Highgate Hotels

  • Banquet Captain

    Requisition ID
    2018-5609
    Category
    Banquets
    Job Location
    US-VA-Arlington
    Property
    Westin Arlington Gateway
  • Highgate Hotels

    Highgate is a premier real estate investment and hospitality management company widely recognized as an innovator in the industry. Highgate is the dominant player in U.S. gateway markets including New York, Boston, Miami, San Francisco and Honolulu. Highgate also has an expanding presence in key European markets through properties in London, Paris, Barcelona, Vienna and Prague. Highgate’s portfolio of global properties represents an aggregate asset value exceeding $10B and generates over $2B in cumulative revenues. The company provides expert guidance through all stages of the hospitality property cycle, from planning and development through recapitalization or disposition.  Highgate also has the creativity and bandwidth to develop bespoke hotel brands and utilizes industry leading proprietary revenue management tools that identify and predict evolving market dynamics to drive out performance and maximize asset value. With an executive team consisting of some of the industry’s most experienced hotel management leaders, the company is a trusted partner for top ownership groups and major hotel brands. Highgate maintains corporate offices in London, New York, Dallas, and Seattle.

    Location

    Westin Arlington

     

    The Westin Arlington Gateway is perfectly located two blocks from the Ballston Metro Station, offering guests the convenience of reaching the nation’s Capital in just minutes. See historic monuments and museums, shop trendy Georgetown, slip in a round of golf after your meetings, or enjoy a day in DuPont Circle just a metro ride away. The hotel features 338 modern guestrooms (including 14 suites) with modern amenities.

    Employment Status

    Full-Time

    Overview

    The Banquet Captain is responsible for supervising and assisting with the set-up, service and clean-up of all assigned banquet functions.

    Responsibilities

    • Employees must, at all times, be attentive, friendly, helpful, and courteous to all guests, managers, and fellow employees.
    • Inspect the set-up of meeting and banquet functions, checking them against the Banquet Event Order.
    • Supervise and assist with the set-up of assigned catered functions, ensuring that the hotel’s standards are met, and advance preparation for service is adequate to allow efficient service to the guest once the function begins.
    • Act as liaison between Sales/Catering Manager and the in-house meeting or banquet contact.
    • Respond to guests needs in a timely manner. Communicate problems/issues to the Banquet Manager, Banquet Supervisor, or the Food & Beverage Manager.
    • Assist Banquet Manager/Supervisor/F&B Manager with the creation of the Banquet Work Schedule and completion of Banquet Wage Progress Reports.
    • Assist in service of functions as required.
    • Requisition liquor for all banquet bars and maintain proper control over banquet beverage service.
    • Supervise and assist with the break down after the completion of functions to ensure that all equipment and supplies are stored properly.
    • Inspect the sanitation of all function space and storage areas to maintain the highest standard of cleanliness and organization throughout the department.
    • Follow all state liquor laws.
    • Be familiar with banquet menus and prices.
    • Supervise banquet staff as directed by Banquet Manager/Supervisor/F&B Manager.
    • Hold pre-function meetings, and check staffing and menus, prior to events.
    • Assign side-work duties and stations to all servers.
    • Supervise service of station or banquet room.
    • Prepare banquet checks and obtain signatures from guest contacts.
    • Monitor ongoing functions throughout assigned shift.
    • Supervise the breakdown and cleanup of all functions assigned.
    • Verify server’s paperwork when event is complete.
    • Prepare accurate captains’ reports.
    • Assist Banquet Manager/Supervisor/F&B Manager with the hiring and training of banquet staff.
    • Assist in set up of audio/visual, as necessary.
    • Handle items for “Lost and Found” according to the standards.
    • Ensure overall guest satisfaction.

    Qualifications

    • High School diploma or equivalent and/or experience in a related field preferred.
    • College course work in a related field helpful
    • Previous supervisory responsibility preferred.
    • Flexible and long hours sometimes required.
    • Medium work - Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 20 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.
    • Ability to stand during entire shift.
    • Must be able to effectively communicate both verbally and written, with all level of employees and guests in an attentive, friendly, courteous and service oriented manner.
    • Must be effective at listening to, understanding, and clarifying concerns raised by employees and guests.
    • Must be able to multitask and prioritize departmental functions to meet deadlines.
    • Approach all encounters with guests and employees in an attentive, friendly, courteous and service-oriented manner.
    • Attend all hotel required meetings and trainings.
    • Maintain regular attendance in compliance with Highgate Hotel Standards, as required by scheduling, which will vary according to the needs of the hotel.
    • Maintain high standards of personal appearance and grooming, which includes wearing the proper uniform and nametag.
    • Comply with Highgate Hotel Standards and regulations to encourage safe and efficient hotel operations.
    • Maximize efforts towards productivity, identify problem areas and assist in implementing solutions.
    • Must be effective in handling problems, including anticipating, preventing, identifying and solving problems as necessary.
    • Must be able to understand and apply complex information, data, etc. from various sources to meet appropriate objectives.
    • Must be able to cross-train in other hotel related areas.
    • Must be able to maintain confidentiality of information.
    • Must be able to show initiative, including anticipating guest or operational needs.
    • Perform other duties as requested by management.
    • Maintain a warm and friendly demeanor at all times.

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