Build a great job description to hire a great restaurant Manager

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A restaurant manager ensures that the restaurant runs smoothly. They hire employees and train them according to company policy. In addition, restaurant managers discuss concerns and issues with customers and are involved in the creation of work schedules.

It costs roughly $2,000 to recruit and train a new hire into the restaurant business. For managers it’s about $15,000.”

– National Restaurant Association

When a restaurant management drops, it affects both your crew and your bottom line. But let’s pretend this happened: you just issued your restaurant manager a one-month notice period. Let’s say he is not treating your other employees fairly, not giving enough shifts or worse being rude to your customers. Any of these scenarios are reason enough to distrust him with your business and not to want him to work there anymore. Everything is in fine order. Don’t fret. Let’s just concentrate on swiftly finding a good manager to replace him.

If you haven’t already, please take a moment and read this post here on how to do a job design and analysis when seeking out a new employee. This will make our sample job description easier to follow.

Job description for Restaurant Manager position at [Your restaurant Name]

Job Title: Restaurant Manager

Reports to: Assistant Director of Food and Beverages and Director of Food and Beverages


If you have ever dreamed of operating a restaurant then this is a great opportunity for you here at [Your restaurant Name]. You will be mentored by some of the best in the business as you grow your career and earn industry-leading compensation. In turn, you will oversee daily operations with a focus on driving revenue while controlling costs. Under the general supervision of the Director of Food & Beverage, your responsibilities include but are not limited to labor management, cost of goods management, hiring, training and inspiring our hourly team members that make your restaurant a standout. Success is measured by outstanding guest service, financial profitability and your team’s growth and development. We believe if we take care of our managers they’ll take care of our employees and customers. We offer a good work-life balance as your quality of life is valuable to us. We are open to working with everyone’s schedules and have shorter operating hours between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Candidate profile:

Education And Experience

Minimum qualifications

High school diploma or GED; 4 years’ experience in the beverage and hospitality, service or culinary or related professional area.


2-year degree from an accredited university in Food Service Management, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Hospitality, Business Administration, or related major; 2 years’ experience in the beverage and hospitality, service or culinary or related professional area.

For the Ideal Candidate

  • Prior work as a manager or supervisor
  • Experience using restaurant management software, like OpenTable and PeachWorks
  • Strong financial management skills
  • Experience resolving conflicts calmly
  • Experience working with a bookkeeper
  • Front-of-house experience

Core work activities

•       Managing Day-to-Day Operations

Supervises and manages employees. Well-versed in employee positions to an extent that you can perform duties in employees’ absence. Ensures that service and sanitation standards in restaurant are upheld. Evaluates staffing levels to make certain that guest service, operational requirements and financial objectives are met.

•       Leading Food and Beverage Team

Applies interpersonal and communication skills to take the lead, influence, and encourage others; practices sound financial decision making; espouses values of honesty and integrity; leads by example. Nurtures mutual trust, respect, genuine caring, hospitality, teamwork and excellence in others. Serves as a role model to demonstrate our cultural values and brand ethos. Recognizes the developmental needs of others and trains, guides them to improve their knowledge or skills. Safeguards compliance with all food and beverage laws, policies or standards and procedures by training, supervising, follow-up and hands on management.

•       Ensuring Exceptional Customer Service

Provides excellent services for customer satisfaction and retention by ensuring that the quality and standards meets the expectations of the customers daily. Improves service by communicating and assisting individuals to understand guest needs, providing guidance, feedback, and individual training when needed. Capacity to handle guest complaints or suggestions. Open to customer feedback and willing to take corrective action to improve service results.

•       Managing and Conducting Human Resource Activities

Offers guidance to subordinates, including establishing performance standards and monitoring performance and endorsing subordinates to our educational or training programs or classes where necessary. Ensures employees are treated fairly and equitably. Strives to reduce employee churn rate. Actively seeks employee feedback, using an “open door” policy and evaluates employee satisfaction results to determine and alleviate employee problems or concerns.


•       Competitive pay

•       Company car

•       Performance-based bonuses

•       Medical, dental and vision insurance

•       401K retirement savings plan

•       Paid vacation

•       Dining discounts

•       Tuition reimbursement program and student loan


•       Discounts on products and services such as car

and home insurance, laptops and smart phones

About Us

We operate over 5 casual-dining seafood restaurants across the country with over 100 employees. This past decade has been marked by unprecedented transformations inside and out for [Your restaurant Name]. From titivated menus to opening restaurants in new cities, the company is still showing growth even after 20 years of providing great service. GREAT SEAFOOD SERVED THE WAY YOU DESERVE sums up what we are all about, our goal is simply to be the place where the people from across the country go for great food. Last year our sales hit over $4.2 million, our biggest figure so far in our entire history. Our dear founder carried a deeply embedded fortitude and conferred a cultural trait of resilience which has translated into years of continual growth. We are more than confident that your future with us will be bright!

Final Word

We recommend posting the job on hiring websites and online job boards for maximum exposure. Job boards specific to the restaurant and hospitality sector include Poached, Culintro, HCareers, Restaurant Careers, Culinary Agents and Sirvo. Non-industry-specific jobboards and sites include Indeed, Glassdoor, Craigslist, Monster, CareerBuilder, ZipRecruiter. The restaurant position can also be promoted on al Red Lobster social media accounts.

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