IHG Director of Sales - InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois
THE JEWEL OF CHICAGO'S MAGNIFICENT MILE InterContinental Chicago is a lot like the city itself; historic but hip, refined but relaxed, cultured but comfortable. A member of Michigan Avenue's architectural elite since 1929, our hotel is within easy reach of Chicago's incomparable museums, stores, theatres and restaurants. Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium and Oak Street Beach are minutes away.
The InterContinental Hotel Group owns, operates and franchise more than 9,000 hotels, 120 million stays per year in nearly 100 countries. Our people lie at the heart of our business - and by bringing your expertise and passion to IHG; you will help us to achieve our goal of creating Great Hotels Guest Love.
The Career Opportunity: Director of Sales
Reporting to the Director of Sales and Marketing, the Director of Sales manages the group and contract transient rooms sales effort of the hotel. This includes securing new accounts, maintaining existing accounts, supervising activities of sales personnel and executing sales and marketing strategies to maximize the profitability of the hotel while maintaining customer satisfaction. Responsible for achievement of personal sales goals for assigned accounts.
Directs the day-to-day activities of hotel sales team
Providing leadership and motivation necessary to implement marketing plan and effective sales activities to maximize the generation of hotel sales/revenues
Develops and maintains relationships with key clients in order to produce group and/or convention business, to include room sales, food & beverage sales, and catering/banquet services
Collaborates in the development of and manages the sales departmental travel, trade show and entertainment budget
Monitors sales activities/performance to ensure actual sales meet or exceed established revenue plan and accurately report variances/projections to management
Directs the scheduling of conventions and business group activities at the hotel
Coordinates with other hotel-level departments to facilitate services agreed upon by the sales office and prospective clients
Develops hotel-level tactical sales plans to support overall system-wide sales plans/strategies and programs
Develops and maintains good relationships with officials and representatives of local community groups and companies
Attends out-of-town conventions to generate convention and group business
Collaborates with the Director of Sales & Marketing in the development and update of the hotel-level business plan to include input on sales goals and plans that support the overall business and sales strategies of the company
Participates in hiring, training, and providing career development for all group and transient contract sales personnel
Collaborates with Director of Sales and Marketing and conducts performance evaluations and provides feedback to employees
Serves as member of Management Team, acts as Manager on Duty (when required) and works with other management personnel to establish and implement hotel service standards to achieve maximum profitability and efficiency
At IHG we are committed to providing our employees with a safe, secure and healthy workplace. It is your responsibility to comply with all workplace health and safety requirements, including any department specific training regarding equipment and procedures
Perform other duties, tasks and special projects as assigned
4-year degree in Business, Marketing, Hospitality Management, or other related field
At least 5 years in a leadership sales position within the hotel industry
At least 3 years experience in a sales management position within a similar size, luxury brand hotel
Previous management experience over a group sales team strongly preferred
Must be able to travel to attend workshops, tradeshows, conventions, etc.
May be required to work nights, weekends, and/or holidays
Strong oral and written communication skills
Ability to motivate and manage others
Results Oriented and self-directed
Good organizational and planning skills
Strong interpersonal skills
Ability to influence and persuade
Strong problem solving skills
What's your passion? Whether you're into sports, shopping or karaoke, at IHG we're interested in YOU. At IHG we employ people who apply the same amount of care and passion to their jobs as they do their hobbies - people who put our guests at the heart of everything they do. And we're looking for more people like this to join our friendly and professional team.
What Do You Get?
In return we'll give you a competitive financial and benefits package which may include healthcare support, dental, vision, disability and life insurance support, and a matching 401k plan. Hotel discounts worldwide are available as well as access to a wide variety of discount programs and the chance to work with a great team of people. Most importantly, we'll give you the room to be yourself.
So what's your passion? Do you see yourself as a Director of Sales? Please get in touch and tell us how you could bring your individual skills to IHG.
IHG is an equal opportunity employer M/F/D/V
Job: Hotel General Management
Requisition ID: R143910