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Working As A Food Production 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

  • $53,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Food Production Manager Do

Food service managers are responsible for the daily operation of restaurants and other establishments that prepare and serve food and beverages. They direct staff to ensure that customers are satisfied with their dining experience, and they manage the business to ensure that it is profitable. 

Duties

Food service managers typically do the following:

  • Hire, train, oversee, and sometimes fire employees
  • Order food and beverages, equipment, and supplies
  • Oversee food preparation, portion sizes, and the overall presentation of food
  • Inspect supplies, equipment, and work areas
  • Ensure that employees comply with health and food safety standards
  • Address complaints regarding food quality or service
  • Schedule staff hours and assign duties
  • Manage budgets and payroll records
  • Establish standards for personnel performance and customer service

Managers coordinate activities of the kitchen and dining room staff to ensure that customers are served properly and in a timely manner. They oversee orders in the kitchen, and, if needed, they work with the chef to remedy any delays in service.

Food service managers are responsible for all functions of the business related to employees. For example, most managers interview, hire, train, oversee, appraise, discipline, and sometimes fire employees. Managers also schedule work hours, making sure that enough workers are present to cover each shift. During busy periods, they may expedite service by helping to serve customers, processing payments, or cleaning tables.

Managers also arrange for cleaning and maintenance services for the equipment and facility in order to comply with health and sanitary regulations. For example, they may arrange for trash removal, pest control, and heavy cleaning when the dining room and kitchen are not in use.

Most managers perform a variety of administrative tasks, such as managing employee records and preparing the payroll. They also may review or complete paperwork related to licensing, taxes and wages, and unemployment compensation. Although they sometimes assign these tasks to an assistant manager or bookkeeper, most managers are responsible for the accuracy of business records.

Some managers add up the cash and charge slips and secure them in a safe place. They also may check that ovens, grills, and other equipment are properly cleaned and secured, and that the establishment is locked at the close of business.

Those who manage their own business often deal with suppliers and arrange for the delivery of food and beverages and other supplies.

Full-service restaurants (those with table service) may have a management team that includes a general manager, one or more assistant managers, and an executive chef.

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How To Become A Food Production 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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Average Length of Employment
Cafeteria Manager 5.0 years
Restaurant Manager 3.9 years
Food Manager 3.8 years
Chef Manager 3.7 years
Kitchen Manager 3.1 years
Food Supervisor 3.0 years
Concession Manager 3.0 years
Kitchen Supervisor 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Food Production Manager
Sous Chef 11.6%
Chef 7.7%
Cook 6.8%
Line Cook 4.1%
Manager 3.8%
Lead Cook 3.3%
Internship 2.2%
Top Careers After Food Production Manager
Chef 7.8%
Sous Chef 6.8%
Manager 4.4%
Cook 3.6%
Line Cook 2.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$53,000
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$33,000
Min 10%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Circle Foods
Highest Paying City
Waltham, MA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does a Food Production Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Food Production Manager in the United States is $53,523 per year or $26 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $33,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $85,000.

Real Food Production Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chilled Foods Production Manager B. Roberts Foods, LLC Charlotte, NC Sep 26, 2012 $158,000
Food Production Manager (Kosher) Fresh Foods and Tasty Foods Inc. Monsey, NY Jun 12, 2016 $82,950
Food Production Manager (Kosher) Fresh Foods'n Tasty Foods, Inc. Monsey, NY Aug 24, 2015 $80,829
Food Production Manager (Kosher) Fresh Foods'n Tasty Foods, Inc. Monsey, NY Nov 18, 2015 $80,829
Production Manager-Asian Food Perfection Foods Company, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Sep 19, 2014 $69,472 -
$70,000
Food Production Manager Whit Food II, LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $68,871
Food Production Manager A Voce Columbus LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $67,800
Food Production Manager Riceit LLC Dallas, TX Jan 10, 2016 $60,000
Food Process Production Manager J.R. Simplot Company West Memphis, AR Feb 03, 2011 $54,952 -
$82,428
Food Process Production Manager J.R. Simplot Company Boise, ID Jan 24, 2010 $54,952 -
$82,428
Manager Food Production Eagle Provisions Co. Inc. New York, NY Sep 28, 2011 $53,165
Manager Food Production Eagle Provisions Co Inc. New York, NY Sep 28, 2011 $53,165
Event Planner & Food Production Manager Amber India Corporation San Francisco, CA Oct 21, 2010 $53,000 -
$58,000
Food Production & Event Manager Amber India Enterprises Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 04, 2011 $50,000 -
$55,000
Food Production & Operations Manager Amber India Enterprises Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 31, 2011 $48,000 -
$55,000
Food Production & Catering Manager Amber India Commercial, Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 01, 2012 $47,000 -
$57,000
Food Production and Operations Manager Amber India Commercial, Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 15, 2010 $44,990 -
$50,000
Food Production Manager Circle A Food Store, Inc. Mount Holly, NC Oct 26, 2011 $36,421
Food Production and Operations Manager Mega Mart, Inc. Duluth, GA Oct 01, 2012 $36,000

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Top Skills for A Food Production Manager

  1. Food Safety
  2. Menu Items
  3. Kitchen Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Ensured food safety for all areas with inspections, cleaning lists, appropriate logs, signage and employee educations.
  • Played key role in designing new menu items cafeteria operations; providing management and training of cafeteria personnel.
  • Instructed inmates in proper food preparation, food storage, use of kitchen equipment and utensils, sanitation and safety issues.
  • Guarantee every customer gets superior customer service and a quality dinning experience.
  • Implemented policies and procedures for day-to-day operations to meet state and federal regulations.

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Top 10 Best States for Food Production Managers

  1. Colorado
  2. New Jersey
  3. Louisiana
  4. Delaware
  5. Rhode Island
  6. New York
  7. Nevada
  8. Washington
  9. Michigan
  10. Pennsylvania
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Food Production Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

71.4%

Female

23.3%

Unknown

5.2%
Ethnicity

White

65.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.2%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

82.4%

Italian

11.8%

French

5.9%

Food Production Manager Education

Schools

Johnson & Wales University

27.3%

Culinary Institute of America

26.7%

University of Phoenix

4.0%

Pennsylvania State University

3.4%

University of New Haven

3.4%

Michigan State University

2.8%

University of Florida

2.8%

University of Alabama

2.3%

University of North Dakota

2.3%

New York University

2.3%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

2.3%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

2.3%

Arizona Culinary Institute

2.3%

Oakland Community College

2.3%

University of Houston

2.3%

Sullivan County Community College

2.3%

Purdue University

2.3%

New York Law School

2.3%

University of Delaware

2.3%

New England Culinary Institute

2.3%
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Majors

Culinary Arts

22.0%

Business

17.3%

Hospitality Management

14.9%

Food And Nutrition

7.4%

Management

7.2%

Health Care Administration

5.1%

Accounting

3.9%

Criminal Justice

3.3%

Marketing

3.1%

Dietetics

2.6%

Education

1.9%

Psychology

1.9%

English

1.4%

Communication

1.4%

Liberal Arts

1.4%

Computer Science

1.2%

Political Science

1.2%

Computer Information Systems

1.2%

Fine Arts

0.9%

Military Applied Sciences

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

32.6%

Other

29.7%

Associate

23.0%

Masters

7.4%

Certificate

5.3%

Diploma

1.8%

Doctorate

0.3%
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