Corporate Controller (Restaurant)

  • WKS Restaurant Group
  • Cypress, CA, USA
  • Nov 09, 2019
Full time Other

Job Description

WKS Restaurant Group is a dynamic, rapidly growing multi-concept franchise restaurant developer and operator, operating over 250 stores in 17 states. WKS is a licensed franchisee of El Pollo Loco, Wendy's, Denny's, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Blaze Pizza and Corner Bakery Café.

Position Summary:

The specific areas of responsibility of the Controller will include the management and oversight of the Accounting Department, including:


  • Develop and maintain systems and processes to ensure the accurate and timely reporting of the financial results of the company, including internal reporting to management and staff to operate the business, and GAAP basis financial reporting to external stakeholders
  • Develop and maintain a system of internal controls necessary to safeguard the company's assets, especially cash, and ensure the integrity and accuracy of the company's data and financial statements
  • Manage the accounting staff to accomplish these objectives. This includes recruiting, training, goal setting and performance management, recommending department structural changes as appropriate, while observing cost-benefit considerations and budgetary constraints
  • Champion a customer service culture within the Accounting Dept at all times
  • Work effectively with external service providers including independent auditors, outside tax accountants, consultants, banks/lenders and others
  • Ensure timely payment of the Company's financial obligations to employees, vendors, landlords, lenders, governmental agencies and others by effective management of the Payroll and A/P departments
  • Working with the Financial Planning Dept, provide Operations leaders and store management teams with budget variances and other tools for managing weekly and monthly performance, and process related monthly bonus payments
  • Partner with the IT Dept to identify and adopt new technology tools wherever cost effective to automate and continuously improve the quality, timeliness and efficiency of financial reporting
  • Assist in various analyses and projects requested by the Senior Leadership Team of the Company

Education, Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, CPA certification preferred
  • Minimum 5 years direct responsibility leading an accounting department in a multi-unit retail environment, ideally chain restaurants
  • Strong technology skills, including experience with GL accounting software, payroll systems, and a web based Google and MS Office environment (Google Docs, Gmail, Excel, Smart Sheets, Expensify, etc.), plus a willingness to learn new tools
  • Strong leadership qualities and interpersonal skills, and a genuine desire to help others learn and develop
  • Good working knowledge of restaurant POS & back office systems (Aloha, Micros)
  • Proven track record of process improvement and automation
  • High integrity, self-confidence and credibility
  • Well organized with effective time management skills, and a sense of urgency
  • Ability to prioritize, achieve team alignment and make decisions
  • Comfortable adapting to change resulting from growth, and managing others in a fast paced environment

WKS Restaurant Group is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.