Group Sales Manager, Luskin Conference Center
The Luskin Conference Center (LCC) is designed as a 300,000 square foot, 7-story, International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) certified property on the UCLA campus. The LCC is comprised of 254 guest rooms, approximately 25,000 square feet of meeting space, a 160-seat restaurant, a fitness center, and a business center. The total staff anticipated for the LCC is approximately 165-180 FTE, with total revenue projected at $30 million annually. The LCC is an academic meeting and conference destination supporting UCLA’s education and research mission.
The Group Sales Manager is responsible for identifying new business partnerships to secure revenue streams for 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 group 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 Group 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 Group Sales Managers maintains overall responsibility for a given sector and is responsible developing goals and achieving respective contribution toward the LCC in its goal of obtaining $4.1M in group room revenue in 2015/2016 and $6.6M in group room revenue in 2017/2018.
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.
The target salary range for this position is between the posted minimum and $6,667 monthly, dependent on relevant work experience.