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Catering Sales Manager – Tempe, AZ

Posted February 3, 2020

 
 

Graduate Hotels®, Graduate Tempe is seeking a Catering Sales Manager to join our sales team!

Graduate Hotels builds authentic, playful spaces that connect travelers, students, and locals. Through thoughtfully curated design, creative F&B and community-focused events, we create hotels worthy of their hometown.

We are a diverse team of experience makers and storytellers. As a Graduate Hotels team member, you are the local insider shaping guest experiences. Our goal is to make every guest feel like a local even if it's their first time in town. In order to help you deliver on that goal, we encourage our team members to embody the same mindset as our guests through Graduate experiences and encouraged community exploration with local establishments.

Our teams excel in delivering top results while introducing clients and guests to the design and service that have made us one of the fastest growing lifestyle brands in the country. There is never one right answer in hospitality. Come share your past experiences with us, to help write this textbook on service.

  • Responsible for learning the hotel brand and strategy
  • Drive customer loyalty in order to grow share of the account by delivering service excellence throughout each customer experience
  • Identifies and solicits new accounts from telemarketing, appointments, site tours, cold calls, and inquiries via email, phone, and in person interactions
  • Provides advice to clients on all aspects of hotel facilities and services when proposing and contacting groups and events
  • Establishes client base of organizations, associations, and corporate businesses through direct sales efforts to secure business for the hotel
  • Negotiates food and beverage, function space, room rates, and hotel services that meet or exceed hotel revenue goals
  • Achieve all predetermined sales goals for revenue and sales activity
  • Negotiate contracts according to company standards
  • Ensure all pertinent aspects of solicitation, closing, and customer communications are complete and documented
  • Accurately record all bookings or lost business for hotel
  • Conducts tours of the hotel and banquet facilities; entertains qualified potential clients in accordance with company and property policies and procedures
  • Provide prompt and accurate responses to all client requests for proposals and information
  • Consistently meet or exceed sales goals including predetermined revenue and sales activity
  • Assist the client in menu planning, coordinate food, beverage, table arrangements, and decorations ensuring clients details are executed
  • Monitors local competitors and compares their operation with his/her operation
  • Ensure all pertinent aspects of solicitation, closing, and customer communications are complete and documented and maintain existing accounts with active trace/follow up system
  • Completes daily/weekly/monthly reports as directed by the DOS/GM
  • Participate in Quarterly/Annual Business and Marketing Plans, assist with budget process
  • Provide prompt and accurate responses to all client requests for proposals and information
  • Work client-related special events
  • Abides by Prime Time Selling hours
  • Participates in MOD program as required
  • Other duties as assigned

DESIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum of High School education, post-high school education preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years in hotel or conference Catering/Sales

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Excellent listening and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to exceed expectations of guests and team members
  • Negotiating Skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Must have flexible work hours that may include evenings, weekends, and holidays

JOB COMPETENCIES:

  • Drive for Results
  • Business Acumen
  • Hiring and Staffing
  • Developing Direct Reports and Others
  • Decision Quality
  • Customer Focus
  • Informing
  • Sales Focus
  • Integrity/Trust

ABOUT US:

Graduate Hotels is a hand-crafted collection of hotels that reside in dynamic university-anchored towns across the country. Each hotel pays homage to the heritage of its unique town through cultural nods to the local community. Launched in 2014, there are currently 19 open and operating hotels across the U.S. and an additional 15 hotels under development slated to open by the end of 2020. Graduate Hotels is owned by Adventurous Journeys (AJ) Capital Partners, a Chicago-based vertically-integrated real estate developer, owner and operator. For more information on Graduate Hotels, please visit graduatehotels.com.

*Graduate Hotels Management is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Graduate Tempe

225 East Apache Boulevard

Tempe, AZ 85281

Telephone (480) 967-9431