The design consultant works with clients to conceptualize and create design/construction documents for all types of commercial, retail and institutional foodservice venues.
Highly qualified design consultants bring a wealth of knowledge and experience of best practices in the areas of:
- Culinary platforms and operations
- Labor efficiency
- Energy efficiency
- Equipment options
- Local health department requirements
A design consultant provides a client with valuable resources and guidance on the path to creating a new facility or upgrading an existing one. Design consultants typically rise from experience in operational roles. A background in equipment and design is critical.
Many design consultants progress through various learning and working environments, gaining valuable industry knowledge as they go that prepares them for the challenges of consulting on projects. Some of these learning and working environments include:
- Kitchen equipment manufacturing
- Equipment supply
- Culinary and hospitality management programs
- Architecture and construction trades
Management Advisory Service Consultancy
Management Advisory Services (or MAS) encompasses a wide range of management, operational, financial, and culinary skills and talents.
The role of the foodservice MAS consultant is generally to aid the client in creating and sustaining a foodservice program that fulfils the client’s philosophical vision, while meeting practical functional and financial goals.
To accomplish this, there are literally thousands of details that the MAS consultant must address. Some major categories include:
- Concept and menu development
- Human relations
- Government regulations
- Industry best practices
- Culinary creativity
- Cost controls
- Positive management principles
Skilfully analysing and synthesising complicated concepts and then communicating these concepts to a client in actionable steps is an essential skill. Because the foodservice industry is constantly evolving, vacillating between short-term fads and long-term trends, the MAS consultant must commit to lifelong learning.
A MAS consultant’s ability to create and sustain a trusting relationship with clients will be the foundation for securing future clients.
Equipment Manufacturing & Supply Consultancy
Interns that are interested in Equipment Manufacturing & Supply have an amazing opportunity to immerse themselves in a career path that offers many possibilities from domestic and global brands.
Career paths in specialization include:
- Technical experts & demonstrating of new technology
- Sales & marketing
- Product research, development & design
- Manufacturing and distribution
This career path provides Equipment Manufacturing & Supply Consultants to work with design and MAS consultants to find best possible solutions for their clients. Additionally, they have the opportunity to offer their expertise in their specialty areas which could include ware-washing, bakery, manufacturing and so forth.
The ideal candidate for this fast-moving multi-billion dollar industry would be someone who has a background in an operational role, or is passionate to learn about equipment manufacturing and supply.
As with other consulting streams, experience starts from operations, supply, drafting or graduate hospitality programs.
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Internships opportunities are open to experienced industry professionals and graduates from a hospitality program and is the most valuable path to professional status as a foodservice consultant. The Foundation can assist with matching funding for qualified candidates for internships with existing FCSI-affiliated firms. Additionally, the Foundation can assist with funding to attend FCSI industry events.