Sage Restaurant Group Event Planning Manager in Chicago, Illinois
Come discover The Blackstone, a downtown Chicago luxury hotel near Grant Park. This downtown Chicago hotel has been a favorite of movie stars, sports legends, royalty and presidents since 1910. Thoughtfully restored to its original grandeur, this Michigan Avenue hotel features French Beaux-Arts architecture and over 1,400 contemporary works by local artists. The Blackstone boasts stunning guest rooms and suites, while Mercat a la Planxa serves modern Catalan cuisine in a unique Mediterranean setting. Host unforgettable affairs inside the magnificent Crystal Ballroom and marvel at 11,396 square feet of lavish meeting space. Located just steps from Chicago's major attractions including McCormick Place, Grant Park, Soldier Field, Art Institute of Chicago, Field Museum, Millennium Park, Navy Pier and Shedd Aquarium.
Event Planning Manager
We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/Disabled/Veterans. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.
The Event Planning Manager is responsible for planning, organizing and managing the in house details for large group, convention booking, and social events (e.g. Guest rooms, menus, set-up, etc.) Participate in negotiating meetings/functions, rooms, rates and all related requirements. Ensure maximization of room and meeting space, revenues, and profits while delivering a quality product. Focus on execution of all aspects of event planning including coordination from the signing of a group contract forward, VIP needs, amenities, group resumes, and rooming lists.
Proficient in position required job skills and knowledge. Intelligent in grasping and integrating new information. Is an active learner with a strong sense of curiosity. Has natural instincts and insight for finding the best solution to unclear situations, issues and problems. Considers multiples resources and methods for analyzing problems. Makes great decisions.
Is effective in prioritizing work; consistently manages time and processes to create maximum efficiency with minimum disruption or redundancy. Is time sensitive, understands how work and processes fit in with other departmental or business priorities and objectives. Is able to adjust work to accommodate expected and unexpected changes. Is able to gauge progress with respect to overall impact and results.
Can think and act independently with confidence. Has personal fortitude and integrity when faced with challenges.
ENERGY AND DRIVE
Energetic and takes initiative. Is pro-active and persistent in pursuing and completing tasks. Strives to exceed expectations and goals.
PERSONAL AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
Welcoming and warm personality. Able to engage easily and actively connect with others. Is genuinely caring and compassionate; visibly demonstrates desire to understand others. Creates confidence and trust with others, is socially aware of self and others and is known for communicating the right message at the right time. Utilizes a variety of approaches and communication techniques tailored to each situation. Is comfortable in conversing with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and at all organizational levels. Is direct yet tactful and considerate of audience. Positively accepts and provides feedback.
Requires a working knowledge of banquet/catering food and beverage services, policies or operations.
Requires knowledge of computer equipment.
Requires compiling facts and figures in accordance with established procedures.
Communication skills required to provide information and associated services to hotel management and guests.
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 BEO’s, process gratuities and payroll, etc.
Lifting, pushing, pulling and carrying tables, chairs, boxes (50 lb. maximum) occasionally.
Bending/kneeling required for taping down cords, skirting tables, picking up floor after function occasionally.
Mobility - ability to service clients on a moment’s notice, variable distances.
Continuous standing required for function observation, client site inspections (one hour minimum to four hours maximum).
Climbing stairs of approximately 55 steps 3-5% of 10 hours daily.
More than two years of post-high school education.
One to two full years of employment in a related position with this company or other organization(s).
Operation of computer, copier, telephone, calculator, facsimile and vacuum cleaner.
Inside 95% of 10 hour day.Outside 5% of 10 hour day.
Temperatures - extreme summer heat of 95 degrees and above, and winter cold.
Full Time - Regular