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Director of Catering & Convention Services

Posted November 16, 2022

The Westin Huntsville
Huntsville, AL
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About This Job

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  1. Interview, hire, train, recommend performance evaluations, resolve problems, provide open communication and recommend discipline and/or termination when appropriate.
  2. Tour and inspect banquet and meeting space on a daily basis, reporting necessary repairs.
  3. Develop and conduct persuasive verbal sales presentations to prospective clients.
  4. Schedule and assign in detail, specific duties to all associates under supervision for the efficient operation of the Catering Department, coverage of functions in accordance with productivity standards.
  5. Solicit new accounts and review previous banquet files to generate business. Oversee service of group functions once they are in house.
  6. Write banquet menus, memos, and send out amenities for VIP Guests. Review and revise Catering Department, weekly events sheets and banquet event orders. Formulate and make revisions to annual and monthly forecasts.
  7. Negotiate, prepare and write contracts and enter information into the automated sales system.
  8. Interact with clients to determine needs and direct staff accordingly. Respond to telephone and walk-in inquiries of potential guests.
  9. Create special themes and menus.
  10. Communicate both verbally and in writing to provide clear direction to staff.
  11. Comply with attendance rules and be available to work on a regular basis.
  12. Perform any other job related duties as assigned.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Must have the ability to communicate in English. Self-starting personality with an even disposition. Maintain a professional appearance and manner at all times. Can communicate well with guests. Must be willing to “pitch-in” and help co- workers with their job duties and be a team player. Thorough knowledge of food and beverage products, proper preparation and presentation of foods and beverage items. Ability to prepare signage for catering functions. Ability to grasp, lift and/or carry, or otherwise move goods weighing a maximum of 20 lbs. on an occasional basis. Ability to create special themes and menus. Ability to effectively deal with internal and external customers, some of whom will require high levels of patience, tact and diplomacy to defuse anger, collect accurate information and resolve conflicts.

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

Customer Satisfaction:

Our customers are what we are about. One of the keys to a positive guest experience is positive interaction with Crescent staff. It is essential that you remain professional at all times, and that you treat all guests and associates with courtesy and respect, under all circumstances. Every Crescent associate is a guest relations ambassador, every working minute of every day.

Work Habits:

In order to maintain a positive guest and associate experience, your work habits should always meet and strive to exceed hotel standards for work procedures, dress, grooming, punctuality and attendance. You should be adaptable to change in your work area and in hotel procedures with a willingness to learn new skills and/or improve existing ones, have the ability to solve routine problems that occur on the job and ask for help whenever you are not sure how to do something.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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About this Employer

The Westin Huntsville

6800 Governors West, NW
Huntsville, AL 35806

(256) 428-2000

232 Room Hotel

www.marriott.com

Working Here

Founded in 2001 by CEO Michael George, Crescent Hotels & Resorts lives in the belief that your drive to be the best is the force which has made Crescent Hotels & Resorts the Hotel Operator and Employer of Choice.Meet several of our associates and hear their story. With thousands of associates at Crescent, we make every day one of adventure where you can make a difference.

We Know Benefits 

Dedicated, satisfied, and engaged associates are the key to our continued success. 

At Crescent Hotels & Resorts, we strive for innovative ways to enhance our comprehensive selection of benefit offerings. Crescent associates working as few as 24 hours a week are eligible for our extensive menu of benefit programs.

Crescent's benefits offerings include:

  • Healthcare insurance and prescription drug coverage
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Flexible/dependent-care spending accounts
  • Life insurance and supplemental life insurance
  • Short/long-term disability insurance
  • Domestic Partner coverage
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 401(k) with employer matching
  • Paid holidays, vacation, and personal time off
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Discounted hotel rooms for associates and family