Westmont Hospitality Group was founded in 1975. What started with a single hotel in North America, has grown to become one of the largest privately-held hospitality organizations in the world.
Throughout the years, Westmont has had an ownership interest in and operated over 1,100 hotels. Currently this stands at over 400 hotels across three continents. Westmont has formed strategic alliances with many of the world's largest hotel brands. These include Marriott, Hilton, Fairmont, InterContinental Hotels Group, Accor, Starwood, Wyndham, Choice Hotels, Radisson and Best Western. Westmont has a very diversified portfolio ranging from budget and aparthotels to mid-market business and large conference hotels to boutique hotels and luxury resorts.
Our team members are our most valued resource. Their expertise is what drives our future success.
If you are skilled in the hospitality industry and seek a stimulating workplace that fosters creativity, teamwork and personal development, contact us today. We reward our employees with the benefits and opportunities you'd expect from an industry leader.
This description is a summary of primary responsibilities and qualifications. The job description is not intended to include all duties or qualifications that may be required now or in the future. The Hotel operates 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, so operational demands require variations in shift days, starting times, and hours worked in a week.
Completes Group Sales components of Marketing Plans (updated quarterly) including strategic action plans for all relevant market segments, booking channels and revenue streams.
Sets Group Sales & Marketing goals and objectives, utilizing goal setting models and market knowledge to ensure the Sales Managers are effectively deployed to maximize productivity and revenue opportunities for the hotels.
Establishes group booking guidelines based on historical data and forecasts to maximize revenue per group room night.
Prepares and presents Group information for property reviews with owner representatives and corporate executives.
Reviews production and pace reports and reforecasts 30/60/90-Day Budget with Director of Revenue Management.
Administers Group Sales Department expenses.
Leads Tentative Meetings and develops action plans to improve booking pace and productivity.
Evaluates new and incremental business opportunities/promotions to maximize revenue for the hotels.
Completes Group Sales Activity Critiques (weekly/monthly/quarterly) with information that explains the Group Sales productivity, provides insights into opportunities and threats, and updates the stakeholders with market news.
Conducts disciplinary action as required.
Completes Catering Sales Activity Critiques (weekly/monthly/quarterly) with information that explains the productivity, provides insights into opportunities and threats, and updates the stakeholders with market news.
Ensures a high level of customer satisfaction and builds long terms mutually beneficial customer relationships to support future revenue growth.
Coordinates and communicates verbally and in writing with customer (internal and external) regarding event details. Follows up with customer post-event.
Makes presence known to customer at all times during this process, regardless of which hotel they sit at.Greets customer during the event phase and hands-off to the Convention Services department for the execution of details. Is available to solve problems and/or suggest alternatives to previous arrangements.
Displays leadership in guest hospitality and ensures consistent, high level service throughout all phases of hotel events.Ensures products and services sold to the Event Planners meet or exceed their expectations, create loyalty and leads to increased market share.
Sets a positive example for guest relations.
Interacts with guests to obtain feedback on product quality and service levels.Effectively responds to and handles guest problems and complaints.
Reviews Guest Service Results with leaders.Participates in the development and implementation of corrective action plans.
Emphasizes guest satisfaction during all departmental meetings and focuses on continuous improvement.
Utilizes ISAC or other hotel system to capture and manage customer information on a daily basis.
…applies broad business knowledge and balances both a short- and long-term perspective to generate strategies while leading the organization to achieve them.
Demonstrates commitment to Westmont Hospitality operating principles and philosophies.
Holds self and others accountable for achieving results.
Addresses conflict in a timely manner.
Contributes to team results.
Deals with change effectively.
Makes decisions, including employees/team and commits to a course of action with available information.
…eliminates insular thinking by fostering a positive climate for work relationships and teams committed to achieving organizational goals and initiatives.
Conducts one on one meeting with Group Sales Managers to ensure their ongoing development.
Manages relationships and lead processes for the NSOs, and CVB; communicates hotels information, staffing changes, and ensure prompt and thorough response to inquiries.
