What makes Meriwether Godsey different is our commitment and capacity to create unique, customized dining experiences for each of our client communities; to set higher standards for ourselves and to meet them; and to provide more support to our teams to deliver on these promises. Headquartered in Central Virginia, our partnerships with clients and employees begin with our culture & Core ValuesExperience it once and you will understand! We are a family of over 650 talented, and dedicated “owners” — managers, chefs, and service staff — operating from North Carolina to Massachusetts.  Learn more at merig.com or following us on Facebook.


Job Summary

We seek a professional leader who is high energy, has a passion for food and service, loves developing talent, and is a creative problem solver capable of implementing solutions that serve client goals and align with ours.  This position is a great opportunity to help shape strategy and drive growth in an employee-owned company.  Reporting to the Senior District Manager, with a dotted line to the CEO, this person will serve as the primary link between the company brand and ideals and our operating environments. It’s the District Manager’s mission to maintain effective, long-term, mutually beneficial client relationships; lead assigned accounts to exceed their operating and financial goals; and guide the skill development of managers and staff. Additional responsibilities of the District Manager are to ensure the customer experience meets their expectations and is in line with our Core Values through ongoing support, monitoring, and coaching to our teams.


Essential Functions
Client Relationships & Account Retention

  • Lead designated accounts to deliver remarkable services that delight clients.
  • Build, manage and establish relationships with key client liaisons and other account partners: effectively communicate operational matters.
  • Introduce and implement programs and strategies that fulfill client’s short and long-term needs; continuously “resell” company brand and culture.
  • Foster a safe and healthy environment for clients, customers, and employees; promote and support workplace diversity.
  • Look for opportunities to implement new products and services which support sales growth, client retention, and company brand.  Promote and network Meriwether Godsey in the marketplace to attract new business.

Operational

  • Drive customer satisfaction by gathering feedback from all sources; assist account teams in establishing, prioritizing and executing action plans.  
  • Form collaborative relationships with CEO, CBO, CFO, CHRO, Culinary Team and other company leaders to continuously improve our brand, people development, processes, and systems. Provide appropriate communication and reporting of operational details to key stakeholders.
  • Play a hands-on role in onboarding of new accounts in the district.  
  • Serve as interim account director if the need arises.
  • Serve as a member of the company’s senior leadership team, helping to drive growth, continuous improvement, and distinctiveness of our brand.

Director/Manager Skill Development

  • Maintain working relationships with direct reports and account teams. Support through regular contact and visits to assess performance and adherence to Meriwether Godsey Core Values, standards, and best practices and ensure sufficient resources.
  • Provide on-the-job training; engage, coach and develop team members to be their best and to realize opportunities for growth.
  • Play a critical role in recruiting, onboarding, training, succession planning and promotions. Continuously develop bench strength.

Financial

  • Manage account business models to meet client and company goals and to be good stewards for both.
  • Review and analyze financial data relative to operations; guide accounts to exceed profitability goals while meeting client budgets; negotiate annual contracts.
  • Develop district forecast and communicate updates and deviations to company leadership.

Education, Experience & Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
  • 7+ years in a leadership role in food service management; multi-unit strongly preferred
  • Contract-managed service experience preferred
  • Mastery of human resource management principles and procedures
  • Mastery of economic and accounting principles and practices
  • Knowledge of sustainable practices in food services
  • Strategic leadership skills
  • Participative management style, servant leadership philosophy
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proven track record of growing client accounts
  • ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification
  • Proficiency with Google Applications; Excel; mobile technology
  • Desire for travel intensive role (up to 70%) valid driver’s license and personal vehicle required

To Apply
Please send your resume and application to recruiting@merig.com
Or fax application to (877) 384-1155. (you will need to save or print BEFORE you complete this form)

Meriwether Godsey is an equal opportunity employer. We are dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, handicap, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.

 

Contact Us

4944 Old Boonsboro Rd. Lynchburg,VA 24503 434.384.3663
Want to talk Business? partner@merig.com
Human Resources hr@merig.com

Testimonials

Testimonials

The food is just incredible! I really mean it...I hope you know that I am not just saying this. It's so colorful, fresh, and delicious...so special every day!"

Faculty Member 

Just a note to say thank you for all of the delicious food you and your staff serve each day. I never knew kale could taste so good!

Administrator 

Outstanding food, outstanding service, outstanding people. I brag about MG to my peers at other schools, and even to my friends and family!

Administrator 

Thank you so much for all the gluten-free options this year! All of your staff have been so helpful. They make a point to come up to me at meals and let me know what options you have for that meal. Salads are great, but sometimes a warm meal is just what you need!

Faculty Member 

Thanks for all of the good work you and your team did to ensure that last night’s welcome gathering for new faculty went off without a hitch. I’m so grateful for Team MG working so hard to make sure things are done the right way.

Head of School 

It’s an understatement to say we were surprised by the excellent quality of the food. We could not recall having a better tuna dish, even at the four-star resturants we frequent in Raleigh. Duke Integrative is a special place.

Guest 

Many times I find a favorite thing out of the many items served during lunch, and although the featured spinach and fruit salad was visually stunning; the SHOUT OUT winner of the day hands down was the very delicious unassuming Vegetarian Pinto Beans!!! The onions were glistening and the peppers served as a complimentary color to the two different shades of beans...I have one regret and that is I didn’t think to take a picture!

Administrator 

Thank you for making pimento cheese today! It not only is divine, but also hit the spot. I now regret wasting 62.5 years of life on this planet in which I did not eat this heavenly mix. As I explore different recipes in my home kitchen I will try my best to live up to the standard demonstrated by what I had today.

Faculty Member 

Everything was wonderful...as usual! The food was scrumptious...and the weather was gorgeous!

Conference Client 

I would not change a thing! Your staff was not only professional, but warm and caring. They truly set the tone for a memorable night. The food was delicious...our family and friends left with hearts and bellies full!

Catering Client 

I just wanted to thank you so much for all the delicious food at Duke. Your food was such a happy and positive experience and it made the days there so much more enjoyable to eat healthy, but tasty, great food.

Client 

Thanks for the delicious soup and the new harvest salad - and thanks for removing half the calories out of the Farm Basket brownie...haha.

Resident 

THANK YOU for your help today with the open house! Our visiting families raved about the personalized environment. We had a student tell us that Guilford went from his 3rd to 1st choice!

Administrator 

Thank you for all of your hard work on the meals and breaks for the Alumnae Board. The food was outstanding; everyone raved about each meal. Favorites included the grits on Saturday morning and the butternut squash soup on Sunday. YUM!!!

Administrator 

The amazing characteristic is that, on a day by day basis, you give us nutritious, varied, interesting, delicious food...not just something special for company. Please know how much you are appreciated and loved by this community.

Conference Administrator