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JOB OVERVIEW:

The principal purpose of this position is to execute complex, technical accounting and financial reporting processes to support the preparation of Darden’s consolidated financial statements in accordance with the provisions of US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, as well as ensuring compliance with the requisite internal controls designed and stated in the Company’s Section 404 Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) documentation. The position also assists in managing the periodic SEC filing process, including communications with internal and external auditors and the Disclosure Committee to ensure Darden meets all SEC reporting deadlines. This position is one of the principal drafters of the Financial Statements and Footnotes and Management’s Discussion and Analysis, among other sections, included in the Company’s quarterly Form 10-Q’s and annual Form 10-K’s (i.e. the Annual Report). The position will be utilized to develop emerging leaders for the accounting and finance areas throughout the organization.


Flexible work arrangements offered such as flexible start & end times and remote work options 1-2 days each week as business needs allow


ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

-Assist in planning and executing quarterly/annual SEC filing process to ensure all stakeholders are set up for success to timely file required reports.

-Responsible for developing external financial statements, including external presentation for Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Statement of Cash Flows and Statement of Stockholders Equity, in addition to supporting footnotes

-Responsible for leading the international franchise accounting processes

-Support the Company’s month end close process, including journal entry review and approval, as well as monthly account reconciliations

-Execute internal controls related to assigned responsibilities and processes to ensure effective internal control over financial reporting

-Ensure compliance with GAAP in the execution of assigned accounting areas

-Supervise staff accountants, review and approve their work and oversee their individual personal development

-Support special projects that impact assigned responsibilities, such as system implementations, acquisitions, divestitures, etc.

-Facilitate quarterly and annual reviews/audits with internal and external auditors, in connection with assigned responsibilities

-Research technical accounting and financial reporting guidance as needed

-Create accounting/finance models to forecast quarterly and annual financial results, including analysis of costs versus Business Plan and previous estimates

-Liase and work collaboratively across all Restaurant Brands and functions to ensure accuracy of assigned processes

-Provide ad hoc accounting/analysis to other functional areas in connection with assigned areas


REQUIRED TECHNICAL SKILLS:

-Experience in auditing and/or preparing SEC reports including 10Q’s and 10K’s

-Strong Microsoft Excel and Word skills

-Demonstrated self-starter, with strong organizational skills, able to work independently

-Excellent verbal and written communication skills

-Critical thinking capacity, with the ability to think high-level yet execute at the detail level

-Fundamental financial, statistical, and analytical capabilities

-Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally, manage multiple projects simultaneously and manage competing priorities

-Proficiency with Oracle, HFM, Discoverer a plus

-Experience with SOX Section 404, internal control over financial reporting a plus


REQUIRED EDUCATION:

-Bachelor’s Degree and/or Master’s in Accounting or Finance


OTHER KEY QUALIFICATIONS

-CPA achieved or, in process

-Minimum of 3-4 years in public accounting, auditing, consulting, or equivalent experience