Lynchburg, VA
Requisition #1178

Meriwether Godsey is seeking a Chief Operations Officer responsible for leading operations strategies, service delivery, organizational processes and infrastructure to ensure sustained growth and success in step with our mission and values. With your experience and talents, you’ll be able to lead our team of high-performing professionals to be efficient, productive, and effective. Our ideal candidate has extensive experience within the industry, perhaps having worked your way up through the ranks to your role as an executive. We believe this trajectory helps develop a unique mix of business and management expertise, plus proficiency with the practices, policies, and procedures of the foodservice industry.

What you will do:

  • Collaborate with the CEO and other senior leaders in setting and driving organizational vision, operational strategy, and hiring needs.
  • Translate strategy into actionable goals for performance and growth helping to implement organization-wide goal setting, and annual operating plans.
  • Oversee company operations and employee productivity; building a highly inclusive culture that ensures team members thrive and organizational outcomes are met.
  • Ensure effective recruiting, onboarding, professional development, performance management, and retention within Operations.
  • Drive fiscal responsibility and accountability with current clients; anticipate industry operating and culinary trends and partner with the senior team to drive innovation and establish plans to incorporate new concepts and trends into our programs.
  • Position the organization to remain competitive; driving personalized, successful services and initiatives.
  • Coordinate operational teams, tools and resources, and systems to ensure maximum efficiency, value, and time for the field with their teams and customers.
  • Adhere to company, federal, state, and local business requirements, enforcing compliance and taking action when necessary.
  • Be a champion of company culture by making decisions and taking actions that embody our values.

What you need:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or related field, concentration in Hospitality, Culinary Arts, preferred.
  • Minimum 10 years of leadership experience in multi-unit food service or hospitality operations, senior management experience a must, executive leadership preferred.
  • Leadership skills, with steadfast resolve and personal integrity
  • Understanding of advanced business planning and regulatory issues
  • High level of business acumen including accounting and financial management.
  • Fluency in data analysis and performance metrics.
  • Ability to diagnose problems quickly and have foresight into potential issues.
  • Proven track record of driving client and customer satisfaction with an inherent passion for food services and hospitality.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills; an ability to work in a collaborative team environment.
  • High energy, self-motivation and persistence; sharp business ethics and a competitive and entrepreneurial spirit.

What you will get:

  • Access to competitive employee wellness benefit coverages such as Health, Vision, Dental, and more
  • Competitive compensation package including base salary commensurate with experience and annual bonus eligibility
  • Inclusion into an Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP)
  • A community-focused environment dedicated to empowering personal and professional growth

Additional Information:

  • This position reports to the CEO
  • Up to 75% travel

Meriwether Godsey, an Employee Owned, Women Business Enterprise, offers significant opportunities for growth and career advancement. The work environment is fast-paced, team-oriented, and high-energy. You’ll be surrounded and supported by people who are passionate about serving others.

Enjoy a community-focused environment where you may grow your leadership and hospitality skills, and your career opportunities with an employee-owned, value-based company. Help Meriwether Godsey set the standard for hospitality in the Mid-Atlantic market!

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Interested in learning more? Visit our About Us Page

We are an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, genetic makeup, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status or veteran status and all other statuses protected by federal, state, and local law.

Contact Us

4944 Old Boonsboro Rd.
Lynchburg,VA 24503
434.384.3663

Want to talk Business?
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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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
Faculty Member

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

Conference Client 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
Conference Administrator