How to write a Caterer job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Caterer job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Caterer job titles

  • Caterer
  • Lead Caterer
  • Caterer (with banquet experience)
  • Caterer (Part-Time)

Caterer job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Caterer job summary

Our event planning company is in immediate need of a Caterer to take over our food service duties at events. The ideal candidate will have reliable transportation as well as all of the equipment required to prepare gourmet meals for corporate events. We’re looking for a professional who can hire, train and manage catering staff to ensure customer satisfaction. You will be responsible for preparing meals off-site, transporting meals to the event venue, serving meals and cleaning up the venue after the event ends. This is a contract position to start, but if it works out, we’re willing to consider full-time employment for you and your staff.

Caterer responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Caterer responsibilities

  • Create and submit event contracts with regard to meal preparation and delivery
  • Plan menus with us or our customers to ensure all meals meet the customer’s expectations
  • Source all ingredients for planned menu in advance of each event
  • Transport meals and associated items to event venue
  • Serve meals and beverages to event attendees
  • Clean up venue after event to ensure no food, plates, beverages or other detritus remain behind
  • Consult with customers about any meal or head count changes prior to event
  • Inspect final arrangements with the customer to ensure satisfaction
  • Submit invoices for customers in accordance with company policies
  • Communicate with event coordinator

Caterer qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Caterer skills

  • 10+ years’ experience in catering preferred
  • Possession of a full-service catering staff required
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines consistently
  • Willingness to work on a contract basis for at least 90 days

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