Mika Hotels - Location: Lusaka, Lusaka Province, Zambia, Lusaka
To be responsible for the day-to-day management of a Hotel, its staff and also pay attention to the details, setting the example for staff to deliver a standard of service and presentation that meets guest’s needs and expectations with a key aim of customers.
Responsibilities and Duties
- Be readily available/approachable for all guests
- Ensure that departments achieve or exceed guest’s expectations.
- Take proactive approaches when dealing with guest concerns.
- Extend professionalism and courtesy to guests at all times.
- Ensure delivery of excellent customer service at all times, ensuring guests’ comfort and safety;
- Ensure customer complaints and comments are handled and resolved timely and professionally;
- Be responsible for evacuation in case of emergency, acting as first point of contact for the team, guests and the emergency services;
- Recognize good team performance on a continuous basis through reward and recognition programme.
- Assist team leaders in meeting and exceeding company’s goal.
- Perform periodic staff appraisals by liaising with the Office of the Human Resources to ensure availability of productive and motivated staff;
- Ensure all important meetings are held regularly in line with annual time management;
- Conduct monthly reward and recognition meeting celebrating goal and associate achievements.
- Promote empowerment by recognizing team members that make decision.
- Develop cross-training program as applicable.
- Assist subordinate to understand the Group Goal and make new plan to expend the company.
- Call meeting on monthly basis for review.
- Complete skill matrix for subordinates to encourage for team leadership learning.
- Conduct one-on-ones meetings with HR.
- Provide relevant service training on quarterly basis to enhance the standards of the hotel.
- Ensure orientation take place from Human Resources Department for all the employees on timely basis.
- Achieve budgeted revenue and profit goals, balancing cost with guest satisfactions.
- Comply with all corporate accounting procedures.
- Maximize revenue through the Yield Management and inventory control systems.
- Develop annual budget and capital expenditure plans from each department.
- Aggressively minimize accident, workmen’s compensation, and unemployment claims and resulting costs.
- Utilize budgets to teach assistants and supervisors to understand financial objectives. Balancing costs with associates/guests satisfaction.
- Develop and communicate selling strategies, utilizing inventory control, reports and other forecasting tools.
- Weekly reviews with Sales & Marketing.
- Be accountable for all relevant product delivery and stock management (mainly food staff, laundry, cleaning material and bedroom supplies ) including setting stock levels, checking, counting, storage, reconciliation and loos investigation;
Sales & Marketing:
- Implement and encourage hotel participation in corporate national sales and marketing programs.
- Ensure effective promotion and business marketing in liaison with the Marketing Manager;
- Communicate competitive market conditions to team supervisors and Marketing Manager.
- Review the inventory controls for room night and business distributions.
- Continually solicit new business for the hotel.
- Monitor group block and direct bill processes.
- Networking during breakfast and social hours to assist sales in uncovering new business leads.
- Ensure that all Guest Care associates understand hotel selling strategies.
- Stay current on local market conditions.
- Assist the hotel sales team with preparing the annual revenue budget and annual marketing plan.
- Maintain rapport with competitor hotel, lead sources, clients, and local community.
- Manager sales departments to perform correctly.
- Review period end reports which obtain from Sales & Marketing Manager.
- Perform hands-on duties as needed to deliver guest services.
- Provide a safe working environment in compliance with all the staff.
- Responsible for accident prevention programs.
- Audit to ensure guest rooms, public spaces, grounds, work and kitchen areas meet sanitation and cleanliness standards.
- Coordinate preventive maintenance and general clean program so that guest satisfaction goals are attained.
- Analyze and implement actions using the Systems for Management indicators on a daily/weekly basis.
- Attend all regional training seminars as outlined in key success factors.
- Coordinate suite care programs. Identifying trends and making recommendations for improvements.
- Audit a minimum of 15 rooms on weekly basis and guide House Keeping Manager to resolve the concerns.
- Ensure cross training for all associates if required
- Ensure property hiring practices comply and make requirements via Human Resources Department;
- Interview and select potential new hires utilizing Human Resources Department;
- Promote both Guarantee of fair treatment and open door policies;
- Complete all daily administration tasks as required and ensure availability of reports/ statistics for business analysis and decision making;
- Use constructive coaching and counselling when addressing associates concerns.
- Maintain current licenses and permits as prescribed by local, state and federal agencies.
- Have working knowledge of all corporate brands manuals.
- Scheduling of management team includes coverage of weekend and evening hours.
- Pursue additional personal development.
- With input from the team supervisors, conduct reviews in a timely fashion.
- Help to develop and manage skill/talent by acting as mentor;
- Ensure employees understand policies, like pay procedure, bonus plans and benefits.
Of your time,
20% should be spent in participating on;
- Direct hotel enquiries. With this conversion is expected to increase.
- Online bookings.
- Digital marketing.
50% should be spent on managing the hotel according to expected standards. i.e.
- Maintaining good sanitary conditions and cleanliness.
- Constant check and ensure proper maintenance of the hotel
- Systems management.
15% should be dedicated to cost reduction
- Constantly monitoring and keeping within acceptable standard the Food cost, manpower costs, administrative cost and other cost.
15% should be towards improving the service standards and customer care through but not limited to;
- Ensuring trainings are undertaken
- Regular feedback from the guest
- Ensuring standard of service delivery is maintained.
QUALIFICATIONS AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES
Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Management or any equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to perform job duties may be considered. A master’s Degree would be an added advantage.
- Must have a minimum of 5 years work experience in the same capacity, with a minimum of (10) ten years work experience in the Hospitality Industry will be an added advantage
- Sufficient experience in preopening of a hotel(s) would be an advantage
- Must understand both local and international hotel marketing
- Creative, self motivated, proactive and confident
- Creative and able to be innovative
- Experience in managing a diverse team
- Sufficient Knowledge in Environmental, Occupational Health and Safety and Food safety
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
Female candidates are also encouraged to apply – local and non- Zambian Citizens too.
Age: Above 35 years