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Event Manager

at Highgate Management

Posted: 8/27/2019
Job Reference #: 9130
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Job Description

  • Requisition ID
    2019-9130
    Category
    Catering and Convention Services
    Job Location
    US-LA-New Orleans
    Property
    The Westin New Orleans Canal Place
  • Highgate Hotels

    Highgate is a premier real estate investment and hospitality management company widely recognized as an innovator in the industry. Highgate is the dominant player in U.S. gateway markets including New York, Boston, Miami, San Francisco and Honolulu. Highgate also has a key presence in Barcelona. Highgate’s portfolio of global properties represents an aggregate asset value exceeding $10B and generates over $2B in cumulative revenues. The company provides expert guidance through all stages of the hospitality property cycle, from planning and development through recapitalization or disposition. Highgate also has the creativity and bandwidth to develop bespoke hotel brands and utilizes industry leading proprietary revenue management tools that identify and predict evolving market dynamics to drive out performance and maximize asset value. With an executive team consisting of some of the industry’s most experienced hotel management leaders, the company is a trusted partner for top ownership groups and major hotel brands. Highgate maintains corporate offices in London, New York, Dallas, and Seattle.

    Location

    Situated at the end of famed Canal Street, the Westin New Orleans offers stunning views of the mighty Mississippi River and the French Quarter. Guests are just steps from the Shops at Canal Place and Harrah’s Casino and a short walk to the excitement of Bourbon Street and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The hotel features 437 rooms and suites, including a Presidential Suite, with Westin's signature Heavenly® bedding, 24,000-sq-ft of event space, a fully equipped WestinWORKOUT fitness center and Cajun-inspired restaurant River 127.

    Employment Status

    Full-Time

    Overview

    The Westin New Orleans Canal Place is lookin for an energetic and engaging individual with previous experience in selling and planning various events including Gala, Corporate and Fundraising events. Must have advanced knowledge of food and beverage, meeting room set up, event flow, and sales/contract negotiations with the ability to maintain current repeat business while soliciting new business. An aggressive, outgoing, and self-motivated person with a pleasant, professional, and consistently upbeat attitude. Ability to exercise sound logic and judgement in evaluating situations and utilizing appropriate resources is key.

    Responsibilities

    • Comprehensive knowledge of meeting room setups and amenities, and all operational departments within the hotel.
    • Interact with outside planners and vendors for event setup, with a pleasant demeanor
    • Maintain pricing integrity and propose upscale menus for clients.
    • Manage existing accounts and follow up with client re-solicitation to capture future business.
    • Work closely and amicably with Banquets, Culinary and all operating departments including guest services, reservations, housekeeping, audio visual, accounting, restaurants, bars, and engineering.
    • Manage the function book and adjust space in order to ensure maximum potential revenue
    • Ability to supervise and mentor Catering Coordinator
    • Plan and execute special events in conjunction with the Director of Catering and Events
    • Use feedback from Meeting Planner evaluations to improve service and quality.
    • Understand sales techniques and contract negotiation
    • Understand business trends and how to uncover business as it relates to specific market
    • Accurately participate in REVMAX meeting in order to maximize the yield of function space, ability to place business in the right space at the right time
    • Ability to detail a Banquet Event Order with accurate information and produce Diagrams for events
    • Ability to meet and exceed financial goals and accurately forecast events
    • Must be effective in handling problems, including anticipating, preventing, identifying and solving problems as necessary.

    Qualifications

    • Naturally friendly and customer-centric, upbeat and willing to have FUN on a high performing team and effectively communicate both verbally and written, with all level of employees and guests in an attentive, courteous and service oriented manner.
    • Proven ability to multitask and prioritize departmental functions to meet deadlines as it relates to distribution of event details
    • Maintain regular attendance in compliance with Highgate Hotel Standards, as required by scheduling, which will vary according to the needs of the hotel.
    • Maintain high standards of personal appearance and grooming, which includes wearing nametags. Professional image and conduct at all times as you will directly reflect the Boston Park Plaza hotel.
    • Comply with Highgate Hotel Standards and regulations to encourage safe and efficient hotel operations including PCI compliance when handling credit card information. Adhere to all payment policies.
    • Flexible and long hours sometimes required based on business demands
    • Occasionally lifting/exerting up to 50 pounds and/or 20 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.
    • Bachelors degree preferred - specializing in Hospitality or Sales a plus.
    • At least 3 years of progressive sales experience, specializing in Catering/Hospitality Sales, preferably within greater Boston area.
    • Must be proficient in Windows, Delphi experience preferred