Food service consultants are responsible for developing strategies, ideas, solutions, and new food services. They must pay close attention to detail and have strong interpersonal skills to communicate and find innovative ways to solve problems within their companies. They use their leadership skills to lead teams and provide different points of view for issues and should work well in team settings, but must also work effectively on their own with minimal supervision. They use a personal computer to log their progress, create strategies for food services, and communicate with co-workers and supervisors. They should also be proficient with Microsoft Office programs.
Food service consultants may be in charge of researching food services which increase profit and productivity, such as reducing ingredient costs or buying higher-quality items. They also motivate staff to achieve all company goals within given time-frames. They are often tasked with measuring service performance and tweaking initiatives as required based on supply and demand, and must be able to manage projects, negotiate with vendors to increase revenue, multitask efficiently on different projects, and work well under pressure and under strict deadlines. They may also be responsible for facilitating customer feedback, analyzing food options and costs, and implementing changes in operations.
A bachelor's degree in food service administration or a related field is generally required for this position, and prior work experience in a consultant capacity is highly beneficial. Food service certifications are also helpful.
Foodservice Consultant Tasks
Maintain relationships with current customers.
Create and implement a plan to increase sales.
Research and approach potential customers to grow client list.