Sage Hospitality Group Director of Catering at the Ritz Carlton Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
Iconic architecture, a thriving culinary scene, beautifully landscaped public spaces and an array of museums are just part of what draws visitors to the Windy City. At The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, a luxury hotel set atop Water Tower Place in the historic Gold Coast, guests will have every chance to explore the city, from shopping along Michigan Avenue to viewing famous works at the Art Institute. Yet with our hotel’s spa, rooftop lounge, locally inspired restaurant, indoor lap pool and spacious accommodations overlooking the city, guests may not want to leave the premises.
The Ladies & Gentlemen on our Catering Team are always responsive to the expressed and unexpressed wishes and needs of our guests. They use their expertise to build strong relationships and create Ritz-Carlton guests for life.
Recognized as “the gold standard” of hospitality, The Ritz-Carlton selects only the most passionate and skilled hospitality professionals. As one of our Ladies and Gentlemen, you will reflect the values that make us the world’s finest luxury brand. Here, in a diverse environment where individual aspirations are fulfilled and quality of life is enhanced, you will be inspired to work along side your fellow employees to bring special moments to life for our guests and each other.
Oversees the daily operations of the catering and group planning area to achieve customer satisfaction, quality service and compliance with local and corporate standard operating procedures. Captures and plans catering functions, small meetings with ten or less guestrooms and insures proper execution. Meets revenue expectations.
Supervise catering/coordinator/event planning managers and related associates; interview, hire, schedule, train, develop, empower, coach and counsel, resolve problems, provide open communications, recommend and conduct performance and salary reviews, recommend discipline and termination, as appropriate.
Meet with the customers to review the Banquet Event Orders and, where appropriate, group resumes, to review any changes, issues and/or problems to ensure delivery of a quality product.
Calculate and review the banquet checks ensuring accuracy and present the check to the customer for signature to ensure payment.
Calculate and prepare the daily gratuities and payroll ensuring accurate, prompt reporting to the Controller's department.
Key Account Management: Maximizes current hotel key accounts by identifying and capturing those that offer revenue growth.
Plans and implements an on-going Targeted Account Development "hit list" in order to create new revenue and acquire valuable hotel contacts, and contracts.
Continually targets and prospects for new business through telemarketing, individual creativity and innovation.
Yield Management: Utilizes yield management techniques by profitably negotiating room rates and function space commitments in order to enhance the hotel's financial performance.
Account Service and Management: Maintains well-documented, accurate, organized and up-to-date file management system in order to serve client and employer in the most expedient, organized and knowledgeable manner.
Develops strong customer relationships through frequent communication and the use of professional, courteous and ethical interpersonal interaction.
Capable of planning menus, working within budget guidelines, forecasting and understanding food and beverage costs.
Develops customer profiles and maintains an effective trace system, including trace dates and references, in order to best meet client needs, resulting in superior account service and increased revenues.
Promptly, within the same day or by 10am the next business day, follows-up on all customer needs and inquiries in an efficient and expedient manner.
Time Management: Focuses on revenue-producing activity and maximizes selling time by dedicating a minimum of 80% of work time on direct sales efforts.
Professionalism: Controls expenses while traveling on the property's behalf in order to minimize department and hotel costs.
Represents themselves, the hotel and Sage Hospitality Resources, Inc. with the highest level of integrity and professionalism, a service-focused approach, and a caring, sincere attitude at all times.
Exhibit a positive and involved team attitude to all hotel departments and maintains open communications with all coworkers for the best overall performance of the hotel.
Exhibits strong listening skills. Displays a neat, clean, and business-like appearance at all times.
More than two years of post -high school education
At least 2 years of previous Director of Catering experience required in a hotel setting, luxury hotel experience preferred.
Requires a working knowledge of banquet/catering food and beverage service, policies or operations.
Requires knowledge of computer equipment.
Requires knowledge of general sales techniques, yield management, and customer service skills.
Requires the ability to hear, speak, read and write English fluently.
Requires 12th grade level mathematics, spelling and reading skills.
Must have dexterity/mobility to meet clients on and off premises, to tour property and attend functions, to climb stairs, and operate basic office equipment.
Vision to read fine print and computer screens, to see colors, to observe rooms in poorly lit conditions
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Excellent hearing necessary for verbal interaction with guests and associates.
Excellent vision necessary to view set-ups.
Excellent speech communication skills required for verbal interaction with guests and associates.
Excellent literacy necessary to read BEOs, process gratuities and payroll, etc
Office environment, weather exposure when making sales calls
Position Type: Regular Full-Time
Property : The Ritz Carlton Chicago
Category: Catering & Events
Address : 160 E Pearson St
City : Chicago
State : Illinois
EOE Protected Veterans/Disability