Sommelier in Washington, DC at RPM Italian - Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants

Date Posted: 5/16/2018

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Join Our Leadership Team …
RPM Italian in D.C. Is Seeking 
An Experienced Sommelier! 

Are you eager for the excitement and challenge of Washington, DC’s dynamic restaurant scene? Consider joining RPM Italian as their newest SOMMELIER. We are looking for someone who incorporates aspects of floor presence into their role, and elevates service details with simplicity and sophistication. This is an opportunity to work with a selection of the finest Italian & American wines from superior producers, vintages & vineyards.
If you're ready to take the next step in your career, and you have a true passion for both wine and guest service, please contact us. We're eager to hear from you. EOE. E-Verify.

  • 1+ years of sommelier experience
  • Knowledge of all Italian and American wine growing regions
  • Ability to develop & manage an expansive wine program
  • Ability to provide polished, guest-focused service appropriate to a fine dining environment
  • An unparalleled passion for both wine & service
  • Certification from Court of Master Sommeliers
  • High-level fine dining experience
  • Skilled in leading wine education classes & sharing knowledge with guests


  • Competitive pay
  • Quarterly bonus program
  • Restaurant discounts
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield medical/dental insurance
  • Domestic partner benefits
  • Vision plan
  • 401(k)
  • Employee assistance program (EAP)
  • Pre-tax transit benefit (where applicable)
  • Training, development & advancement opportunities
  • Paid time off including holiday, vacation, sick days, parental leave
  • And more



RPM Italian -- created by R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman, Chef Doug Psaltis and E! Network's Bill and Giuliana Rancic -- features modern Italian cuisine with a sophisticated yet unpretentious menu served in an upscale, urban environment. RPM Italian is part of a growing division of Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants, home to the original RPM Italian & RPM Steak locations in Chicago. 

 Lettuce Entertain You is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
We Participate in E-Verify. 
  POSITION SUMMARY: Responsible for the selling and serving of bottled wine. A Sommelier will possess a current Sommelier certification. 
 ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Other duties will be assigned as needed) Must be willing and able to do the following:
  • Develop the wine menu for the restaurant.
  • Coordinate all ordering of wine for the restaurant.
  • Maintain professional relationships with purveyors, and must not accept gifts or cash in return for wine or liquor orders.
  • Account for and maintain the security of all wine inventories and restock wines used in proper cabinets and/or wine coolers.
  • Organize the wine and liquor storage areas and read and identify wines by using labels.
  • Accurately account for and balance all sales and receipts.
  • Be knowledgeable of all menu items, and be able to develop wine pairings.
  • Greet guests with a warm and sincere smile.
  • Work with Captains/Servers to visit tables to present suggested wines.
  • Follow proper wine service procedures. 
  • Be genuinely committed to ensuring the overall guest experience exceeds expectations.
  • Act as a lead for the Wine Runner position. 
  • Attend wine seminars on a regular basis.
  • Provide wine education and training to new and existing employees.
  • Update wine training materials.
  • Assist Maitre d’/host with greeting and seating of guests if needed.
  • Conduct wine tastings.
  • Do not over serve guests, and seek out management immediately with any concerns about a guest who may appear to be intoxicated.
  • Assist servers and cocktail servers with selling, opening and serving wine.
  • Check back with tables which have ordered wine.
  • Accurately account for and inventory all wine sales for the shift.
  • Become proficient in the restaurant’s POS system within five days.
  • Secure manager’s signature for any comped or voided items.
  • Move safely through all areas of the restaurant, which may include stairs, uneven and slick surfaces.
  • Must wash hands regularly, according to guidelines.
  • Comply with all safety and sanitation guidelines and procedures.
  • Pass a food and beverage test in English with a score of 90% or more.
  • Pass an Alcohol Awareness test in English with a score of 90% or more.
  • Maintain a clean and orderly work area.
  • Understand and complete all sidework as assigned.
  • Be able to stand and walk for an entire shift.
  • Be able to give and take direction, and work effectively within a team.
  • Communicate cordially, effectively and clearly with all employees, managers and guests.
  • Communicate in English in order to comprehend and perform/follow job requirements in written and spoken direction.
  • Perform more than one task at a time.
  • Maintain a positive, pleasant attitude every shift. 
  • Accept direction and constructive criticism from management.
  • Perform calmly and effectively in an extremely busy and stressful work environment.
  • Be able to work a variety of hours, days and shifts, including weekends and increased work schedules.
  • Work in a confined, crowded space of variable noise and temperature levels.
  • Lift and move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

 GENERAL RULES Must be willing and able to do the following:
  • Get along with others and be a team player.
  • Follow all uniform and appearance guidelines as befitting the image of the restaurant for the duration of the shift.
  • Refrain from smoking for the duration of the shift.
  • Arrive to work on time and in ready to work condition.
  • Follow all rules, policies, procedures and conditions of employment outlined in the Employee Handbook.
  • May not work under the influence of alcohol or any illegal drugs.
  • May not resort to any type of violence, discriminatory or harassing behavior.
  • Must successfully pass a drug and alcohol test within 90 days of hire date, where applicable.
 Failure to abide by these and any other conditions of employment of the company set forth elsewhere can subject an employee to disciplinary action up to and including termination. Accessibility varies by location