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  1. Full-Time
  2. Permanent
  3. MERCURE
  4. Sales & Marketing

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Mercure Birmingham West Hotel, Birmingham, GB

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REF26219P

Group, Conference and Events Sales Manager

Region

Europe and North Africa



Company Description

"Why work for Accor?
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By joining Accor, every chapter of your story is yours to write and together we can imagine tomorrow's hospitality. Discover the life that awaits you at Accor, visit https://careers.accor.com/
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Job Description

Position Overview

The Groups, Conference and Events Sales Manager (GC&E Manager) is responsible for driving Groups & MICE sales and the delivery of a client focused service that results in the achievement of business revenue objectives.

This will be achieved through the provision of a well-organized and responsive booking service alongside proactive sales initiatives, the delivery of the product offer, the development of customer relationships and offering a personalized and tailored event management service.

The GC&E Manager will also manage the daily operation of Event Planning to achieve or exceed budget expectations.  Monitors wages and expenses and makes ongoing adjustments as needed to achieve goals.  Ensures accuracy of Forecast and Pace reports and works to provide excellent critiques for financial expenditure and departmental performance on a monthly basis

The GC&E Manager will assist the GM & SM to energise and drive the team with closing days, demand generation weeks and other sales initiatives. There will be a focus on driving standards across the team which includes but not limited to; BEOs quality, maintaining & evolving E-proposals/proposals, data tracking (promotions & cross sells) and financials - post masters (PM’s), deposits payments & schedules and monthly hotel credit meetings.  They will provide excellent customer service during every element of the event or group enquiry process; taking the initial enquiry, negotiating rates, contracting and pre –event, during event and post event planning.

They will need to be dynamic and have good attention to detail coupled with strong selling, negotiation & organisational skills. Good communication skills are required to coordinate with relevant hotel departments as well as the customer to ensure a seamless and consistent high level of service throughout the sales & event cycle. They will recognise opportunities to maximize revenue through upselling, conversion, and drive repeat business.

Main responsibilities

  • Oversees the Event Planning function and related staff to ensure the planning and delivery of successful hotel events
  • Develop a flexible sales strategy to reflect the achievement of hotel budget commitment and which responds to local market conditions
  • Ensures products and or services provided by Event Planning meet or exceed guest expectations and builds customer loyalty through product and or service excellence
  • Take a proactive sales approach and in line with strategy, adapt sales solutions to meet client needs and expectations
  • Ensure online meeting partner websites are regularly updated and managed including photos, descriptions, and promotions
  • Competitor analysis to be completed and recorded on a regular basis including: Promotions, pricing, availability, test calls and conference boards
  • Ensure efficient management of enquiries, turn down and lost business to create future pipeline and repeat business
  • Manages the daily operation of Event Planning to achieve or exceed budget expectations.  Monitors wages and expenses and makes ongoing adjustments as needed to achieve goals.  Ensures accuracy of Forecast and Pace reports and works to provide excellent critiques for financial expenditure and departmental performance on a monthly basis
  • Manages the daily operation of Event Planning to achieve or exceed budget expectations.  Monitors wages and expenses and makes ongoing adjustments as needed to achieve goals.  Ensures accuracy of Forecast and Pace reports and works to provide excellent critiques for financial expenditure and departmental performance on a monthly basis
  • Carry out local research of potential new local business.  Maintain records and ensure appropriate follow up with your GM, RSM, and the Accor MICE sales team
  • To develop relationships with local clients, direct bookers and agency bookers to ensure a strong base of new and regular repeat business and to ensure confidence in the hotel and booking process
  • Accurately identify customer needs, draw up well presented and customised proposals in line with brand policies and standards of presentation
  • Promote, manage, and host a regular program of client FAM trips and show rounds
  • To be a key contact for the head office MICE sales team – ensuring enquiries and RFP’s received are replied to in a timely manner
  • Ensure all deadlines are met for all annual MICE RFP requests. Involve GM / SM in all potential high volume requests to provide the best possible rates in the market place
  • Pro-actively manage BOB against Budgeted target and identify need periods and undertake comprehensive program of sales activity to secure new and ad hoc business minimizing the impact of low activity periods
  • To set monitor and review personnel objectives of your team
  • Supervise the billing – Payment guarantees, Credit Policy and Deposits

 

 


Qualifications

Your experience and skills include:
Relevant sales experience is an asset
Ability to focus attention on guest needs, remaining calm and courteous at all times
Highly responsible & reliable
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal required
Strong interpersonal and problem solving abilities


Additional Information

Our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:

We are an inclusive company and our ambition is to attract, recruit and promote diverse talent, creating an environment where everyone feels they belong.

Diversity & Inclusion for Accor means welcoming each and everyone and respecting their differences by giving priority only to qualities and skills in extending employment and development opportunities. Our ambition is to provide meaningful employment, a warm and welcoming culture, excellent working conditions and to promote the development of all people, including those with disabilities.
When applying, do not hesitate to let us know of any specific needs you may have so that we can take them into consideration.

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