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Become A Food And Beverage Manager

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Working As A Food And Beverage Manager

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Getting Information
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Repetitive

  • $45,500

    Average Salary

What Does A Food And Beverage Manager Do

A Food and Beverage Manager is responsible for managing all food and beverage operations. They order food supplies, track shipments, and communicate with vendors.

How To Become A Food And Beverage Manager

Most applicants qualify with a high school diploma and several years of work experience in the food service industry as a cook, waiter or waitress, or counter attendant. Some applicants have received additional training at a community college, technical or vocational school, culinary school, or 4-year college.

Education

Although a bachelor’s degree is not required, some postsecondary education is increasingly preferred for many manager positions, especially at upscale restaurants and hotels. Some food service companies, hotels, and restaurant chains recruit management trainees from college hospitality or food service management programs. These programs may require the participants to work in internships and to have real-life food industry-related experiences in order to graduate.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degree programs in restaurant and hospitality management or institutional food service management. In addition, numerous community colleges, technical institutes, and other institutions offer programs in the field that lead to an associate’s degree. Some culinary schools offer programs in restaurant management with courses designed for those who want to start and run their own restaurant.

Most programs provide instruction in nutrition, sanitation, and food preparation, as well as courses in accounting, business law, and management. Some programs combine classroom and practical study with internships.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Most food service managers start working in industry-related jobs, such as cooks, waiters and waitresses, or hosts and hostesses. They often spend years working under the direction of an experienced worker, learning the necessary skills before they are promoted to manager positions.

Training

Managers who work for restaurant chains and food service management companies may be required to complete programs that combine classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Topics may include food preparation, sanitation, security, company policies, personnel management, and recordkeeping.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although certification is not required, managers may obtain the Food Protection Managers Certification (FPMC) by passing a food safety exam. The American National Standards Institute accredits institutions that offer the FPMC.

In addition, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation awards the Foodservice Management Professional (FMP) designation, a voluntary certification to managers who meet the following criteria:

  • Have supervisory experience in food service
  • Have specialized training in food safety
  • Pass a multiple-choice exam

The certification attests to professional competence, particularly for managers who learned their skills on the job.

Important Qualities

Business skills. Food service managers, especially those who run their own restaurant, must understand all aspects of the restaurant business. They should know how to budget for supplies, set prices, and manage workers to ensure that the restaurant is profitable.

Communication skills. Food service managers must give clear orders to staff and be able to communicate effectively with employees and customers.

Customer-service skills. Food service managers must be courteous and attentive when dealing with patrons. Satisfying customers’ dining needs is critical to business success and ensures customer loyalty.

Detail oriented. Managers deal with many different types of activities. They ensure that there is enough food to serve to customers, they maintain financial records, and they ensure that the food meets health and safety standards.

Leadership skills. Managers must establish good working relationships to maintain a productive work environment. Carrying out this task may involve motivating workers and leading by example.

Organizational skills. Food service managers keep track of many different schedules, budgets, and staff. Their job becomes more complex as the size of the restaurant or food service facility increases.

Physical stamina. Managers, especially those who run their own restaurant, often work long shifts and sometimes spend entire evenings on their feet helping to serve customers.

Problem-solving skills. Managers need to be able to resolve personnel issues and customer-related problems.

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Real Food And Beverage Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Food and Beverage Manager Balbeisi Business Consultants, Inc. Lafayette, LA Sep 20, 2014 $120,000
Food & Beverage Director/Restaurant Manager Chateaubleau Restaurant Inc. Coral Gables, FL Sep 22, 2015 $100,000
Food and Beverage Manager The Grand Del Mar Resort LP San Diego, CA Oct 01, 2014 $95,000
Food and Beverage Operations Manager Toby's Estate NYC Inc. New York, NY Mar 24, 2015 $95,000
Food and Beverage Operations Manager Toby's Estate NYC Inc. New York, NY Mar 25, 2013 $92,000
Food and Beverage Operations Manager Toby's Estate Coffee Inc. New York, NY Apr 01, 2013 $92,000
Food and Beverage Manager Sahara Plaza, LLC New York, NY Mar 28, 2016 $90,000
Food & Beverage Manager-Flight Kitchen Good Value Food Inc. DBA Dabbawalla/Bombay Bistro Summit, NJ Apr 15, 2016 $86,423
Food and Beverage Manager Sahara Plaza LLC New York, NY Jul 05, 2013 $85,000
Manager Food & Beverage Operations Avroko Hospitality Group New York, NY Jan 04, 2016 $85,000
Food & Beverage Manager Avroko Hospitality Group New York, NY Jan 04, 2016 $85,000
Food and Beverage Manager Sahara Plaza LLC New York, NY Jul 04, 2013 $85,000
Food and Beverage Operations Dante Grove St. LLC New York, NY Jan 04, 2016 $85,000
Food and Beverage Manager HN & Sons, LLC. New York, NY Feb 02, 2015 $61,027
Food and Beverage Manager Hilton Worldwide Inc. New York, NY Sep 12, 2015 $60,510
Food and Beverage Manager Hilton Worldwide Inc. New York, NY Dec 09, 2015 $60,510
Food & Beverage Manager Cholanad LLC Chapel Hill, NC Sep 17, 2014 $60,200
Food & Beverage Manager Cholanad LLC Chapel Hill, NC Sep 30, 2015 $60,200
Food and Beverage Outlet Manager Four Seasons Hotels Corporate Services, Inc. Lanai City, HI Aug 09, 2013 $60,000
Food and Beverage Manager Columbia Sussex Management LLC Hilton Head Island, SC May 02, 2013 $52,749
Food and Beverage Manager Pennsville Hospitality Group, Inc. Carneys Point, NJ Jun 01, 2014 $52,707
Assistant Food and Beverage Manager Hyatt Corporation New York, NY Aug 09, 2016 $52,333
Executive Chef, Food and Beverage Manager Como Traymore LLC South Beach, FL Aug 22, 2013 $52,229 -
$80,000
Food and Beverage Manager Alifine Dining Inc. New Hyde Park, NY Oct 01, 2015 $52,175
Food and Beverage Manager Alifine Dining Inc. New Hyde Park, NY Sep 01, 2015 $52,175
Food and Beverage Manager Hilton Worldwide Inc. New York, NY Sep 18, 2013 $52,083
Food and Beverage Manager Hilton Worldwide Inc. New York, NY Sep 26, 2013 $52,083

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Top Skills for A Food And Beverage Manager

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Top Food And Beverage Manager Skills

  1. Banquet Events
  2. Menu Planning
  3. Weekly Payroll
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Ordered equipment and supplies for banquet events and maintained monthly inventory control according to the departmental budget.
  • Focus on increasing margins and profitability without compromising quality, Menu planning and menu engineering.
  • Maintain employee records, prepare/edit weekly time sheets, enter and submit bi-weekly payroll to home office and track employee vacation.
  • Promoted from Bartender to Operations Manager, maintaining responsibility of four food and beverage outlets in a midsize hotel.
  • Established standards for personnel performance and customer service.

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