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Job Title – Food and Beverage Manager


A Food and Beverage Manager is responsible for the overall operation of a restaurant. A food and beverage manager is also responsible for hiring staff, purchasing food and stock, and making sure everyone is trained on proper food preparation, proper and legal alcoholic beverage service kitchen safety techniques and understands health standards.

Typical Job Activities

Manages shifts as and when required
Be involved in the setting of department targets and objectives, and to monitor and strive for their achievement
Be proactive in maximising sales and generating revenue
Generates new ideas for service and products to maintain competitive and leading edge, focussing on creativity and flair
Controls costs in line with budgetary requirements
Liaises closely with all departments and in particular the kitchen teams to ensure effective communication between Front of House and Back of House, enabling maximum guest satisfaction through the smooth running of the operation
Makes sure all licensing regulations are fully adhered to
Makes sure all operational control procedures and policies are in place
Makes sure that the beverage profit margins are maintained at all times
Involved in the settings of services and quality standards, and to monitor and strive for their achievement

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Related Occupations

Food Service Manager
Assistant hotel manager
Health services administrator
Restaurant manager
Retail store manager

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Educational Requirements

Senior Certificate with matric exemption for a degree course
Senior Certificate for a diploma course Grade 9 Certificate and a minimum age of 16 years for a technical (FET) college course

Compulsory subjects: Mathematics
Recommended subjects: Physical Science, Biology and Home Economics

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

Have strong people management and coaching skills
Be able to be practical
Have a hands-on approach
Be able to lead by example
Have strong hosting skills
Have excellent communication skills
Have an organised and structured approach
Have strong financial awareness
Be able to be sensitive to cultural requirements
Have great energy and passion
Have excellent observation skills
Be able to pay attention to detail

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Employment Opportunities 


Market Competitiveness


Income Potential


Self-Employment Opportunities


International Employment Opportunities


Possible Employers

Executive dining rooms
Mining houses
Catering companies

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Relevant Contact Details

The Hospitality Industries Training Board
Tel: (011) 8036010

Career Progress and Path

Experience in specific field
Work performance

Possible Career Paths

Management positions in the specific field
Own business

Employment Stability

Moderately stable

Reasons to consider this career

I can start a business in this field or with these skills
The job is ideal for becoming a general manager
I can work with people
I am very interested in a specific subject or field
I can apply my special skills
I can communicate and interact with people