Marriott International, Inc. Toronto, ON, Canada
Aug 20, 2019Full time
Assistant Director of Event Planning Posting Date Aug 19, 2019 Job Number 19112052 Job Category Event Management Location The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, 1 Harbour St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada VIEW ON MAP Brand Westin Hotels & Resorts Schedule Full-time Relocation? No Position Type Management Start Your Journey With Us At Westin, we are committed to empowering the well-being of our guests by providing a refreshing environment, thoughtful amenities, and revitalizing programming to help ensure that they leave feeling better than when they arrived. We recognize that travel can be disruptive to our guests’ well-being, and we’re energized to assist as partners in helping them maintain control and soaring above it all while on the road. Everything we do is designed to help guests be at their best, and they appreciate our supportive attitude, anticipatory service and extensive knowledge on how to best assist them throughout their stay. We are looking for dynamic people who are excited to join the team and ready to jump into any situation to give a helping hand. If you’re someone who has is positive, adaptable and intuitive, and has a genuine interest in the well-being of others around you, we invite you to discover how at Westin, together we can rise. JOB SUMMARY Prepares all event documentation and coordinates with Sales, property departments and customer to ensure consistent, high level service throughout the pre-event, event and post-event phases of property events. This position primarily handles complex events. Ensures a seamless turnover from sales to service back to sales. Recognizes opportunities to maximize revenue by up-selling and offering enhancements to create outstanding events. Supports and acts on behalf of the Director of Event Management or Director of Event Planning and Operations in his/her absence. Serves as the event planner’s primary contact (following turnover) on property and is responsible for his/her experience. CANDIDATE PROFILE Education and Experience • High school diploma or GED; 2 years 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; no work experience required. CORE WORK ACTIVITIES Executing Event Operations • Solve problems and/or suggest alternatives to previous arrangements if necessary. • Leads pre-event and post-event meetings for assigned groups. • Identifies operational challenges associated with his/her group and works with the property staff and customer to solve these challenges and/or develop alternative solutions. • Manages customer budgets to maximize revenue and meet customer needs. • Oversees his/her customer experiences from file turnover through the post event phase until turnover back to sales. • Conducts pre- and post-event meetings as required to review/communicate group needs and feedback. • Manages group room blocks and meeting space for assigned groups. • Adheres to all standards, policies, and procedures. • Celebrates successes and publicly recognizes the contributions of team members. Executing the Sales and Marketing Strategy • Up-sells products and services throughout the event process. • Participates in customer site inspections and assists with the sales process when necessary. • Acts as liaison between field sales person and customer throughout the event process (pre-event, event, post-event). Managing Profitability • Manages revenue and profitability associated with events. • Forecasts group sleeping rooms and event revenue (catering and audio-visual) for his/her groups. • Reviews billing and payments with clients. Providing Exceptional Customer Service • Interacts with guests to obtain feedback on product quality and service levels. • Handles guest problems and complaints. • Makes presence known to customer at all times during entire event process. • Follows up with customer post-event. • Greets customer during the event phase and hands-off to the Event Operations team for the execution of details. • Strives to improve service performance. • Sets a positive example for guest relations. • Reviews comment cards and guest satisfaction results with associates. • Coordinates and communicates verbally and in writing with customer (internal and external) regarding event details. 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. Notification to Applicants : The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto takes seriously its obligations under the Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and will provide accommodations to job applicants needing assistance. If you require an accommodation in relation to this job posting, our online application or an interview, please call 905-366-5227 or email CanadaApplicationAccommodation@marriott.com and a member of our Human Resources team will respond to your request. Please note that this phone number and email are only for those individuals who would like to request an accessibility accommodation as part of the recruiting process.