What does a Catering Coordinator do?

Catering coordinators manage food operations of special events at hotels, resorts, and other public establishments. They meet and greet guests, oversee food presentation, and coordinate event tasks while managing staff and performing administrative duties. Catering coordinators ensure they provide a welcoming environment for guests and clients. They effectively communicate with all guests and staff in a friendly, courteous, and timely manner and organize and coordinate event timelines, ensuring that the service runs smoothly and effectively. They correspond and oversee the event set up, break down, and pay attention to client requests, including specific themes or colors and decorations.

Catering coordinators process and receive food orders on time and stay mindful of particular dietary concerns or needs, including a vegan meal or food allergy. They maintain a running inventory of food and office supplies and liaise with vendors and external suppliers. They manage staff schedules and oversee catering and kitchen staff to ensure service moves quickly and efficiently. They assist management with food and decor budgets, manage finances, and maintain high personal grooming standards and a professional demeanor. Catering coordinators need a bachelor's or associate's degree in hospitality, culinary arts, or related fields.

What responsibilities are common for Catering Coordinator jobs?
  • Schedule team members to ensure appropriate coverage and service for events.
  • Experiment with new trends in menu items and recipes.
  • Maintain punctuality in daily work times, appointments, and meetings.
  • Oversee service of group functions once they are in house.
  • Communicate with each delivery guest the expected time of arrival.
  • Deliver consistent quality in planning and execution of events.
  • Respond to opportunities, issues, and concerns with a sense of urgency.
  • Continuously provide employees with verbal recognition, direction, and support.
  • Report all accidents and injuries in a timely manner.
  • Take, place and prepare catering orders and teach others to do so effectively.
  • Oversight of the sales process for catering and/or conference services.
  • Keep work area neat and clean while following all safety and sanitation procedures.
  • Maintain and improve service level resulting in increased customer satisfaction.
  • Conduct cash drops, review credit card totals, and verify deposit slips.
  • Track and monitor the labor and food cost for each event.
  • Work effectively as a team contributor on all assignments.
  • Develop and execute strategies to achieve catering revenue forecasts.
What are the typical qualifications for Catering Coordinator jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in business.
  • Strong command of English language and good communication skills.
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 30 lbs.
  • A confident, natural leader and problem solver with demonstrated critical thinking and collaboration skills.
  • Comfortable making decisions and multitasking.
  • Able to display strong work ethic and positive attitude.
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

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Chick-fil-A RestaurantsChick-fil-A Restaurants
Catering Associate
27 Oct 2021

“it was a great experience and gave me the ability to learn more about the customers”

Catering Director
8 Jul 2023

“I met so many new friends and they really pushed me to be the best version of myself”

Catering Manager
2 Nov 2022

“2% Raise is the best I have gotten and I keep getting told that's the way Sodexo works”

Boyz in the Kitchen
2 Feb 2022

“Flexible and fun people to work with.”

John Lewis & PartnersJohn Lewis & Partners
Catering Partner
6 Dec 2022

“and good pay”

MAG PersonalserviceMAG Personalservice
Catering Coordinator
3 Feb 2023

“Good good good good good”

Ocean Reef ClubOcean Reef Club
Catering Manager
18 Apr 2022

“Pay was great and I loved everyone I worked with!”

English HeritageEnglish Heritage
Catering Assistant
26 Aug 2022

“Good fun and options for career progression”

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