In the hospitality industry, people matter.
That's why here at Choice Hotels we're always looking for exceptional people - people who will challenge us, make our team stronger, smarter and complete. People who know how to roll up their sleeves and tackle the job at hand; who go the extra mile to get the job done - and done well.
At Choice, we are looking for employees to connect the world through the power of hospitality - and we offer support, a strong culture, a collaborative workplace and the opportunity to thrive. Choice brings together people, brands, and technology to enable success.
Who are we looking for? Maybe it’s you.
The Director, Franchise Sales is responsible for meeting and exceeding growth of conversions, new construction and adaptive reuse of hotels in an assigned geographical Market Area. The Director, Franchise Sales contributes to the development and growth of the Market Area Strategic Business Plan and executes against the plan by calling on prospective franchisees, developing relationships and networking with developers, third party management companies, lenders, brokers and industry groups, etc.
Reports to the Regional Vice President, Franchise Sales. Individual Contributor. May have mentoring responsibilities (Sales Associate Trainee).
This position will be responsible for the following territory; the ideal candidate will be located in or adjacent to the area:
ND, SD, NE, MN, IA, WI, IL, IN, MI
What you will do…
- Provides input in to the development of the Market Area Strategic Business Plan. Executes against the Business Plan and builds a pipeline of prospective franchisees in order to meet or exceed set goals/quotas for conversions, new construction and adaptive reuse projects of hotels in the assigned Market Area.
- Ability to use sales and resource tools to develop appropriate pipeline opportunities.
- Communicates the Choice Hotels value proposition to prospective franchisees.
- Communicates and manager’s internal relations with Area Directors and internal associates to foster growth opportunities for the assigned brand and Choice Hotels.
- Manages the contract/approval process and collaborates with Franchise Administration and other internal resources to ensure timely information flow and application processing.
- Links franchisees to financial programs, site selection, or partnership dollars.
- Collaborates with Franchise Services to effectively upgrade/replace existing inventory in accordance with the Market Area Plan and to ensure brand identity compliance.
- Works and collaborates with the brand head and operations team to improve the quality of the deals brought into the pipeline as well as the overall performance of the brand.
INDUSTRY/MARKET STRATEGY & ACTIVITIES
- Performs competitive and SWOT analyses of assigned Market Area. Keeps up on industry developments and market trends and collaborates with RVP on adjustments to the Business Plan.
- Builds relationships in the Finance, Construction, Hotel Development and other related communities in the assigned Market Area. Actively participates in professional and industry groups and is recognized internally with Choice Hotels and externally in the marketplace as an “expert”. Represents Choice Hotels at franchise-related events, trade shows, etc.
- Actively mentors Sales Associate Trainee; provides regular coaching and feedback and provides input in to their professional development and growth.
- May participate in the interviewing and hiring process for Franchise Sales positions; supports successful functional on-boarding of new associates, as appropriate.
Skills you have…
- A minimum of 3-5 years of prior sales experience, including demonstrated experience in consultative, value based sales and relationship sales. Prior Business-to-Business sales experience in the hotel industry, hospitality, franchising, or related field.,.
- On property “hotel” experience in operations or sales is a preferred.
- High School Diploma required. Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Marketing, or related field, or some college experience, is desirable.
- Demonstrated success in meeting or exceeding goals/quotas and driving business results. Broad based business acumen and ability to collaborate with business leaders across organizational lines.
- Strong negotiation and influencing skills.
- Excellent communication and presentation skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and demeanor.
- Strong analytical skills.
- Demonstrated knowledge of hotel Industry and competitive brands, as well as Choice Hotels’ brands, sales and marketing strategies and service offerings.
- Must be able to uphold Choice’s Values & Performance Principles of collaboration, performance excellence, sense of urgency, innovation, inclusion & diversity, integrity & trust, customer focus, and respect.
- Proficient in the use of MS Office applications such as Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Prior experience using CRM applications is desirable.
- Ability to travel up to 75% of the time.