General Manager - Renaissance Blackstone Hotel
Sage Hospitality Resources - Chicago, IL

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Job Description:
Discover The Blackstone Renaissance, a downtown Chicago luxury hotel near Grant Park. This downtown Chicago hotel has been a favorite of movie stars, sports legends, royalty and presidents since 1910. Thoughtfully restored to its original grandeur, this Michigan Avenue hotel features French Beaux-Arts architecture and over 1,400 contemporary works by local artists. The Blackstone boasts stunning guest rooms and suites, while Mercat a la Planxa serves modern Catalan cuisine in a unique Mediterranean setting. Host unforgettable affairs inside the magnificent Crystal Ballroom and marvel at 11,396 square feet of lavish meeting space. Located just steps from Chicago's major attractions including McCormick Place, Grant Park, Soldier Field, Art Institute of Chicago, Field Museum, Millennium Park, Navy Pier and Shedd Aquarium. Welcome to The Legendary Blackstone Renaissance.

Excellent opportunity for a General Manager to join the team at the Blackstone. Ideal candidate will have a strong background in an Urban Premier Lifestyle or Boutique Hotel. General Manager will have a strong focus in Sales/Marketing, and be very passionate and connect well and work closely with all property associates.

GENERAL PURPOSE

Overall management responsibility for the operation of the hotel including profitability, guest service, product quality, and overall cleanliness and maintenance of the hotel property. Operation of the hotel will be within the framework of approved annual budget, annual marketing plan, annual capital expenditure plan, annual wage plan, and always within the framework of all Company policies and procedures.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

Executive Committee

Lead the Executive Committee utilizing a participative style: be readily available and effectively communicate with each member, coordinate the operation of each individual's department and special projects, and assist in identifying problems and solutions. Guide the committee in dealing with the hotel's problems and opportunities in order to best serve the financial interests of the property.

Operating Budget

Development of annual operating budget which will serve as an operating plan and define required levels of achievement. Assure achievement of annual budget in revenues, costs and profits through accounting diligence and expenditure controls and proficient accounting practices.

Departmental Objectives

Set written priorities and key objectives for each department head quarterly including action plan and completion date. Follow up to assure successful implementation and follow-through and take corrective action in the event of failure to meet assigned objectives.

Forecasting

Monthly forecasting of operating staff and cost expenditures. Business planning in line with forecasted sales and costs including guidance to department heads.

P & L Statement Critique

Monthly review of financial statement in order to correct problems, assure spending is in line and to plan for future business. Review and approve all expenses in "other expense" categories in all departments. Regularly review all major expenses to assure that monies are wisely expended.

Staff Relations

Develop a high level of esprit de corps and loyalty to the hotel and to the company in order to reduce turnover and increase employee morale. Communicate, counsel and assist in staff development. Be visible and available to all hourly personnel in accordance with the Company's open door policy. Attend monthly department employee meetings whenever possible.

Staff Evaluation

Conduct performance appraisal and personal development plans for management staff. Identify substandard performance of individual managers and outline improvement action, including taking corrective or disciplinary measures.

Staff Hiring

Assure level of experience, knowledge and ability to meet job requirements of all hotel management.

Cost Controls

Review controls and assure adherence at all times in order to protect the hotel's property/assets.

Wage and Salary Administration

Review all wage and salary increases assuring compliance with wage scales and compensation philosophies as outlined in the Company's management manuals.

Future Business

Quarterly review of future bookings of room nights and banquet sales, early identification of weak periods, implementing yield management practices.

Pricing

Quarterly review of pricing including review of cost increases and competitive pricing in room rates, restaurant, lounge and banquet areas. Assure recommendation and implementation of price increases on a timely basis.

Inspection

Regular personal inspection of guest rooms, public areas, back of house, banquet function set-ups. Assure that written lists are developed of corrective actions required for implementation by housekeeping, maintenance and operating departments.

Guest Service

Through leadership and example, establish a friendly, courteous, service-oriented approach to guests that is exhibited by all hotel employees. Establish and implement guest service standards for all departments, periodically review, identify problems and corrective actions.

Property Maintenance

Assure that an on-going program is followed in regular repair and upkeep of the facility, landscape and equipment by developing and implementing a preventive maintenance program.

Marketing Plan

Development of annual sales and marketing plan. Monitor implementation of marketing plan action steps.

Sales Management

Regular review of sales solicitation activities, room nights productivity and group room rates sold by the sales department. Regularly review individual productivity taking corrective action and guiding as needed. Evaluate market mix and take action in order to best position the hotel for increased business. Involvement in sales solicitation of key accounts by reviewing contracts, meeting with sales department, visit key account contacts in person and by phone.

Food and Beverage Promotion

Monitor the success of F&B promotion programs. Take corrective actions as required. Monitor sales levels in order to take steps to reverse negative sales trends.

Credit

Maintain credit policies at Front Office, Sales and Catering. Attend credit meetings and assist in developing action plans, supervise collections of major accounts, review of aging reports and approval of write-offs.

Front Office Management

Regular review of Front Office results in order to maximize room revenue. Identify problem areas and initiate solutions.

Community Relations

Represent the hotel within the local community, positioning the hotel as a good corporate citizen that is involved and supportive of community affairs.

Policies and Procedures

Assure that all Company policies and procedures are fully implemented throughout the hotel.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS

Must have advanced knowledge in the following areas:
hotel accounting principles
food and beverage operation, catering
hotel maintenance and repair
hotel housekeeping and general cleaning
personnel management
sales and marketing for rooms, food and beverage
front office procedures
yield management
hotel safety and security

Post high-school coursework in hotel administration/hospitality industry acquired through accredited college or business school, seminar and workshop attendance preferred

Previous experience as General Manager or Assistant General Manager at a similar size and type of
hotel, previous experience as Department Head at same facility.

Sage Hospitality Resources is one of the nation's leading hotel management and development companies, specializing in management and development of full service and limited service hotels nationwide. We are recognized as an innovative leader in the industry as an operator, employer, developer, and investor. In every business activity, Sage is focused on its vision - "To be recognized by our customers as the best in our business."

We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace, perform pre-employment substance abuse testing and criminal background screening.

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