Complex Director of Catering Sales and Conference ServicesThe Whitley, A Luxury CollectionAtlanta, GA
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Job Description

Overview

Supervise the daily operations of the Banquet area to achieve customer satisfaction, quality service and compliance with local and corporate standard operating procedures.
Responsibilities

  • Skilled at both monthly forecasting and the annual budget process. Understanding of pace and productivity.
  • Interview, recommend hiring, schedule, train, develop, empower, coach and counsel, resolve problems, provide open communication, recommend and conduct performance and salary reviews, recommend discipline and termination, as appropriate.
  • Strong yield management skills with an understanding of optimizing the catering mix of business and the use of historical data.
  • Experience evaluating every catering business opportunity to maximize revenue and profitability while achieving customer expectations.
  • Maintain or exceed budgeted sales and profits in all catering areas.
  • Develop and implement effective marketing plans for generating catering revenues.
  • Carefully review all contracted services to assure proper contribution to profits.
  • Identify trends, research the competition's products, services and pricing and use it to develop strategic business plans.
  • Optimize room rental charges.
  • Experience selling to a variety of market segments.
  • Consistently book repeat business by having a track record of long term client relationships.
  • Actively participate in industry related organizations (NACE, MPI).
  • Thorough knowledge of sales techniques including strong closing skills as well as negotiating skills. Track record of strong prospecting efforts. Comfortable with hotel site inspections and client presentations. Participate in trade shows and sales blitzes.
  • Actively participate in community/civic activities to maintain awareness within community and to create booking opportunities.
  • Excellent creative skills to provide innovative set-ups, menus, and functions for groups.
  • Ability to generate creative and innovative menus while working closely with Chef on pricing specialty menus.
  • Work closely with banquet department on operations and event execution, ability to quickly evaluate alternatives and decide on a plan of action. Provide overall direction, coordination, and ongoing evaluation of operations.
  • Experience providing Audio/Visual equipment and operating Audio/Visual as a profit center.
  • Utilization of the Delphi trace and activity tools while conducting business
  • Monitor sales performance of Catering Sales Managers and coach and council towards success. Maintain ongoing training program for Catering and Convention Services Managers.
  • Monitor group room blocks and pick up, generate detailed resumes for the operating departments.
  • Ability to work with outside vendors to ensure client satisfaction for all events/groups.
  • Comply with attendance rules and be available to work on a regular basis.
  • Perform any other job related duties as assigned.

About Us

Join Team Whitley! Located right in the heart of Buckhead with convenient access to the highway and two Marta Train stations, the Whitley has an awe-inspiring view of the city skyline. Gathering together was Buckhead's original purpose, and this remains a focus of our hotel so that we are able to provide a home away from home for our guests. Our associates have access to many benefits such as discounted parking and train passes, discounted dry cleaning, complimentary meals and discounted spa services. In addition to all of this, we invest in our associates by providing cross-training, promotional opportunities and tuition reimbursement. Looking to grow your career with the leading luxury hotel in the area? Come in to see us today!We value U.S. military experience and invite all qualified military candidates to apply.

Job Requirements

Qualifications

  • 5+ years in Catering Sales and Convention Services required.
  • Must have experience at a similar size and quality hotel.
  • High School Diploma required; Bachelor's Degree preferred.
  • Must possess computer skills, including, but not limited to, use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Delphi. Knowledge of computer accounting programs, math skills, as well as budgetary analysis capabilities required.
  • Extensive knowledge of catering sales and convention services skills, revenue management, recruitment, supervision, training, and motivation of managers.
  • Knowledge of hotel operations, including marketing plans, security and safety programs, personnel and labor relations, preparation of business plans, repairs, maintenance, budget forecasting, quality assurance programs, hospitality law, and long-range planning.
  • Ability to work effectively under time constraints and deadlines.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills. Ability to adapt communication style to suit different audiences, such as effectively communicating with supervisors, coworkers, public etc.

