Meeting Manager

Company Name:
American Express
## Description
Functions as the primary client liaison and lead for assigned Meetings & Events programs.
Negotiates critical meeting program components based on knowledge of client requirements from initial request through contract completion and turnover and final bill reconciliation; this includes recommending supplier and destinations options and solutions.
Proactively negotiates prices and contracts, creates reasonable preliminary budgets, then reconciles final bill and facilitates vendor payments.
Communicates with Procurement Team and suppliers on a timely basis, information relative to travel program operations.
Follows standard operating procedures for all sourcing activity.
Negotiates and contracts between 100 - 200 programs primarily in the Washington, DC area, however, the scope of this position may grow both domestically and internationally.
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## Qualifications
Minimum of five years experience in project, event or meeting management, at least two of which are in procurement
Experiences in hotel buying required, proven negotiation skills.
Experience with driving client adoption a plus.
Knowledge of Washington, DC, hotels and domestic destinations required, international a plus.
Knowledge of travel supplier operations, overall capabilities/range of services.
Program management system experience preferred, especially with an online sourcing tool. Understanding of and ability to affect win/win solutions.
Operations experience in hospitality industry or equivalent a plus.
Prior successful experience in developing and maintaining key client and supplier relationships.
Prior experience in effectively handle multiple projects/demands.
Strong knowledge of program/event management and budget maintenance.
Proven aptitude for technology and/or software solutions and analytical skills required.
Ability to travel by airplane, boat, rail and/or car.
Educational requirement : College degree preferred
Preferred Additional : CMP designation a plus
Consideration may be given to someone who has extensive DC knowledge and is easily accessible to the area.
American Express is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other status protected by law.

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Job: Operations
Primary Location: United States
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: May 28, 2014, 10:20:24 AM
Req ID: 14005339

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