Catering managers work with chefs to organise and plan organisations' food-and-drink services.

What does a catering manager do?

Catering managers are responsible for the food service provided in an organisation, such as a business or factory canteen, or a hospital or a school.

Duties as a catering manager would include:

  • planning menus
  • advertising vacancies and recruiting staff
  • making sure that staff are fully trained
  • keeping staff motivated to provide the highest standard of service
  • organising shifts and rotas
  • managing stock control
  • financial planning and managing budgets
  • meeting with suppliers and customers
  • discussing contract requirements with customers
  • monitoring the quality of the service to customers
  • running the business in line with health and safety, food hygiene, and nutritional regulations
During the food service, catering mangers will supervise the kitchen staff and the waiting staff, as well as making sure that the food goes out on time, and that the quality of the food is of a high standard.

What do I need to do to become a catering manager?

To apply for an assistant manager job, or a trainee manager role, you will usually need a good standard of general education and some relevant experience.

You could work your way up to a management position by starting as a catering assistant. With experience and qualifications you could take on more responsibilities and supervise less-experienced colleagues. You could then apply for an assistant manager post. You could train while you are working.

Many catering companies run management trainee schemes that can lead to management roles. You would usually need a qualification such as a foundation degree, degree, or relevant experience, in order to be accepted on a scheme.

Related skills

  • Communication
  • Customer service
  • Financial planning
  • IT
  • Leadership
  • Numeracy
  • Organisation
  • Teamwork

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

As a catering manager, you would find job opportunities in business, industry, education, the NHS and the armed forces.

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