Director, Food & Beverage, Edmonton EXPO Centre

Position Profile

The Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) cultivates the energy, innovation and investment needed to build a prosperous and resilient Edmonton economy.


EEDC staff embody the five cultural values of the organization: Public Stewardship, Selfless Approach, Lead The Way, Make An Impact, and Caring For One Another.  Our people are city builders who embody the spirit of EEDC and Edmonton; open, inventive, courageous, cooperative and willing to take a risk. In recognition of this work and focus on our people and culture, we were recently recognized as one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures.


As Edmonton Economic Development’s newest division, the Edmonton EXPO Centre is a powerful economic catalyst, providing authentic experiences and limitless opportunities in the most imaginative event space in Canada.  Through trade and consumer shows, concerts and festivals, national sporting events, conferences, business meetings and celebrations of every kind, the venue welcomes more than 1.5 million guests annually and delivers more than $33 million in economic impact for our city.


Our Food & Beverage department is thriving and growing, with a team of passionate culinarians who combine our devotion for the details and unbridled creativity with a commitment to our guests in delivering experiences worth celebrating. As such, we are seeking a Director, Food & Beverage with well-developed leadership skills and a vision to position the Edmonton EXPO Centre to deliver industry leading food quality, service and guest experience.


As part of the Leadership Team, the Director, Food and Beverage will assist in the development and elevation of the long-term vision and goals of the venue to grow revenues and create one of North America’s top performing venues.


If you are a collaborative leader, with a strong financial acumen, who can bring passion and enthusiasm along with a strong background in food service and experience in a large hotel or venue, then we want to hear from you!


Job Details


The Director of Food & Beverage oversees the Culinary team, Retail Food Services, Banquets and Bars departments and Purchasing, ensuring efficient workflows, resulting in high quality products and service to meet the Edmonton EXPO Centre’s Brand Promise.  This position is also responsible for building and coaching high-performance teams while meeting financial targets and working within industry best-practice systems and performance metrics.


The Director of Food & Beverage will be accountable for:

  • Achieving the Food and Beverage departments annual business goals, cost containment and revenue growth;
  • The smooth and efficient workflow among procurement, inventory food preparation and service teams to consistently achieve customer service target ratings;
  • Strategic planning, targets, analysis, progress tracking and reporting on departmental quarterly goals and objectives;
  • Working closely with direct reports to grow and develop strong departmental leadership;
  • Developing and implementing plans to achieve net new revenue targets;
  • Ensuring the Edmonton EXPO Centre’s service, safety, sustainability, productivity and community support brand standards are maintained to the highest quality; and
  • Modeling and promoting Edmonton Economic Development Corporation’s values


The ideal candidate for this role will have post-secondary education in hospitality, food service, business administration or management, with five (5) years progressive food and beverage management experience in public facing organizations.


In addition, this individual will have extensive knowledge and hands-on experience in food, beverage, and service sectors; demonstrated success in building and managing high-performance, diverse teams; knowledge of product and labour cost control, purchasing ordering, supplier/vendor management and contract negotiations; experience in operational financial management, analysis, accountability and budgeting; and high volume staff scheduling experience. Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office, POS and CRM systems would be considered an asset.


The successful candidate must have or be eligible to receive ProServe certification, and a criminal background check will be required upon hire.


If this opportunity sparks your interest and highlights your strengths.  Please submit your detailed cover letter and resume outlining your accomplishments, skills and abilities.


Note:  this position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.  Click on the APPLY button to submit your resume.