Royal Caribbean Group

Head Waiter

Royal Caribbean Group
Management Jobs
Waiter / Waitress
28 May 2024

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.


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.

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.

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.

Work Experience Requirements

All applicants must have previous experience in working on a Cruise Ship.

Royal Caribbean Group

Royal Caribbean Group

Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL) is a cruise vacation company comprised of three award-winning global brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Silversea Cruises. Royal Caribbean Group is also a 50% owner of a joint venture that includes TUI Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Together, our brands operate a global fleet of 60 ships traveling to more than 800 destinations worldwide.

We’re proud of the way our team members from different cultural backgrounds, ages, races, religions, education levels, sexual orientation, genders, and disabilities come together to create the incredible vacation experiences we’re known for. We believe that the diversity of our employees plays a major role in our success.

We are proud of our entrepreneurial spirit, the force that drives us to innovate. It’s that state of mind that helps us see opportunity where others see only risk.

Come join our RCG family and journey with us!

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