Oak View Group

Catering Sales Manager| Full-Time | Rhode Island Convention Center

Location US-RI-Providence
Job ID
2024-15711
Location Name
Rhode Island Convention Center & Amica Mutual Pavilion
Category
Catering/Banquet/Event Sales
Type
Regular Full-Time

Oak View Group

Oak View Group is the global leader in venue development, management, and premium hospitality services for the live event industry. Offering an unmatched, 360-degree solution set for a collection of world-class owned venues and a client roster that includes the most influential, highest attended arenas, convention centers, music festivals, performing arts centers, and cultural institutions on the planet. More information at OakViewGroup.com, and follow OVG on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.    

Overview

The Catering Sales Manager has a primary duty of making sales and obtaining orders or contracts for the venue. This position is responsible for generating, managing and coordinating outside catering sales and initiating, directing and implementing marketing functions in the Catering Department.  The Catering Sales Manager will independently manage and oversee all aspects of full group operations from reservation, through contract negotiation and finalization, to group reception and event catering.

The Catering Sales Manager maintains a consistently positive and professional relationship with internal and external clients. The Catering Sales Manager will handle sales and customer service issues including providing outstanding customer service; researching, resolving and clarifying invoice questions; and providing knowledgeable and appropriate suggestions regarding menu selections. The Catering Sales Manager will facilitate the flow of information internally, as well as communicate with all guests and vendors. Must be available to assist with general catering operations as needed.


This role will pay a salary of $60,000 to $65,000.

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Job expires 8/1/24

 

For FT roles: Benefits: Health, Dental and Vision insurance, 401(k) savings plan, 401(k) matching, and paid time off (vacation days, sick days, and 12 holidays).

About the Venue

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Providence, the RICC is within walking distance to restaurants, hotels, shops, art galleries, night clubs, museums and more. We offer 100,000 square feet of exhibition space, 20,000 square feet of ballroom space, 23 meeting rooms, and 30,000 square feet of pre-function space.  

Responsibilities

  • Build relationships by networking and prospecting with key decision markers, establish and develop strong and effective relationships with influencers through professional, courteous and ethical interpersonal interaction.
  • Coordinate and deliver effective sales presentations.
  • Independently sources, identifies, and pursues outside networking opportunities through professional industry resources and community events, or special events attended by prospects.
  • Responsible for negotiating, authoring, and submitting finalized contracts and BEOs to Client and Internal Staff.
  • Address or coordinate all Catering requirements and requests in a timely and helpful manner.
  • Maintain accurate records for all Catering sales activities in conjunction.
  • Communicate daily with Food & Beverage Manager, culinary staff, catering staff, and Operations Staff about the needs of our guests and their expectations.
  • Maintain an extensive client database for follow-up sales calls and contact (in person, phone, email, mail, etc.)
  • Assist with follow-up of guests’ experience at the venue, ensuring that all issues have been reloved
  • Assist in the planning and coordination of catered events as directed.
  • Serves as primary group and convention contact once the contract is signed; approves any inventory or other changes, responds to questions or concerns in a timely manner.
  • Assists with oversight of accounts receivable in conjunction with assigned events.

Qualifications

  • High School diploma or equivalent (G.E.D.), plus minimum 6 months related hospitality industry experience and/or training.
  • 3 - 5 years in a sales role, with verifiable sales success.
  • Prior supervisory experience preferred
  • Familiar with inventory cost control and menu planning.
  • Demonstrated proficiency and successful experience in catering sales generation, contract negotiation and pricing, event scheduling, training, catering, banquets and menu development.
  • Ability to work independently both on and off venue property with little supervision or oversight.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer applications (Microsoft Office programs with an emphasis on creating word documents, Excel spreadsheets, email); working knowledge of POS systems.
  • Ability to adhere to high standard of business etiquette, professional verbal and written communication.
  • Ability to consistently represent the Company in a professional, positive and knowledgeable manner.
  • Ability to adhere to the highest standard of confidentiality and discretion.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce detail-oriented, accurate work.
  • Ability to work a varied schedule, which may include weekends and evenings, as required to ensure outcome.
  • Ability to travel to outside sales calls and/or events.
  • Proven ability to make solid, appropriate and independent decisions.

 

Strengthened by our Differences. United to Make a Difference.

At OVG, we understand that to continue positively disrupting the sports and live entertainment industry, we need a diverse team to help us do it. We also believe that inclusivity drives innovation, strengthens our people, improves our service, and raises our excellence. Our success is rooted in creating environments that reflect and celebrate the diverse communities in which we operate and serve, and this is the reason we are committed to amplifying voices from all different backgrounds.

EEO

 Oak View Group is committed to equal employment opportunity. We will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis (“protected class”) including, but not limited to veteran status, uniform service member status, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other protected class under federal, state, or local law.

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