Head Waiter

Position Summary:

Head Waiter will supervise and coordinate the functions of the restaurant sequence of service and all essential duties and responsibilities outlined below. These locations include but are not limited to Main Dining Room, Windjammer, and Specialty Restaurants.

While performing their role in the restaurant venues, He/She will be engaged in providing courteous and professional service to guests. The duties described below are performed either personally or through subordinates.

job skills/results

1. Utilizes appropriate food and wine terminology and pronunciation. Maintains complete knowledge of menu descriptions and wine lists in order to discuss items appropriately to enhance the guests dining experience. Responsible for the successful execution of the training for Restaurant employees in this function.
2. Trains, monitors and evaluates Restaurant employees for service according to ROAD. Provides on-the-job training to all Restaurant employees to strengthen their current performance and in preparation for possible advancement.
3. Following all Restaurant Operations guidelines (i.e. SOPs, Traffic Flow, Over Time) creates and notifies Maitre d’ regarding work schedules and station assignments. Ensures fair distribution of duties including side jobs, following Restaurant Operation guidelines, to employees engaged.
4. Records production and operational data on specified forms. Analyzes operational problems such as theft and wastage, and establishes controls. Ensures that employee timecards are in compliance with the Time and Attendance policy.
5. Supervises staff to ensure tables are set according to standards with appropriate linen, silverware, glassware and china. Under time constraints or staff shortages, assists employees in setting tables.
6. Greets and escorts guests to their assigned seats.
7. Presents both food and beverage menus to guests; suggests dinner courses,
appropriate wines, and answers questions regarding menu and wine selections. Makes recommendations to entice guests with thoughtful suggestions.
8. Supervises staff to ensure galley and beverage orders are properly recorded and retrieved from various locations and served appropriately to guests. Ensures dishes are garnished and decorated according to the standards. Ensures staff enters food and beverage orders in the point-of-sale system. Records meal counts according to established processes. Under time constraints or staff shortages, assists employees in the food service function.
9. Supervises assigned stations or sections, including all employees and the equipment used within them. Responsible to ensure all cleanliness and maintenance is in accordance with relevant standards (i.e. ROAD, USPH, Workplace Safety and Clean Ship Matrix) in assigned areas. Ensures sections are ready prior to seating.

10. Observes guests to anticipate their needs, responds to any additional requests and determines when the food and beverage service has been completed.
11. Works to achieve the guest’s satisfaction with both the quality of the food served and service execution. Listens emphatically to any opportunity for improvement. Exercises authority and discretion to satisfy guests in a manner consistent with Royal Way Standards. Immediately works to resolve difficulties and follows-up with all
employees and guests involved in a positive and productive manner to correct the situation.
12. Supervises and participates in dining room entertainment as directed by
established activities and specific itinerary adaptations such as theme night parades.
13. Participates in rotational schedule, supervising assigned areas in Room Service, Windjammer, Specialty Dining, and other venues.
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.
16. Actively follows ServSafe responsible service of alcoholic beverages.

Cultivates Customer First

· Demonstrates a passion for customer service excellence and understands the
implications of cultural differences for service requirements
· Follows all Royal Way Standards with regards to service including greeting
and escorting guests, using guests’ names and observing guests to anticipate
needs. Ensures complete guest satisfaction.
· Takes ownership for guest issues/concerns and follows up to ensure resolution
· Always provides guests with alternatives and avoids using the word “No”

people skills
Demonstrates Passion, Drive and Energy

· Demonstrates pride, passion and commitment to our Royal Way hospitality
philosophy
· Smiles when on duty; is always pleasant and upbeat

Acts with Integrity

· Achieves business results through the delivery of an exceptional customer
service experience, never via the solicitation of ratings

Qualifications (Education, Work Experience, Skills and Abilities):External Hiring Requirements:

· Two to three years previous Head Waiter, Captain or Chef de Rang
experience, preferably in a 4 or 5 star restaurant or hotel.
· One to two years previous Supervisory or Restaurant Manager experience,
preferably in a 4 or 5 star Restaurant.
· Extensive knowledge of the restaurant and/or food service industry. Ability to
use appropriate food and beverage terminology and pronunciation.
· Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal
service including needs assessment, problem resolution and achievement.
· Knowledge of policies and practices involved in the human resources
function. Ability to manage the international staff in a positive and productive
manner by motivating, developing and managing employees as they work.
Ability to utilize and administer the disciplinary action process through
coaching and counseling to improve performance or terminate employment.
· Ability to work positively and cooperatively in a diverse team environment to
meet overall established time frames for the entire food service operation.
Ability to communicate tactfully with, department heads, coworkers and other
shipboard employees to resolve problems and negotiate resolutions.
· Working knowledge of computers, Internet access and the ability to
navigate within a variety software packages such as Excel and Word.
· Equivalent of High School Diploma is a minimum requirement.
· Bachelor’s degree in hospitality management, business administration or
related field from an accredited college or university or the international
equivalent preferred.

Internal Candidate Requirements

In addition to the stated hiring requirements, internal candidates are required to
fulfill the following:
· Must fulfill all requirements as stated in “Career Eligibility File”

Language Requirements:

· Ability to speak English clearly, distinctly and cordially with guests
· Ability to speak additional languages such as Spanish, French, German,
Italian or Portuguese preferred
· All shipboard employees must be able to communicate in the English
language 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.

Physical Requirements:

· While performing the duties of this job, the shipboard 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. 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
lifesaving 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.
The employee must have the ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

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