VP Distinctive Premium Brands Westin LM RH Gaylord
JOB SUMMARY The Vice President, Premium Brands '" Westin, Le Meridien, and Renaissance Hotels (and Gaylord), is a key member of the Global Brand & Marketing organization and leadership team. He/she functions as the strategic guest experience and consumer marketing leader for the designated brand(s). This position will lead all aspects of the consumer experience , will provide strategic direction and insight regarding global brand marketing plans, strategies, creative, messaging, partnerships and program activation and advertising/marketing communications. This role also oversees the creation of brand marketing and brand voice activation platforms to support driving sales (B2C and B2B), marketing, public relations and Digital at all touch points including the owner and franchisee community. In addition, the Vice President is responsible for leading key category innovation initiatives as identified by the SVP/Global Brand Leader and managing the business model & driving brand performance and consumer preference. The Vice President, Premium Brands '" Westin, Le Meridien and Renaissance Hotels plays the central leadership role in driving mission-critical, cross-functional initiatives on key areas for the brand. CANDIDATE PROFILE Education and Experience 14+ years ' experience in the hospitality industry, demonstrating progressive career growth and a pattern of exceptional performance AND 4-year degree from an accredited university in Business Administration, Marketing, or related; MBA. OR 16+ years of relevant professional experience in marketing or related function, demonstrating progressive career growth and pattern of exceptional performance. CORE WORK ACTIVITIES Partnering with Brand Marketing to establish and execute the global brand marketing plans Protects, celebrates and grows the brand(s), enhances marketplace relevance and delivers the brand promise. Partners and ensures implementation of integrated global marketing plans, as well as programs to continue to successfully position the brand(s) and achie the successful execution of brand marketing strategies and programs. Develops, creates, and measures impact of brand marketing to include: brand voice, marketing activation and guidelines, brand messaging, advertising, photography and guidelines, brand integration, public relations, brand experience partnerships, , experiential marketing and events, website development, HWS, promotions, marketing innovation, key continental regional pull through strategies and tool content development. Creates solid creative briefs that logically tie to impactful consumer insights leading to best in class creative work from company agency partners. Supporting the global positioning and growth of the brand(s) Partners/works with key organizations including global marketing, public relations, sales, marketing, finance, owner services, revenue management, Digital, regional sales/marketing leaders and other functions to drive effective, on-brand execution and results requirements of the plan. Interfaces with Global Sales to develop and execute appropriate field sales and marketing plans globally. Ensures that business model, positioning and core proof points are clearly articulated for their brands, understood by key stakeholders and scalable to drive system growth. Provides opening support for all new hotels, coordinates with openings and regional teams to ensure all elements of the 'opening countdown ' including opening countdown, training, etc. are executed on brand. Provide guidance to opening teams to ensure branded critical path document for openings and conversions are developed and maintained. Brand Strategy & Planning Drives the brand forward via new initiatives, products, and services (including evaluation of initiative impact, ROI, and sustainability). Leads the development of the annual brand business plan. Assists in the development and execution of Long Range Plan (LRP) '" specifically brand enhancement impacts. Provides strategic guidance and partners with disciplines/market to set Brand Performance Scorecard targets. Reviews scorecard performance across brand. Provides oversight to ensure the appropriate resources are applied to surface and analyze trends, identify root causes of issues, and make improvement recommendations and/or adjust targets as appropriate. Translates internal and external research and trends into actionable brand strategies. Analyzes data to frame up a business issue/concept; determines feasibility and understands how to operationalize the concept; converts research data into actionable options for moving the brands forward. Educates/communicates on brand strategy, positioning, voice, strategic pillars and competitive environment.