Catering Manager

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How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.


Department Summary

At Michigan Dining, we have twenty-one on-campus cafes and markets, nine residential dining halls, a line of Blue to Go foods, the Michigan Bakeshop, and the Michigan Catering unit. Our 500 professional and 1000 student employees are committed to creative, healthy, and nutritious foods, international cuisines and sustainability throughout all dining operations.

Job Summary

Under the administrative direction of the Director of Catering, this position coordinates and oversees the daily operations of several catering and event operations with events both on- and off-premise.

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What You'll Do

  • Manage catering operations including preparing menus, costing out beverage menus, pricing of alcoholic beverages, coordination of staff and equipment.
  • Complete a weekly catering schedule ensuring adequate staff coverage to meet special event needs and monitoring labor costs.
  • Communicate with all the partners to respond to guest needs including building managers, custodial staff and support staff.
  • Work with chefs, and partners with chefs on product development, striving for unique and on-trend items.
  • Oversee personnel matters including hiring, training, performance reviews, promotions and disciplinary action up to and including termination.
  • Ensure Due Diligence of alcohol services in accordance with our liquor license, university policies and state laws.
  • Serve as a member of the unit leadership team, collaborate on program enhancements and promote University of Michigan Diversity and Sustainability.
  • Ensure use of CBORD Eventmaster and EMS to manage event operations and finalize billing. Complete regular audits to ensure billing accuracy with sales and events.

Why Work at Michigan?

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

Skills You Have

  • Bachelor's degree in food related field or restaurant management or an equivalent combination of education and experience is necessary.
  • Two or more year's supervisory experience in food related field.
  • Considerable knowledge of the methods and equipment used in the preparation and distribution of food is necessary.

Additional Information

This role may have reporting obligations under Title IX and Clery.

Authorization to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment and applicants for this position will not be sponsored for work visas.  

Salary may vary depending on qualifications, experience, and education of the selected candidate.

Selected candidates whose start date is 4/1/23 or after, will not be eligible for the university salary/merit plan in 2023 unless otherwise notified.

Relocation will not be offered for this position.


Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.