Healthy Plumbing...From Paris to New York, Via New Orleans
Monday, September 19, 2016 • Paris, France
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Chief Number Cruncher
In a young company, you can start big and be free. You get the opportunity to go way beyond the scope of specialized job functions, and fly beyond the confines of an office. We could have called this job "chief controller" or "management accountant" or "online payments manager" or "spreadsheet wizard", but our needs cover all of these. In fact, the job is as big as your potential and curiosity. These are the tasks you will manage to start:
- tracking the numbers for day-to-day activity
- keeping track of online payments and dealing directly with customers on payment issues
- preparing invoices
- preparing quarterly reports
- managing cash flow
- accounting (using Ciel or similar online software)
Reporting directly to the CEO, this job will require:
- considerable autonomy, meaning that most of the work will be performed remotely. Weekly meeting with CEO and staff are the extent of your physical constraint, and even this can be negotiated if you don't live in the Paris.
- ability to learn quickly and autonomously
- smarts with collaborative online applications: GoogleSheets, Excel, Gmail, Ciel (for accounting), website back office.
- working effectively and smoothly with others, in particular directly with customers who encounter online payment issues.
- taking initiative, to get things done without always receiving specific instructions.
fluency in English is a must and fluency in French is highly desirable. Other languages could open up the opportunity to something even greater.
- French accounting knowledge would be a clear advantage
The position as defined is offered on a contract basis. Although being based in Paris would be ideal, we will consider other applicants as long as you are able to come to Paris regularly, or can at least spend a few months in Paris for training. We have attractive housing options for you.
About our company:
Paris-Sharing is an Airbnb-style young company, focused on Paris apartments with upscale services. Our website makes your accommodation experience simple, secure, and social. Choose from over 100 apartments and B&Bs that offer you affordable space and style. From our bienvenue to au revoir, we’re here to enchant you with Paris. Our special blend of local services will leave you sparkling. We'll keep you secure, from your online booking to the end of your stay, with local multi-lingual customer care and built-in insurance.
Adrian Leeds Group manages upscale properties in Paris and Nice for short-term rentals. Properties are booked and services are offered through Paris-Sharing.com
Our international guests, mostly anglophone, choose our apartments because they match with their “Paris dream.”
With the exception of one dinner out and a manicure appointment that couldn't be changed, I've been resting in bed in order to overcome whatever it is I have in time for Tuesday's flight to New York. One night I dreamt about the waterbed I used to sleep in, remembering how much more comfortable it was than any other mattress -- it was like sleeping in a womb -- warm, soft and fully supportive. Why did they go out of fashion, I wondered?
Not having left the apartment (barely) means I totally missed this year's "Journées Européennes du Patrimoine," but hope that many of you took the opportunity to see some of France's finest sights. The numbers of sights open to the public were reduced this year "thanks" to the issue of security and France having extended its national state of emergency until January 26, 2017.
The press cited the Hôtel de Toulouse and the Banque de France among the "coups de coeur" (heartstruck) sights -- a "jewel" was the Hôtel de Toulouse and its Galerie Dorée. Built by Mansart in 1640, the Hotel de La Vrillère was bought in the early 18th-century by the Count of Toulouse, who had it redecorated in the Regency style by architect Robert de Cotte. The centerpiece is the Galerie Dorée, adorned by paintings of great masters, now which reside in the Louvre.
Lying in bed means there has been a lot of TV watching going on, and of course the news. News of Saturday's New York City blast was Sunday morning's breakfast. The blast took place a stone's throw from where my daughter used to live on 24th between 6th and 7th Avenues and a second device found at 27th and 7th Avenue at FIT, where we both attended college! Fortunately no one died and as of now, there is still speculation about it being an act of terrorism or not. We're all so skittish now that every incident of any nature almost anywhere in the world is tagged as terrorism, even if it's just a "lone wolf" as perpetrator and not the Islamic State Organization.
Will it stop me from going to New York? Of course not. Neither will this bug I have. The toilet fiasco is well over now, thank goodness, but the dust left behind has been insufferable. That's the price one pays for having good plumbing.
One of our loyal readers, Ray Ruiz, a native New Orleanian and proprietor of "La Dauphine" B&B (in New Orleans on Dauphine Street of course), is one of those people who is full of good information. Almost daily, Ray sends me some tidbit related to France that I can sink my teeth into and very often share with you. Ray's "plumbing" wasn't doing so well, either, as it turns out.
While Ray was being ushered into Touro Infirmary (a New Orleans hospital founded in 1852 by an endowment from Judah Touro) for emergency bypass surgery last Friday, I was reading his latest email. In it was a map of Paris as drawn by Topito from an article titled "Top 15 des cartes de villes françaises version honnête, tout de suite c’est plus clair" (Top 15 maps of French towns -- the honest version, immediate and clear)
Ray thought I'd get a kick out of the map and thought you would, too. The idea is that should you spend a weekend in any one of these cities, you might find these little maps useful so that you don't find yourself lost in the middle of the night without knowing where to get a good drink. (See topito.com/top-cartes-honnetes-grandes-villes-france)
A special get well and thank you message goes to Ray...who is whiling away his time at Touro post surgery still very much online on Facebook!
And thanks to all of you sent get-well messages to me. Your thoughtfulness is overwhelming.
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High-end hospitality company seeks customer-focused, energetic, resourceful operational manager.
Adrian Leeds Group offers upscale properties in Paris and Nice for short-term rentals. Our international guests, mostly Anglophone, choose our apartments because they match with their “Paris dream.” To make this dream come true, you as an operational manager will supervise a complex process of service delivery, from booking the apartment to insuring all goes well during the guest's stay.
Here is what is required to excel:
- Able to communicate with clarity and diplomacy with apartment owners and with international guests, mostly in English but sometimes in French. You will need French to communicate with local service providers.
- A team-player, working marvelously well with people in a non-hierarchical organization to coordinate the different resources required to deliver high-quality service (concierges, cleaners). You know the power of the smile and your personal energy is contagious.
- Resourcefulness and initiative. Our company is small and beautiful. You'll need to find solutions to problems that you may encounter for the first time, and always think of ways to improve the way we work.
- A customer-satisfaction guru. If you are not one yet, you will need to become one. This means thinking about every situation from the standpoint of the customer, and not feeling a compulsion to defend yourself. Customers are demanding, and not always reasonable. If you think you need to set them straight, this is not the job for you.
- A sense for quality in hospitality and a knack for details. You'll need to understand what it is our guests expect from their stay, and insure that each apartment meets up to our quality standards. "The devil is in the details" but you have a natural eye for such things and are good at keeping track of them.
- IT proficient. You need to feel comfortable working with all sorts of internet-based applications to make all of our jobs easier. Our "virtual" workplaces are more developed than our physical work places. Moreover, as part of your resourcefulness, you will keep an eye on evolving internet applications that can improve our service delivery and work efficiency.
- Autonomy and flexibility. We don't work in offices. We work from wherever we are, meeting guests in an apartment, in dedicated cafés, from home, etc. You need to be able to organize your time without office-hour constraints, but with the flexibility of doing some work on weekends (that's when our customers are most active and we can't change that).
- Experience or good knowledge in working effectively with Airbnb, HomeAway and TripAdvisor would be a real advantage.
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