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Food Service Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization or department that serves food and beverages.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Monitor employee and patron activities to ensure liquor regulations are obeyed.
    • Keep records required by government agencies regarding sanitation or food subsidies.
    • Investigate and resolve complaints regarding food quality, service, or accommodations.
    • Maintain food and equipment inventories, and keep inventory records.
    • Monitor budgets and payroll records, and review financial transactions to ensure that expenditures are authorized and budgeted.
    • Monitor food preparation methods, portion sizes, and garnishing and presentation of food to ensure that food is prepared and presented in an acceptable manner.
    • Schedule and receive food and beverage deliveries, checking delivery contents to verify product quality and quantity.
    • Coordinate assignments of cooking personnel to ensure economical use of food and timely preparation.
    • Monitor compliance with health and fire regulations regarding food preparation and serving, and building maintenance in lodging and dining facilities.
    • Count money and make bank deposits.
    • Establish standards for personnel performance and customer service.
    • Perform some food preparation or service tasks, such as cooking, clearing tables, and serving food and drinks when necessary.
    • Greet guests, escort them to their seats, and present them with menus and wine lists.
    • Test cooked food by tasting and smelling it to ensure palatability and flavor conformity.
    • Schedule staff hours and assign duties.
    • Estimate food, liquor, wine, and other beverage consumption to anticipate amounts to be purchased or requisitioned.
    • Arrange for equipment maintenance and repairs, and coordinate a variety of services, such as waste removal and pest control.
    • Schedule use of facilities or catering services for events such as banquets or receptions, and negotiate details of arrangements with clients.
    • Review menus and analyze recipes to determine labor and overhead costs, and assign prices to menu items.
    • Organize and direct worker training programs, resolve personnel problems, hire new staff, and evaluate employee performance in dining and lodging facilities.
    • Review work procedures and operational problems to determine ways to improve service, performance, or safety.
    • Take dining reservations.
    • Assess staffing needs and recruit staff, using methods such as newspaper advertisements or attendance at job fairs.
    • Order and purchase equipment and supplies.
    • Plan menus and food utilization, based on anticipated number of guests, nutritional value, palatability, popularity, and costs.
    • Record the number, type, and cost of items sold to determine which items may be unpopular or less profitable.

    Skills

    • Service Orientation

      Actively looking for ways to help people.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Management of Personnel Resources

      Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • 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.

    Knowledge

    • 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.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 52570/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 25.27/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 12,870
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,570

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Leadership
    • Self Control
    • Cooperation
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Attention to Detail

    Tools

    • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
    • Personal computers
    • Notebook computers
    • Laser printers
    • Cash registers

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Point of sale POS software
    • Inventory management software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    • Accounting software

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