Salary: Negotiable + Allowances + Local & Global Benefits.

The Area Manager (AM) is responsible for leading a team responsible for the clients account management, strategy implementation, and planning within Sri Lanka. The AM is responsible for Sri Lankan market, including implementation of internal business initiatives, and improving process efficiencies in addition to developing and sustaining strong hotel partner relationships within the assigned area. This includes driving key activities that support our client’s revenue goals and strategic objectives. The core focus for this position is day to day management of a team within defined market by managing broader regional responsibilities and individually managing a small number of key accounts in the designated area.

Position Responsibilities

• Manage a team including Sales Managers, Market Managers, Associate Sales Managers, and Market Associates in Sri Lanka.

• Manage a small number of key accounts and local chains HQ relationships in Sri Lanka.

• Continuously coach and provide best practices and recommendations to direct reports; improve team productivity and effectiveness by systematically building the skills and capabilities of the team members.

• Contribute to cross functional client business initiatives; provide input to LPS central Biz Dev teams through initiation and planning stages to proactively anticipate market impact and shape up optimized roll out plans.

• Provide ongoing input to senior management in developing effective and scalable solutions to improve process efficiencies.

• Develop and sustain strong partner relationships by delivering superior consulting services through regular partner contact and delivering value added services.

• Develop & drive sound recommendations / action plans based on insights from data analysis to optimize hotels in the client market place and their lodging market overall.

• Represent client in the local market, build client’s company profile with key local influencers (e.g. tourism bureau, hotel association, etc.) and provide expertise to the local industry.

• Promote client’s full suite of products offerings and key initiatives to partners and educate them on the full use of our products and tools.

• Lead the execution of overall market business plans to meet or exceed KPI metrics (targets, goals and/or strategic objectives) set by LPS leadership.

• Effectively manage working relationships, team's productivity and morale despite internal or external pressures.

• Build and maintain a high quality team. (e.g., through on boarding, managed attrition, skills transfer, addressing and identifying skill gaps etc.)

• Continuously improve collaboration with other internal functions, within LPS (e.g. GSO) and across the company.

• Other reasonable duties, as assigned. 

Supervision to Be Exercised

• 7-9 direct reports. Sr. Market Managers, Market Managers, Associate Market Managers and or Market Associates.

Supervision to Be Received

Direct supervision from Director.

Required Skills & Experience

• 4-6 years’ experience and college/university or Master’s degree; degree in Hospitality, Tourism or Business Administration is a plus but not required.

• Minimum travel of X% will be required for market visits.

Drive for Results

• High impact personality: intellectual agility, entrepreneurship, empathy in relationship, team player.

• Hungry, ambitious, motivated, action-oriented, results-focused and metrics-driven.

• Organization and time management skills, rigor, attention to details.

• Proven follow-up/persistence when facing challenging situations.

• Ability to multi-task effectively; must be able to change gears quickly without skipping a beat.

Strategy Execution

• Integrates change processes with organizational business plan.

• Coaches team members in behaviours for personal effectiveness, results orientation.

Relationship Management

• Sincere relationship builder; earns the confidence of others;

• Bridges and sustains productive and long term internal and external partnerships based on mutual support through a collaborative style.

Solution Alignment

• Outstanding analytical and strategic thinking skills, including demonstrated general problem solving skills and an intense curiosity to identify trends and ensuing business needs.

• Appetite for innovative technology, fast-changing business environment, data-driven decision making.

• Demonstrates ability to prioritize work and be laser-focused on achieving a variety of KPIs (targets, goals and/or strategic objectives) set by LPS leadership team.

• Ability to select and present insightful dataset including performance, market and competitor analysis and to implement meaningful action plans based on the data.

Written & Spoken Communication, Listening and Influencing

• Proficiency in English. Other language skills may be required depending on the location of the position.

• Presents ideas and directives clearly and persuasively; actively listens when spoken/presented to • Ability to effectively communicate to various levels and through a variety of communication channels.

• Ability to identify the decision-making style of stakeholders in order to influence direction of decisions even when holding a position contrary to the majority.

Build & Maintain Teams

• Able to work independently as well as be a strong team player, always seeking to improve team and organizational performance.

• Demonstrated ability to motivate, coach and mentor a diverse and geographically fragmented team, effectively managing performance and mobilizing team and resources to achieve or exceed set goals.

• Demonstrated ability to lead cross-functional teams successfully in a fast-paced team environment.

If you are interested please forward your CV to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Call us on 0777 54 64 74 for more details.

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