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Director of Sales & Marketing - Westdrift Autograph Collection

$115,000 - $140,000 a year

Job Description


Director of Sales & Marketing

Welcome to the quintessential California Dreamscape. Manhattan Beach was built on big ideas and Westdrift is no exception.

Located 3 miles from Los Angeles International Airport and 2 miles from the Pacific, Westdrift is a boutique hideaway with 393 rooms, that is as fun as it is relaxing.

Enjoy room to stay and play across 26 acres of serene private grounds including the rolling greens of a 9-hole, par 3 golf, flowing, lobby open floor plan gives way to the indoor-outdoor Jute Coastal Bar and Kitchen, features bi-coastal inspired cuisine and impressive cocktails.

Our 30,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, Westdrift is a mash-up California cool with East Coast refinement. Art, culture and style come together to deliver sophistication with an informal, easy-going spirit.

We are currently looking for an energetic Director of Sales & Marketing to join our company.

Salary: $115,000 - $140,00 a year


Lead the strategic planning and execution of the Sales Department’s goals and objectives. Utilize prospecting skills and strong business sense to

Consistently exceed room night and revenue goals. Recruit, deploy, motivate, support and grow a team of Sales Managers to do the same. Develop

and work within the stated budgets. Report and critique all Group Sales activities to the General Manager. Enliven the Westmont Standards within

the Department and the hotel. Support all Corporate and hotel initiatives as needed.


This description is a summary of primary responsibilities and qualifications. The job description is not intended to include all duties or qualifications that may be required now or in the future. The Hotel operates 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, so operational demands require variations in shift days, starting times, and hours worked in a week.

Business Results

  • Completes Group Sales components of Marketing Plans (updated quarterly) including strategic action plans for all relevant market segments, booking channels and revenue streams.
  • Sets Group Sales & Marketing goals and objectives, utilizing goal setting models and market knowledge to ensure the Sales Managers are effectively deployed to maximize productivity and revenue opportunities for the hotels.
  • Establishes group booking guidelines based on historical data and forecasts to maximize revenue per group room night.
  • Prepares and presents Group information for property reviews with owner representatives and corporate executives.
  • Reviews production and pace reports and develops the Group and Catering Rolling forecasts & Budget with Director of Revenue Management.
  • Administers Group Sales Department expenses.
  • Leads Sales Meetings and develops action plans to improve booking pace and productivity.
  • Evaluates new and incremental business opportunities/promotions to maximize revenue for the hotels.
  • Completes Group Sales Activity Critiques (weekly/monthly/quarterly) with information that explains the Group Sales productivity, provides insights into opportunities and threats, and updates the stakeholders with market news.
  • Conducts disciplinary action as required.
  • Completes Catering Sales Activity Critiques (weekly/monthly/quarterly) with information that explains the productivity, provides insights into opportunities and threats, and updates the stakeholders with market news.

Guest Satisfaction

  • Ensures a high level of customer satisfaction and builds long terms mutually beneficial customer relationships to support future revenue growth.
  • Coordinates and communicates verbally and in writing with customer (internal and external) regarding event details. Follows up with customer post-event.
  • Makes presence known to customer at all times during this process. Greets customer during the event phase and hands-off to the Convention Services department for the execution of details. Is available to solve problems and/or suggest alternatives to previous arrangements.
  • Displays leadership in guest hospitality and ensures consistent, high level service throughout all phases of hotel events. Ensures products and services sold to the Event Planners meet or exceed their expectations, create loyalty and leads to increased market share.
  • Sets a positive example for guest relations.
  • Interacts with guests to obtain feedback on product quality and service levels. Effectively responds to and handles guest problems and complaints.
  • Reviews Guest Service Results with leaders. Participates in the development and implementation of corrective action plans.
  • Emphasizes guest satisfaction during all departmental meetings and focuses on continuous improvement.
  • Utilizes Sales and Catering system(s) and other hotel systems to capture and manage customer information on a daily basis.


…applies broad business knowledge and balances both a short- and long-term perspective to generate strategies while leading the organization to achieve them.

  • Demonstrates commitment to Westmont Hospitality operating principles and philosophies.
  • Holds self and others accountable for achieving results.
  • Addresses conflict in a timely manner.
  • Contributes to team results.
  • Deals with change effectively.
  • Makes decisions, including employees/team and commits to a course of action with available information.

Building Relationships

…eliminates insular thinking by fostering a positive climate for work relationships and teams committed to achieving organizational goals and initiatives.

  • Conducts one on one meetings with Sales & Catering Associates to ensure their ongoing development.
  • Manages relationships and lead processes for the NSOs, and CVB; communicates hotels information, staffing changes, and ensure prompt and thorough response to inquiries.
  • Promotes and tracks lead referrals from all lead sources.
  • Administers incentive programs, Goals and monitors progress toward goal achievement.
  • Uses opportunities to promote individual and team successes.
  • Always applies the principles of trust, honesty, respect, integrity and commitment.
  • Conducts morning stand up meeting.
  • Ensures weekly Group Sales meetings occur.

