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Customer Experience Leader Apprenticeship - Reading

Driven by a desire to continuously improve the customers’ experience, this important role finds you at the heart of our business – in our customer dining areas. Your primary responsibilities are to welcome our customers into the restaurant and to use your initiative to help create ‘feel-good moments’ during their visit, all whilst working towards your Level 2 Customer Service Practitioner Standard. Never one to accept less than the best, you will work closely with the restaurant management team to suggest improvements to our customer service experience, using all your training and skills.

Job description

As a Customer Experience Leader, having the ability to build rapport with others in a genuine and natural way is key for this role. You can lift the mood of those around you and can inspire others to look for ways to improve their own performance. You are naturally receptive to the needs of others and are always looking for new ways to exceed expectations and delight customers. You are always respectful, even when under pressure, and are able to confidently suggest ways to improve.

Working as part of a fast-moving, high-energy team, you will be instrumental in delivering an exceptional service to all of our customers.

What your apprenticeship will offer:

You’ll work towards a Level 2 Customer Service Practitioner Standard - which is equivalent to 5 GCSES!
You’ll receive day to day training in your restaurant and a blended social learning experience for your qualification. This will be delivered on a 121 basis in your workplace by one of our expert trainers every 4-6 weeks via face-to-face visits or remotely over telephone or Skype.
The apprenticeship is a structured, learner and employer focused development programme designed to create opportunities for lifelong knowledge, skills, and behaviours.
You’ll be assigned an Apprenticeship Mentor who will support you alongside your Manager and Assessor throughout your training and in the run up to your End Point Assessment.
They will coach you from your first day and facilitate your 20% off job training as well as support you with your practical and online assessments.

What your role will involve:

As a Customer Experience Leader apprentice, you will:
Deliver outstanding hospitality, giving our customers a memorable experience so that they leave happy.
Assist customers on their journey, confidently leading them through their restaurant experience so it is stress free and easy, making us stand out from our competitors.
Be committed to the individual needs and wants of our customers so they want to visit again.
Support the restaurant to develop and implement ways to improve customer satisfaction to keep each visit special.
Lead hospitality by example through demonstrating expected behaviours and proactively anticipating customer needs.
Create a great impression using positive and confident body language so you are approachable to our customers.
Encourage customers to use Digital Kiosks and Table Service in a way that benefits them to help enhance their experience.
Handle difficult situations/conversions in a confident manner, while maintaining positive customer relations to ensure a resolution.
Take responsibility for your own development in all areas; look for opportunities to improve and grow.
Seek to identify ways to make it simple, easy, enjoyable for our customers so they can continue to focus on what is important to them.
Actively look for ways to make ‘feel good’ moments for our customers to exceed and enhance the customer’s overall experience.
Be able to speak knowledgeably and confidently to our customers about the business to keep them informed.
Elevate customer focus across the team by using data to drive improvements to enable us to grow and develop.
Become an expert in customer recovery and delivery so they come back and see us.
Always put the customers’ needs first to keep them at the heart of everything you do.

Deliver Customer Experience:
Make it special – act as a role model – be welcoming, personalise your comments and connect with your customers with confidence.
Make it genuine – give the customer your full attention, smile, use eye contact and body language that is enthusiastic and energetic
Adapt to each customer’s needs – be customer confident and provide an individual experience that exceeds their expectations, e.g.:
Treat all customers and colleagues with courtesy and respect.
Be patient with customers who need help, offer to explain the menu.
Get to know regular customers and treat them individually.
Use positive gestures, e.g., offer to clear trays, help parents with pushchairs or make a child’s visit special, direct queues during busy periods.
Support in store events with enthusiasm.
Answer customer queries confidently and professionally – keep up to date with knowledge on our food and promotions.
Monitor food quality being consumed by customers.

Holiday pay
Pension scheme
Flexible working
Free staff meals & employee discounts on selected McDonald's food
Opportunities for training and development
Discounts at major high street retailers
Exclusive employee competitions
Service awards

To see the full list, please follow this link: https://people.mcdonalds.co.uk/restaurant-opportunities/customer-experience-leader/

At McDonald's you will be working towards your Customer Service Practitioner Level 2 Apprenticeship over the course of 15 months.

Being you at McDonald’s:
Our customers come from all walks of life and so do we. We are proud of our McFamily which includes people from a wide variety of backgrounds, all offering something unique to our company. If you share our passion for delivering great customer experience, you will find a home at McDonald’s!

If you feel you can already demonstrate, or quickly learn the above skills, start your apprenticeship journey and apply today!

Desired Skills

Are you what we need? ● Effective communication skills such as attentive listening, face-to-face verbal communication and eye contact are a must.

Personal qualities

Are you what we need?
You should have a confident and extroverted personality, which shines through everything you do.
You should have a customer obsessed mentality – always putting the needs of the customer first and be able to genuinely ensure customers feel welcome and at home when they visit.
You are friendly, courteous and helpful; and you work well as part of a team.
Our doors are open to everyone; you’ll be confident in approaching and dealing with diverse groups of people.
You’ll need to understand the importance of maintaining high standards of quality and service as well as cleanliness.
The ability to maintain high energy levels whilst working both efficiently and productively is essential.
Finally, your appearance should be smart and clean.
You’ll live our core Values every day in our restaurants: Serve, Inclusion, Integrity, Community and Family. To find out more about our Values visit https://corporate.mcdonalds.com/corpmcd/our-company/who-we-are/our-values.html

Qualifications required

No previous qualifications are required.

Future prospects

Once you’ve successfully completed this apprenticeship there are many opportunities to develop and have a rewarding career, with progression opportunities into Supervisor and Management roles.

Training to be delivered

Customer Service Practitioner level 2
Functional skills in maths and English

Extra information

Type of Contract
Profession type
Bar Staff / Waiters and Waitresses
Full UK/EU driving license preferred
Car Preferred
Must be eligible to work in the EU
Cover Letter Required

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