My answer to Where can I find a managing partner for a food truck business in Kochi?
Answer by Desmond Last:
I used to be the CEO and General Manager of Matilda’s Food Trucks in Sydney. We had 90 staff and 40 trucks/runs.
My advice is to split the business into Sales and Delivery and Production Maintenance and Administration and look for somebody who is proficient in at least three of these.
Most people are not proficient or have experience in all fields.
It will also depend on how many trucks you have or intend to have.
It is not an easy business and is one which requires dedication and a lot of smart work.
What is absolutely essential is good punctual service with range of food which has a seasonal menu change and weekly specials and a through understanding of the company break-even.
Food truck companies make good money if well-run but they can lose it faster than the U.K post-Brexit.
At Matilda I knew the cost of a slice of a tomato, the break-even per run and the daily break-even for the company. I could tell by 10.00 in the morning if we were on a cost plus day or a cost minus day – that is how hands on you have to be.
You will need somebody who is hands on and has had experience of the services sales industry. In the Food Truck industry attention to detail is the money maker.