1+ months

Vice President Operations - Universities

Seattle, WA 98104
Apply Now
Apply on the Company Site

Unit Description

Vice President Operations Seattle, WA


Sodexo is seeking a Vice President, Operations for our Universities Segment located in Seattle, WA. Reporting to the Senior Vice President-Universities, you will be responsible for a client portfolio of multiple locations with a leadership focus on Commercial Growth through Employee Engagement, Client Partnerships and Operational Excellence as this will include 12 accounts with an approximately $32 million in managed volume. This opportunity requires an individual that has extensive expertise operations (with concentration in Food management and culinary innovativeness), leadership abilities, financial acumen and business development in growing markets. You will influence client decisions based on market research and emerging trends needed to support new and existing concepts, innovations. As a member of our senior management team you will have the opportunity to perform a variety of duties to include ensuring operation leaders are in compliance with corporate, regional and financial goals. Additionally, you will be responsible for the overall operation, growth and profitability of the region. As a Vice President you will exercise management and leadership over multiple higher education operations in both dining and facilities. The ideal candidate will have extensive leadership experience managing large teams and markets preferably in a complexed large metropolitan city environment. The candidate must reside in or near Seattle, WA.


The ideal candidate will have strong strategic leadership, solid understanding of operations, business development, strong financial acumen, talent management, strong communication and project management skills.


Key responsibilities include the following:

  • Achieving segment goals by providing the leadership, management and oversight necessary to ensure that the areas portfolio of business has the proper solutions, products, metrics and talent in place to effectively grow the organization and meet/exceed defined revenue and profitability targets and other KPIs. 
  • Contributing to the innovation of services to expand Sodexos Service Solutions for current and prospective clients.
  • Overseeing proposal development activities, including positioning, strategy development, customer negotiations, contract review, and pricing/costing.
  • Resolving client issues and concerns with agility and professionalism. Establishing organizational protocols and systems to identify client issues, trends, and opportunities and effectively integrate them into area strategies.
  • Balancing retention efforts at current clients with new business development opportunities and reallocating resources across the territory as needed to ensure operational excellence within all accounts.
  • Hiring, growing and developing current and future talent. Providing positive and constructive feedback through coaching, mentoring and counseling.
  • In collaboration with Sales and Brand Teams, designing and implementing Strategic Partnership programs for the area that create value for clients/prospects. Responsible for the area communication and marketing plans.
  • Establishing visibility and relevance for Sodexo in the areas industry by preparing presentations to management groups, leadership groups and boards to explain the companys market position and initiatives. As a Change Champion, prepares the areas culture to adapt to and embrace ongoing, fundamental changes that will enable the business to grow and prosper.
  • Leveraging Sodexos commitment to diversity and inclusion to extend Sodexos reach in area communities



  • Bachelors Degree/Masters Degree preferred.
  • Market Industry Knowledge-University Experience Preferred
  • Strong Business Agility
  • Strong Operations Focus and Experience Demonstrated Fiscal Management Expertise Client/Customer Focus
  • Results-oriented
  • Ability to Quickly Analyze Data and Draw Conclusions
  • Demonstrated Ability to Build Effective Teams
  • Strong People Development Skills Diversity Awareness and Sensitivity Integrity and Trust Interpersonal Savvy
  • Strong Business Communication Skills (written and verbal)
  • Demonstrated Leadership Skills
  • Negotiation, Influencing, and Problem Solving Skills
  • Timely Decision Making
  • Ability to Maintain a \u201cBig Picture\u201d Strategic View
  • Demonstrated Success in Leading and Managing Change
  • Demonstrated Success in Leading and Managing Change
  • Ability to Work Productively in a Fast-Paced, Stressful, Demanding, and/or Ambiguous Work Environment




Position Summary

Responsible for leading all activities and teams for a specific activity sector or geographic area in a regional segment. Leading the business to achieve economic and commercial performance and managing talent in scope. Reports to the Regional Segment Head.

-Lead the division team to deliver on our Quality of Life positioning and achieve a safe working environment that meets or exceeds economic and commercial performance targets

-Work with the Regional Segment Head to develop and implement the segment strategy within the division and more widely in the region to deliver sustainable, profitable growth and value for Sodexo clients and our business

-Manage the division Sales team for the region to ensure that the new development and cross-selling development targets are met through solutions selling and development of a robust pipeline

-Manage and develop the division talent in collaboration with HR and segment leadership

Qualifications & Requirements

Basic Education Requirement - Bachelor's degree or equivalent experienceBasic Management Experience - 10 yearsBasic Functional Experience - 10 years of multi-unit, support, or strategic leadership experienceSodexo is an EEO/AA/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran employer.

Posted: 2019-11-01 Expires: 2020-05-02
Sponsored by:
ADP Logo

Before you go...

Our free job seeker tools include alerts for new jobs, saving your favorites, optimized job matching, and more! Just enter your email below.

Share this job:

Vice President Operations - Universities

Seattle, WA 98104

Join us to start saving your Favorite Jobs!

Sign In Create Account
Powered ByCareerCast