Sommelier (Wine Jobs: Wine Retail & Sommelier)

Full Time

  Hotel Figueroa

  Los Angeles, California

Hotel Figueroa’s reputation as a magnet for progressive thinkers first put it on the map nearly a century ago—and now, Chef AJ McCloud & Chef Joana Cruz' culinary artistry keeps visitors and locals coming back in droves. Our restaurants provide an intimate retreat from the bustle of Downtown Los Angeles. Our chefs use the best locally sourced ingredients to create uniquely flavorful, ingredient-forward menus making Hotel Figueroa a sought-after destination for serious foodies. The atmosphere lends homage to the coastal lifestyle where art meets fashion amidst a serene backdrop. Our farm-to-glass cocktails enhance the dining experience and are conversation-starters themselves. Food and beverage will be accompanied by ongoing programming including eclectic poolside vibes with live musicians and performance art in an electric scene that keeps L.A.'s best and brightest buzzing into the wee hours.Sparrow is a modern Italian restaurant located at Hotel Figueroa, the award-winning preserved treasure in Downtown Los Angeles. Chef AJ McCloud & Chef Joana Cruz' culinary artistry keeps visitors and locals coming back in droves. consisting of comforting Italian and Mediterranean classics with creative twists, offering a selection of pasta, pizzas, and other wood-fired creations that exude bold flavors and high-quality, sustainable, and organic ingredients. Its cuisines are complemented by adventurous mixology that uses fresh, seasonal ingredients, and the finest spirits to craft dynamic cocktails all rooted in the flavors of Italy. Offering a resort-like respite, Sparrow’s signature design transports guests to the enchanting southern European coast. The restaurant features a cathedral-like entryway, velvet draped arches, modern light fixtures, and the use of marble, tile insets, and wood, all contributing to the romantic Coastal Italian and Mediterranean aesthetic.


To manage and maintain the direction of the overall venue wine program. Sommelier must be personable and able to communicate with guests with various levels of wine knowledge, & view finding the perfect wine as a challenge factoring in budget, flavor profiles and guest preference to make recommendations that provide a next level experience. As well as major focuses on staff and manager training, wine organization, upkeep and wine steps of service and standards. This position must focus on growing wine sales and maintaining COGS while increasing staff knowledge and guest experience through wine. 


Drive service standards for Wine 

●   Accuracy and  consistency encompassing all things wine

  • Quality control 

  • Ensures that wines of critical age are sold

  • Trainings for both new and current staff 

  • R&D for menu updates with Beverage Director 

  • Overall responsibility and awareness of wine COGS

  • Ensure steps of service are being met and executed by all staff & Management  

  • Communicate menu changes, updates, and specials to all staff as well as management 

  • Correspond about all 86/OOS items weekly and daily and offer proper recommendations to replace 

  • Manage wine purchasing and monitors wine inventory, maintains cellar pars

  • Assists Service team with aiding guests in wine selection and pairings

  • Directs regular and consistent training on wine and beverage pairings for servers, managers and chefs

  • Partners with Back of House to identify wine-friendly ingredients

  • Create a memorable “experience” for all guests by ensuring exceptional service, showmanship and professionalism

  • Ensures accountability for all product at each outlet

Day to Day Beverage Management

●     Works with General Manager and Beverage Director to consistently meet revenue and profitability goals for beverage programs 

  • Negotiating pricing with vendors

  • Complying with health and safety regulations

  • Share knowledge of and appreciation for wine with all guests, answering questions and offering recommendations 

  • Acute knowledge of wine pairings assisting guests and staff in identifying for best experience 

  • Returns corked and spoiled wines to suppliers for refunds

  • Demonstrate extensive knowledge in wine selection and ensures the wine list is in keeping with the menu and recent trends

  • Responsibility of wine room; all items going in and out, protection, as well as organization working with beverage manager for all items wine related

  • Assisting staff in constant growth and learning by Noble33 standards 

  • Overall responsibility and awareness of beverage cost, comp, voids, spills on a nightly basis in regards to wine 

  • Review Pmix regularly as a tool to review which wines are selling and which wines need to be pushed 

  • Cleanliness and organization all wine areas 


Ensure brand standards are maintained 

●  Curating and updating wine lists in conjunction with Beverage Director and General Manager

  • Organizing wine tasting events

  • Ensure correct product is being used as specified by Beverage Director and on wine menu 

  • Relay any changes on menu to management and staff

  • Help push staff incentive programs

Manage Inventory and Labor

  • Overall responsibility and awareness of beverage cost 

  • Costing out all BTG and BTB in line with P&L

  • Perform weekly inventory 

  • Inventory mapping and organization 

  • Ordering and receiving process  

  • Ensure safekeeping and approval of invoices

  • Effectively following budget guidelines 

Performs other duties as required or assigned by General Manager 

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