From fine dining restaurants to residential dining, USC Hospitality serves over 65,000 students, athletes, faculty, and staff, as well as our many visitors. Hospitality is one of the six core business units that comprise USC Auxiliary Services and one of the largest employers on campus. We are renowned for our fresh take on self-operated food concepts with 43 restaurants between both campuses. The team at USC Hospitality is led by innovative executive chefs and directors who strive every day to craft nourishing and wholesome alternatives for our hungry Trojan Family and our guests.Â
We are seeking a Catering and Special Events Manager to join our rapidly growing Town & Gown team.
We are a team of dedicated professionals, driven to create exquisite events that far exceed our customersâ expectations. As our Catering and Special EventsManager, you will lead us to continued business success and customer satisfaction.Â You will take charge of our event planning, budget management, client relationships, and employee supervision. With such diverse responsibilities, you will need to be a master of many trades, comfortable talking to anyone, and passionate about producing exceptional experiences.
Oversee all assigned catering events, both on and off site.
Supervise staff to ensure they are following the standards set by USC Hospitality and the Health Department. Assign duties to staff on a daily and weekly basis using opening and closing checklists and/or weekly side work. Provide all staff with day-to-day goals and expectations. Train, guide, coach, and counsel employees. Conduct weekly meetings with staff members to discuss issues and concerns
Maintain a clear understanding of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Daily review of schedules to ensure lowest possible labor cost. Review and approve payroll.
Interview applicants and attend tastings for hiring purposes.
Facilitate the flow of information within the unit between sales, culinary, operations, and the hourly staff. Project supply needs for events of the day.
Ensure the cleanliness of the kitchen and dining area before, during, and after the shift according to the local health department regulations.
Assign tasks and timelines for each event. Meet with A/V to go over event details. Meet with kitchen and go over any special needs and timeline. Work directly with the kitchen staff to ensure food and beverage is timely and correct.
Address each client personally and ensure their needs are met. Work with the sales staff to identify issues and concerns. Attend all BEO/sales meetings.
Input all sales into system. Provide daily recaps to management. Keep catering software programs up to date and accurate.
Provide performance evaluations and annual reviews.
Perform other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
Education: Associateâs Degree.
Experience: 2 years.
Experience managing and training a banquet team.
Knowledge of various food service styles (i.e. French service, Russian service, Family Style service, Butler style service, etc.).
Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
Demonstrated attention to detail.
Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
Ability to prioritize work in an active work environment while providing excellent customer service.
Knowledge of food handling and sanitation procedures.
What We Prefer:
3 years of experience in a restaurant or hotel industry.
Degree in Food Service or Hospitality Management.
Experience supervising, training, and developing employees.
Experience in a sales driven role.
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:Â dental and vision plans, tuition assistance for our employees and their families, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, 2:1 retirement plan contributions, child care centers and up to $50,000 housing subsidy. And because we are a qualifying public service organization, you may qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) for educational loans. Donât believe us? Visit benefits.usc.edu.
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Minimum Education:Associate's degreeCombined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience:2 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise:Experience managing and training a banquet team. Knowledge of various food servicestyles (i.e., French service, Russian service, Family Style service, Butler style service).Thorough understanding of all levels of banquet service. Outstanding verbal and writtencommunication skills. Demonstrated attention to detail and excellent organizational andinterpersonal skills. Ability to prioritize work in an active work environment while providingexcellent customer service.
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