A food and beverages manager works in the food service or hospitality industry, and is responsible for overseeing the inventory and quality of all food and beverage orders. The job description of a food and beverages manager involves strong organizational skills, previous managerial experience, and knowledge of the food and beverages industry.
A food and beverages manager maintains inventory of on-site food and beverage products, ensures that all products are up to company standards, orders supplies when necessary, and maintains relationships with a network of food and beverage vendors.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of a Food and Beverages Manager
•Orders food and beverage supplies for a hotel or restaurant.
•Oversees delivery of all food and beverage orders.
•Ensures that orders are correct, and that supplies are fresh and undamaged.
•Takes inventory of all food and beverage stock on a regular basis.
•Pulls defective or expired items from shelves or warehouse.
•Returns or discards expired or sub-quality items.
•Assists in recruiting and hiring kitchen or inventory specialist staff.
•Assigns duties to subordinate staff as needed and oversees daily work performance.
•Maintains cleanliness and organization of stockroom, warehouse, and kitchen storage areas.
•Researches new food and beverage items that may be appropriate for the hotel or restaurant stock.
•Maintains positive relationships with major food and beverage vendors.
•Addresses problems or customer complaints regarding food and beverages.
•Ensures that all orders fall within the set food and beverage budget.
•Devises more efficient and effective ways to store and preserve products.
•Assists in handling health inspector visits and processing related paperwork.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
•Demonstrates strong leadership and managerial skills.
•Exhibits strong organizational skills.
•Pays close attention to detail.
•Manages time efficiently.
•Exhibits ability to multitask effectively.
•Works well with a team.
•Communicates clearly and effectively.
•Is able to read and interpret invoices and packing slips.
•Demonstrates detailed knowledge of food and beverage products on the market.
•Possesses knowledge of proper pricing for various food and beverage products.
•Is familiar with budget and inventory software.
•Demonstrates ability to think creatively and analytically.
•Possesses strong interpersonal and customer service skills.
•Exhibits strong computer skills.
•Possesses knowledge of health and safety standards for the food service industry.
Education and Experience
A food and beverages manager holds an Associate’s Degree in Hospitality Management, or a Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Business Administration. Managers must also have several years of experience in the food and beverage or hospitality industry, preferably in a managerial capacity.
A food and beverages manager spends the majority of his or her working hours in a hotel or restaurant kitchen, stockroom, or warehouse, overseeing food and beverage orders and organization. Managers also spend time in an office setting, processing paperwork and maintaining inventory files. The typical workweek for a food and beverages manager is 40 hours, though some work overtime when organizing special events.
The average salary for a food and beverages manager is $60,000 per year. Salaries range from $40,000 to $80,000 depending on years of experience and company size and profile.