Director of Hotel Openings

Job description

Why you’ll love working for us

We live in a world where everything is changing – from the way we travel to how we study, live and work. But one thing remains constant: our need to connect. We believe in creating a fun, creative and inspiring environment where everyone can live, work, play and grow. How do we achieve it? Through our exceptional international team of lively, smart and motivated people that embrace the student spirit and bring it to life every day.

We have big plans. By 2023, we aim to have 65 locations across Europe. That’s 26,000 rooms and almost one million square metres of shared spaces. Beyond bricks and mortar, our new TSHLife app and digital platform is also ready to connect nearly a million current and former co-living and co-working guests.

In 2019, we’re in a phase of hyper growth. After opening 12 operational hotels in our scale-up phase, we’re evolving into an industry-leading company – redefining the concept of a hotel as the world knows it.

Why we need you

The director of hotel openings performs project management of new hotel openings and hotel re-branding. They will be working with all corporate functions to support the successful transition from a signed management contract to an operational hotel, through implementation and management of the hotel opening process.

Strategic planning is a key element to the opening support processes, along with smoothly managing the continuous improvement and development of a comprehensive portfolio of pre-opening tools and resources. The director of hotel openings reports directly to the COO, with a functional management line towards teams involved in direct procurement, contracting and operational procedures within entire hotel operations portfolios.

Within the operations support, the director of hotel openings covers multiple disciplines in terms of a future system and hotel support developments. This includes reviewing the current operational processes and procedures for future operational hotels, in order to maintain a high level of brand standards and to monitor TSH values.

What you’ll be doing to make it happen

  • Managing the operational roll out of The Student Hotel locations, from development to pre-opening and soft opening
  • Advise development during zoning and design process on all operational aspects
  • Project manage and coordinate all internal stakeholders to deliver a flawless product
  • Control operational pre-opening budget and tender management
  • Ensure all operational licences are in place
  • Support on procurement on fixed furniture and equipment, operating supplies and equipment and manage in time delivery
  • Develop and update blueprint project plan for The Student Hotel roll out
  • Ensure hotels maintain brand compliance through pre-opening audits and action planning process
  • Scope, recruit, lead manage the opening team to deliver multiple openings in multiple countries (12 openings in the next two years)
  • Support on internal quality management control – focus internal auditing on new hotel openings


Who are you?

You are a superhero in every sense of the word. You are always one step ahead in undefined situations and you can plan according to frequently changing scenarios. Giving up does not exist in your vocabulary. With your calm and confident approach, you can assure all stakeholders in a hotel opening process are at ease and feel comfortable with you in the lead of your key focus points.

What you bring to the table

We’re looking for a team player, who brings an entrepreneurial spirit and adaptability to the team skillset. With an accurate, pragmatic and hands-on approach to all kinds of challenges, the director of hotel openings keeps steady control, in a demanding environment.


  • Minimum level of education bachelor
  • Minimum of 3 to 5 years of relevant work experience in hotel and operations management
  • Specific knowledge and experience in opening experiences with travel, community and other affiliated commercial activities
  • Experience working in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Experience and knowledge within project management: agile, lean and critical path methods
  • Valid European working permit

What do we offer you?

  • An amazing work environment with a fantastic vibe and lots of positive energy
  • The opportunity to work at a dynamic, young, international organisation; we’re a real game changer in the hospitality industry
  • TSH cares and gives you access to facilities including a great canteen, gym and awesome regular events
  • Ready, set, grow! You’ll get the chance to learn and grow in your role, collaborating with other talented people that will challenge you every day
  • You’ll receive a competitive salary and all the tools you need for your job

We want everyone to feel welcome and respected, and we go the extra mile to create a complete connected community. Our teams are diverse, representing more than one nationality, gender, religion, age, culture and personality. That’s what makes our team so special. Did we get you excited? We’d love to receive your application! Just click the ‘apply now’ button below, answer a couple of questions and send us your CV/LinkedIn profile.