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Senior Hospitality Manager

Job ID: 7723

Updated: Apr 2, 2024

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Facilities/Office Services


About Kirkland & Ellis

At Kirkland & Ellis, we are united in our ambition and drive to move forward. We share core values that help us achieve excellence: collaboration, talent empowerment, service, inclusion, respect and gratitude. Our people are our greatest asset, and we invest in the brightest talent and encourage a diversity of perspectives and strengths to create dynamic teams that operate at the pinnacle of their field. Our talented professionals show up every day knowing they will engage in meaningful work, continuous learning and professional development.
As one of the world’s leading law firms, we serve a broad range of clients with market-leading practices in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions; investment fund formation and alternative asset management; restructurings; high-stakes commercial and intellectual property litigation; and government, regulatory and internal investigations. We handle the most complicated and sophisticated legal matters because we don’t just meet industry standards, we create them. We bring innovation and entrepreneurialism to every engagement and, as a result, have long-standing client relationships with leading global corporations and financial sponsors. With 6,500 employees (including 3,500 lawyers) operating from 20 offices across the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we are one of the largest law firms in the world and a top financial performer.

Essential Job Functions

The Senior Hospitality Manager will report to the Associate Director Guest Services & Hospitality and will be responsible for overseeing and executing high-level meetings, events and managing the food service operations in our Conference Center, Staff & Attorney Floor Pantries, Café and Coffee Bar. The Senior Hospitality Manager will work in close coordination with the Associate Director Guest Services & Hospitality, Conference Center and Food Service teams to ensure the successful day to day operations for all meetings and events taking place in our conference and dining spaces.

Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree along with a minimum of at least 5 years of catering/café supervision and event planning experience, with a minimum of 5 years in a supervisory role; or equivalent combination of education and experience. The successful candidate will have proficient computer skills and knowledge of firm software including email, time and attendance and departmental software applications. The successful candidate will also have excellent customer service, communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills, the ability to interact effectively with all levels of management and staff, strong budgeting, analytical and problem solving skills, the ability to organize, prioritize multiple assignments and use judgment and initiative to accomplish results in an accurate and timely manner.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

  • Ensure quality customer service and coordinate with all Firm departments including Business Development, Travel, Meetings and Events team, Legal Recruiting & Development, attorneys, staff and outside clients to proactively plan all internal and external meetings, trainings, trial teams and events in all meeting and event space within the office, included but not limited to the conference center, café, floor pantries and workrooms.
  • Interface with catering, conference technology, general services, secretarial services and other service departments to guarantee preparedness of the conference center for all event and meeting needs.
  • Manage Guest Services Coordinators, assigning dedicated contact for each meeting and event.
  • In conjunction with the Guest Services Manager ensure front desk coverage for all reception areas.
  • Supervision of Cafe and Coffee area operations to ensure successful day to day operations.
  • Supervision of Catering and Pantry operations to ensure the successful execution of the Firm’s catering needs in conferences, meetings, and floor pantries.
  • Manage and maintain Café menu including Coffee menus and the firm’s network of digital signage.
  • Review, analyze and forecast budgets and the cost of operations; adhere to department budget and seek opportunities to improve department efficiency and reduce expenses by streamlining operations.
  • Support and take all necessary and approved actions to achieve departmental goals and objectives.
  • Collaborate with the Guest Services Manager and Senior Director of Administration to establish clear expectations and work priorities, ensuring that work levels are balanced and met among food service staff.
  • Collaborate with the Guest Services Manager and Food Service General Manager on streamlining operations, recognizing and identifying issues and problems within catering/cafe operations and recommend solutions.
  • Must understand and present P&L statements on a monthly basis.
  • Process monthly invoices for food service catering, café, coffee bar and special events.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

    • Bachelor’s degree required.
    • 3-5 years of supervisory or management experience in a catering / café or similar role.
    • 5 days a week in the office required.
    • Must have proficient computer skills and knowledge of firm software including email, time and attendance and departmental software applications.


  • Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, EMS or similar conference room reservation software.

How to Apply

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