or packaging of foods for customer service.
    Assists in the ordering and evaluation of all foods and related supplies. Assists in maintaining appropriate inventory levels. Strives to reduce waste and to optimize inventory levels. Strives to reduce waste and to optimize the profitability of the food service unit.
    Monitors customer counts and food consumption.
    Supervises and leads proper packaging, labeling and storage of leftover food products to minimize waste. Leads proper use, maintenance and cleaning of food production equipment.
    Monitors quality of food.
    Ensures cleanliness of work areas.
    Maintains warm and professional attitude at all times.
    Performs duties in a safe manner and reports all accidents to the Director of Dining & Conference Services.
    Assists in the training of new/other staff members.
    May perform some pickup and delivery of food supplies.
    Regular and predictable attendance.
    Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Minimum Requirements

  • Demonstrated ability and creativity in all aspects of the culinary arts.

  • Must be knowledgeable in all aspects of proper sanitation, health and safety standards for food storage, food preparation and kitchen safety.

  • Must be able to work independently and in a team setting.

  • Possession of a valid Food Worker Card.

  • Must be flexible and able to perform multiple tasks and work in strenuous situations.

  • Ability to cost out menu items.

  • Ability to work well in strenuous conditions.


Associates degree from an accredited culinary training program or equivalent combination of experience and education required.


  • Two or more years of experience preparing meals for large groups (over 500) is desired

  • Experience with volume food production and catering preferred

  • Two or more years' experience with upscale events or requisite experience working in a fine dining establishment.

  • Equivalent combination of experience and education considered.

Language Skills

Must be able to speak clearly, listen attentively, read, write, and understand English.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Standing, walking talking or hearing, and tasting or smelling is required for greater than 2/3 of work time.

  • To perform the essential duties described, sitting and using hands to finger, handle or feel is necessary up to 2/3 of the time on the job.

  • Climbing/balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching and/or crawling, and reaching with hands and arms are necessary for up to 1/3 of the time.

  • The employee must lift up to 25 pounds for up to 2/3 of the time of the job and up to 50 pounds for up to 1/3 of the time.

  • Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches of less), distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus are required to insure areas are clean.

Work Environment

  • Up to 1/3 of the time, the employee works in wet, humid (non-weather related) conditions; near moving mechanical parts, and is exposed to outdoor weather conditions, extreme cold (non-weather) and extreme heat (non-weather).

  • Moderate noise levels, such as those found in business office settings also characterize the work environment.

Diversity Statement

  • We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.

  • We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.

  • We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:
Compensation/Benefits: Up to $20.00/hr DOE. Decisions about starting salaries will be made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.
Application Deadline Information: Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.
Required Applicant Documents:
You will be prompted to upload all required documents as one file titled "Required documents." Please combine all required documents shown below into one Word or PDF file. Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

The University of Puget Sound is an equal employment opportunity employer.

How to Apply
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About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA





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Posted: 5/15/2018
Application Due: 6/4/2018
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