Food Service Managers

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Also known as:  Banquet Director, Banquet Manager, Cafeteria Director, Food and Beverage Manager, Food Service Director, Food Service Manager, Restaurant General Manager, Tavern Operator

ABOUT FOOD SERVICE MANAGER CAREERS

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Food service managers are not only responsible for putting food on the table at colleges, large restaurants, and institutions, they're also responsible for the table set up, and for the preparation of the server who takes the order and delivers the meal.

In fact, food service managers do eve ...
rything that restaurant managers do but on a much larger scale: They confer with chefs and cooks regarding the items on the day's menu, the size of the portions, and the price to be charged; they keep a sharp eye out for waste; and they do their best to maximize profitability without sacrificing quality.

Often this means negotiating the best deal with every kind of supplier from butchers and greengrocers to linen services. It may also mean inspecting deliveries personally to make sure that the goods delivered are correct and of the highest quality.

Food service managers are also responsible for making sure everything runs smoothly in the dining room. That can mean hiring-and sometimes firing-servers, table cleaners, and other workers. It also means constantly monitoring the quality of service and, dealing with customer inquiries and complaints quickly and tactfully.

The hours are long. Food service managers are often the first to arrive and the last to leave, and at times, the pressure can be considerable. But few other salaried positions in any industry as so much like owning and running your own business. For many this fact makes a career as a food setrvice manager enormously satisfying.
SNAPSHOT Expand
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization or department that serves food and beverages.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
HIGH
Competition for this position
HIGH
Communication with others
HIGH
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
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DAILY TASKS Expand
Record the number, type, and cost of items sold to determine which items may be unpopular or less profitable.
Establish standards for personnel performance and customer service.
Test cooked food by tasting and smelling it to ensure palatability and flavor conformity.
Assess staffing needs, and recruit staff using methods such as newspaper advertisements or attendance at job fairs.
Organize and direct worker training programs, resolve personnel problems, hire new staff, and evaluate employee performance in dining and lodging facilities.
Arrange for equipment maintenance and repairs, and coordinate a variety of services such as waste removal and pest control.
Perform some food preparation or service tasks such as cooking, clearing tables, and serving food and drinks when necessary.
Monitor compliance with health and fire regulations regarding food preparation and serving, and building maintenance in lodging and dining facilities.
Plan menus and food utilization based on anticipated number of guests, nutritional value, palatability, popularity, and costs.
Maintain food and equipment inventories, and keep inventory records.
Keep records required by government agencies regarding sanitation, and food subsidies when appropriate.
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Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Training and Teaching Others Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
Developing and Building Teams Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
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Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Food Production Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
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Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
TOP SKILLS Expand
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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