As Conference and Banqueting Manager, you will help your business to maximise its revenue for functions and special events. These can include conferences, meetings, banquets, parties, exhibitions, and weddings.
It will be your job to promote the facilities and services available and develop client relationships, making their event as successful as possible. You will organise the event itself, including any support staff, all food and beverage requirements, and the set up of the venue.
You will need to have good planning and administration skills, as well as being a strong team leader with a keen eye for detail. Good communication and negotiation skills are also important when dealing with clients, colleagues from other departments, suppliers, equipment handlers, any casual staff helping out at the event and the attendees themselves.
You must pay close attention to costs and budget control at all stages of the planning process - whilst some client have generous budgets and want an extravagant event with no expense spared, the majority will put you under pressure to meet their expectations within their financial limitation. To deliver an event at an acceptable price to the client and profit to your organisation will require a good imagination and considerable business skills.