Marriott Events Manager in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Job Number 18000PDL

Job Category Event Management

Location Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville, Tennessee 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.