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Job Description

Restaurant Managers will be responsible for making sure that the restaurant runs smoothly while maintaining standards of food hygiene, health and safety and service. They will be required to organise shifts and all other aspects of the day to day running of the restaurant.  Other responsibilities will include, recruiting and training staff, planning menus, overseeing stock, managing budgets and generally ensuring the restaurant runs efficiently. 

Entry Requirements

You could into this role through an apprenticeship, a graduate training scheme, working your way towards the role or you could take a college course to give you some of the skills required.


If you have had experience as a supervisor you could take a higher apprenticeship in hospitality management.  If you don't have experience as a supervisor you could take an advanced apprenticeship as a hospitality supervisor and continue training to reach management.

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

A college course will give you some of the skills and experience you need to get into the role.

Relevant courses include:

  • Hospitality Supervisor level 3
  • Hospitality Service level 2
  • Business Management level 4 or 5

You will usually need:

  • At least 2 GCSEs grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) or equivalent including English and maths for a level 2 (if you don't have English and maths you may be able to achieve these as part of your course)
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths 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

The following colleges may offer a relevant course

Graduate Training Scheme

If you have a degree you could apply to join a graduate training scheme.  Many larger restaurants, restaurant chains and fast food restaurants run management training schemes.

Work based route

You could start at a lower level and work your way up to a management position.  You could take further qualifications whilst working.

Further information

You will need a food hygiene certificate

You can find our further information about career opportunities and skills needed from the Hospitality Guild

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could become a regional manager or hotel manager.

You could also set up your own restaurant.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Catering manager
  • Barista
  • Chef
  • Counter service assistant
  • Hotel manager

Required Skills

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Able to cope well under pressure
  • Good commercial awareness
  • Problem solving abilities
  • Excellent organisation and leadership skills
  • Good at multitasking 

Salary Range

£18,000 to £45,000

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