Executive Chef

Job Locations US-CA-Brisbane
Regular Full-Time


We recruit the best talent and invest in their ongoing development, through training and mentoring. We provide opportunities to work across our national network. dnata catering U.S. is looking for a Executive Chef to join our Brisbane, CA  team supporting the SFO airport.


We are seeking a highly professional and skilled Executive Chef join our team at dnata Catering. As the Executive Chef, you will be responsible for leading our culinary team and ensuring the highest standards of food quality and presentation in our in-flight catering operations. This is an exciting opportunity to showcase your culinary expertise and creativity while working in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.


dnata is one of the world’s largest air services providers. Established in 1959, the company ensures the aviation industry operates smoothly and efficiently in 127 airports. Offering ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services in 35 countries across six continents, dnata is a trusted partner for over 300 airline customers around the world. Each day, the company handles over 1,900 flights, moves over 8,500 tons of cargo, books over 16,000 hotel stays, and uplifts over 320,000 meals.


Accepting applications until: 08/09/2024

You Will

  • Ensure full compliance with the company's Occupational Health and Safety system, prioritizing the safety and well-being of our team members and customers.
  • Lead and develop the Production team, including recruitment, orientation, training, and performance management.
  • Manage matters of poor performance and misconduct, conducting root cause analysis and implementing necessary corrective actions.
  • Prepare budgets and manage costs to reflect operating forecasts, including staff payroll, equipment, and food material utilization.
  • Plan and manage daily operations, including staff rosters, production plans, and food preparation and service.
  • Maintain optimal food stock levels to meet quantity and quality requirements.
  • Ensure food production is fully compliant with client requirements and investigate and resolve client and passenger complaints.
  • Ensure compliance with the company's food safety and quality management system requirements and address any non-conformances.
  • Collaborate with the Corporate Executive Chef - Center of Excellence to continuously improve the menu offering, participating in menu design and development as a senior culinary advisor.
  • Review existing menus and initiate process improvements to achieve cost savings and efficiencies.
  • Manage new product implementation projects and cost-saving initiatives to achieve business objectives.
  • Work with suppliers on packaging, component, and presentation concepts, ensuring product quality and innovation.


Nonessential functions:

  • Other duties as assigned.



This salary range and is influenced by the level of experience. When calculating the base pay, we take into account various factors such as location, qualifications, training, and experience as part of the overall compensation package. $110K - $137K



You Have

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree Preferred; Associate degree (A.A.) or a minimum of Ten (10) plus years of culinary experience leading a kitchen in high-end establishments.



  • Expert culinary skills with experience in Michelin-starred restaurants or highly reputable institutions is
  • Wide knowledge of raw materials (foods) from around the world.
  • Experience in creating balanced new menus and exquisite culinary art (taste, creativity, and plating).
  • Ability to interact with clients and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Previous experience in high-volume food production and airline catering is preferred.
  • Prior experience working within a MEDINA Quality Food Assurance kitchen.
  • Strong knowledge of international cuisine and process improvements.
  • Computer competent with Microsoft Office.
  • Valid food handler's certificate or equivalent.
  • Ability to read and write in English.



  • Culinary or equivalent tertiary qualification.
  • Experience in large-scale fine dining banqueting, sit-down, and buffet settings (500 pax plus).
  • Previous experience in a senior culinary role in a premium service environment.
  • High standards of professional conduct with excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Strong results orientation and attention to detail.
  • Excellent people management skills with experience leading and managing a large multinational team.
  • Proven ability to achieve compliance with food safety and quality systems.
  • Ability to plan, multitask, and work under strict time constraints.
  • Proactive mindset focused on waste elimination and team effectiveness.
  • Ability to engage and align others towards common goals.
  • Demonstrated track record of meeting budget targets and successful menu development.
  • Proficiency in using the Microsoft Office Suite.


Intellectual/Social demands:

While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is continuously asked to multi-task under time limits.  Position requires constant attention to precise details and accuracy of specified standards including following simple to complex (more than 3 steps) instructions, and concentration which frequently extends beyond 30 minutes at a time. This position also requires constant attendance and punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time. Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan. Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly.


Physical demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk; reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 30 pounds. Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Use equipment and materials properly.


Work environment:

The essential functions of this position are performed indoors. The noise level in the work environment can range from minimal to loud.


dnata’s Competencies Required to be Successful in the Job:

There are two aspects to working as effectively as we can: our people and our results. Our eight competencies are designed to help you focus on these aspects:



Does what they say they will. And they balance the needs of our customers' needs with our business's needs.


Always gets the job done. And still put the needs of our business first.


Open to opportunity:

Adapts when plans change. Is open to new ideas. Makes suggestions that will help shape our culture.

Business thinking:

Understand our business. Uses this understanding in their day-to-day work and plans for the future.


Look for solutions that work for themselves, their team, and the whole organization.

Engaging others:

Acts in a way that gets others on board – and when things don’t go to plan, they deal with conflict in the right way.

Provide direction:

Share plans with others. Tracks how each project is progressing. Gives constructive feedback during, and after, each project.

Developing talent:

Self-aware. Always learning. Always developing. And always helping others to develop, too.


Demonstrated Values to be Successful in the Position:

Employees at dnata are expected to live our Values of Safety and Security, performance-driven, Service Excellence, Delighting Customers, Imagination, and respect. To demonstrate these Values, we expect to observe the following from everyone:

  • We put safety and security first in all our actions.
  • We will set challenging goals and meet them.
  • We deliver to a consistently high quality.
  • We take ownership and responsibility of a situation until it is resolved.
  • We are not afraid of failure and learn through our mistakes.
  • We respect each other regardless of background.

Diversity Matters

We believe that diversity and inclusion are fundamental to creating a strong workplace and community. At dnata, we’re proud that our workforce is as diverse as the customers we serve. And we’re committed to nurturing your talent with mentoring, volunteer, and professional development opportunities. We welcome everyone. Our employee resource groups are one of the many ways we champion diversity and inclusion at dnata.


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