Dan Popa

Dan Popa

Brand & Training Manager at Swisstouches Hotels & Resorts
Lives in Sörenberg, Flühli, Switzerland
over 6 months ago

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Passionate hospitality professional, loving to bring a smile on people’s face. Always opened and curious about new challenges, self-driven and ambitious, developing and inspiring people around the world.



Working in different environments enhanced my leadership skills and enriched my cultural and emotional intelligence. Energetic and responsible, equipped with a strong Swiss educational background and valuable experience, I am always ready to lead projects and bring my contribution towards the overall success of a team and organization.

Experience

  • Career Centre Coordinator

    HTMi, Hotel and Tourism Management Institute - Sörenberg, Flühli, Switzerland

    Human Resources
    July 2018 - Now

  • Brand & Training Manager

    Swisstouches Hotels & Resorts - Xi'an, China

    Human Resources
    July 2017 - July 2018

    Starting as a brand manager based at the corporate office, I was involved in project and concept planning and development for upcoming properties. Soon after, I was assigned to lead the training & development department and ensure all the training and development activities at the corporate and property level, during the pre-opening and post-opening period are strategically linked to the organization’s mission and vision.

  • Career Center Manager in Training

    HTMi Hotel and Tourism Management Institute Switzerland - Flühli, Switzerland

    Human Resources
    January 2017 - June 2017

    - Job search, candidate shortlisting and career development consulting - Maintenance of recruitment database - Setup and maintenance of company social media page and website - Acquisition of new hospitality and tourism industry partners and organise career fairs - Alumni management - Provide HR and recruitment administrative assistance

  • Training Manager

    MENA Company for Education and Development - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    Consulting
    February 2016 - June 2016

    As part of an exchange program between HTMi Switzerland and Alhokair High Institute for Tourism & Hospitality Saudi Arabia, my responsibilities included: - Bringing the Swiss Hospitality and HTMi culture - Enforcing the HTMi brand over here - Delivering seminars and workshop for the students - Working on development projects

  • Manager in Training

    HTMi Hotel and Tourism Management Institute Switzerland - Flühli, Switzerland

    Management Trainee
    August 2014 - December 2014

    Managerial experience in the F&B department, in Housekeeping and Laundry, in the Coffee Shop and as a Duty Manager.

  • F&B Trainee

    The Ritz-Carlton Abama - Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

    F&B service
    January 2014 - July 2014

    F&B Trainee in the M.B Restaurant (two Michelin Stars). Responsibilities included: setting up and breaking down the restaurant, serving and presenting food and beverages. Three weeks cross-training in Room Service and Banqueting.

  • Kitchen Trainee

    Hôtel des Trois Couronnes - Vevey, Switzerland

    F&B kitchen
    December 2012 - June 2013

    Experience in Restaurant Les Trois Couronnes (one Michelin Star). Responsibilities: preparing the mise en place and contributing to the creation of new daily items, plating, as well as controlling the food quality and managing the department.

Education

  • BSc, Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in International Hospitality Management

    University of Ulster - Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Management - Coleraine, United Kingdom

    June 2016 - January 2017

    Dual Degree, with the Bachelor’s Degree (Hons), International Hotel and Tourism Management from HTMi Graduated with First Class Honours classification.

  • Advanced Diploma in European Baking and Pastry Arts

    HTMi, Hotel and Tourism Management Institute - Lucerne, Switzerland

    July 2015 - December 2015

    A course for my passion of cooking

  • Diploma in Training for Trainers in Hospitality and Tourism Management

    HTMi, Hotel and Tourism Management Institute - Lucerne, Switzerland

    July 2014 - January 2015

    The course was focused on the development of skills and knowledge in various departments within the operations field. Professional Behaviour & Attitude Award

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Hons), International Hotel and Tourism Management

    HTMi, Hotel and Tourism Management Institute - Lucerne, Switzerland

    August 2012 - January 2017

    Dual Degree: the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in International Hospitality Management is also validated and awarded by the University of Ulster, UK

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Public Relations

    UVVG - Arad, Romania

    July 2012 - June 2015

    Long-distance studies to extend my knowledge in the communication and PR field.

  • High School Degree

    Elena Ghiba Birta - Arad, Romania

    January 2008 - January 2012

    Mathematics and Computer Science Major

Languages

  • Romanian
    Native or fluent
    100%
  • English
    Native or fluent
    100%
  • French
    Professional working
    60%
  • Spanish
    Limited working
    40%
  • Mandarin
    Notions
    20%
  • German
    Notions
    20%

Skills

  • Cvent
  • F&B
  • Human Resources
  • Office
  • Opera PMS
  • Rooms Division
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