Head Waiter


Assists the Restaurant Manager in the supervision of the Restaurant personnel
ensuring total guest satisfaction regarding food quality and service in accordance with
company policies.


1. Directs, coaches, supports, supervises and evaluates (in conjunction with the
restaurant Manager) the performance of all direct reports.
2. Individual will be responsible and held accountable for the Casual Dining Area and
Buffet service in general.
3. Must be thoroughly versed with the company’s high food and service standards,
anticipating and fulfilling guests’ needs.
4. Visits every table of his/her Casual Dining area on daily basis, ensuring guests are
totally satisfied with the food and service. Recognizes guests by their names and
personally takes care of all special requests and VIPs Casual Dining Area
5. Notifies the Restaurant Manager of any demanding guests in the Casual Dining
Area and/or Buffet related areas.

6. Ensures that the Restaurant personnel follow company policies at all times
regarding uniforms, personal appearance and hygiene.
7. Has Basic knowledge of wines and wine service and whenever necessary assists the
Wine Sommelier with wine service.
8. Takes an active role in the training program for the Casual Dining personnel,
specially with new hires, giving them the necessary guidance to successfully integrate
into the team.
9. Ensures the cleaning schedule set up by the Restaurant Manager is followed by the
assigned personnel, and inspects his/hers section thoroughly.
10. Ensures that all personnel are knowledgeable about, and follow at all times, the
United States Public Health rules and regulations.
11. Brings any disciplinary issues with the waiters/tresses Assistant waiters/tresses or
Casual Dining Waiters/tresses working during breakfast and lunch in the buffet area ,
to the attention of the Restaurant Manager.
12. Has a thorough understanding of Time and Attendance procedures, shipboard t
raining, and is familiar with the contracts and work schedule hours/week and
supporting documentation.
13. Aware of, and/or acquires the necessary knowledge to comply with the ship’s
standard operation, in order to assist guests and crew members with inquiries.
14. Attends meetings, training activities, courses and all other work-related activities
as required.
15. Performs related duties as required. This position description in no way states or
implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the shipboard employee
occupying this position. Shipboard employees will be required to perform any other
job-related duties assigned by their supervisor or management.

  • Financial responsibilities for budget, expenses and/or achievement of revenue targets.
    This position is responsible for cost containment through the proper use,
    handling and maintenance of records, reports, supplies and equipment.
  • Ensures that all communication costs are kept under control.
  • Ensures that guests are charged for pertinent special requests and services.
  • Conducts workstation spot checks to ensure items are correctly stored to minimize deterioration and waste.

People management responsibilities to ensure optimal performance of the function.

  • Monitors and manages the various assigned workstation functions.
  • Monitors the assignment of duties and responsibilities to his/her staff.
  • Observes and evaluates staff and work procedures to ensure quality standards
    and service are met. Makes recommendations regarding personnel
    actions such as new hire requests and discharges, to ensure adequate and
    continuous staffing. Inspects workstations, work areas, equipment, etc.
    to ensure efficient service and conformance to standards.
  • Mentors, develops and provides on-the-job training to his/her staff to
    strengthen their current performance and preparation for future advancement.

Minimum hiring, language and physical requirements to perform the job.

Hiring Requirements:
  • Minimum of five to eight years hospitality management experience
    (shipboard experience preferred), or an equivalent combination of experience
    and education.
  • Bachelor’s degree in hospitality management, business administration or
    related field from an accredited college or university or the international
    equivalent preferred.
  • Very strong management skills in a multicultural and dynamic environment.
  • Very strong communication, problem solving, decision making, and
    interpersonal skills.
  • Superior customer service, teambuilding and conflict resolution skills.
  • Knowledge of the principles and processes for providing personalized
    services including needs assessment techniques, quality service standards,
    alternative delivery systems, and guest satisfaction evaluation techniques.
  • Strong planning, coaching, organizing, staffing, controlling, and evaluating
  • Intermediate computer software skills required.
  • Possess a good understanding of basic accounting principles such as
    numbering flow, “Debits/Credits”, adjusting entries and corrections.


Internal Candidate Requirements:
  • In addition to the stated hiring requirements, internal candidates are required
    to fulfill the following:
  • Completion of a minimum of two contracts as a Waiter/ess with a
    performance rating of satisfactory or above, along with demonstrated
    leadership skills.
Language Requirements:
  • Ability to speak English clearly, distinctly and cordially with guests.
  • Ability to read and write English in order to understand and interpret written
    procedures. This includes the ability to give and receive instructions in written
    and verbal forms and to effectively present information and respond to
    questions from guests, supervisors and co-workers.
  • Ability to speak additional languages such as Spanish, French or German
Physical Requirements:
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to
    stand; walk; use hands to touch, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk
    or hear; and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up
    to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision,
    distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to
    adjust focus.
  • All shipboard employees must be physically able to participate in emergency
    life saving procedures and drills. Full use and range of arms and legs as well as
    full visual, verbal and hearing abilities are required to receive and give
    instructions in the event of an emergency including the lowering of lifeboats.
    Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
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