Group Coordinator and Event Manager

Reports to: General Manager

Status: Exempt

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Job Summary:

The Group Coordinator and Event Manager is responsible for building and coordinating all group rooms and catering business for The Innovation Hotel as it comes over from the Arthrex meetings and events team. This position is also responsible for acting as a liaison between client and operating departments to ensure a successful meeting or event.

**Please note, Mainsail Lodging & Development is a drug-free workplace. Pre-employment screening, to include a background test and drug screen, is required for all candidates offered a position.

Essential Functions

 

CORE WORK ACTIVITIES

Primary Requirements and Qualifications:

 

  • Work directly with the Arthrex meetings and events team to build group and private dining opportunities in Opera PMS.
  • Ensures that events progress seamlessly by following established procedures and by collaborating with other employees/departments to ensure accuracy and smooth turnover from sales to service back to sales.
  • Serves as client liaison throughout the process.
  • Ensures each function set-up meets with client expectations through effective follow-up meetings and communications with appropriate staff members.
  • Responsible for preparing all group/event documentation and coordinates with reservations, property departments and clients to ensure consistent, high level service throughout pre-event, event and post-event phases.
  • Generates sleeping room block contracts, private dining contracts, resumes, menus, and Event Orders (EOs)
  • Work with clients and group housing to create, review and revise rooming lists
  • Keep a pulse on attendee pick up, manage group room blocks where applicable and keep clients apprised of potential attrition and accurately maintain meeting space inventories.
  • Understanding of group and catering forecasting, hotel revenue strategy, meeting room set-up types and capabilities, and sleeping room configurations and types. Knowledge in event technology (A/V) products, sales and services as well as F&B to assist client with menu planning and room set-up while working within the client budget.
  • Ensure method of payment, credit card and/or billing policies and procedures are upheld.
  • Work with outside vendors to ensure client satisfaction for all events/groups.
  • Leads pre- and post-con meetings to review/communicate group needs and feedback.
  • Facilitates various meetings (Banquet Event Order meeting, block review, etc.).
  • Recognize opportunities to maximize revenue by up-selling and offering enhancements to create outstanding events.
  • Knowledge of sales techniques in order to propose up-sell ideas to clients.
  • Solicit new and existing accounts to meet and exceed revenue goals through telephone prospecting, outside sales calls, site inspections and written communication.
  • Respond to customer trends, needs, issues, comments and problems to ensure a quality experience and enhance future sales prospects.
  • Respond to guest complaints in a timely manner.
  • Make personal contact with guests and assist them with any requests. Be visible on the floor and assist staff as needed.
  • Review menu/service with service team and executive or sous chef.
  • Maintain up to date details on events and communicate to staff.
  • Delivers excellent customer service throughout the customer experience and encourages the same from other employees.
  • Take initiative to use his/her experience to improve service performance according to his/her evaluation of the issue and resolution.
  • Works with the property staff and customers to address operational challenges associated with his/her group. Attain post-event feedback from client, report back to sales and catering. Respond to client complaints and requests in a timely manner and report back to service team.
  • Coordinate various departments’ participation in servicing accounts. Prepare information for, meet with and entertain clients as deemed appropriate by potential business from that account.
  • Invite clients to the hotel for entertainment, lunches, tours and site inspections.
  • Assist in implementing special promotions relating to direct sales segments, i.e. parties, sales blitzes, etc.
  • Assist in the preparation of required reports in a timely manner.
  • Conduct a professional, thorough site inspection of the hotel with clients, exhibiting key features and benefits of the property.
  • Use property’s computerized sales management system to manage the hotel’s business, including (but not limited to) generating reports, entering business, blocking space and building accounts.
  • Meet and greet onsite contacts.
  • Develop networking opportunities through active participation in community and professional associations, activities and events.

 

 

 

Hospitality/Conduct requirements

 

Be knowledgeable about and follow the company’s mission statement and values. Understand who our guests are and how we service our guests, demonstrate professionalism, take ownership and ensure guest satisfaction. Advance Marriott’s the Art of Brilliant Hosting.

 

Educational Background:

 

  • Knowledge of various food service styles
  • Knowledge of menu development / familiarity with food and beverage cost control. Two or four year degree from a college or university or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong computer skills including excellent knowledge of Word and Excel software programs. Proficiency in one or more of the following systems: Opera Sales and Catering module.
  • Perform job functions with attention to detail, accuracy and speed to meet deadlines.
  • Multi-task prioritizes, organize, delegate work and follow through.
  • Analyze and resolve problems.
  • Must be able to work extended hours including weekends and holidays.
  • Keep current in event management trends.
  • Attend community events and industry meetings.
  • Knowledge of market trends, competition and key customers of the hotel.
  • Proficiency in the English language both written and verbal.

 

Physical Demands

 

  • Flexible and long hours sometimes required.
  • Light work – Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.
  • Ability to stand during entire shift
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to communicate clearly
  • Corrected vision to normal range
  • Ability to travel, domestically and internationally

 

Mental Demands

  • Make sound judgments quickly
  • Work on multiple tasks, making appropriate progress towards deadlines
  • Able to work independently, take direction and provide direction to others
  • Manage differing personalities within the office, the hotel and the community
  • Maintain the highest degree of confidentiality
  • Ability to work effectively in stressful, high pressure situations
  • Ability to effectively handle challenges in the workplace, including anticipating, preventing, identifying and solving problems as necessary

Career Information

Date Posted:
July 5, 2019

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