Park wants firm F&B operator

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 04 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 04 August, 2007, 12:00am

If you have a passion for food and are keen to work in a dynamic, scenic and natural environment, Ocean Park is the place for you.

The park needs a food and beverage operations manager who can oversee and supervise personnel at about 25 food outlets which range from mobile kiosks and fast food shops to sit-down dining options with fantastic views and an array of cuisines.

Part of the role will involve maintaining strict vigilance and ensuring compliance to all prescribed methods and standards governing the safety of food and the food production process.

'The food and beverage operations manager will also work with other department managers on other catering and or entertaining business needs; lead his or her team and inspect all facilities under his or her jurisdiction; work closely with and monitor performance of food concessionaries; and make business plans and budgets,' said Brian Ho, Ocean Park's human resources director.

Mr Ho said candidates must have more than 10 years of hands-on experience in F&B operations and production with at least three years in a management position.

Another requirement is a degree or diploma in hotel or catering management.

Working at Ocean Park is guaranteed to be exciting.

'There are close to 1,500 dedicated people working in and for Ocean Park, from diverse but specialised professions such as entertainment, animal husbandry, conservation, and sales and marketing,' Mr Ho said.

'This is a particularly exciting time for the park as it is undergoing a HK$5.5billion redevelopment project. This six-year undertaking started late last year and will be completed in eight phases by 2012. The park will remain open throughout, while new attractions will be launched in phases.

'[The developments] will only raise the park's entertainment capacity [and] the opportunities for newer and greater F&B horizons are endless.'

This is also a good career move because the park maintains full control of all aspects of food and restaurant operations, with the F&B operations manager at the head of the table, so to speak.

'We need someone who is firm, strong, but personable. This person must be able to control his or her area of jurisdiction while leading and coaching teams through exemplary acts and examples to ensure the highest standards of service for all matters pertaining to food operations and production,' Mr Ho said.

This manager must possess a can-do attitude and be able to 'make things happen at the drop of a hat', he said.

There will be opportunities to travel overseas to tourist trade and theme park conventions, and travel may be required to meet suppliers to ensure quality control.