Posting Date Sep 30, 2020
Job Number 20055292
Job Category Sales and Marketing
Location W Melbourne, 408 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Brand W Hotels
Position Type Non-Management/Hourly
Start Your Journey With Us
W Melbourne is the rebel between the streets, taking its design cues from Australia’s cultural capital and providing the back-lane entrance keys to what’s New/Next in the city. Extending the laneway culture inside, 294 bold rooms and suites peel back the layers and revel in the city’s history. There are five electric and daring bars and restaurants within the hotel, plus over 800 square metres of ultra-modern event space. W Melbourne is set to be the place to see and be seen in.
Boldly coloring outside the lines of luxury, W turns the traditional notion of the extravagant hotel on its head. Our irreverent attitude and taste for excess redefine revelry for the modern jet set. Our guests have a lust for a life less ordinary that drives them to demand more, experience it all, and hit repeat.
We share our guests’ passions, providing insider access to what’s new and what’s next. Moderation is not in our vocabulary and we know that lust for life demands more, not less. W guests soak it in and live each day with a mantra: Detox. Retox. Repeat. If you’re ready to create the energetic W scene that is magnetic to everyday disruptors around the world, then we invite you to explore a career with W Hotels.
MEETING & EVENTS
With almost 830sqm of ultra-modern conference, meeting and event space at W Melbourne, we’re setting the stage for spectacular events with fully adaptable conference equipment, world-class audio-visual facilities and contemporary cocktails and cuisine from our expert in-house catering team. The jewel in the crown, the GREAT ROOM is a 426sqm pillarless ballroom with an abundance of natural light and 4mx5m LED wall. We’re looking for talent that are passionate about delivering events that spark imagination and set minds racing.
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 upselling and offering enhancements to create outstanding events.
CAST KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
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.
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 talent 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 salesperson 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.
Always makes presence known to customer 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 talent 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 talent.
Observes service behaviours of talent 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 talent and customers to address operational challenges associated with his/her group.
Performs other duties as assigned to meet business needs.