Vacancy for Culinary Director / Buyer - Single Unit Chef - T160

Culinary Director / Buyer – Single Unit Chef – T160

Position NameVacancy for Culinary Director / Buyer - Single Unit Chef - T160
LocationMinneapolis, MN
Salary Range$85000 - $95000
Client OverviewOur Client is your local go-to liquor store for the best craft beer, spirits and wine selection with an unmatched customer service.  Providing weekly specials, events and the best wine knowledge in the surrounding area!

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Position Overview & Responsibilities

The Food Director/Buyer will be responsible for procuring high quality product, developing the menu, managing staff, maintaining positive relationships with vendors and suppliers, merchandising and stocking products, collaborating with the wine team for pairings, and providing excellent customer service.
  • Develop and run a boutique grocery retail operation to achieve department sales, profit dollars and growth objectives
  • Develop menu for Wine sides, including catering
  • Hire and manage team to lead grocery and kitchen
  • Select vendors based upon their ability to provide a continuous supply of product; overall service level; responsiveness to the market as shown through product innovation; quality and value of product; relationships with competitors; and their understanding of the marketplace
  • Coordinate with suppliers of product, negotiate price and quantity terms, and ensure adequate supply of high-quality products
  • Oversee ordering, purchasing of ingredients, and stocking, ensuring that necessary ingredients are available and as fresh as possible while also minimizing spoilage and waste
  • Purchase specialty items to complement wine menu, catering needs, and wine bar
  • Oversee product receiving to ensure accuracy in invoicing, pricing, credits and returns, coding, and invoice routing
  • Monitor seasonal products (for national and regional holidays, sporting events, etc.) and inventory productivity management to drive interest, sales, and margin
  • Maintain relationships with vendors to ensure quality service and longevity of relationships.
  • Closely follow all safety and sanitation procedures


  • Medica Benefits - different options to choose from.
  • Dental + Vision
  • 401 K with a match -3.5%
  • 20 PTO days
  • Life, disability
  • Cell phone allowance

Position Requirements

  • Extensive product knowledge, including production, distribution, seasonal availability, and trends.
  • Ability to develop menu and maintain food quality
  • Ability to create and negotiate price.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to operate, where needed, with limited direction.
  • Experience in a kitchen – including extensive menu development
  • Experience in high-end grocery or cheese shop
  • Advanced knowledge of cheeses, cured meats, wine pairings, etc.
  • Prolonged periods standing and walking.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds at a time
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