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Director, Brand Food and Beverage Development, MEA

AE - Dubai
Date Posted:
21/11/16 22:30
Company Name:
Hilton Hotels and Resorts
We have a unique opportunity to join the EMEA Brand Food & Beverage Development team in the role of Director, Brand Food and Beverage Development, MEA. This role is responsible for developing high quality, profitable, contemporary restaurant concepts for the Full Service and Luxury Brands within a specified region. These concepts will be designed to exceed the guest expectation within our franchised and managed hotels, will enhance the value proposition for our brands, and appeal to the local dining clientele within the market.

What will I be doing?

Planning Activities 50%
* Prepare detailed restaurant concept "briefs" for review & distribution to the internal stakeholders, including; Technical Services, Design & Construction, Operations, and Brands.
* Develops strategies and directions for Brand Food & Beverage Development team, evaluating efforts to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the organization.
* Develops prototypical restaurant concepts for our brands, providing well defined, turnkey restaurant solutions for operators and owners.
* Develops property specific restaurant concepts for new & developing hotels.
* Develops restaurant concept product & service standards
* Evaluates and identifies business opportunities for new and additional concepts

Organising Activities 20%
* Works with key stakeholders within Hotel Operations, Technical Services, design and supply management to ensure all parties assist and support the restaurant concept & design process
* Ensures that continued communication and regular meetings with the F&B Operations team, Hotel Operations, and other internal stakeholders occur with regularity
* Ensures the continued communication and regular meetings with the brand F&B Directors/Senior Directors.
* Leads the grouping and assignment of tasks, while ensuring optimal allocation of resources.
* Streamlines business processes to maximize efficiency and effectiveness within the department.

Directing Activities 20%
* Provides direction and directives to the departmental team members in the performance of their duties, establishing work priorities and in achieving management objectives.
* Executes directives of organization's mission, goals and objectives and demonstrates through on-going and direct motivation, communication, group dynamics and leadership.
* Conducts effective management of third party partners.
* Identifies primary Restaurant Operators, and concept partners. Negotiates and monitors quality and cost of services.
* Manages effective partnerships with suppliers, designers, consultants, and concept partners

Controlling Activities 10%
* Oversees proper controls to ensure that all third party vendors and consultants deliver concepts & plans in a timely fashion.
* Translates organizational goals and objectives into performance standards for division, departments and individual positions.
* Assesses actual performance against standards to determine whether the department is on target to reach its goals and takes corrective actions as necessary.
* Ensures business plan and goals are being followed and achieved, providing feedback or revising the plan, if needed.
* Establishes and enforces policies and procedures that will improve the overall operation and effectiveness of the Company.
* Ensures return on invested capital and time resources.
* Reviews and makes appropriate adjustments in activities and expenses throughout the fiscal year to ensure optimal financial results.
Staffing Activities
* Ensures appropriate talent is identified in compliance with department staffing plan. Develops current talent to achieve greater strategic goals and performance.
* Determines staffing needs and oversee the recruiting, selecting, hiring, training and developing of departmental team members.
* Works with direct reports on goals to assist in accomplishing department initiatives, and their own career objectives.

In addition to performance of the essential functions, this position may be required to perform a combination of the following supportive functions, with the percentage of time performing each function to be solely determined by the supervisor based upon the particular requirements of the company.
* Assist in the conceptual development of tools and resources to assist hotel-level management in achieving established goals and culture.
* Develop programs that share best-demonstrated practices information on cost controls and analysis, as needed, in an effort to enhance hotel performance and profitability
* Serve as primary contact for hotel owners and general managers relative to Food & Beverage concepts, designs, menu planning, and development.
* Any and all other job duties as assigned.

What are we looking for?
* Ability to direct collaborative efforts of direct reports and possibly other resources throughout the Hilton organization, possibly including internal resources, external resources and other constituent groups as appropriate with aim of furthering Company goals.
* Excellent presentation and public speaking skills, as well as excellent written communication skills.
* Ability to analyse departmental financial data as required in order to make strategic and tactical decisions.
* Ability to manage change, resolve conflicts and ensure collaboration within teams and/or units; includes maintaining the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity.
* Absolute discretion and confidentiality regarding sensitive information.
* Ability to take initiative to identify, prioritize and implement all elements required for team to fulfill responsibilities in keeping with core strategic goals.
* Strong problem solving skills, including ability to effectively address any issue in collaboration with others as appropriate; ability to proactively identify and prevent potential problems; ability to develop problem solving skills among direct reports and other team members as appropriate.
* Ability to evaluate and identify opportunities from a strategic perspective, including ability to develop, prioritize and implement plans to meet organization's core strategic goals
* Ability to assimilate new concepts and practices into position and the department and provide effective training to subordinates for on-the-job training, policies and procedures, departmental training topics and professional development
* Budget development and management skills, including the ability to track expenses against commitments, set priorities for funding, and develop annual budgets.
* Knowledge of business mathematics, including ability to calculate percentage changes and averages/weighted averages; working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, including ability to understand/manipulate basic spreadsheets.
* Ability to work independently and manage the independent work of other team members as appropriate; includes the ability to recognize need for involvement of other teams/peers and capability to effectively facilitate that collaboration.

Required Qualifications / Experience
* College degree or significant work experience in lieu thereof
* Significant experience in Restaurants or F&B, including management experience
* Ability to travel as required

Preferred Qualifications / Experience
* Advanced degree preferred
* Significant hospitality industry experience is preferred, with a mix of experience in food & beverage roles

* In-depth knowledge of restaurant concepts, restaurant design, and menu planning.

Hilton World Wide Inc. is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.

Job Categories
F&B - Food & Beverage
Hilton - Regional Office - Dubai
Entry Level Position