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Lead with your creative side as a Retail Food Service Manager at Sodexo!

By Chloé Rada, Senior Marketing Manager - Talent Acquisition

This weekend marks the unofficial end of summer.  While you may not pack away your summer whites, there is no doubt fall is in the air with all the back-to-school stories and pictures.

This is a busy time of year for Sodexo Food Service teams as they welcome back students, faculty and administrators in schools and on campuses across the US. We have vast opportunities within Culinary and Food Service Management that allows you to be a leader, manage a business, partner with clients, serve as a mentor and provide quality assurance.

Let’s take a Retail Food Service Manager, for example, in this video!

Proven leaders, with a passion for service, are in demand for areas including health care, senior living, campus and schools, government, corporate services and leisure.  Sodexo Retail Food Service Managers keep things exciting in our cafeteria settings through implementing promotions, like Battle of the Chefs, the In my Kitchen series and the award-winning Mindful by Sodexo concept.

Some of the key components to success in this position are
  •  Focusing on food sales while meeting the demands of healthy yet tastier options
  • Showcasing the quality and value of your dining options
  • Having the ability to float throughout your facility offering assistance in catering and back-of-the-house tasks
  • Displaying superior customer service and excellent cash maintenance
  • Liaising with social media marketing lead for their unit (Check out what Northwestern Dining is doing on Facebook)
If this sounds like you, then head on over to our careers site to learn more about your role in Food Service Management with Sodexo. 

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Going Back-to-School: Sodexo Employees Prepare for Students’ Return

By Autumn McReynolds, Employment Branding Sourcing Manager

Sodexo Chefs at Tulane and Loyola
Universities test new menu items
Fall is full of excitement for students of all ages, from K-12 to college, as back-to-school season gets underway. And as we all know but likely don’t think about often, the foundation of a good education is student well-being, which includes not only access to nourishment and the resources needed to live a healthy lifestyle, but also a physical environment conducive to learning. 

From orientation to graduation and everything in between, Sodexo’s management and frontline employees work hard to improve Quality of Life for students, faculty, administrators and visitors in schools and on campuses across the US.

During the summer months, our Facilities Management and Construction Services teams maintain the grounds and renovate dining centers and residence halls to ensure returning students have a healthy environment in which to eat, work and live, while the Chefs develop and test new menu items, Catering Managers coordinate events like orientation and Food Service Managers recruit, hire and train their staffs.

But there’s even more that goes on behind the scenes that you may not know about. Take, for example, our Energy Management solutions that help schools save substantial amounts on their natural gas and electricity – savings that can be put toward improving other areas of life for their students. Then we have Environmental Services / Custodial Managers who oversee housekeeping personnel and operations to ensure cleanliness through environmentally-friendly practices that conserve water and energy, while reducing the use of harmful chemicals.

In order to better understand the array of career opportunities mentioned above and the type of work you can do as a manager at Sodexo, take a moment to read more about how our employees enhance Quality of Life on campuses in these two features, then view the posts below to see how a few of our teams are getting ready for the 2014-2015 school year!

Having trouble viewing these photos? Check out the entire album here.

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Sodexo Launches Two New Careers Sites

ByKristen Jacobs, Employment Branding Sourcing Manager

If you've been following our blog, you may think you have a case of Déjà vu. But with the release of two new career sites already this year, we’re not repeating ourselves; we’re just on a roll!

I’m excited to announce that in July we launched two additional career sites. The first is for candidates exploring careers in Clinical Nutrition, with the second focused on opportunities in Sodexo’s Information Systems & Technology organization. Similar to the Facilities Management and Environmental Services sites launched earlier this year, these new sites are focused on providing tools, resources and engagement opportunities for candidates exploring Sodexo as an employer.

I’d love to share some of the highlights from each site.

Did you know that Sodexo is the largest private employer of dietitians in the world? With a network of that magnitude, our nutrition professionals have access to a huge amount of resources.  The Clinical Nutrition site gives candidates a taste of what their career at Sodexo could look like.  

