Vantage Deluxe World Travel

  • Buyer for North America Travel Products

    Job Locations US-MA-Boston
    Job ID
    2017-1166
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Travel
  • Overview

     

    About Vantage

    Vantage Deluxe World Travel is a luxury travel company located in downtown Boston. Through its sensational tourism packages, more than 1 million independent and group travelers have created lasting memories on 7 continents, since 1983. Offering over 100 cruise ship, tour, and flight possibilities to exotic and remote destinations such as Budapest, China, Croatia, South Africa, and South America, Vantage’s founder Henry Lewis envisioned a company that offered superior accommodations to adult travelers, at a value. Join us...enjoy travel benefits and learning about international cultures on a journey of the ever-evolving travel industry. This company is run by the numbers and strictly adheres to weekly reporting and holding people accountable to their numbers.

     

    Responsibilities

     

    Job Summary

    Directs the design, product development and purchasing of the organization’s North American products; oversees contract negotiations and the development of new vendor relationships.  

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

     

    Responsible for P&L for assigned product

    • To work with the VP WWOps and Brand Managers in planning and executing road trips and buying goals in order to develop products in a timely and competitive manner.
    • Monitor, analyze and action on a weekly basis the following reports:
    • Regional reports
    • YoY for 2018 vs. 2017 and 2019 vs. 2018
    • Pax by Product by Departure Date by Promo Code
    • PACE reports
    • Trend, Pax and Dilution report
    • Extensions report
    • Optional Tours and Stores report
    • Plan to fill program report
    •  2017, 2018 contract status report
    •  Product training calendar
    •  Quality report
    •  Top 20 vendors per buyer
    • Directs the development of product strategy documents for all products.
    • Designs the Day-by-Day itineraries of specific destinations; ensure accuracy of pacing.
    • Contract and negotiate all Hotel and Ground contracts for charter related deals. Schedule and complete all road trips to secure completed, signed contracts covering the entire year and whenever possible 2 to 3 year contracts.  As best possible all space addendums should be completed at time of signing.  Wait listed space is allowed but only with alternate space secured at time of contracting.
    • Final Costing sign off. Work with team leaders and costing members to prepare all estimates needed for Costing turnovers.  Sign off final costing.
    • Creative Turnover. Supply all information needed per the Creative turnover checklist.
    • Proof product and marketing related information on all promotional materials.
    • Product presentations to the Company with particular emphasis on Sales, Reservations and Customer Service when in house.
    • Communicate with VP and customer service manager and team leaders for all Quality issues regarding the product and complete necessary changes.
    • Attend and participate in required meetings.
    • Establishes and implements mid and long range strategies and plans for the development and marketing of new products.

     

    Qualifications

     

     

    Competency: 

    To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

     

    Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Uses intuition and experience to complement data.

    Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner.

    Technical Skills – Shares expertise with others.

    Customer Service – Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service.

    Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; demonstrates group presentation skills.

    Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively; Able to read and interpret written information.

    Change Management – Develops workable implementation plans; Communicates changes effectively; Builds commitment and overcomes resistance.

    Delegation – Delegates work assignments.

    Leadership – Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Inspires respect and trust; Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates; Displays passion and optimism; Mobilizes others to fulfill the vision.

    Managing People – Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; Takes responsibility for subordinates’ activities; Makes self-available to staff; Fosters quality focus in others; Improves processes, products and services.

    Visionary Leadership – Displays passion and optimism; Inspires respect and trust; mobilizes others to fulfill the vision; Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates.

    Business Acumen – Understands business implications of decisions; displays orientation to profitability; Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition.

    Cost Consciousness – Contributes to profits and revenue.

    Diversity – Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences.

    Ethics – Treats people with respect; Works with integrity and ethically

     

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