Product Buyer

Sunwing Travel Group - Toronto, ON (10 months ago)

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Sunwing Travel Group Inc. is the largest vertically integrated travel company in North America! Our Purpose: passionate people making vacation dreams come true.

We're looking for a Product Buyer to join our Sunwing Vacations Inc. Partner Development Toronto team. You will be responsible for ensuring the effective management of destinations, with a specific focus on production and competitiveness. The role will report directly to the Director, Product Support and will be located in Toronto, ON.

Be EPIC! Our Values are entrepreneurial, passionate, innovative and customer-centric. Named one of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies for 14 years in a row, we are looking for an epic Loyalty Team Agent to join our team.

About You:
You are a problem-solving oriented Product Buyer, responsible for building and maintaining strong relationships with our hotel suppliers. As a Product Buyer, you are detail-oriented in the completion of contracts and are effectively able to prioritize and meet deadlines as required.

What You’ll Do:
Review and analyze "Empty seats report" with a product specialist and identify problem areas and course of action.
Responsible for maintaining good and constant relationship/communication with suppliers.
Monitor on a daily basis sales forecast per destination.
Monitor the "completion" of contracts (promo rooms, brochure contribution, rep rooms, specialty packages, group promotions, staff travel, terms and Conditions, deposits, guarantees, payment terms, and any and all information in relation to contracts). For both Canada and the U.S. markets.
Have a weekly meeting with director and specialist to review sales and develop a weekly strategy (review rate reduction charts, promotions being pursued, master product plan updating as well as any and all relevant charts to the business).
Prepare for weekly GT meeting and QC all contracts.
Ensure Payload and other relevant departments are notified of actions needed to address possible shortfalls.
Monitor rate reduction chart to ensure competitiveness.
Monitor short term changes in hotel offering and advise internally (ARCC)
Assist when necessary inventory and operations to increase allotment and decrease cutoffs
Assist with the organization and implementation of fam trips as required
Obtain complimentary rooms for promotions when necessary
Review weekly rep report and address any consistent deficiencies with suppliers
Monitor on a daily basis the sales per destination 60 days out
Keep abreast of competitive actions and prices
Evaluate on an ongoing basis the profitability of routes and hotels
Gain an in-depth understanding of the destination as a whole
Train staff on an annual basis on the destinations and hotels as required
Liaise with suppliers on a regular basis
Proactively anticipate market trends and contact partners for special pricing and conditions
Arrange complimentary rooms for staff when required
Participation in brochure production as required
Assist with bumping's and negotiate appropriate compensation
Other duties as assigned

What You’ll Need:
Minimum of three years’ experience in the Travel Industry.
Degree in Travel and Tourism is an asset as knowledge and understanding of products related to tourism is required.
Knowledge of TTS - Soft Voyage, Excel, PowerPoint, and Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office
Detail-oriented with the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
Exceptional Problem-Solving Skills.
Tour Operator experience an asset
Travel as required
Salary up to $53,000/year plus benefits
Bilingual in Spanish/English required

What You’ll Be A Part Of:
Open concept, collaborative workspace
Fresh Café with delicious snacks
Great travel perks
Rooftop terrace in the summer
Free Parking
Daily Free Boot Camp and Yoga sessions
Grow your career with challenging and rewarding work that makes a difference
Opportunity to give back through our social responsibility initiatives
Work with a fun, passionate, travel loving team!
See for yourself! @sunwinglife

About Us:
We have grown from the smallest tour operator in Canada to the largest vertically integrated travel company in North America.

So what does that mean? For Sunwing, it means all our products and services are offered in one vacation and all brands fall under the same parent company. We are comprised of leading leisure tour operators, travel retail, destination management, and hotel management.

We are: Sunwing Vacations and Signature Vacations; Sunwing Airlines, SunwingJets, a luxury private jet charter service, Vacation Express, a growing tour operator in the United States, SellOffVacations.com and Luxe Destination Weddings, our travel retail businesses, NexusTours, our destination management company offering ground transportation, popular tours and excursions, and Blue Diamond Resorts, the fastest growing hotel chain in the Caribbean. Blue Diamond operates popular resort brands including Planet Hollywood Hotels & Resorts, Royalton Luxury Resorts, Memories Resorts & Spa, Starfish Hotels & Resorts and Mystique Resorts across the Caribbean and Mexico.

We are also heavily involved in our communities! In 2015, we established the charitable initiative, Sunwing Foundation, to support the development of youth in the communities we operate in.

We are passionate people making vacation dreams come true!

We thank all who apply however only those who meet the qualifications will be contacted.

At Sunwing diversity is important to us. We encourage applications from all humans and will provide, upon request, reasonable accommodations in all aspects of the recruitment and selection process.