BE A PART OF HISTORY

We are seeking over 700 new associates to fill positions in entertainment, hospitality and other specialty services with JW Marriott Savannah at Plant Riverside District—a newly transformed historic destination.


Controller

Location: JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District - Savannah, Georgia
Job Title: Controller
Employment Status: Full-Time
Pay Type / FLSA Status: Salaried (Exempt)
Available Shift: All Shifts / Flexible
# of Openings: 1
Requisition Number: 4711

Description

Beginning Summer 2019, JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District is set to transform Savannah’s historic riverfront into a vibrant new entertainment destination inviting guests and visitors to experience incredible dining between 12+ outlets, live music and concerts, high-end shopping and inspired hotel stays. The JW Marriott Savannah will offer 419 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites for couples, families, business guests and groups looking for inspiration, and discerning travelers with an appetite for something different.

 

JW Marriott Savannah offers a work experience unlike any other—where pursuing your passion is not only welcomed, it’s actively encouraged. We’re seeking over 700 new associates (aka Grand Performers) to fill positions in entertainment, hospitality and other specialty services at Plant Riverside District.

 

As a Grand Performer, you will have access to ELITE Benefits/Perks such as:

•Hotel Stay and Food/Beverage discounts at Marriott Hotels Worldwide for you and your family/friends

•Discounted Employee Menu – as low as $2/meal

•We are all friends here!  Refer your friends and get a Bonus up to $2000 if they are hired!

•Largest Hospitality Employer in Savannah – growth opportunities are unlimited!

•20% Discount at all Kessler restaurants, Art Galleries, and Spas

•Start early with your Retirement Plan!  401K match up to 6% - goes into effect after 3 months

•Health Insurance Plans as low as $22/week!

•Stay Healthy!  Kessler Wellness Challenge – promotes healthy lifestyle with discounts at gyms and giveaways

•Discounted Bus Passes

•We care about your Fur Babies too!  We provide discounted Pet Insurance!

• 23 days of Paid Time Off (PTO)/year – start accruing right away!

•Enjoy the Holidays! We offer Seven (7) paid holidays throughout the year!

•”Tickets at Work” discounts, special access to theme parks and more!

•Recognition Program with amazing prizes!

•Tuition Reimbursement and Professional Certification Assistance

•Company paid Basic Life Insurance $10,000

 

*****This position is expected to start 3 months prior to opening date*****

 

 

Objective / Purpose

The overall objective and purpose of the Controller is to function as the hotel’s strategic financial business leader by developing and implementing hotel-wide strategies that deliver products and services to meet or exceed the needs and expectations of the hotel’s target guest and property Grand Performers.  The incumbent is responsible for providing financial expertise to enable the successful implementation of the hotel service strategy and initiatives while maximizing the return on investment to the owners by creation and execution of a business plan (annual budget) that is aligned with the hotel and company’s business strategy and focuses on the execution of financial and accounting activities and the delivery of desirable financial results. They are to provide inspiring and strategic leadership while directing the activities of the hotel in support of the mission, core values, standards and goals established by the company.

 

Areas of Responsibility (AOR)

Primary areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Directs preparation of budgets, reviews budget proposals, and prepares necessary supporting documentation and justification
  • Works with the executive team to develop and maintain an accurate financial forecast
  • Provides management with timely reviews of organization’s financial status and progress in its various programs and activities
  • Partners with and advises the GM and other leaders on existing and evolving operating/financial issues
  • Ensures that the P&L is accurate (i.e. costs are properly matched to revenue; costs are recorded in the proper accounts)
  • Analyzes financial data and market trends
  • Ensures appropriate corrective actions are made based on internal/external audit results
  • Reviews payroll records to ensure accuracy and proper coding in line with budgeted labor
  • Oversees the Labor Productivity program to prevent unnecessary use of labor
  • Implements a system of appropriate controls to manage business risks
  • Ensures compliance with standard operating procedures
  • Oversees internal, external and regulatory audit processes
  • Ensures a strong accounting and operational control environment to safeguard assets, improve operations and profitability
  • Communicates financial concepts in a clear, persuasive, and professional manner that drives desired behaviors
  • Provide Department Heads and Managers/Supervisors training on the various financial systems
  • Facilitates financial and labor critique meetings with the management team
  • Assists other departments with unresolved guest billing issues and issues involving cash, credit cards, invoices, etc.
  • Spot check inventory counts to ensure accuracy of inventory extension
  • Research inventory discrepancies when costs deviate from budget and trends
  • All other duties planned assigned, planned or un-planned

 

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities (KSA)

To perform this role successfully, an individual must have experience achieving desired result(s) in their areas of responsibility. The requirements listed below are representative of observable behaviors and essential knowledge, skill, and abilities required of a successful incumbent.

