Assistant Manager for Restaurant & Guest Cottages on Wine Farm (Stellenbosch)

Tuesday, 27 August, 2019

Job brief

We are looking for an Assistant Manager to lead all aspects of our hospitality business, based on a wine farm in Stellenbosch, which includes the restaurant, wine tasting and accommodation. You will deliver a high-quality menu and motivate our staff to provide excellent customer service.

Restaurant manager responsibilities include maintaining the restaurant’s revenue and financial reporting, profitability and quality goals. You will ensure efficient restaurant operation, as well as maintain high production, productivity, quality, and customer-service standards.

Accommodation and responsibilities includes managing 4 self-catering villas on the estate, checking guests in, doing quotes, accepting bookings and taking payments.  You will also be required to manage the housekeeper on duty,  and ensure that the cottages are in pristine condition prior to check ins.

To be successful in this role, you’ll need management skills and experience in both front and back of the house. We want you to know how to oversee the dining room, check-in with customers and balance seating capacity. Back of the house management experience is also essential, as you’ll be overseeing kitchen and wait staff, set work schedules, oversee food prep and make sure we comply with health and safety restaurant regulations.

We’ll expect you to lead by example and uplift our staff during busy moments in our fast-paced environment. Ultimately, you will ensure our restaurant and accommodation runs smoothly and that guests have pleasant and memorable experiences.

Non-negotiable Requirements

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in a similar position, min 5 years overall management experience
  • Extensive food and beverage knowledge, with the ability to remember and recall ingredients and dishes to inform customers and wait staff
  • Familiarity with restaurant software, such as GAAP, micros, tablet POS, falcon
  • Own reliable transport
  • Strong leadership, motivational and people skills
  • Contactable references
  • Impeccable guest rapport
  • Hands-on, self-motivated, be a team player
  • Proficient on POS systems, MS office, outlook
  • Extremely reliable, honest and trustworthy
  • A genuine passion for food, wine, and the hospitality industry
  • Vast wine knowledge and preferably a wine qualification (CWA or WSET)
  • A qualification in hospitality management or culinary schooling is a plus.


  • Coordinate daily Front of the House and Back of the House restaurant operations
  • Deliver superior service and maximize customer satisfaction
  • Respond efficiently and accurately to customer complaints
  • Regularly review product quality and research new vendors
  • Organize and supervise shifts
  • Appraise staff performance and provide feedback to improve productivity
  • Estimate future needs for goods, kitchen utensils and cleaning products
  • Ensure compliance with sanitation and safety regulations
  • Manage restaurant’s good image and suggest ways to improve it
  • Control operational costs and identify measures to cut waste
  • Create detailed reports on weekly, monthly and annual revenues and expenses
  • Promote the brand in the local community through word-of-mouth and restaurant events
  • Recommend ways to reach a broader audience
  • Train new and current employees on proper customer service practices
  • Oversee all aspects of our self-catering accommodation
  • Implement policies and protocols that will maintain future restaurant operations
  • Increase function and event revenue


Please note that this is not a junior position, and you will report directly to the owners and General Manager.

Salary:  market-related and experienced-based

Starting date: As soon as possible

Please send your CV with a motivational letter and expected salary to