Promotes and tracks lead referrals from NSOs, and Scout leads.
Administers Group Sales incentive programs and sales contests.
Administers Group Sales Smart Goals.
Uses opportunities to promote individual and team successes.
Always applies the principles of trust, honesty, respect, integrity and commitment.
Ensures weekly Group Sales meetings occur.
Managing Work Execution
…proactively ensures that others have the accountability, authority and resources necessary to both manage work execution and drive for results.
Consistently meets/exceeds personal room night and revenue production goals.
Approves Group bookings to ensure Sales Managers are maximizing revenue opportunities without displacing transient business.
Administers Delphi Rate guidelines and “Need Dates”.
Approves Catering space releases in accordance with the stated policies.
Administers Lost Business Reports and Reader board Surveys.
Develops strategic action plans and establishes “Measuring Sticks” with each Group Sales Managers.
Reviews Group Sales attrition, cancellation charges, and adjustments.
Submits Group Sales incentive program results.
Completes ROIs on new projects/ expenditures not forecasted.
Manages completion of new projects as they arise.
Audits Delphi and creates follow-up action plans as needed.
….Proactively identifies and develops talent within the organization
Hires the best people available from inside and outside Hilton Hotels. Hires for talent, diversity and balance of skills. Supports interviewing tools to ensure hiring decisions are based on the candidate’s job-related talent, skills and competencies.Maintains succession planning.
Develops, implements and maintains departmental orientation and training certification programs for employees to receive the appropriate new hire training to successfully perform their job.
Generating Talent, cont.
Uses all available on the job training tools for employees; implements and manages training initiatives and conducts training when appropriate; ensures self and direct reports have completed appropriate training classes.
Manages employee progressive discipline procedures for areas of responsibility.Ensures each hotel’s policies are administered fairly and consistently.Ensures disciplinary procedures and documentation are completed according to Standard and Local Operating Procedures.
Ensures regular on-going communication is happening in all areas of responsibility to create awareness of business objectives and communicate expectations, recognize performance and produce desired business results. Establishes and maintains open, collaborative relationships with employees and ensures employees do the same within the team.
Actively solicits feedback, utilizes an “open door” policy and reviews employee satisfaction results to identify and address employee problems and concerns.Ensures employees are treated fairly and equitably.Constantly strives to improve employee retention.Brings issues to the attention of General Manager and Human Resources as necessary.
Celebrates successes and publicly recognizes the contributions of team members; ensures recognition is taking place across areas of responsibility.Maintains an on-going employee recognition program.
5+ years of sales experience in the hospitality industry
Proven track record of a consistent ability to exceed sales goals
Previous sales leadership experience preferred
Knowledge and Skills
Excellent verbal and written English communication skills
Ability to travel on sales trips out of town for multiple nights as event schedule and business opportunities dictate
Computer literate in MS Word,Excel and PowerPoint
Computer literate with Delphi preferred
Aggressive negotiating skills and creative selling abilities to close on business with a high conversion ratio
Must be able to “knock on doors” to get the business
Knows how to conduct research on the Internet
Weekly prospecting and soliciting goals
Uncovering new customers (local and social)
Effective sales skills to up-sell products and services
Knowledge of menu planning, food presentation, banquet and event service operations
Ability to manage guest room and meeting space inventories
Broad understanding of facility management (sanitation, maintenance, operations)
Strong customer development and relationship management skills
Knowledge of overall hotel operations as they affect department.
Knowledge of event technology products and services
Knowledge of contract management and legalities
Financial management skills, e.g., ability to understand P&L statements, manage operating budgets, forecasting and scheduling
Strong communication skills (verbal, listening , writing)
Strong problem-solving skills
Strong customer and associate relations skills
Strong presentation and platform skills
Strong organizational skills
Strong “closing skills”
Strong ‘persuasion” skills
Ability to use standard software applications and hotel system
Effective decision making skills
Effective influence skills
Frequent walking, standing, sitting, hearing, talking, smiling. Lifting, pushing and pulling of objects weighing up to ten (10) pounds.