Managing Work Execution

…proactively ensures that others have the accountability, authority and resources necessary to both manage work execution and drive for results.

  • Consistently meets/exceeds personal room night and revenue production goals.
  • Approves Group bookings to ensure Sales Managers are maximizing revenue opportunities without displacing transient business.
  • Administers Rate guidelines and “Need Dates”.
  • Approves Catering space releases in accordance with the stated policies.
  • Administers Lost Business Reports and Reader board Surveys.
  • Develops strategic action plans and establishes “Measuring Sticks” with each Sales Managers.
  • Reviews Group Sales attrition, cancellation charges, and adjustments.
  • Submits Group Sales incentive program results.
  • Completes ROIs on new projects/ expenditures not forecasted.
  • Manages completion of new projects as they arise.
  • Audits Sales & Catering systems and creates follow-up action plans as needed.

Generating Talent

….Proactively identifies and develops talent within the organization

  • Hires the best people available from inside and outside the hotel. Hires for talent, diversity and balance of skills. Supports interviewing tools to ensure hiring decisions are based on the candidate’s job-related talent, skills and competencies. Maintains succession planning.
  • Develops, implements and maintains departmental orientation and training certification programs for employees to receive the appropriate new hire training to successfully perform their job.

Generating Talent, cont.

  • Uses all available on the job training tools for employees; implements and manages training initiatives and conducts training when appropriate; ensures self and direct reports have completed appropriate training classes.
  • Manages employee progressive discipline procedures for areas of responsibility. Ensures each hotel’s policies are administered fairly and consistently. Ensures disciplinary procedures and documentation are completed according to Standard and Local Operating Procedures.
  • Ensures regular on-going communication is happening in all areas of responsibility to create awareness of business objectives and communicate expectations, recognize performance and produce desired business results. Establishes and maintains open, collaborative relationships with employees and ensures employees do the same within the team.
  • Actively solicits feedback, utilizes an “open door” policy and reviews employee satisfaction results to identify and address employee problems and concerns. Ensures employees are treated fairly and equitably. Constantly strives to improve employee retention. Brings issues to the attention of General Manager and Human Resources as necessary.
  • Celebrates successes and publicly recognizes the contributions of team members; ensures recognition is taking place across areas of responsibility. Maintains an on-going employee recognition program.

Organizational Learner

Actively pursues learning and self-development to enhance personal, professional and business growth; shares learning; demonstrates depth of knowledge in technical or specialized area

  • Attends different departmental Line-up meetings and communicates information
  • Communicates all relevant market news to the Catering Department
  • Supports Public Relations’ initiatives
  • Review catering sales strategies and provides feedback
  • Acts independently to improve and increase skills and knowledge.
  • Demonstrates an awareness of personal strengths and areas for professional improvement.
  • Shares learning, innovations, and best practices with others.
  • Is willing to learn from others.
  • Performs all technical/procedural requirements of the job.
  • Uses current best methodologies to manage smaller scale projects.
  • Understands revenue management functions and account profitability.



  • 5+ years of sales experience in the hospitality industry
    • Proven track record of a consistent ability to exceed sales goals
    • Previous sales leadership experience preferred

Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills
  • Ability to travel on sales trips out of town for multiple nights as event schedule and business opportunities dictate
  • Computer literate in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Computer literate with hotel sales and catering system preferred
  • Aggressive negotiating skills and creative selling abilities to close on business with a high conversion ratio
  • Must be able to “knock on doors” to get the business
  • Knows how to conduct research on the Internet
  • Weekly prospecting and soliciting goals
  • Uncovering new customers (local and social)
  • Effective sales skills to up-sell products and services
  • Knowledge of menu planning, food presentation, banquet and event service operations
  • Ability to manage guest room and meeting space inventories
  • Broad understanding of facility management (sanitation, maintenance, operations)
  • Strong customer development and relationship management skills
  • Knowledge of overall hotel operations as they affect department.
  • Knowledge of event technology products and services
  • Knowledge of contract management and legalities
  • Financial management skills, e.g., ability to understand P&L statements, manage operating budgets, forecasting and scheduling
  • Strong communication skills (verbal, listening , writing)
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Strong customer and associate relations skills
  • Strong presentation and platform skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong “closing skills”
  • Strong ‘persuasion” skills
  • Ability to use standard software applications and hotel system
  • Effective decision making skills
  • Effective influence skills


Frequent walking, standing, sitting, hearing, talking, smiling. Lifting, pushing and pulling of objects weighing up to ten (10) pounds.


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