Fast food restaurant manager, hotel restaurant manager
Restaurant managers oversee their venues and make sure customers are satisfied with the food and service.
Salary range: £18,000 to £45,000
How to become a restaurant manager
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- a graduate training scheme
You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills you’ll need in this job. Courses include:
- Level 3 Diploma in Hospitality Supervision and Leadership
- Level 4 Diploma in Hospitality Leadership
You’ll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
- 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course
You could take a hospitality manager higher apprenticeship if you’ve got supervisory experience in restaurant work.
If you have not been a supervisor, you could do a hospitality supervisor advanced apprenticeship and continue with further training on the job.
You’ll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
You could move up to a management position after working as part of the restaurant staff, for example head waiter or kitchen manager.
With experience and qualifications you could take on more management responsibilities.
You could apply for a place on a graduate training scheme. Many large restaurants and fast food chains run schemes that can lead to management jobs.
You’ll need a university qualification to get a place. A degree in hospitality management is useful but many employers will accept other subjects.
Find out more about careers and training from the Hospitality Guild.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- customer service skills
- leadership skills
- the ability to motivate and manage staff
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- business management skills
- knowledge of food production methods
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- planning menus
- organising shifts and rotas
- managing stock control and budgets
- working with food and drink suppliers
- running the business in line with licensing, food hygiene, and health and safety rules
- recruiting staff and organising training
You could work at a restaurant.
Your working environment may be physically demanding.
You may need to wear a uniform.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could become a regional manager or hotel manager.
You could also set up your own restaurant.