Franchise Business Consultant

DineEquity - Texas

Partner with the Dallas area franchisees to diagnose barriers which affect performance and assist with developing business plans to maximize improvement (operations, marketing, training, human resources, etc)
Collect and maintain an active working knowledge of the key business metrics for their assigned franchisees portfolio of restaurants and use these metrics to analyze issues and opportunities for each restaurant and the franchisee’s business as a whole.
Ensure franchisee compliance with all Standard Operating Procedures, Operations Assessment Report and Mystery Shop standards and develop corrective action plans, milestones and timetables where appropriate
Remain actively involved with any restaurant/organization that routinely delivers a customer experience inconsistent with the IHOP vision, supporting the definition and execution of a work plan to improve and ensure steady progress toward compliance
Assist franchisee with assessing talent and bench strength at all levels to achieve short and long term business needs
Assist franchisees with developing and maintaining a capital plan sufficient to meet all development and remodel obligations
Serve as franchisee representative and advocate with restaurant support center points of contact and IHOP management
Employ effective interpersonal and negotiation skills to effectively drive business objectives and manage change
Fully understand the purpose and benefits of new programs and decisions in order to effectively influence franchisees and obtain requisite buy-in; provide feedback when programs or communication are inadequate
Actively share and assist franchisees in adopting best practices.
ServSafe or similarly approved training or any other state required compliance training, if applicable
Minimum of 5+ years in a field operations-oriented leadership role within the food service industry or comparable multi-unit retail industry
ServSafe or similarly approved training or any other state required compliance training, if applicable
Proven ability to deliver results, effectively influencing decisions through strong negotiation skills
Demonstrated ability and experience to consult with and influence business owners. Advanced knowledge of consultative approaches and experience guiding leaders to make better business decisions
Ability to plan and set priorities to achieve business objectives
Outstanding accountability and focus skills
Strong business acumen skills (basic financial skills, use of competitive data, etc)
Ability to communicate and present effectively to various audiences
Excellent time management and organizational skills
Basic Microsoft Office Suite
Ability to travel up to 60% of the time