​Director of Operations & Business Development

JN -052017-1744
Chicago Metro Area, Illinois

Our client, an international upscale hospitality brand recognized the world over as the standard-bearer in their niche, is seeking a seasoned leader to oversee business operations and development for their growing company. The right candidates for this opportunity will have a rare and unique mix of skills and abilities, and the work ethic to set the pace in a hard-driving entrepreneurial organization with a truly excellence-driven culture.

The right candidate may come from an upscale hospitality company, a luxury retailer, or an exclusive private educational institution. Only someone who lives out a standard of excellence will be considered, and the following attributes are most highly prized:

ENTREPRENEURIAL – “Whatever it takes” attitude with the leadership by example, passion, and drive to rally your team to achieve big goals, meet tough deadlines, and love every minute of it. Former business owners who have all the attributes described are welcome to apply, as well as candidates with corporate experience. 

WINSOME – The Director will liaise with local and international dignitaries in politics and commerce, and must be magnetic, engaging, and polished. Superior written, verbal, and presentation skills are required, as well as etiquette, tact, and the ability to speak to groups, press, and media on behalf of the company.

BRAND BUILDING – Successful experience taking a proven brand from success in one location to success in multiple international markets is critical to the Director’s success. Candidates must prove they have built and sustained an upscale product line, duplicating success in multiple international markets.

INTERNATIONAL – The Director should have international market experience, preferably in Europe and Asia. The brand is in the process of expanding, therefore the Director must have the ability to launch and grow the business in new markets overseas, be able to travel extensively, and adapt in foreign cultures.

ADMINISTRATOR – The entrepreneurial and development responsibilities are balanced by the need to oversee several department heads in a regulated environment. The proven ability to maintain successful day-to-day operations while driving new revenue streams is essential, as well as the ability to fully develop products and concepts prior to deployment.

FINANCIALLY SAVVY – The Director will be held accountable for budgets, forecasts, and profitability. The ability to create, generate, read, and communicate financial reports and statements is required.

CARING – Excellence-driven, hard-driving, and ambitious, this 20-year-old company is also known in their field for caring and generosity. Candidates for Director must share this core value, in addition to other core values.  

The Director will enjoy a competitive base salary, incentive package, and excellent benefits. As this company is nimble, capitalized, and desires to grow, the Director’s success is limited only to their own ability. Qualified candidates will be interviewed by Strategic Hospitality Search prior to disclosure of our client’s identity. For consideration, send credentials to Joseph D’Alessandro via www.shs.jobs. EOE

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