Job Details

Senior level
Full-time

About this location

class:
Midscale
room Count:
51-100
location Type:
Urban

Values

Customer Service
Integrity
Passion
Responsibility
Transparency
Value Creation

Perks

401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Discounts
Dental Benefits
Disability Insurance
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Paid Holidays
Paid Time Off
Tuition Reimbursement
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The Whitley, A Luxury Collection
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Address3434 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA, 30326 View map
Property typeHotel 
classMidscale 
room Count51-100 
location TypeUrban 

People (9)

Marcus HarrisExecutive Vice President of Hotel FinanceMarcus Harris joined HEI over 17 years ago as a property Director of Finance. He has grown his career with our organization into a number of roles and now oversees all of the Financial activity for the hotels within our portfolio. Prior to his time with HEI, Marcus spent several years with Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Education and Affiliations: BS, Accounting, DeVry University
Rachel MonizExecutive Vice President of OperationsRachel Moniz has worked with HEI for over 10 years in a variety of different roles. She first joined the organization as the General Manager of the famed The Liberty Hotel. Her passion for the people and the industry allowed her to quickly grow with HEI and she has since taken on positions such as Regional Vice President of Operations and Group Vice President of Independent Brands and Food & Beverage prior to being named as Executive Vice President of Operations. Prior to her time with HEI, Rachel spent her career in different operational roles throughout luxury and lifestyle hotels such as the Ivy Hotel, W San Diego and the St. Regis Aspen. Rachel is involved with a variety of local Boston charities, including the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Project Bread's Walk for Hunger, and the Boston Esplanade Community Clean-Up. Education, Affiliations, Distinctions B.A, Wheelock College
Dan WalworthExecutive Vice President and Chief Compliance OfficerDan has spent nearly 20 years developing and implementing innovative processes, tools, and systems across multiple industries, including financial services, healthcare, software development, wireless technologies, and ultimately hospitality, where he has worked for the past decade. Dan joined HEI as Vice President of Operational Planning and through his success was later promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations. Most recently he became HEI's Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer. Education and Affiliations MBA, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University BS, Applied Mathematics, Yale University
Nigel HurstExecutive Vice President of Human ResourcesNigel Hurst is responsible for all Human Resource activities for HEI's growing workforce of over 10,000 people, including recruitment, talent development, leadership development, employee relations, performance management, compensation and benefits. Nigel joined HEI in 2006 from Unilever, North America, where he was Senior Vice President, Human Resources and a member of the company's five-person overall management committee. He played a key role in the integration of Lever Brothers, Chesebrough Ponds and Helene Curtis into a single business unit with a common mission and shared values. Formerly, Nigel was senior vice president of Unilever, East Asia Pacific, where he oversaw human resource activities for the company's fastest growing region, with more than $2 billion annual revenues. Education and Affiliations BA, Business Studies, Coventry University, UK
Clark HanrattiePartner & Chief Financial OfficerClark Hanrattie is responsible for refining the firm’s investment strategies, managing the acquisition/disposition process and fund financial/tax reporting, monitoring economic and industry conditions, and overseeing the firm’s capital markets, investor relations and asset management functions. Prior to joining HEI in February 2004, Clark was a partner at Olympus Real Estate Partners, the real estate-affiliate of LBO-firm Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, which acquired approximately $5 billion in assets from 1994 to 2003 through three discretionary real estate funds representing nearly $1.7 billion in equity commitments. During his ten year association with Olympus, Clark rose from associate to partner/investment committee member, and was responsible for the firm’s hotel investment activities from 1999 to 2004. Clark either led, or was actively involved in, the acquisition of 63 hotels and resorts, covering approximately $1.35 billion in transaction value. Prior to Olympus, Clark was with Montford Companies, a private real estate concern based in Dallas. Education, Affiliations, Distinctions BS, Texas A&M University Member, the Hotel Development Council of the Urban Land Institute and the New York Hospitality Council
Ted DarnallCEO of HEI Hotels and Resorts Lodging and Technical Services CompanyTed Darnall is responsible for guidance and growth of HEI's property operations, asset management and design and construction divisions. A 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry and widely recognized as one of the top hotel operators in the industry, Ted has held executive positions with Starwood, Interstate, and Marriott. Ted's industry recognition is garnered from his innovative initiatives, performance-driven, results-oriented focus, and motivational leadership. Prior to joining HEI in 2006, Ted was with Starwood for 10 years where he held various executive positions which included Chief Operating Officer of Starwood Lodging Corporation, President of North America Operations, and President of Starwood Real Estate Group. Prior to Starwood, Ted was with Interstate Hotels for over 14 years, reaching the position of Senior Vice President, Operations. Darnall began his hospitality career with Marriott Corporation, where he held a number of management positions.
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