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VP of Strategy and Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)

Company: BJ's Restaurants, Inc.
Location: Huntington Beach
Posted on: January 8, 2022

Job Description:

Job Title VP of Strategy and Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Posted: 7/26/2021 Location Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Description BJ's Restaurants, Inc. (Nasdaq: BJRI) is a national brand with Brewhouse roots and a menu where craft matters. Our broad menu has something for everyone: slow-roasted entrees, BJ's EnLIGHTened Entrees -, signature deep dish pizza and the often imitated, but never replicated world-famous Pizookie - dessert. BJ's has been a pioneer in the craft brewing world since 1996, and takes pride in serving BJ's award-winning proprietary handcrafted beers. Founded in 1978, BJ's now generates over $1 billion in sales and owns and operates more than 200 restaurants in 29 states. The VP of Strategy and Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) is a part of the executive team that partners with functional leaders in operations, guest experience, culinary and marketing to help shape and drive business strategy. S/he will lead a team responsible for budgeting and developing and implementing strategic plans with other functional leaders, and oversees financial, marketing, operations and menu analysis for the Company. S/he works closely with the CEO and CFO on developing the annual strategy presentation to the board and setting goals and objectives for the Company. Additionally, the successful candidate will lead the annual planning process and contribute to quarterly earnings releases.
Strategic Requirements

  • Provide strategic, data driven insights and recommendations to help each department make well informed business decisions. These insights should be holistic in view and not coming from only a financial standpoint.
  • Cultivate strong relationships with each department head to support cross organizational business decision making processes.
  • Manage and prioritize department work flow, deadlines and expectations in a very fast-paced organization.
  • Proactively identify areas of opportunity and implement solutions to improve efficiency (i.e., report/data automation, streamlining duplication across reporting, etc.).
  • Provide guidance and explanations to non-financial partners so they better understand the analyses and can make more informed decisions.
  • Manage the centralized flow of analyses for the entire organization; perform analyses for various departments including, but not limited to, Marketing, Menu/Beverage, Operations, Supply Chain, Facilities and Risk.
  • Ensure critical projects continue moving forward while also meeting the day-to-day requirements and deadlines.
  • Work directly with executives and members of the Board of Directors on ad hoc projects as needed.
  • Attend and participate in various monthly department meetings; present information and insights during the meetings and circle back with the team on unresolved questions or requests that come out of the meetings.
  • Proactively identify any areas of concern across the business and communicate those concerns to the relevant people.
  • Maintain a very thorough knowledge of the broader strategic vision of the company as it relates to all parts of the business.
  • Oversee a fantastic team of five with two direct reports; provide leadership and opportunity to support the team's continued professional growth. Tactical Requirements
    • Manage the annual budget process and provide guidance on the quarterly restaurant forecasts.
    • Lead the quarterly board deck process including the preparation of the CEO's strategic presentation.
    • Manage and prepare earnings release data and analytics for the quarterly earnings release calls.
    • Maintain both short and long-term forecasting models including P&L, statement of cash flows, balance sheet, capital expenditures and various leverage ratios.
    • Lead the weekly executive strategy meetings and maintain and communicate updates on the strategic initiatives for the year.
    • Help identify reasonable stretch goals for Director and above MBOs and communicate results periodically throughout the year.
    • Proactively identify new reporting needs and re-vamp/streamline existing reporting as needed.
    • Provide guidance to the Finance team regarding their individual responsibilities as needed.
    • Assist cross functional team members at all levels within the organization in preparing ad hoc data/analysis requests. Skill Requirements
      • Willing and able to roll sleeves up every single day and work with the team to achieve both department and business goals.
      • Possess a natural curiosity about the business and act on it.
      • Communicate timely and effectively to ensure all invested parties are in the loop.
      • Ability to change direction at a moment's notice.
      • Desire to work in a fast-paced, ever changing environment.
      • Able to multi-task and meet deadlines.
      • Excellent organizational skills to manage and prioritize the substantial amount of requests that come in.
      • Advanced Excel and PowerPoint skills are a must.
      • Knowledge of MicroStrategy and other business intelligence tools preferred.

Keywords: BJ's Restaurants, Inc., Huntington Beach , VP of Strategy and Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Accounting, Auditing , Huntington Beach, California

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