Hotel manager

Reporting to: Pub manager/area manager

Your role: at a glance

To deliver friendly efficient customer service and to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all of our guests, with the key aim of retaining guests and attracting new ones. To support, lead and motivate the team to meet sales, profit and compliance targets, at all times.

  • To provide excellent customer service.
  • Welcome guests to the hotel and fulfil any reasonable requests to ensure their satisfaction.
  • To adhere to all Wetherspoon standard operating procedures (SOPs) and company policies, to maintain a clean, safe and legal workplace.

Essential requirements

All of the training which we provide will teach you everything you need to know to succeed, but there are a few essential requirements you’ll need to start:

  • Have a proof of right to work in the place where you will be based (UK or ROI).
  • Have a bank account in your own name in the place where you will be based (UK or ROI).
  • Be able to converse in English and to understand the language to complete training and other duties associated with your job role.
  • Have a fixed place of residence within reasonable travelling distance of your place of work.
  • Basic computer literacy.

About you

  • Demonstrate strong leadership qualities.
  • Know how and when to delegate tasks and how to feed back, positively, to the person completing the task (identifying any areas for improvement, if necessary).
  • Demonstrate passion and enthusiasm in your role and show commitment to your colleagues, your hotel, your pub and to Wetherspoon.
  • Have exceptional time management skills to be able to prioritise tasks and good organisational skills to ensure that each shift runs smoothly and efficiently.
  • Have a strong work ethic and be self-motivated. Be able to work unsupervised (if over 18) in a busy environment.
  • Have a friendly nature and excellent communications skills.
  • Administer and distribute all company communications to the team quickly and effectively, in line with company policies.
  • Be honest, trustworthy and respectful.
  • Remain calm, when working in a high-pressure environment.
  • Adhere to and enforce Wetherspoon’s appearance standards.
  • Receive regular feedback from the management team and achieve any actions agreed on.

A day in the life

Manage, motivate and support the team to achieve the company’s mission statement: ‘To have by far the best CQSMA standards in the pub world, to be the best company to work for and, by doing these things, to be the most profitable.’

  • Deliver and manage the team to deliver consistently high standards of cleanliness, quality, service, maintenance and atmosphere (CQSMA). Proactively manage results which fall below expectations.
  • Ensure that opening and closing procedures are adhered to, in line with company policy. Adopt our stand-back-and-look (SBAL) approach to ensure that all areas are set up, throughout the day, to meet the needs of the business. Ensure that all POS meets the current guidelines.
  • Maintain high levels of welcome, interaction and guest management on every shift. Manage and work regularly with housekeeping, reception and night shift leaders (including working overnight). Manage check-ins, check-outs and aftercare.
  • Be aware of, and knowledgeable about, all promotions, events and new products in your hotel. Share your knowledge with team members to ensure that they are kept up to date. Market the hotel for greater sales and higher occupancy, forming links with local hotels, tourist information centres and local businesses.
  • Review all guest feedback with the management team, identifying/actioning any training needs.
  • Be responsible for evacuation, in case of emergency, liaising with the team, guests and the emergency services.
  • Check that all bedrooms/conference rooms and all other associated areas within your responsibility are cleaned and maintained within guidelines. Take pride in maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness by adopting our Clean As You Go (CAYG) philosophy.
  • Manage and maintain the administration of all reservations, cancellations and no-shows, in line with company policy.
  • Maintain office administration in line with company policies and General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), including full, correct and proper use of all duty manager’s log books, guest and employee contact details, CCTV, keys, safe, delivery note entries, storage of paperwork, blue-bag requirements and all other logs.
  • Assist in forecasting room rates and occupancy levels and achieving all financial targets set for the hotel by taking proactive steps to build sales and control costs (eg daily hours allowance in line with sales).
  • Be accountable for all relevant product-ordering, delivery and stock management of hotel items, including setting stock levels, checking, counting, storage, reconciliation and loss investigation.
  • Create a people-focused culture in your hotel and assist in achieving all targets set out in the people audit:
    • Identify recruitment needs, search and selection activities and the appointment of staff, in line with the company’s recruitment process. Ensure that all paperwork (including proof-of-right-to-work documentation) is certified, copied and filed, in line with UK Home Office or Irish National Immigration Service (depending where your hotel is based) and company policies.
    • Conduct inductions at the expected standard.
    • Hold probation and training review meetings with the team.
    • Identify any additional training needs and take an active role in the team’s development (including relevant administration tasks) to support a strong succession plan in the hotel.
    • Effectively and proactively manage, at all times, the daily performance and attendance of the team, in line with company policies, using performance management tools as detailed in the people management guide (eg return-to-work interviews/performance action or improvement plans).
    • Development and management of rotas (to include housekeeping, reception and night shift leaders).
  • Monitor and manage all maintenance issues and contractors, while on site.
  • Carry out any reasonable task as requested by the management team or Wethercentre, to meet the needs of the business.

Training and development

  • Complete the hotel manager training programme, including ongoing associated online training, within the stated time frames.
  • Implement regular hotel meetings and attend and actively participate in regular team meetings, manager meetings and training sessions.
  • Generate and share amazing ideas for improvements in your hotel and across the company.
  • Work as a buddy to support and train associates, team leaders and shift leaders.
  • Embrace change within your hotel and across Wetherspoon.
  • Strive to achieve everything you can on the Wetherspoon action plan.

Career opportunities

As a hotel manager, you are not expected to take on any tasks which you haven’t completed as part of your training.

If you would like to progress in Wetherspoon, our award-winning training programme offers you the skills and knowledge which you will need to proceed and succeed. Speak to your manager about the opportunities available to you; these may include:

  • Wetherspoon apprenticeship academy
  • Cross-training into a different role (hotel/kitchen)
  • Catering academy
  • People management academy
  • Pub manager academy

Learn new things, get recognised for your efforts and gain skills which will last for ever!

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