Restaurant Operations Manager

First Watch Inc.
October 6, 2020
Indianapolis, IN
Job Type


Restaurant Operations Manager

Reports to: General Manager

Major Purpose:

To act as the Operations Manager who is responsible for supporting the mission, vision and values of First Watch Restaurants through all that he/she does in their role every day. The Operations Manager will work towards accomplishing stated goals and objectives to achieve desired results while focusing on the long-term profitability of the company while developing restaurant staff.

What’s in it for you?

The opportunity to work in a fun atmosphere with awesome people while being a part of a growing organization that was voted BEST PLACES TO WORK (2018 Business Intelligence Group).  We LOVE our employees more than bacon and have a “You First” philosophy, referring to the importance of putting people first.

We also offer:

No night shifts – EVER!

Amazing growth opportunities

Insurance benefits and employee perk programs

Matching 401K contributions

Tuition reimbursement and continuing education programs

First class training

Meal discounts

And much more...

Major Responsibilities:

  • To assist in meeting or exceeding established sales, revenue and profitability goals, SLEBITDA movement in a positive direction
  • Provide efficient and professional service at an appropriate level to meet or exceed customers’ expectations
  • Assist in the management of all revenues, cash or credit and company collateral - properly deposited and accounted for and are secured into the Company’s operating bank account
  • Ensure the integrity and operational functionality of all POS and security systems and equipment
  • Manage all internal/external communications in a timely and effective manner
  • Guide team members both front of the house and back of the house staff to meet established objectives
  • Ensure that the restaurant equipment is kept in satisfactory working order maintaining the highest degree of usability and cleanliness
  • Maintain safe working conditions as required by OSHA and federal, state and local governing bodies
  • Communicate with other management, hourly employees, and customers, providing positive feedback and promoting a positive image of the restaurant and good employee morale
  • Ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of all positions at the restaurant, proficient in performing such duties, and through instruction and supervision, train and develop both other managers and hourly employees
  • Regularly counsels and coaches employees, and has the authority to suspend employees pending review of the situation by the General Manager, or discharge an employee immediately for instances of serious misconduct as defined in the Employee Handbook
  • Along with the General Manager evaluates hourly staff via formal evaluations
  • Evaluates hourly employees on an on-going basis through proper and effective use of the weekly schedule
  • Leads a shift effectively - executes effectively use of the Daily Shift Card and Red Book
  • Trains staff in all proper EOD procedures, including check out procedures
  • Ensures maintenance of a safe and harassment free workplace
  • Takes quick and responsible action in solving problems and able to use reason when dealing with disciplinary issues
  • Completes all required paperwork on a timely basis
Additional Responsibilities:

  • Prepares and posts weekly work schedules, and ensures the schedule is implemented properly
  • Assists in addressing issues resulting from violations on Health or Steritech Inspections in a timely and professional manner
  • Safeguards the Company assets, including funds, equipment, and the facility taking appropriate action as and when necessary
  • Assists in completing payroll, weekly, mid period and EOP administration work properly
  • Effectively promotes First Watch outside the restaurant
  • Obtains and maintains safe food handler certifications
  • Through communication with the General Manager, Regional Manager and Home Office, handles customer and staff incidents, accidents, injuries and complaints in a timely and efficient manner
  • Regularly interviews applicants for employment, assisting in making hiring decisions for the restaurant and regularly coaches and includes other managers in the process
  • Ensures compliance with Federal, local, and state laws, company policies and procedures


The Operations Manager acts within Company policy and applicable federal, state and local legislation to do whatever is necessary to carry out the mission of the Company; however, without the approval of the RVP may not:

  • Neither commits the Company to any budgeted expenditure in excess of $500 nor sign any lease contracts or legal agreement
  • Dispose of any capital asset
  • Revise the organizational structure of any department/area
  • Enter into a relationship with any employee, which may have or appear to have an adverse effect upon his/her, ability to carry out his/her responsibilities
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