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Restaurant Manager

Oversee the efficient running of a restaurant from customer service, managing employees, and food quality.

What's it like to be a Restaurant Manager?

Restaurant Managers are responsible for overseeing the efficient running and profitability of restaurants and for managing their employees. They deal with customer service issues and ensure the food quality is of a high standard.

Restaurant Manager

Tasks and duties

  • Recruit, train and supervise staff.
  • General customer services tasks, including handling customer enquiries and complaints, taking reservations and greeting and advising customers.
  • Ensure compliance with licensing, hygiene and health and safety legislation and guidelines.

What can I earn as a Restaurant Manager?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Restaurant Manager is between $55k and $65k

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How to become a Restaurant Manager


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There are no mandatory qualifications to become a Restaurant Manager. However, Restaurant Managers often supplement on-the-job experience with some formal training.

  1. Many Restaurant Managers start out in entry level positions, gaining practical experience and on-the-job training while working in a restaurant.
  2. Complete an accredited course focused on the fundamentals of food and beverage management such as an Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management (SIT60316),an Associate Degree in Business or a Bachelor of Business (majoring in hospitality management)

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How do Restaurant Managers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 22 Restaurant Managers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.5
Job satisfaction
4.0
Career progression opportunities
4.0
Job security
4.2
Pay / Salary
3.6
Variety of work
4.0

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Oct 2018
Restaurant manager role is only worth it if your employer appreciate your effort and pays u accordingly
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Business Administration
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
F&B
The good things
If you really have passion in what you are doing, this role gives u the exposure to many types of situation whereby you learnt to deal directly with the customers. You definitely get to manage a varie...
The challenges
Be prepared to work long hours and not much weekends as your days off
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Oct 2018
Restaurant manager is a thought job good to gain some experience but not for all life
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Arts (Political Science)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Restaurant manager
The good things
Good thing about my position is that I can manage the staff, design the drink list and I am ambassador for my restaurant.
The challenges
Is always challenging when you have high turnover of staff and when restaurant is getting quiet during low season
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Working hours for Restaurant Managers

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Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
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What are the job opportunities for Restaurant Managers?

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National increase over next 5 years *
10.9%
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Source: LMIP. Cafe and Restaurant Managers

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