Catering Sales Manager (Progrram Promotion Manager I)
The Catering Sales Manager is responsible for identifying new business partnerships to secure revenue streams for Luskin Conference Center (LCC), and is the point of contact for actively managing external vendors and affinity partners to: develop and outline contract parameters, establish event timelines and deadlines, select appropriate media channels, establish catering sales performance goals and collaborate with senior level corporate, business and community leaders to identify and develop opportunities for key relationships designed to maximize event sales and revenue-generating programs.
The position develops and defines comprehensive marketing plans, defines components, timelines, sales media and goals. Responsible for ensuring effective relationships and open communications with external colleagues to coordinate revenue generation, marketing plans and strategic placement of communications with consistency of messages regarding LCC Catering Sales and presents and negotiates rates with clients.
Works directly with senior managers to develop annual fiscal forecasts; maintains performance statistics and prepares reports and analyses for management.
The individual must possess strong business acumen in order to make appropriate decisions with minimal guidance relating to revenue management based on current business analytics. The ideal candidate must have thorough understanding of the hotel sales industry to support and promote global sales efforts of other revenue generating entities within Housing and Hospitality Services such as Lake Arrowhead and UCLA Catering/Conference Services.
Travel is required up to 50% of the time, representing UCLA and the Luskin Conference Center in international, national and the local markets with the goal of expanding the client base. The incumbent exercises significant discretion in the negotiation of large scale contracts (which include room pricing, food/beverage pricing, audio visual pricing and other ancillary revenue/service pricing). Must be able to work a varied schedule that may include nights, weekends and holidays.
Must hold and maintain a valid driver’s license for operation of university vehicles. Ability to drive licensed electric carts and UCLA vehicles at times for meetings, site inspections, event walk-throughs, etc.(Required)
Proficiency in the English language sufficient to interact effectively and graciously with clients, and to write clear and grammatically correct business correspondence such as proposals, memorandums, and event orders. (Required)