Restaurant manager

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What's it like?

You would run a restaurant so that customers can enjoy delicious food and good service. You’d be responsible for making sure that the restaurant runs efficiently and makes a profit.

You could work in:

  • Hotels
  • Small independent restaurants
  • Restaurants that are part of a large chain
  • Fast food outlets

You would:

  • Advertise vacancies and recruit staff
  • Make sure staff are fully trained
  • Keep staff motivated to provide the highest standard of service
  • Organise staff shifts and rotas
  • Order supplies
  • Monitor and control finances
  • Ensure strict hygiene, health and safety rules are followed

If you own the restaurant, you would work closely with the chef to select recipes and create menus.

Working conditions

Hours

Your working hours would include evenings, weekends and public holidays. Shift work and split shifts (working mornings and evenings, with time off in the afternoon) are common. Overtime may often be required around important events, for example Christmas or Easter.

Environment

You would usually be based indoors, splitting your time between the front of the restaurant and the kitchen.

Travel

There may be travel involved for meetings or to provide cover for other restaurants within the same company.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

People behind the job

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Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Communicating with people
  • Working as part of a team
  • Taking the lead
  • Helping customers
  • Being tactful
  • Budgeting
  • Planning and organising
  • Working with numbers

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Foundation Apprenticeships

Choosing a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of your subjects in S5 and S6 can help you get a head start with this type of job.

You'll get an SCQF level 6 qualification (the same level as a Higher) plus valuable work placement experience and skills you can't learn in a classroom.

Interested? Find out what's on offer at your school on Apprenticeships.scot.

Qualifications

You would need a Higher National Diploma (SCQF level 8) or a degree (SCQF level 9/10) in hospitality management or business. Or relevant work-based experience and qualifications such as a Scottish Vocational Qualification in Hospitality: Supervision and Leadership (SVQ level 3) or Institute of Hospitality Certificate or Diploma.

You can enter Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7) or Higher National Diploma courses (SCQF level 8) with National 4/5 qualifications and one to two Highers or equivalent qualifications.

To enter a degree (SCQF level 9/10) usually requires National 5 qualifications and a minimum of threeHighers or a relevant HNC/HND. 

Useful subjects

  • Maths
  • English
  • Business Management
  • ICT
  • Modern languages
  • Health and food technology

Helpful to have

Qualifications and experience that show an understanding of the industry, customer care and management skills such as Skills for Work Hospitality (SCQF level 4/5).

Relevant work-based qualifications such as Scottish Vocational Qualifications in Hospitality (SVQ level 2/3/4) or Management (SVQ level 3/4/5).