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Restaurant Director of Operations
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Restaurant Director of Operations
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Director of Operations, Restaurant Manager - Multi-Unit, Marketing/PR

Harper Associates
Ph: 248-932-1170
Fax: 248-932-1214
Farmington Hills, MI
Boca Raton, FL

Job Details

Director of Operations – New Restaurant Fine Dining Concept - Equity Opportunity

 Harper Associates has been retained for this exclusive search.

Our client is a successful restaurant entrepreneur presently operating 10+ full serve restaurants in multiple states. They are ready to spearhead a new creative, fine dining, full service restaurant start-up division. The Director of Operations must have hands-on restaurant operations and corporate experience in opening new locations from the ground up.

Requirements for the Director of Operations position:

  • Multi-unit experience operating fine dining or upscale restaurants in the $5-10 million / year + range
  • 5 years in a recent role as restaurant Director of Operations, Regional Manager, Vice President, or COO
  • Strong P&L expertise
  • Proven ability to lead General Managers at multiple locations
  • Excellent knowledge in corporate beverage training (craft cocktails / wine program / craft beers)
  • Extensive experience opening new restaurants
  • Hospitality Business or Business Administration Degree
  • Proven track record of success in fine dining restaurants
  • Solid knowledge of high-end, scratch culinary operations
  • Flexibility to travel to and live in different cities for several months at a time


  • Exceptional six figure salary, plus bonus and incentive program
  • Equity partnership
  • Corporate housing
  • Potential to make a LOT of money

The company is well financed and will open potential locations in high profile, prime locations in the US and internationally (including South Florida, NYC, LA, Austin, London, and Amsterdam to start). Chicago is slated  be one of the first locations.

The position will involve being very hands-on and on site during openings. This position is ideal for a rising star restaurant Director of Operations / Regional Manager / COO who has the desire and drive to be an Equity Partner in a spectacular, one of a kind opportunity.  

Please send resume along with an outline of your full-service restaurant opening experience and why you consider yourself an ideal candidate for this outstanding role.

Please send your resume in a Word format attachment to ben@harperjobs.com

Ben Schwartz
Harper Associates
31000 Northwestern Highway, Suite 240
Farmington Hills, MI 48334



Job Requirements

see above description

About Harper Associates

Harper Associates is a personnel placement firm which was established in 1968. Both executive search and contingency placement assignments are conducted through the Farmington Hills, Michigan headquarters. Harper Associates handles recruitment for a wide variety of employers within the hospitality industry. The company specializes in placing permanent culinary, sales and all management staff within:

Restaurants - Hotels - Casinos - Private Estates - Resorts - Country Clubs -
Contract Food Service Companies - Healthcare Foodservice Departments

All searches are handled by a specific Recruiter at Harper Associates, resulting in individualized attention to each and every assignment. Confidentiality on behalf of the employer and the applicant are considered of utmost importance. Harper Associates' Hospitality Division is directed by Ben Schwartz, the President of the company. Ben is a Michigan State University Hospitality School graduate with 30 years of experience in the placement industry. He was honored by Michigan State University and has joined their prestigious "Wall of Fame" for The School of Hospitality Business. The relationships he has built with a vast number of satisfied clients in the hospitality industry, along with an extensive network of alumni and trade association contacts, make Ben the ideal professional to assist you with your next career move or search for key management staff members.

All fees are paid by the employers