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Title:  Lead Cook - Morenci Motel

Requisition ID:  121424

Morenci, AZ, US, 85540

Category:  Retail

Freeport-McMoRan is a leading international mining company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. We operate large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold, and molybdenum. The company has a dynamic portfolio of operating, expansion and growth projects in the copper industry. Freeport-McMoRan is one of the world’s largest publicly traded copper producers, the world’s largest producer of molybdenum and a significant gold producer. We have a long and successful history of conducting our business in a safe, highly efficient and socially-responsible manner.


We have the assets, the talent, the drive and the financial strength to provide attractive and rewarding careers of our employees. We encourage you to take the time to explore the opportunity to advance your career at Freeport-McMoRan.


Lead Cook is generally in charge of food production.  The Lead Cook assumes all the duties of the absent Motel Management.  Responsible for all kitchen functions including food purchasing, preparation and maintenance of quality standards; sanitation and cleanliness; training of employees in methods of cooking, preparation, plate presentation, portion/cost control and sanitation and cleanliness.


  • Plan recipes and menus and maintains Company standards of food quality, presentation and cost management
  • Assist monitoring and coaching kitchen staff
  • Assist in scheduling kitchen staff in conjunction with caterings and deliveries
  • Train kitchen staff in food production principles and practices and ensure that all recipes and food production practices are followed
  • Train staff on food preparation and ingredients
  • Enforce purchasing specifications, storeroom requisition systems, product storage requirements, standardization recipes and waste control procedures
  • Evaluate current practices and processes; and initiate ways to improve current business methods, quality of products and services provided to the customers
  • Have a full understanding of food safety and sanitation practices
  • Fills in where needed to ensure guest service standards and efficient operations
  • Perform other duties as requested


Minimum Qualifications

  • Post-secondary Culinary Arts training program completion OR at least two (2) years of experience in Food Preparation
  • Must be able to obtain Arizona Food Handler's Card within one (1) month of employment
  • High School diploma or GED

  • Ability to understand and apply verbal and written work and safety-related instructions and procedures given in English
  • Ability to communicate in English with respect to job assignments, job procedures, and applicable safety standards
  • Must be able to work in a potentially stressful environment
  • Performing General Physical Activities: Lead Cooks must perform physical activities in a variety of environmental conditions that require moderate to maximum strength including climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, and handling of materials

  • Must be able to frequently sit, stand and walk

  • These responsibilities require the ability to walk for extended periods of time

  • Ability to climb stairs, ladders, lift up to fifty (50)pounds or more, kneel, push, pull, reach, bend, twist, and stoop on a frequent basis

  • Ability to work in all types of environments to include noise, exposure to extreme temperatures and humidity

  • Willing and able to work a 12-hour shift schedule or other shift as assigned

  • Ability to share job responsibilities and be flexible with work schedule and start times

  • Ability to participate in a high performing team environment

  • Ability to communicate and interact with other teams

  • Must attend alcohol training class and understand the law, rules and regulations for the State of Arizona

  • Must attend training class for safe food handling procedures

  • Freeport-McMoRan promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing and on-going random drug testing as per applicable State Laws

Freeport-McMoRan has reviewed the jobs at its various office and operating sites and determined that many of these jobs require employees to perform essential job functions that pose a direct threat to the safety or health of the employees performing these tasks or others.  Accordingly, the Company has designated the following positions as safety-sensitive:

  • Site-based positions, or positions which require unescorted access to site-based operational areas, which are held by employees who are required to receive MSHA, OSHA, DOT, HAZWOPER and/or Hazard Recognition Training; or 
  • Positions which are held by employees who operate equipment, machinery or motor vehicles in furtherance of performing the essential functions of their job duties, including operating motor vehicles while on Company business or travel (for this purpose “motor vehicles” includes Company owned or leased motor vehicles and personal motor vehicles used by employees in furtherance of Company business or while on Company travel); or
  • Positions which Freeport-McMoRan has designated as safety sensitive positions in the applicable job or position description and which upon further review continue to be designated as safety-sensitive based on an individualized assessment of the actual duties performed by a specifically identified employee.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran/Disability

Nearest Major Market: Safford

Job Segment: Food Safety, Quality

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