  • Strategic business leader - Works strategically to devise plans in alignment with organizational goals.
  • Cultivates engagement - Builds loyalty to the company and not to themselves. Proven ability to host/facilitate effective meetings, motivate teams to produce results with tight timeframes while simultaneously managing several projects.
  • Generates alignment - Ensures proper time and effort is spent to build high level performance and consistency throughout collection.
  • Leads with courage - Provides a culture of accountability.
  • Execution of plans - Utilizes our systems, tools and resources to accomplish results and achieve goals
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistics
  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations
  • Advanced Excel skills
  • Knowledge of accounting software, payroll systems, spreadsheet software and word processing software
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports and legal documents
  • Ability to effectively present information to top management, peers and subordinates

 

Supervisory Responsibilities

Supervisory and leadership responsibilities include achieving results through providing direction and accountability of the following Grand Performers within the culture and policies established by the Kessler Collection.

Property Accounting Staff

 

Standards & Culture

Individuals must serve as a cultural ambassador by upholding and promoting our standards.

Image & Presence: Bohemian. Our team is sophisticated and purposeful in their communication and body language

50% Classical European, 35% Colorful Gypsy Lifestyle,  15% Funky California Free Spirit

Service: Intuitive. Our team inspires the guest (and Grand Performer) experience with warmth and deliberate elegance.

Greet, Undivided Attention, Enthusiastic Response, Smile, Thank You

Listen, Empathize & Apologize, Accept Responsibility, Do Something About  it, Exceed Expectations, Recover Loyalty

 

Performance: Extraordinary. Our team rises to outperform and consistently beat our best for even better.

ALIGN

  • Build loyalty to the company and not yourself
  • Enhance property/company perception by both community and Grand Performers
  • Align yourself with the company and lead others to do the same
  • Collaborate effectively to accomplish goals and achieve results across departments and property locations

ENGAGE

  • Actively participate in meetings and shares ideas to determine the right course of action
  • Foster a climate where individuals are committed to partnering and asking for help when needed
  • Enthusiastically share knowledge, experience and talent with others
  • Suggest methods for improving productivity and product quality

EXECUTE

  • Prepared and punctual for all meetings
  • Conducts business and complete tasks according to Standard Operating Procedures
  • Utilize required systems, equipment and resources
  • Increase revenue/productivity while keeping costs within budget
  • Prioritize urgent/vital tasks in order to meet set deadlines

ACCOUNTABLE

  • Improve professional competency and property/location performance
  • Accept responsibility for actions and/or inactions
  • Self-aware, solicit and embrace feedback
  • Communicate feedback openly and respectfully

 

 

Key Partnerships:

To perform this role successfully, an individual must cultivate successful relationships with the following individuals to achieve alignment and support.

Corporate Director of Accounting

General Manager

Director of Human Resources

 

Minimum Qualifications

Education, License, Certifications, Experience

Bachelor’s degree in business or related experience and/or training; or equivalent - preferred

4+ years of experience in Accounting - required

2+ years of relevant work experience in similar scope and title – required

Experience within luxury brand/markets – required

 

Work Environment / Conditions

The work environment/conditions described herein are representative of those that an incumbent may experience.

Must be comfortable working in a shared space, with constant noise, without the use of a private office.

Must be able to cope with frequent changing priorities and deadlines with a high degree of optimism, professionalism & collaboration.

Schedules may vary from week to week based on business demands in excess of 40 hours with or without notice.

 

Physical Demands

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to move 10lbs on a daily basis.

Push, pull, and lift up to 50lbs on a weekly basis.

While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to travel by foot, car, bus,  airplane or other means of transportation which require sitting, waiting and standing for long and short periods of time.

 

This job description is not an exclusive or exhaustive list of all job functions that an incumbent/Grand Performer in this position may be asked to perform.




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