A hotel general manager is responsible for organising all the work which goes on in a hotel: reception, food service, bar service, room service, booking, budgeting, marketing and staff.
You could be:
making sure all guests receive a high quality of service
planning marketing campaigns
planning budgets, setting sales targets and managing accounts
analysing sales figures and producing reports
recruiting, training and supervising staff
meeting and greeting guests
dealing with customers’ complaints and other problems
organising building maintenance
making sure that the hotel meets health, safety and security regulations and licensing laws.
In a small hotel you would look after the following areas yourself:
food and drink
conferences and banqueting.
In a large hotel you would have departmental managers for these different functions.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
Most applicants for the post of hotel general manager have several years of experience already. Pay can vary over a wide range from £23,000 to £70,000 a year or more. Some managers may earn more depending on the size of the hotel and the quality rating.
It is a demanding job, both physically and mentally.
You will probably work shifts including evenings and weekends and hours can be long.
You may have to take your holidays at certain times, when it's off-peak.
You might be on call when off duty.
You might live in or near the hotel.
You might spend nights away from home.
Some hotels are in remote areas, such as parts of the Highlands and Islands.
A degree or Higher National Diploma (HND) in hospitality and tourism management, hospitality management or a business related subject. For a degree course you usually need 4-5 Highers for entry and for an HND 1-2 Highers usually including English.
A degree in an unrelated subject and then a postgraduate course in hospitality management.
Gaining experience in various fields of hotel work and then getting promotion to management.
Some hotel chains run trainee management programmes for graduates in a relevant subject.
You may be able to enter through a Modern Apprenticeship in Hospitality (Supervision and Leadership) at SCQF Level 7 or a Technical Apprenticeship in Hospitality Management at SCQF Level 8.
Foreign languages are useful and a driving licence may be essential.
Hotels and guest houses are in virtually every Scottish town and city as well as in rural areas. There are luxury hotels which are part of an international chain and have restaurants, swimming pools, gyms and laundries.
People 1st is the Sector Skills Council for the hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism industries.
UKSP is now part of the Hospitality Guild, which provides information on careers in the hospitality and tourism industry. The website has an online 'personality' test designed to help you identify suitable careers within the above industries.