Private Travel Designer - Bespoke high-end luxury travel

West London, London, England
£28000 - £35000 per annum + salary dependent on relevant experience
09 May 2019
23 May 2019
Michael Ruggiero
Job function
Full Time
Contract Type
An exceptional opportunity has arisen to join one of the world's most original and creative travel companies. This company's reputation is founded on challenging the status quo and thinking differently. By focusing obsessively on their clients, and applying uncommon originality and insight, they create uniquely transformative and legacy-rich journeys and experiences.

The role offers considerable scope for for someone with impeccable travel credentials to develop and take ownership of one of the company's key regions.

Job Requirements:
*A minimum of 3 years' experience in a sales or product role within luxury and/or adventure travel
*Passion for and a willingness to travel
*Outstanding destination and product knowledge - particularly in Asia or the Americas
*Exceptional inter-personal skills and the ability to relate to HNW and UHNW clients
*A refusal to accept commonplace ideas and solutions
*A genuine appetite to research and create highly differentiated ideas
*Uncommonly creative big-picture thinking and problem-solving
*A genuine can-do attitude, enthusiasm, open-mindedness, integrity and sense of humour
*Impeccable organisational and administrative skills, and a tenacious attention to detail
*Excellent numeracy, written English and the ability to weave information into an engaging story
*The flexibility to travel in the U.K and overseas to meet clients or attend events - sometimes outside normal office hours
*A willingness to become involved in areas of the business outside your immediate remit
*Excellent computer skills

Principle Duties:
You will have direct responsibility for creating and managing bespoke trips in your region, and for supporting the development of product and marketing for this region.

*Creating incomparably original, creative and considered travel experiences for clients in line with the company's brand values
*Achieving agreed sales targets
*Communicating with clients by phone, email and, on occasion, face to face to discuss travel plans and present itineraries
*Conducting extensive research to develop often logistically complex ideas into client trip concepts
*Briefing local partners to develop itineraries that meet our clients' briefs, and analysing and refining partner proposals and quotations
*Pricing of itineraries in accordance with company margin requirements
*Briefing internal or external writers to create travel concepts and detailed itinerary proposals
*Adhering to company operational guidelines, especially in terms of booking, checking and re-confirming travel arrangements
*Trip management and guide liaison before and during a client's trip, including being available as a contact outside normal office hours
*Managing local partner relationships in your area of regional expertise
*Researching and travelling to new destinations to deepen the company's knowledge
*Building the company's knowledge base (photography, destination intelligence, country overviews etc.)
*Working with local partners and tourism boards to develop content to be promoted through our various marketing channels
*Monitoring competitor activity in your area of regional responsibility
*Representing the company at events and trade shows in the UK or overseas

It is anticipated that around 80% of your time being spent on trip planning and operations, and 20% on product development and other tasks. Whilst your primary responsibility will be for a particular global region, you will be expected to be sufficiently flexible to assist with client management and trip planning in other regions when necessary.

For the right candidate, further opportunities exist to develop corporate business through strategic brand partnerships.

What is on offer:
*£28-35K p.a. basic (subject to experience)
*Generous uncapped commission scheme
*Additional payments based on new business partnerships generation
*Two weeks expenses paid travel per annum for research and familiarisation purposes
*Regular inspirational and educational thought-leader guest speaker training sessions
*Travel industry rates for airfares, accommodation and travel
*'Family and friends' discount on bookings
*Travel Insurance for business trips and personal travel connected to those
*Discounted prices on partner outdoor travel apparel brands
*Membership of the Royal Geographic Society
*Membership of the Abundance Digital Community
*Birthday off after 3 years of employment
*On-site kitchen equipped with tea, coffee, fridge, microwave, toaster
*Working hours: 09h00 to 17h00 - Monday to Friday, with one hour for lunch

If you feel you have the right experience and knowledge base, please submit your CV online by applying to this advert.

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