Restaurant Manager
Church's Chicken - Birmingham, AL

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Position Summary: The Church’s Restaurant General Manger is passionate about providing our guests a high quality, value oriented dining experience with friendly, quick, accurate service in a clean and safe environment. The RGM is responsible and accountable for all of the business activities in one restaurant location, specifically to:

  • Provide a superior and memorable experience for all guests.
  • Achieve sales goals
  • Control expenses to budget or better,
  • Create an environment where team members are engaged in doing their jobs

and encouraged to grow while delivering exceptional service.

The Church’s Restaurant General Manager direct reports usually include an Assistant Restaurant General Manager and/or Shift Leader. The number of direct reports may vary by location based on total sales volume, sales and geographic location of the restaurant.

Primary Job Duties

The position of Restaurant General Manager is responsible for the following major duties and tasks:

1. Creates a World Class Guest Experience

  • Creates an in store service environment that exceeds guest expectations with regard to friendly, quick and accurate service. Builds team understanding and commitment to guest service standards.
  • Provides guests a “brand right” environment in which to place their orders, receive their food and dine inside the restaurant.
  • For drive through guests, ensures that menu boards are clean and timely, that order taking equipment is functional and that speed, accuracy, and food quality standards are met.
  • Communicates and follows-up with guests to obtain feedback and identify service and food quality improvement opportunities.
  • Provides guest satisfaction by assisting and resolving all complaints in-person or by phone. Applies the “listen, apologize, satisfy and thank” model to all guest complaints.
  • Ensures that all incoming calls are handled in a prompt, courteous, and professional manner.

2. Manages, Trains and Directs the Restaurant Team

  • Demonstrates, communicates and lives the Church’s vision, mission, purpose and core values.
  • Recruits, interviews and hires team members in accordance with the Church’s selection and interview process.
  • Takes personal responsibility to ensure new team members are provided with the Church’s “1st day, 1st Week, 1st Month” orientation program.
  • Clearly communicates job requirements and what tasks need to be done; communicates expectations for results, quality with deadlines.
  • Directs and/or conducts regular training and communication activities with team members.
  • Provides opportunities for team members to master their current position as well as cross-train for other restaurant responsibilities.
  • Identifies team members with potential to become “All Star” trainers, shift leaders and assistant restaurant general managers and actively develops their knowledge and skills.
  • Provides business and performance updates to team members, sets and reviews work priorities and objectives.
  • Provides regular feedback to all team members. Identifies training needs to improve performance.
  • Creates a work place where team members strive to do their best, are rewarded for performance and have fun

3. Delivers Exceptional Brand Standards, Cleanliness and Safety

  • Ensures that all internal and external restaurant areas comply with standard safety and security practices and are maintained.
  • Performs daily facility “walks” to check condition of restaurant dining area, food preparation and storage areas, restrooms, drive through menu board, pick up window and parking lot. Identifies areas needing attention and follows up on completion.
  • Is attentive to spills and debris; responds quickly to items that can impact guest and store team member safety. Inspects clean ups.
  • Implements and follows cleaning schedule throughout all hours of operation, ensuring glass on doors, drive through, cleaning tables in dining area, etc. are consistently maintained to meet high standards.

4. Attains Sales Budgets

  • Drives in store activities to generate sales such as ensuring that sales promotion and menu board signs and posters are posted timely.
  • Ensures that selling scripts are used at the register area and that suggested add on sales techniques are used by store team.
  • Reviews, revises and executes product preparation and cooking schedules to ensure that peak traffic demand can be met.
  • Sales reports are reviewed as required (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.) and action plans are established and implemented,

5. Manages Operational Execution and Expense Control

  • Adheres to labor scheduling guidelines. Communicates recommendations and adjustments for peak periods, traffic and sales volume to Market Leader.
  • Regularly reviews critical operating reports (labor, food cost, etc) as required (daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly) determining necessary actions that support achieving budgets.
  • Ensures daily close out sales procedures are completed and that all appropriate paperwork is completed in a timely manner.
  • Responds to all E-mail and phone correspondence including correspondence from Market Leader, other field support and Restaurant Support Staff in a timely manner.
  • Ensures that cash handling and bank deposit control procedures are strictly adhered to in accordance with Church’s policy. Signs bank deposit form daily and makes sure it balances and that checks are copied.
  • Keeps all food inventories, preparation materials, cooking tools, schedules, reports and information organized and accessible where they can be easily and quickly found.
  • Has a filing system (paper or PC-based) that is well organized and easy to use. Can easily find information needed to answer questions and resolve problems.

6. Manages All Restaurant Inventory

  • Monitors and ensures adequate inventory on hand to meet guest demand.
  • Ensures that product is properly stored and that food handling safety guidelines are followed..
  • Ensures all regular equipment maintenance is performed and that repairs are made quickly as required.
  • Performs product counts at all shift changes and submits reports as required; researches and corrects any errors.
  • Follows procedure on handling food waste and expired product.

7. Performs Other Duties as Assigned

  • Performs other duties as assigned by Market Leader.

Job Requirements

II. Technical and Other Skills Required:

1. Knowledge and/or passion of the Restaurant business: This is desirable in order to have credibility in this position and because the restaurant business has unique features and requirements. Knowledge of the menu items, preparation requirements, service and order accuracy expectations, sales promotion approaches and other major restaurant functions are important and must be learned quickly.

2. Basic PC skills. Basic PC skills (use of E-mail, typing skills, etc.) are required upon entry. The internal software system can be learned after hire.

3. Knowledge of and prior exposure to labor cost reporting, operating statements and other business related reporting is highly desirable. The position requires skills in handling administrative tasks and paperwork, and prior exposure to these functions is very useful.

4. Integrity: Applicants must pass a background check and have a record clear of past felony convictions. Restaurant General Managers are responsible for a multi million dollar business, managing the store team and building relationships with valued customers. Prior work references should be checked.

5. Must be eligible to work in the United States.

6. Must possess a valid driver’s license and vehicle with proof of insurance.

Company Overview

Church reasoned that the food service industry would have to change its approach in order to capitalize on the opportunities created by population growth and increased mobility. By cutting the frills common to the restaurant industry philosophy of the day, Church felt he could deliver his product profitably at low cost with a more efficient use of capital and employees.


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