Pub manager

Reporting to: Area manager

Your role:

To take full responsibility for all aspects of managing a pub. To support, lead and motivate the team to achieve the following on a day-to-day basis:

  • excellent customer service
  • serving food and drinks to the correct specification
  • maintaining a clean, safe and legal workplace
  • adhering to Wetherspoon’s standard operating procedures (SOPs) and company policies
  • meeting sales and profit targets

Essential requirements:

The essential requirements which you’ll need to start:

  • Be aged 18 years or over.
  • Have a proof of right to work in the place where you will be based (UK or ROI).
  • Have a bank account in your own name in the place where you will be based (UK or ROI).
  • Be able to converse in English and to understand the language to complete training and other duties associated with your job role.
  • Have a fixed place of residence within reasonable travelling distance of your place of work.
  • Basic computer literacy.
  • Have completed the management academy

About you:

  • Demonstrate leadership ability.
  • Have the ability to manage time, prioritise and delegate tasks, to ensure that each shift runs smoothly and efficiently.
  • Know how and when to delegate tasks and how to feed back positively to the person completing the task (identifying any areas for improvement, if necessary).
  • Demonstrate passion and enthusiasm in your role and show commitment to your colleagues and your pub.
  • Have a strong work ethic and be self-motivated.
  • Have a friendly nature and good communications skills.
  • Be honest, trustworthy and respectful.
  • Remain calm when working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Adhere to Wetherspoon’s kitchen uniform and appearance standards.
  • Receive regular feedback from the area manager and achieve any actions agreed on.

A day in the life:

To oversee and guide the operation, leading by example, demonstrating how to complete tasks, motivating and coaching the team to:

  • achieve the company mission statement: ‘To have by far the best CQSMA standards in the pub world, to be the best company to work for and, by doing these things, to be the most profitable.’
  • deliver consistently high standards of cleanliness, quality, service, maintenance and atmosphere (CQSMA), proactively managing results which fall below expectations.
  • ensure that opening and closing procedures are adhered to.
  • adopt a stand-back-and-look (SBAL) approach to ensure that all areas are correctly presented throughout the day. Ensure that all POS meets current guidelines.
  • be welcoming to customers; maintain high levels of customer management on every shift.
  • be aware of, and knowledgeable about, all promotions, events and new products in your pub, sharing your knowledge with the team to ensure that it has the latest information.
  • take pride in maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness by adopting our clean-as-you-go philosophy
    for all areas. Ensure that all areas are cleaned and maintained, throughout the day, in accordance with guidelines. Ensure that the team actions any points raised on kitchen checks in a timely manner. 
  • respond to any customer feedback in a positive and helpful manner, seeking support, if required – reviewing all customer feedback with the management team and identifying/actioning any training needs.

In addition, to:

  • work with door staff, when applicable.
  • maintain office administration, in line with company policies and general data protection regulations (GDPR), including use of duty manager log books, CCTV, keys, safe and storage of paperwork.
  • take responsibility in achieving all financial targets set by taking proactive steps to build sales and control costs.
  • work with the management team to:
    • forecast sales and associated costs.
    • review and manage all aspects of the profit and loss account.
    • maximise sales opportunities.
  • know your competitors and their current pricing/activities.
  • know your customer base (local businesses, students, shoppers).
  • manage stock holdings and minimise shrinkage:
    • monitoring correct pouring and dispensing of products.
    • completing daily line checks and logging all wastage. 
    • maintaining appropriate order levels and receiving deliveries, ensuring full availability of products at all times.
    • investigating and reporting any anomalies, as required.
  • oversee the completion of manager’s own stock (MOS), analysing and communicating results, introducing and managing any actions required for improvement (eg free pour training of draught products).
  • achieve all people-related targets:
    • manage and maintain all aspects of the associate promise
    • identify recruitment needs, search and selection activities and the appointment of staff, in line with the company’s recruitment procedures; ensure that all paperwork (including proof of right to work documentation) is certified, copied and filed, in line with UK Home Office or Irish national immigration service (depending where your pub is based) and company policies
    • conduct new employee inductions
    • hold probation and training review meetings; ensure that all training is completed to the required standard and within set time frames; agree on actions for improvement, development and progression to support a strong succession plan in the pub
    • manage all formal meetings with the team, eg attendance review meetings and disciplinary meetings; respond promptly and appropriately to any staff concerns or grievances
    • effectively and proactively manage the day-to-day performance and attendance of the team, as required
    • manage accurate rota development, in line with sales and hours forecasts; ensure that all rotas are issued in line with the associate promise; be reactive to manage associate working hours in line with weekly sales
  • monitor and manage all maintenance issues and manage maintenance contractors.
  • take part in weekly blue-bag meetings and monthly business review meetings with your area manager, agreeing on/actioning all targets set.
  • read the weekly management action pack, associated documents and all operational and marketing briefs to remain up to date with all the latest information – any points noted should be actioned.
  • carry out any reasonable task, as requested by the area manager, to meet the needs of the business.

Training and development:

  • Complete all aspects of the pub manager appointment plan.
  • Complete the advanced management academy, including ongoing training, within the stated time frames.
  • Attend and participate in regular team meetings, manager meetings and training sessions.
  • Generate and share ideas for improvements in the pub and company.
  • Support and train new and progressing team members.
  • Support the achievement of the Wetherspoon action plan

Career opportunities:

If you would like to progress in Wetherspoon, speak to your area manager about the opportunities available to you; these may include:

  • Wetherspoon apprenticeship academy, including degree apprenticeships
  • advanced management academy

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