Job Description Summary
The Controller will be a strategic thought-partner, and report directly to the General Manager with dotted lines to the Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer. The successful candidate will be a hands-on and participative manager and will lead and develop an internal team to support the following areas: finance, business planning and budgeting.
The Controller will play a critical role in partnering with the senior leadership team in strategic decision relating to cost containment, revenue enhancement, profit improvement opportunities and safeguarding of the company’s assets.
This position champions, develops and implements property-wide strategies that deliver products and services to meet or exceed the needs and expectations of the brand’s target customer and property employees. The position provides the financial expertise to enable the successful implementation of the brand service strategy and brand initiatives while maximizing the return on investment. In addition, creates and executes a business plan that is aligned with the property and brand’s business strategy and focuses on the execution of financial activities and the delivery of desirable financial results.
Develop and oversee accounting policies and procedures to meet both current and future business requirements of the property to include continuous improvement of Accounting and Financial Processes and the development of the team with the goal to achieve best practices and optimal output.
Oversee the External Audit, review and analyze results and recommend for approval the Audited Financial Statements.
Prepare the financial section of the annual report.
Oversee the Cash Management function, including banking relationships.
Ensure that the property is in compliance with all internal policies and relevant regulations and ensure filings are completed in a timely manner.
Develop and oversee finance and operations controls and policies to ensure compliance in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the corporate office. Ensure effective follow up processes are in place.
Manage the financial system including the payroll function, ensuring maximum productivity and that it meets the needs of the business today and the future.
Perform other duties as assigned and may serve as “manager on duty”” as required.
Strategy and Planning:
Involvement with strategy development and implementation of short and long-term financial forecasts of financial performance for use with internal management and external parties.
Understanding and monitors re-engineering processes and large scale systems change to ensure that plans, processes and programs are being utilized.
Develop, implement and maintain accounting and administrative policies and procedures for a wide-ranging set of activities including financial accounting and reporting, and other corporate policies.
Protects assets by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing internal controls.
Monitors and confirms financial condition by conducting audits; providing information to external auditors.
Maximizes return, and limits risk, on cash by minimizing bank balances; making investments.
Provides status of financial condition by collecting, interpreting, and reporting financial data.
Monitors budget allocations, expenditures, fund balances and related financial activities for the purpose of ensuring that allocations are accurate, revenues are recorded, expenses are within budget limits and/or fiscal practices are followed.
Managing your Team
Ensure that the Accounting team is consistent with their service delivery and operates in a consultative and solutions-based capacity to all levels of department and employees with regard to financially related plans, policies and procedures.
Ensure team members receive proper training applicable to their position and career aspirations and in accordance with company policy and/or local laws
Responsible for monitoring, measuring, and recognizing performance of team members who directly report to the role and indirect reports
Support, comply and promote company initiative, policies and guidelines.
Handle employee issues in a professional and timely manner.
Leading with Passion
Develop Finance and Accounting team goals that are fully aligned with the organization goals.
Lead and coach the team to recruit and retain high caliber staff.
Provide coaching, guidance and support, set professional development plans to assist employees to reach their full potential through the Performance Management process.
Ensure the team delivers the highest standard of departmental, cross departmental and cross functional teamwork and customer service.
Ensure optimal deployment of resources to achieve business goals.
Lead by example and operate with integrity and respect.
Inspire your team to embrace and demonstrate our values and G.U.E.S.T. People Standards.
Qualifications and Skills:
A candidate for this position must possess the following applicable knowledge, skills and abilities and be able to demonstrate and provide applicable examples to support his/her competency.
Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 3-5-five years of professional financial and operations management experience in a high-volume hospitality environment with an emphasis on pre-opening.
The ideal candidate has experience of final responsibility for the quality and content of all financial data, reporting and audit coordination.
Ability to translate financial concepts and effectively collaborate with different departments who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds.
Technology savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing relationships with software vendors; knowledge of accounting and reporting software.
Commitment to training programs that maximize individual and organization goals across the organization including best practices in accounting/ finance activities.
A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills which support and enable sound decision making
Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external customers.
A multi-tasker with the ability to wear many hats in a fast-paced environment
Welcome to Sonesta. These three simple words could open up a whole new world to you. Each of the hotels and resorts in the Sonesta Collection provides a unique experience unrivalled in the hotel industry. Sprung from the classic hoteliers of the mid-20th century, Sonesta enjoys a rich history celebrating nearly 70 years in hospitality. We offer a diverse and distinctive portfolio of nearly 60 properties across three continents, each providing an authentic visit delightfully reflecting the culture and personality of its destination.
We aspire to greet every Sonesta guest with a spirit of warmth and welcome, proudly exceeding our guests’ expectations. Those aspirations extend deep into the heart of our hotels – right into the lives of our employees. In fact, we consider ourselves more than a hotel management company - we’re a member of the communities we serve. At our core, we celebrate the individuality of everyone who walks through our doors. For our employees, that means we ensure they develop the skills and tools they need to do their job and exceed even their own expectations. We invite you to discover what you have been missing at Sonesta. Join us – we can’t wait to meet you!
We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristics required by law.
The statements in this job description are intended to represent the key duties and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be ALL responsibilities or qualifications of the job. This position is classified as exempt and is not subject to overtime in accordance with Federal and State Regulations. This job description is subject to change at any time.
Additional Job Description
Sonesta recognizes that benefits play a vital role in helping ensure the health and financial security of employees and their families. We offer a variety of benefits to our employees including:
Health Benefits (Health & Dental Insurance)
401(k) Retirement Plan
Sonesta Hotels & Other Outlets Discounts
Employee Recognition Programs
Newborn & Adopted Child Leave
Spousal & Domestic Partner Leave
Short Term Disability
Long term Disability
Employee Referral Program
Employee Activities & Events
Upon submitting your application, please ensure you complete a full application in addition to attaching a resume. Incomplete applications received will not be considered.