  • On the Development & Training page, candidates can take a deep dive into the many tools available for expanding their skills, advancing their career and leveraging the global network of Sodexo dietitians.
  • Sodexo Dietitians can be found in a variety of environments, from healthcare and senior living to corporate offices, schools and colleges. Take a closer look at some of the environments where you’ll find our dietitians on the World of Opportunities page.
  • Since Dietetic Internships are an essential stepping stone into a career in nutrition, we’ve dedicated a page to students with resources including webinars, tips and networking opportunities.

Our IS&T team supports over 8,000 locations across North America and collaborates with the entire Sodexo Group, spanning 80 countries and more than 30,600 locations. That kind of global reach and commitment demands the most advanced technology. It also generates a whole lot of career opportunities for talented IT professionals. 
  • With a broad range of opportunities available for professionals within IS&T, the Your Role page digs deeper into several areas within the organization.
  • To take it even further, Career Growth outlines the IS&T career track from technical specialists to senior leadership. We want to show candidates the opportunities for growth not only within IS&T, but also in other areas of Sodexo – done through ‘Broaden Your Potential’ and ‘Explore New Horizons’. 
  • Don’t take it from us! Our Sodexo Stories page reflects current employees who wanted to share their passion in IT and what it’s like to work at Sodexo.

Finally, on both sites, candidates can easily engage our recruiters specializing in Nutrition and IS&T through the Recruiter Connection. It’s a great opportunity for them to connect and communicate with us about opportunities they may be interested in.

I invite you to take a tour for yourself and share with the nutrition and technology professionals in your network!

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What does it take to be a Food Service Manager at Sodexo?

By Karen Graham, Senior Recruiter

The 13th post in our Recruiter Series that features the specific environments we hire for and what it takes to succeed.

It takes a lot of ability to create an environment where your guests feel special.  Simply put, when working at our client sites, Sodexo Food Service Managers want their customers to “Be Our Guest”.  It’s just like in the movie, Beauty and the Beast, where the dancing candelabra sings to Belle about having a wonderful dining experience and putting their dining service to the test.  Our Managers may not sing and dance but they certainly aim to please when answering by request!

Aside from having a passion for great customer service like, Lumière, successful Food Service Managers at Sodexo have a tremendous spirit.  They continue to find ways to get back on track regardless of the daily challenges and obstacles that would cause most people to give up or
walk away.

As a Senior Recruiter for Food Service Managers for Sodexo’s Campus and Senior Services in the Northeast, I look for service-oriented professionals with these three qualities.

Sr. Recruiter Karen Graham and her
husband, Jim Graham, Sr. Level Dining Director for Sodexo
The ability to moderate calm

Successful people in high level positions make their jobs look easy by projecting confidence and making others feel reassured when the going gets rough.  This reminds me a lot of my husband Jim Graham, Senior Level Dining Director, who has been with for Sodexo for 33 years. He can walk into a chaotic situation, size things up and come up with on-the-spot viable resolutions.  He recently attended a workshop on organizational challenges last month at a major medical center where the keynote speaker sat at Jim’s breakout session table and proceeded to quote him during closing remarks to the audience.  Talk about making an impression!

The capacity to adapt and adjust to constant change 

Aside from people, food is the number one element in this business and it’s extremely perishable rate requires speed, accuracy and quality handling for safe preparation and service.  Customers have high expectations of what they want and when they want it is the daily challenge with variables like product availability, seasonal cost considerations, diet modifications, wholesale delivery and timeliness.  Contingency plans are critical and must be considered for each step in the process.

The ability to work with multi-generations in the work place and in the customer base

Shifting demographics, future service industry labor shortages and savvier, demanding customers create the need for our managers to communicate well with a diverse audience.  The other day I was asked to source for Food Management candidates that were well versed in sustainability from an unlikely source – the residents that live in one of our Retirement Communities since the retiring Baby Boomers are one of our shifting demographics.

Do you hold these three qualities in your Food Management career? Do you have a passion for great customer service and the ability to create an environment where your guests feel special?
Then consider a rewarding career with Sodexo. Search our job opportunities now!

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Celebrate Passion And Inspiration On Chefs Appreciation Day!

By Guest Blogger Suzanne Thompson, CIR, CDR, Recruitment Manager

Have you ever wondered who and what is behind the inspiration of the food we eat?

