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JOB OVERVIEW:

The Supervisor of Accounts Payable iKitchen & Research is responsible for managing the review of vendor statements to ensure accurate payments / credits are posted and that outstanding liabilities are reconciled. The supervisor ensures that an adequate control environment exists, including timely and accurate preparation of reconciliations and ongoing updates to all Sarbanes-Oxley documentation.


ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Financial

-Support manager to prepare budgets and to ensure department spending is within budget and variances are explained.

-Oversee the Accounts Payable iKitchen and IR Research, including the preparation of efficiency, accuracy and productivity metrics.

-Ensure compliance with GAAP in the recording of expenses, prepayments and liabilities.

-Ensure an adequate control environment exists by developing, documenting, and enforcing adequate procedures and controls for department functions, including the timely and accurate preparation of reconciliations. Continually adhere to and update Sarbanes-Oxley documentation for the payment cycle.


Employee

-Lead and direct the activities of the Accounts Payable iKitchen and Research staff, including the direct supervision of ten team members.

-Execute the selection of top-quality talent to facilitate the attainment of team goals and objectives.

-Develop team members by supporting training, development, and other professional growth opportunities; manage individual and team performance through coaching, feedback, and performance management discussions.

-Demonstrate Darden’s Values by promoting open communications, good working relations, and a helpful teamwork attitude.


Process Excellence

Ensure accurate, timely and efficient flow of appropriately approved documents through Accounts Payable and manage & balance all outside interfaces.

-Approve annual staff productivity goals, communicate and report status on targets, train on the tools required to attain targets, and develop and coach employees as needed.

-Collaborate with internal peers to plan and implement short- and long-term strategies to improve operational efficiencies in FTEs, optimization of workflow, and processes.

-Manage the continued development of procedure and training manuals for all areas of responsibility; analyze activities/processes to implement cost reduction measures and enhancements.

-Maintain and enhance the processes for reconciling and paying vendors utilizing the iKitchen system (Custom Distributors, Fresh Fish, Produce, Alcohol, Dairy, Breadsticks, etc.).

-Supervise the research staff ensuring that vendor statements and open invoices are researched and resolved in a timely manner. Review, recommend and implement enhancements to the process that improve the efficiency or effectiveness of the research process including the management of the phone calls and the completion of the research cycle.

-Act as liaison with the Brands to review trends at month-end and perform research related to P&L questions.

-Assist in the completion of analysis for internal/external audit processes, answer inquires, provide support and risk analysis, correct deficiencies.

-Manage other department functions including analyzing account balances impacted by Accounts Payable, field calls from vendors & restaurant managers for issue resolution and other management reports.

-Coordinate with other accounting and administrative departments to support the needs of operations, including data mining queries, prepaid account maintenance, and general procedural knowledge.

-Manage special projects as assigned.


REQUIRED TECHNICAL SKILLS:

-Accounting knowledge and control minded

-Proficiency in Word, Excel and Office


REQUIRED EDUCATION:

-Bachelor's degree in finance or accounting or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


OTHER KEY QUALIFICATIONS:

-Strong interpersonal, analytical, business partnering, and managerial skills.

-Demonstrated ability to multi-task while meeting strict deadlines in a fast paced, high-pressure environment.

-Excellent written and oral communication skills required, with demonstrated ability to communicate with all levels in an informational and presentational format.

-Ability to lead, coach and develop a large staff.

-Ability to plan, organize and lead projects with minimal guidance.

-Ability to prepare concise reports for senior management with independent insights.


PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

-Knowledge of Oracle financial systems are desired.