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Assistant Cluster Director of Finance - Central

Waltham Abbey, United Kingdom
Finance and Accounting


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Posting Date Mar 15, 2019
Job Number 19000SBW
Job Category Finance and Accounting
Location Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel, Waltham Abbey, Essex VIEW ON MAP
Brand Marriott Hotels Resorts /JW Marriott
Schedule Full-time
Relocation? No
Position Type Management

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Marriott Hotels, Marriott International’s flagship brand with more than 500 global locations, is advancing the art of hosting so that our guests can travel brilliantly. As a host with Marriott Hotels, you will help keep this promise by delivering premium choices, sophisticated style, and well-crafted details. With your skills and imagination, together we will innovate and reinvent the future of travel.





Functions as the operational support role for the Cluster Director of Finance assisting in championing, developing and implementing Cluster-wide strategies that deliver products and services to meet or exceed the needs and expectations of the brand’s target customer and property associates.  The position assisting in providing the financial expertise to the Cluster and ensure that Marriott SOPs and MIPs are fully adhered to. Acts as a mentor and direct support and provides guidance for the on property Finance Managers. In addition, provides hand on support in the creation and execution of the Cluster business plans that are aligned with the properties and brand’s business strategy and focuses on the execution of financial and accounting activities and the delivery of desirable financial results





The role will primarily cover 4 Marriott hotels and regular travel to all sites will be required:


Waltham Abbey Marriott

Cheshunt Marriott

Northampton Marriott

Bexleyheath Marriott





 Education and Experience




  • 4-year bachelor's degree in Finance and Accounting or equivalent preferred

  • Previous Director of Finance experience strongly preferred






Skills and Knowledge




  • Demonstrated leadership ability and experience within multi property environment preferred

  • Excellent verbal, writing, listening and presentation skills

  • Excellent finance, accounting and analytical skills, including experience with cash management, forecasting, revenue management strategies, capital expenditure planning, budgeting and project management

  • Extensive experience in owner relations, complex legal contracts and management agreements essential.

  • Firm knowledge of internal controls

  • Knowledge of hotel systems, use of systems and purchasing decisions, how systems help the company

  • Experience in evaluating business trends and developing and implementing new business programs and strategies that enhance the financial performance in a complex environment.

  • Interpersonal relationships skills for LPPs, manpower planning, decision making etc.




Leadership Competencies




  • Adaptability - Ability to effectively adjust to major changes in work tasks or the work environment.

  • Applied Business Knowledge - Understands market dynamics, enterprise level objectives, financial metrics, and important aspects of Marriott's business; skilled at using business knowledge to anticipate opportunities and risks.

  • Building a Successful Team - Skilled at building a cohesive team and facilitating goal accomplishment.

  • Building Strategic Working Relationships - Skilled at developing and using collaborative relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals.

  • Building Trust - Ability to interact with others in an honest, fair and respectful way; giving others confidence in one's intentions and those of the organization.

  • Communication - Skilled at clearly conveying information and ideas through a variety of media; engaging the audience and helping them understand and retain the message.

  • High Work Standards - Sets high standards of performance for self and others; assumes responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks.

  • Leading Through Vision and Values - Keeps Marriott's values and business strategy at the forefront of decision making and actions.

  • Planning and Organizing - Skilled at establishing courses of action for self and others to ensure work is completed efficiently.

  • Strategic Decision Making - Ability to gather and organize information relevant to a long-range goal or vision, develop alternative strategies, and execute a course of action to carry out strategy.




Business Results




  • Assist the Cluster team in driving balance scorecard results through strategies and activities to improve financial results, guest satisfaction, human capital and market share.

  • Leverages strong functional leadership and communication skills to influence and guide the Finance Managers.

  • Advises the Cluster DOF, Cluster GM and Cluster executive committee on existing and evolving operating/financial issues and opportunities.

  • Providing coverage to all hotels in the Cluster to fill vacancies, holiday cover and unexpected absences throughout the clusters.

  • Communicates financial concepts in a clear and persuasive manner that is easy to understand and drives desired behaviours.

  • Hands on assistance in the development of the annual operating budget for the Cluster properties.

  • Provides analytical support during budget reviews to identify cost saving and productivity opportunities for each of the Cluster properties.

  • Implements a system of appropriate controls to manage business risks throughout the Clusters.

  • Ensures a strong accounting and operational control environment to safeguard assets, improve operations and profitability, throughout the Cluster.

  • Review Cluster properties’ balance sheets to ensure account balances are timely and supported by appropriate documentation in accordance with SOPs.

  • Ensures that the Cluster P&Ls are accurate (e.g., costs are properly matched to revenue; costs are recorded in the proper accounts).

  • Conducts annual performance appraisals with direct reports according to Standard Operating Procedures.

  • Ensure implication of business decisions consider cash flow for the properties and align with ownership priorities.

  • Ensures compliance with Management agreement terms, legal contract and reporting requirements.

  • Ensures all tenants are managed and perform within the confines of their agreements.

  • Manages communication with owners in an effective manner.

  • Analyzes financial data and market trends.

  • Ensures compliance with standard and local operating procedures (SOPs and LSOPs).

  • Oversees internal, external and regulatory audit processes.

  • Reviews audit issues to ensure accuracy and address any shortcomings.

  • Provides excellent leadership by assigning team members and other departments managers' clear accountability backed by appropriate authority.

  • Provides on going analytical support by monitoring the operating department’s actual and projected sales and ensures the Cluster takes advantage of all synergies between properties.

  • Assists the Finance Managers in the production of accurate forecasts that enable operations to react to changes in the business.

  • Facilitates critique meetings to review information with management team.

  • Provides ongoing training for all Cluster properties.




Technical Expertise (Learning and Applying Personal Expertise)




  • Ensuring P&L Accuracy - Ensuring Profits and Losses are documented accurately.

  • Improving Profit - Developing means to improve profit, including estimating cost and benefit, exploring new business opportunities, Return on Investment projects, etc.

  • Creating Cluster Annual Budget - Analyzing information, forecasting sales against expenses and creating annual budget plans.

  • Ensuring that All Taxes are Current, Collected and/or Accrued - Monitoring all taxes that apply, ensuring that taxes are current, collected and/or accrued.

  • Meeting and Communicating with Owners - Attending cluster meetings and communicating with the owners, understanding the priorities and strategic focus.

  • Ensuring Report Delivery Deadlines – Submitting reports for all cluster properties in a timely manner, ensuring delivery deadlines.

  • Demonstrating Leadership - Utilizing interpersonal and communication skills to lead, influence, and encourage others; advocates sound financial/business decision making; demonstrates honesty/integrity; leads by example.

  • Communicating an Understanding of Owner Priorities - Communicating the strategic goals, the focus and the owner priorities to subordinates in a clear and precise manner.

  • Monitoring Actual vs. Projected Sales - Compiling information, analyzing and monitoring actual sales against projected sales.

  • Achieving/Exceeding Goals - Achieving and exceeding goals including performance goals, budget goals, team goals, etc.

  • Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

  • Developing and Executing Business Plans - Thinking creatively and practically to develop,  execute and implement new business plans for the Cluster properties

  • Generating and Delivering Accurate and Timely Results - Generating and providing accurate and timely results in the form of reports, presentations, etc.

  • Meeting the Needs of Key Stakeholders - Understanding and meeting the needs of key stakeholders (owners, corporate, guests, etc.).

  • Other

  • Performs other duties as assigned to meet business needs.



Marriott International is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. Marriott International does not discriminate on the basis of disability, veteran status or any other basis protected under federal, state or local laws.

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