Just three weeks ago, I had the pleasure to attend the National ACF conference in Kansas City. During the conference, I observed chefs smiling, laughing and talking about food. Their passion really shined through and got me thinking about where one finds their inspiration to be a chef.

After the last day of the trade show my colleagues and I had the opportunity to sit down with some Sodexo Chefs to recap the conference. During our conversations, I asked the chefs how they found their passion to become a chef!  Each of them referenced their family, either a grandparent or parent, who inspired them to become a chef. As they were sharing some of their favorite food memories, it reminded me of the great meals my mom and grandmother would cook. I especially enjoyed the Kifli, a Hungarian cookie, which they made each Christmas.

As each chef got their inspiration from a significant person in their life, they continued their training through an apprentice program or attending an university such as Johnson & Wales or Culinary Institute of America (CIA). The training does not stop there. In fact, many chefs gain certifications through the American Culinary Federation (ACF) to be recognized as a certified executive chef (CEC). Sodexo goes one step further for our chefs by closely partnering with ACF to develop a mentoring program to assist them as they prepare for certifications.

After we strolled down memory lane, I asked them about the cuisines that they prefer to cook. Each of them had one or two specialties and they all agreed that when it comes to preparing meals, their excitement is driven by the passion, care and creativity. They also claimed that being able to create an experience through food for someone is what brings a smile to their face at the end of the day.  As I sat around the table listening to their stories, it was clear that each of our chefs is passionate about creating an experience filled with joy and laughter.

This Saturday is the unofficial Chefs Appreciation Day.  As you sit around the dining table, whether at home or at your favorite restaurant, thank the chef for their passion and inspiration that fueled your dining experience!

If you are a professional or self-proclaimed chef, let us know what inspires you and your favorite dish to make in the comments below!

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Develop Client Solutions and Your Career in Energy Management at Sodexo

By Autumn McReynolds, Employment Branding Sourcing Manager

This article first appeared in the July issue of C@reer Connections, Sodexo's monthly e-newsletter. Sign up today!

Managing our energy use and reducing our monthly utility bills is something many of us might take for granted. But maximizing energy efficiency can mean big savings for Sodexo’s clients.

As a result, Sodexo’s Energy Managers offer our clients a customized approach to managing their energy use by creating awareness, providing best practices and implementing sustainable, cost-effective solutions for the facilities in which they operate – from K-12 schools and college campuses to hospitals, retirement communities and more.

In order to uphold our commitment to improve the Quality of Daily Life of those we serve, our Energy Management professionals work hand-in-hand with clients to understand their objectives and help them succeed.

As the need for innovative and creative Energy Management solutions continues to grow, so do our offerings, which now include energy auditing, energy procurement, assistance with Energy Star and LEED certification and more. In fact, Sodexo was recently ranked as the No. 3 provider of Energy Management Services in North America by Frost & Sullivan.

If you’re looking to explore the exciting, new opportunities available in this growing field, visit our Energy Management career site to learn more, or get started by searching our current job openings.

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Use Facebook to search for and to apply at jobs at Sodexo

By Chloé Rada, Senior Marketing Manager - Talent Acquisition

Last week I shared with you the variety of management job opportunities that Sodexo offers and how to apply to them through the latest version of our Jobs App.

If you’ve had the chance to update or download the app, you’ll likely notice a new look, faster speed, improved search function, the ability to share jobs on Twitter and Facebook and engage with us on our social media careers pages. It’s all about making it easier for you to image your future at Sodexo!

Did you also know that you can find and apply to our management jobs right from our Facebook Company Page? 

You may have accustomed yourself to visiting our career site to look for new openings but on Facebook you’ll never have to leave the platform to search for a management job that is right for you. 

From our Facebook Jobs tab, you can
  • Search by keyword or job category (we have 21 categories!)
  • Like a job
  • Share jobs on your timeline, a friend’s timeline or in a group or via private message
  • Join our talent community
  • Set up a job alert
  • Apply to a job
Give it a try for yourself!  Head on over to from your computer and click on the Sodexo USA Jobs Tab!
Let us know what you think by posting a note on our wall where our Voice of Sodexo Careers, Autumn McReynolds, will gladly respond! 

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