Kitchen Manager

Who We Are: Hudson Kitchen is a food business incubator and education company. We support food and beverage entrepreneurs by providing them with a communal kitchen and collaborative coworking space, mentorship and coaching, networking events, workshops, and training through our Food Business Bootcamp. Hudson Kitchen builds community and fosters growth for budding entrepreneurs because we know food means business, and business drives transformation.

Location: 9 Basin Drive, Suite 150, Kearny, NJ 07032

The Role: The Kitchen Manager is responsible for maintaining the 8,000 sq/ft kitchen space and managing the programs that make it run smoothly. This role entails a mix of customer service, administration, and maintenance of the kitchen itself.  We are looking for someone to take ownership of the space and deliver an incredible experience for the food businesses working in our facility.

Who You Are:

  • Detail-oriented and empowered to make things right—you see problems and proactively fix them

  • A clear communicator—whether training kitchen users about a new policy or working with the health department, you have no trouble explaining our policies and procedures

  • Humble—you won’t hesitate to get your hands dirty and will do what it takes to keep the kitchen running

  • Enthusiastic—you are excited to work in food and among food entrepreneurs

  • Responsible—you are eager to take ownership and can work easily without direct supervision

  • A problem solver—you are able to think on your feet and find solutions

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide support to kitchen users working in the space and guide them in observing Hudson Kitchen’s policies

  • Oversee and maintain the kitchen programs, including onsite storage, receiving, sanitation and member services

  • Maintain kitchen cleanliness. This includes dishwashing, sweeping, mopping, equipment maintenance, cleaning the restrooms and handling trash/recycling

  • Apply sound judgment and knowledge of company policies to solve kitchen-related issues, including equipment outages and member-related issues

  • Manage incoming member communication and sort this into the appropriate work flow

  • Complete administration tasks such as, billing, handling incoming mail, etc.

Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a food safe environment in the kitchen with respect to the facility, equipment, staff practices, and member practices

  • Oversee and support of all guests in the kitchen including inspectors, vendors, and tradespeople

  • Lead tours and guide kitchen users through our kitchen orientation program

Your Skills and Experience should include:

  • Work experience in a kitchen or food service role

  • Work experience in a customer facing role, preferred

  • Ability to communicate clearly and thoughtfully (both written and verbally) with our members

  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds and be actively on your feet for an eight hour shift

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel)

  • Food safety manager certification a plus

  • Knowledge of facility maintenance a plus

  • Spanish speaking a plus

 Other Qualifications:

  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends

  • Outgoing personality

Status/Compensation: Full-time; $15-20 per hour based on experience