Food and Beverage Manager

 

 

OFO No: 141201

 

 

 

 

Other names for Food & Beverage Manager:

  • Bistro Manager
  • Cafeteria Manager
  • Canteen Manager
  • Caterer
  • Catering Manager
  • Food and Beverage Manager
  • Food Services Manager
  • Internet Cafe Manager
  • Mess Manager
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Restaurateur

What is a Food & Beverage Manager?

A Food & Beverage Manager usually works in the hospitality industry eg: in a hotel, large restaurant or in a big company which has their own kitchens etc. 

They are in charge of ordering all the food and beverages.

Managing the finances for this department also is part of their job description.

They would also research foods, beverages and the suppliers with regard to quality and pricing before ordering.  They may even have to handle the transport of these goods.

What does a Food & Beverage Manager do?

  • keeps tabs on, controls and re-orders food and beverage stock
  • stores goods safely and hygienically
  • negotiates and works with food and beverage suppliers
  • keeps up to date with food and beverage costs
  • designs and implements improvements when necessary
  • trains, manages and liaises with staff
  • ensures that safety and hygiene is maintained at all times
  • resolves complaints from guests
  • researches and compiles business plans
  • keeps and monitors financial reports and performance
  • co-ordinates all promotions and advertising requirements

Are you … ?

  • a person with a head for business?
  • good at mathematics?
  • organised?
  • a good negotiator?
  • safety and health conscious?
  • a person with good administrative skills?
  • a peoples person?

How do I become a Food & Beverage Manager?

Many institutions (universities, universities of technologies and colleges) offer diplomas in Food & Beverage Management.

Some of these institutions are public and some are private.

PATH 1

  • Hospitality qualification
  • Workplace experience

PATH 2

National Diploma in Hospitality Management

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Central University of Technology
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • University of Johannesburg
  • Vaal University of Technology
  • Walter Sisulu University

PATH 3

National Diploma in Hospitality Management / or a relevant degree

Bachelor of Commerce in Hospitality Management

  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • University of Venda

PATH 4

National Diploma in Hospitality Management

Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Hospitality Management

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Central University of Technology
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • University of Johannesburg

 

TRAINING:

  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 

 

Obviously, a Food & Beverage Manager holds a very senior position at the hotel. This usually comes with loads of work experience in the hospitality industry as well as having a varied skill set. A lot of Food & Beverage Managers will have some form of hospitality qualification. They might even have more than one.

Example:

A person might start out as a qualified Chef and after working in a hotel for a few years, move on up to Food & Beverage Manager and then onto becoming a Hotel Manager. During this time, the person may be doing online business management or other relevant courses to improve their skills. It will depend on how ambitious you are on how hard you push yourself.

 

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Restaurant Manager … or … Hotel Manager

Is becoming a Food & Beverage Manager the right career choice for me?

 


 

Maths Required Qualification Required