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What is a Food & Beverage Manager?
A Food & Beverage Manager forecasts, plans and controls the ordering of food and beverages for a hospitality property as such as an hotel, motel, restaurant or resort. He/She also manages the finances related to the whole process of purchasing, sourcing, ordering and transporting food and drink for the hotel premises.
What are the typical Food & Beverage Manager duties?
Under the supervision of the Restaurant Manager, the Food & Beverage Manager is the person behind the purchasing and financial management of a hospitality property’s food and beverage stock.
More specific responsibilities may include:
- Manage all F&B and day-to-day operations within budgeted guidelines and to the highest standards
- Preserve excellent levels of internal and external customer service
- Design exceptional menus, purchase goods and continuously make necessary improvements
- Identify customers needs and respond proactively to all of their concerns
- Lead F&B team by attracting, recruiting, training and appraising talented personnel
- Establish targets, KPI’s, schedules, policies and procedures
- Provide a two way communication and nurture an ownership environment with emphasis in motivation and teamwork
- Comply with all health and safety regulations
- Report on management regarding sales results and productivity
What hours will I work?
A Food & Beverage Manager usually works traditional business hours but will sometimes be required to work overtime, week-ends, or public holidays. Some establishment might as well ask the F&B Manager to work shifts carried over lunch and dinner services.
What skills do I need?
- Strong customer service orientation and skills.
- Strong budgetary, projections, and cost control skills
- Ability to make quick decisions in high stress situations
- Clear, concise written and verbal communication skills
- Problem-solving skills
- Good understanding of inventory management systems
- Create a courteous, friendly, professional work environment
- Ability to be resourceful and proactive when issues arise
- Excellent organizational skills
What qualifications do I need?
- Proven work experience as a Food & Beverage Manager or similar role preferred
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
- Professional attitude and appearance
- High school degree; additional certification in Management is a plus
Food & Beverage Manager salary
According to Payscale, Starting salaries for rookie Food & Beverage Managers is around £19,000 while experience can take you all the way to £37,000 for a job as a senior Food & Beverage Manager.
As of August 2017, the media salary of a Food and Beverage Manager is £25,442 in the UK.
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