Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg further enhances its strategic entry of the South African luxury hotel industry, with appointment of a new Human Resources Manager
17 February, 2016 – Bridgit Miller-Pautz, has been appointed Human Resources Manager for Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg from February 2016. In this position, Bridgit Miller-Pautz will lead, in a new market for Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, the continued strategic development of Four Seasons globally acclaimed employer culture. A key focus for Four Seasons, will be to continue its talent acquisition, as well as employees and management professional development. After recruiting over 300 new local employees and managers for the relaunch of the new hotel, Four Seasons continues its strategic positioning in the South African market in preparation for future brand expansion in the region.
A South African national, Bridgit Miller-Pautz, started her career in hospitality recruitment and went on to join Red Carnation Hotel South Africa as a Human Resources and Training Manager for six years. In 2000 she joined the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa as the National Human Resource and Training Manager for eight years. In 2008 she was appointed Human Resources Manager at Kerzner International for the opening of One & Only Cape Town, where she was later appointed Executive Manager, Human Resources. More recently, Bridgit has undertaken HR consulting roles across various industry sectors in Johannesburg.
Commenting on Bridgit’s appointment, Sebastien CARRE, a 14 years Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts veteran, highlights: “Four Seasons’ long established global reputation as an employer of choice relies on the strategic importance of our focus on Human Resources”. Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts is continually recognized in FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For”. The group is only one of 12 global organizations to have achieved this distinction 18 years in a row since the list’s inception in 1998.
He adds, “Our very distinctive company culture provides us with a very strong competitive advantage at the top tier of the luxury hotel industry globally. Naturally we nurture it with the greatest of care in every location where we establish our brand. Senior appointments in Human resources always reflect our deep commitment to continually retain this advantage, and our permanent objective to continually enhance the quality of our employees’ experience at work “.
Asked about the scope of a Human Resources Manager in a Four Seasons Hotel, CARRE replies: “We are committed to provide our employees and managers a dynamic career path, where they continually grow and learn, with top talent being recognised and rewarded with opportunities globally. In her new role Bridgit will play a strategic role in ensuring that the growth and success of our new and future employee’s in Johannesburg is achieved, in South Africa, but also importantly globally.”
Editors Notes: Four Seasons in Africa Long established with four properties in Egypt (two in Cairo, one in Alexandria, and one on the Red Sea – a resort once voted #1 in the world under the leadership of Sebastien Carre, now General Manager in Johannesburg) and more recently with the opening of a resort in Marrakech, the first of three planned locations in Morocco, Four Seasons has recently entered Sub-Saharan Africa with the 2012 opening of Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, the first of three planned properties in Tanzania. Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg is the brand’s first city hotel in the Sub-continent, and in South Africa, with resorts in the Seychelles and Mauritius completing the regional collection – for now. “Africa is a strategic development market for Four Seasons, so now that we have established our first city property in Southern Africa, travellers can look forward to news about more urban and resort locations in the future,” promises Carre.
Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg The Westcliff was originally conceived as a stately enclave for an exclusive clientele when it opened in the late 1990s. Under the guidance of Four Seasons the former grande dame has been completely transformed with a new attitude in keeping with a modern African aesthetic, and reflective of the dynamic city which surrounds it. With 117 guest rooms and suites scattered through nine low rise buildings amid beautifully landscaped gardens, terraces and fountains, the mood is almost residential; a welcoming respite from hectic business affairs and busy days exploring. Five modern venues for dining create a vibrant social scene. Combining a brand-new destination spa, panoramic glass elevators, two swimming pools and near-by golf, Four Seasons The Westcliff, defines Johannesburg’s best hotel stay – perfect for business travel and South African holidays.
Career opportunities: Four Seasons can offer what many hospitality professionals dream of – an opportunity to build a life-long career with global potential and a real sense of pride in work well done. In line with our plans for future growth, we are committed to staff levels that are in keeping with our extraordinary staff-to-guest ratios. We believe that attitude counts as much as skill. As a result, Four Seasons hires motivated people who we train to perform superbly, while we create an environment where they can flourish. Ultimately, our culture breeds success, and rewards it in many different ways.
Positions available for recruitment: http://jobs.fourseasons.com/
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