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Restaurant / Catering Manager

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€19k > 40
Restaurant Catering Management
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€19 - 40
Related Information:
Restaurant Manager: 19 - 40
Bar Manager: 28 - 40
Restaurant Supervisor: 19 - 26
Data Source(s):
RecruitIreland (2014) / Tourism Insight (2016) / Payscale.com

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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While this occupation features regularly in the vacancy data, no evidence of shortages has been identified.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

Occupational Category

Catering & Bar Managers

Also included in this category:

Kitchen managers; floor managers (restaurants); catering and bar managers.

Number Employed:


Part time workers: 11%
Non-Nationals: 20%
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At a Glance... header image

Supervises and manages the running of a restaurant or a catering service.

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1Total Records:6

Lisa Berry
Restaurant Manager
Lisa Berry is a Restaurant Manager with McDonalds Ireland having started as a Trainee Manager in 2000.  She is responsible for all aspects of running the restaurant and enjoys the variety, challenge and responsibility that this gives her.  She is currently completing a HETAC Level 6 qualification in conjunction with McDonalds and National College Ireland in First-Line Management.
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Cosmin Tudor
Restaurant Manager
Cosmin Tudor works as a Restaurant Manager in McDonald's in Dublin.  He holds a Diploma in Management, Commerce and Tourism which he got while studying in Romania. He is responsible for the overall operation and profitability of his restaurant.
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Lisa Curry
Catering Sales Executive
Lisa Curry works as a Catering Sales Executive for the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Powerscourt, Co Wicklow. She is part of the Sales and Marketing team which is responsible for generating top line revenue for the hotel. Having completed her Leaving Certificate in Sion Hill in Blackrock she went on to do a BSc in Hospitality Management in Cahal Brugha Street.
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Richard Storey
Shift Manager
Richard Storey is a Shift Manager working with McDonalds in the Navan Road.   Following his Leaving Cert he embarked on a two year Sports Therapy course.  McDonalds have sent him on a number of management courses and he plans to take some additional courses this year to enhance his management skills.
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Brenda O Loughlin
Brenda O'Loughlin is a McDonald's Franchisee.  When she finished her Leaving Certificate, she went on to do the Accounting Technicians course in Rathmines. During her last year in college she was offered a temporary job in Citibank, which she instantly loved and she remained there for the next 18 years. Her Banking experience gave her the skills she needed to start working for herself.
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James Sheridan
Restaurant Manager

James Sheridan is the Manager of Ivans Oyster Bar and Grill in Howth., Co. Dublin.  He started working in the restaurant business as a part time job when he was 15 and decided when he left school to pursue a career in the area.  He did the Hospitality and Skills course in Waterford Institute of Technology, where he received a distinction in his final year exams.

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Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Monitor compliance with health and fire regulations regarding food preparation and serving, and building maintenance in lodging and dining facilities.


Monitor food preparation methods, portion sizes, and garnishing and presentation of food to ensure that food is prepared and presented in an acceptable manner.


Count money and make bank deposits.


Investigate and resolve complaints regarding food quality, service, or accommodations.


Coordinate assignments of cooking personnel to ensure economical use of food and timely preparation.


Schedule and receive food and beverage deliveries, checking delivery contents to verify product quality and quantity.


Monitor budgets and payroll records, and review financial transactions to ensure that expenditures are authorized and budgeted.


Maintain food and equipment inventories, and keep inventory records.


Schedule staff hours and assign duties.


Establish standards for personnel performance and customer service.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others: Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Performing for or Working Directly with the Public: Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.


Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others: Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.


Coaching and Developing Others: Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.


Scheduling Work and Activities: Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.


Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates: Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.


Monitoring and Controlling Resources: Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.


Training and Teaching Others: Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.


Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


Production and Processing: Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.


Education and Training: Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


Personnel and Human Resources: Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Management of Personnel Resources: Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.


Negotiation: Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

If you can stay calm under pressure and still get things done, you might make a good catering/restaurant manager. This is a job that demands a wide range of skills and the kind of personality that enjoys being busy and working with people.

You must enjoy working with people in this job. There are colleagues to liaise with, staff to supervise, suppliers to negotiate with and customers to make happy. In a job like this, your communication and interpersonal skills could be tested to the limit. (It could also be useful if you enjoy foreign languages, or at least you are willing to learn.)

It's also a job for people with a lot of energy. You'll have to work long hours and be happy to work when other people are enjoying their free time. You'll also be on your feet a lot - this isn't the kind of management job that can be done from behind a desk. It is important to have a business sense and have good organisational skills. As a manager you should have skills in leadership, teamwork, problem-solving and dispute resolution.

As a manager you must be able to give clear instructions and motivate staff to work precisely and consistently. A cheerful but firm, authoritative manner is necessary. You need to be able to work within agreed budgets, time frames and to plan and prioritise work. Managers need to understand the policies and priorities of their company.

Entry Routesheader image

One way of becoming a Catering/Restaurant Manager is to get a lower level job and work your way up. This is a common and respected way of reaching management in this industry. As you work your way up, you will have to study for appropriate qualifications and it will be a good idea to get experience in different areas - for example, bar work, kitchen, waiter/waitress, restaurant supervisor and administration.

There are hundreds of courses available across Ireland to help you get started in the Tourism and Hospitality Sector. If full-time education doesn’t suit, you can also avail of some great apprenticeship programmes in the industry.

Courses in restaurant and hospitality management from certificate right up to master level, can help you get started. Level 4, 5 & 6 courses in Hospitality Operations for example, can be found at the Further Education Institutes and ETB centres nationally.  

Level 7 & level 8 Degree Programmes in Hospitality Management e.g.DT408 are available at Institutes of Technology countrywide. 

See alsolist of hospitality courses from getalifeintourism.

Last Updated: November, 2015

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Organisation: Restaurant's Association of Ireland
Address: 11 Bridge Court, Citygate, St Augustine Street, Dublin 8
Tel: 01 6779901
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