Catering Planner

Panda Express Ontario , CA 91761

Posted 3 months ago

At Panda, we all share a common mission: "Deliver exceptional Asian dining experiences by building an organization where people are inspired to better their lives." We invest in our people because great people run great operations that will exceed our guests' expectations. Talk to any of our associates and you will experience a culture dedicated to its mission and our five fundamental values- Proactive, Respect/Win-Win, Growth, Great Operations, and Giving.

Panda Restaurant Group includes the original Panda Inn fine dining restaurants, Panda Express, our Gourmet Chinese food concept served in a fast casual environment, and Hibachi San, our Japanese grill concept. The family owned and operated company is still run by founders Andrew and Peggy Cherng.

Panda offers competitive benefits and rewarding opportunities, from entry-level positions to management. We have restaurant positions available nationwide and support center positions in Rosemead, CA. Come join the nation's largest and fastest growing Asian restaurant company.

Summary of Job Scope and Expectations:

The Catering Coordinator position is responsible for the entire Panda Inn catering process, from lead generation to successful completion of catering events. This position is responsible for meeting/exceeding sales goals for Panda Inn catering. This job also coordinates all aspects of catering event set-up and planning. The Catering Coordinator will oversee all catering events on site to ensure the event goes according to plan and the client is satisfied. This position also conducts follow up with clients to confirm services meet and exceed their expectations.

Essential functions:


  • Assist the Catering Manager to develop a catering sales and business strategy for Panda Inns.

  • Responsible for meeting/exceeding sales goals by establishing contacts with local organizations and individual clients through current relationships and cold calls. Calls on new and existing clients and makes effective presentations to gain and retain their catering business.

  • Coordinates with Operations leaders on pricing of catering services.

  • Coordinates all aspects of event set-up and planning, including menu and food tasting, rental arrangements, and any other services required to achieve high quality service delivery.

  • Oversees catered events on site to ensure everything goes according to plan and the client is satisfied. Maintains a flexible schedule, including nights, weekends, and holidays, to attend all scheduled events.

  • Conducts follow up with clients to confirm services meet and exceed their expectations.

  • Responsible for maintaining accurate catering paperwork and updated customer files. Provides timely, accurate, and complete reports on sales activities, event expenses, and other required information.


Associate's degree preferred

Minimum one year experience in sales, catering, or food service required

Panda Restaurant Group's culture is strongly guided by our Mission and Values, highlighted on the Panda websites. We recommend all interested candidates become familiar with our Mission and Values, as well as the principles of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey.

Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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