A bakery manager fulfills a variety of roles at a bakery, which may differ depending on the size of the establishment. Typically, the manager opens the shop and makes decisions about what to prepare for the day and how to prepare it. This person also checks all open orders for specialty items such as birthday, anniversary, and wedding cakes, and ensure they will be completed by deadline. The manager also performs quality control for all products and helps maintain bakery standards for cleanliness, sanitation, and safe food preparation.
The manager’s typical workday begins by either writing a prep list for that morning or using a prep list written at the close of the previous business day. Part of this work normally involves rotating fresh product onto shelves and displays, as well as discarding or marking down products past or approaching the end of their shelf life. The manager then makes any necessary changes to the products to be created that day and works on their list according to established recipes.
Another part of the bakery manager’s job is to have a strong understanding of demand for the bakery’s products and an ability to schedule employees accordingly. The manager also makes hiring decisions and conducts interviews related to personnel decisions.
Typically, a bakery manager has some culinary training, either formal baking training at a vocational school or years of practical experience. The manager’s hours at a typical bakery begin in the early morning, usually before the sun comes up. However, in busier bakeries inside larger institutions (such as large supermarkets), the manager hours are typically shift-based.
Bakery Manager Tasks
- Manage all activities, inventory, quality of ingredients, and cleanliness of work area.
- Train and schedule personnel.
- Order and manage receiving, invoicing, pricing, and control gross margins.
- Oversee baking and inspect product prior to delivery.