Events Manager

Marriott International, Inc - Murfreesboro, TN

Full-time
Posting Date Sep 16, 2019
Job Number 19124338
Job Category Event Management
Location Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, Tennessee, United States VIEW ON MAP
Brand Gaylord Hotels
Schedule Full-time
Relocation? Yes
Position Type Management

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Gaylord Hotels is a multi-location hospitality brand guided by a single focus: extraordinary meetings and conventions. From guest rooms and meeting space, to entertainment and dining all in a self-contained environment, Gaylord Hotels makes meeting planning easy and provides attendees great networking opportunities. As a Gaylord Hotels STAR, you'll bring your warm smile, genuine excitement and a “consider it done” spirit to work. In return, you’ll experience the rewards of growing your career among a team of professionals with a passion for excellence. Ready for a change? Take the initiative. Enjoy the Rewards.

JOB SUMMARY

Responsible for preparing all event documentation and coordinates with Sales, property departments and customer to ensure consistent, high level service throughout pre-event, event and post-event phases of property events. This position primarily handles events of average complexity. Ensures their property events have a seamless turnover from sales to service back to sales. Recognizes opportunities to maximize revenue opportunities by up-selling and offering enhancements to create outstanding events.

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or GED; experienced (1 – 2 years of experience) in the event management or related professional area.
OR

  • 2-year degree from an accredited university in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Hospitality, Business Administration, or related major; at least 1 year experience in the event management or related professional area required.
CORE WORK ACTIVITIES

Managing Event Logistics and Operations

  • Ensures that events progress seamlessly by following established procedures, collaborating with other employees, and ensuring accuracy.
  • Greets customer during the event phase and hands-off to the Event Operations team for the execution of details.
  • Adheres to all standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Ensures billing accuracy and conducts bill reviews with the clients prior to processing the final bill.
  • Manages group room blocks and meeting space for average to large-sized assigned groups.
  • Identifies operational challenges associated with his/her group and determines how to best work with the property staff and customer to solve these challenges\ and/or develop alternative solutions.
  • Uses his/her judgment to integrate current trends in event management and event design.
  • Acts as liaison between field sales person and customer throughout the event process (pre-event, event, post-event).
  • Participates in customer site inspections and assists with the sales process as necessary.
  • Performs other duties as assigned to meet business needs.
  • Solicits feedback from the property departments to identify areas for improvement to enhance the Event Planner’s experience.
Ensuring and Providing Exceptional Customer Service

  • Delivers excellent customer service throughout the customer experience and encourages the same from other employees.
  • Empowers employees to provide excellent customer service.
  • Sets a positive example for guest relations.
  • Coordinates and communicates event details both verbally and in writing to the customer and property operations.
  • Makes presence known to customer at all times during this process.
  • Oversees his/her customer experiences from file turnover through the post event phase until turnover back to sales.
  • Follows up with customer post-event.
  • Responds to and handles guest problems and complaints.
  • Uses personal judgment and expertise to enhance the customer experience.
  • Stays available to solve problems and/or suggest alternatives to previous arrangements.
  • Works to continually improve customer service by integrating obtained feedback and personal judgment into action plans.
  • Emphasizes guest satisfaction during all departmental meetings and focuses on continuous improvement.
  • Interacts with guests to obtain feedback on product quality and service levels.
  • Ensures hourly employees understand expectations and parameters for event activities.
Leading Event Management Teams

  • Conducts formal pre- and post-event meetings as required to review/communicate group needs and feedback.
  • Leads formal pre-event and post-event meetings for average to large-sized assigned groups.
  • Facilitates various meetings as he/she perceives necessary (Banquet Event Order meeting, block review, etc).
Supporting and Coordinating with the Sales and Marketing Function

  • Assists in the sales process and revenue forecasting for customer groups.
  • Up-sells products and services throughout the event process.
  • Forecasts group sleeping rooms and event revenue (catering and audio visual) for his/her groups.
Conducting Human Resources Activities

  • Reviews comment cards and guest satisfaction results with employees.
  • Observes service behaviors of employees and provides feedback to individuals and/or managers.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of corrective action plans.
  • 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.
  • Performs other duties as assigned to meet business needs.
MANAGEMENT COMPTENCIES

Leadership

  • Adaptability - Maintains performance level under pressure or when experiencing changes or challenges in the workplace.
  • Communication - Conveys information and ideas to others in a convincing and engaging manner through a variety of methods.
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making - Identifies and understands issues, problems, and opportunities; obtains and compares information from different sources to draw conclusions, develop and evaluate alternatives and solutions, solve problems, and choose a course of action.
  • Professional Demeanor - Exhibits behavioral styles that convey confidence and command respect from others; makes a good first impression and represents the company in alignment with its values.
Managing Execution

  • Building and Contributing to Teams - Actively participates as a member of a team to move the team toward the completion of goals.
  • Driving for Results - Sets high standards of performance for self and/or others; assumes responsibility for work objectives; initiates, focuses, and monitors the efforts of self and/or others toward the accomplishment goals; proactively takes action and goes beyond what is required.
  • Planning and Organizing - Gathers information and resources required to set a plan of action for self and/or others; prioritizes and arranges work requirements to accomplish goals and ensure work is completed.
Building Relationships

  • Coworker Relationships - Interacts with others in a way that builds openness, trust, and confidence in the pursuit of organizational goals and lasting relationships.
  • Customer Relationships - Develops and sustains relationships based on an understanding of customer needs and actions consistent with the company’s service standards.
  • Global Mindset - Supports employees and business partners with diverse styles, abilities, motivations, and/or cultural perspectives; utilizes differences to drive innovation, engagement and enhance business results; and ensures employees are given the opportunity to contribute to their full potential.
Generating Talent and Organizational Capability

  • Organizational Capability - Evaluates and adapts the structure of own assignments and suggests improvements to work processes to best fit the needs and/or support the goals of an organizational unit.
  • Talent Management - Provides support and feedback to help individuals develop and strengthen skills and abilities needed to accomplish work objectives.
Learning and Applying Professional Expertise

  • Applied Learning - Seeks and makes the most of learning opportunities to improve performance of self and/or others.
  • Business Acumen - Understands and utilizes business information to manage everyday operations.
  • Technical Acumen - Understands and utilizes professional skills and knowledge in a specific functional area to conduct.
o Event Planning - The ability to connect with customers, detail events, upsell products and services, manage multiple customers at a given time, be detailed orientated, understand and have a working knowledge of catering and event management systems.

o Event Services - Have a working knowledge of standards and procedures for proper meeting room and table set-ups, various meeting room and table configurations and the set-up of staging and dance flooring.

  • Basic Competencies - Fundamental competencies required for accomplishing basic work activities.
o Basic Computer Skills - Uses basic computer hardware and software (e.g., personal computers, word processing software, Internet browsers, etc.).

o Mathematical Reasoning - Demonstrates ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly, correctly, and in a way that allows one to solve work-related issues.

o Oral Comprehension - Demonstrates ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

o Reading Comprehension - Demonstrates understanding of written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

o Writing - Communicates effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Marriott International is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. Marriott International does not discriminate on the basis of disability, veteran status or any other basis protected under federal, state or local laws.