The Director of Finance functions as the property’s Financial Business Leader.  As a member of the Executive Committee the incumbent champions, develops and implements hotel-wide strategies that deliver products and services to meet or exceed the needs and expectations of guests, team members, owners. Creates and executes a business plan that is aligned with the hotel’s business strategy with a primary focus on the execution of financial and accounting activities and the delivery of financial results.

Experience 

  • At least 4-5 years of related Director of Finance experience
  • In-depth lodging/hospitality industry knowledge
  • Excellent finance, accounting, and analytical skills, including experience with cash management, forecasting, revenue management strategies, budgeting, and project management
  • Experience evaluating business trends and developing and successfully implementing new business programs and strategies that enhance financial performance
  • Experience in owner relations is preferred.
  • Experience with complex operating and financial agreements; demonstrated success in evaluating risks and developing proactive strategies and plans to mitigate business issues.
  • Experience managing people preferred
Personal Attributes and Competencies
  • Financial management skills e.g., ability to analyze P&L statements, develop operating budgets, prepare a short and long-term forecast, and champion capital expenditure planning
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills
  • Strong organization skills
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to use standard software applications and hotel systems; technology-savvy
  • Strategic planning skills; ability to translate financial concepts into actionable business strategies and tactics   
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships
  • Communicate financial concepts in a clear and persuasive manner that is easy to understand and drives desired behaviors
  • Leverage strong functional leadership and communication skills to influence the executive team, the hotel's strategies and to lead own team
  • Openly share own viewpoints even when they may be unpopular, and encourage others to do so
Education or Certification
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or related field required
  • CPA preferred
Skills:
Financial management skills e.g., ability to analyze P&L statements, develop operating budgets, prepare a short and long-term forecast, and champion capital expenditure planning
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and presentation skills.
  • Strong organization skills
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to use standard software applications and hotel systems; technology-savvy
  • Strategic planning skills; ability to translate financial concepts into actionable business strategies and tactics.  
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships
  • Communicate financial concepts in a clear and persuasive manner that is easy to understand and drives desired behaviors
  • Leverage strong functional leadership and communication skills to influence the executive team, the hotel's strategies and to lead own team
  • Openly share own viewpoints even when they may be unpopular, and encourage others to do so
  • Negotiate skillfully in tough situations, settle differences with minimum noise, and win concessions without damaging relationships; can be both direct and forceful as well as diplomatic; gain the trust of key stakeholders.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Lead and facilitate the achievement of property annual goals and targets to ensure profitability and revenue growth. Actively participate in cross-functional teams to drive overall business performance, e.g. revenue management and sales and marketing tools
  • Deliver against balanced scorecard and discipline initiatives to build brand equity and customer allegiance
  • Manage working capital, cash flow, capital and overall expenses to obtain the highest value. Identify risk exposure and effectively manage financial risk to create and preserve value, ensuring effective systems of controls are in place.
  • Function as a strategic business partner to the GM and the Executive Committee. Leverage strong financial expertise and business acumen to influence the strategic direction of the operation, identify opportunities for growth, optimize the allocation of financial resources, and drive business results. Advise the GM and the executive committee on existing and evolving business/financial issues and protect and strengthen Auberge's competitive advantage by supporting sound business and financial decision making.
  • Effectively lead the execution of finance and accounting responsibilities for the property including the preparation of the annual business plan and operating budget, forecasting, internal controls, financial analysis, cash management, balance sheet reconciliation, financial reporting, P&L accuracy, capital expenditure budget, etc. 
  • Focus on maximizing the property’s revenue by supporting the development of revenue generating strategies for different areas of the hotel and related lines of business. Work with revenue management to develop effective revenue management strategies and set aggressive goals; participate in sales strategy meetings and use financial expertise and analytical models to evaluate the mix of transient and group revenue and provide pricing and inventory recommendations to increase market share and attain growth and profit goals.
  • Help enhance the team’s business skills. Educate department heads on sales and profit maximization and cost control; provide ongoing analytical decision support & tools to ensure revenue goals are met and opportunities are identified and addressed.
  • Use financial analysis and market information to anticipate needs, identify business/financial issues, and recommend actions to maximize financial return. Identify opportunities to create value by challenging existing processes, encouraging innovation and driving necessary change through calculated risk-taking.
  • Put in place appropriate controls to manage the business and financial risks. Ensure a strong accounting & operational control environment to safeguard assets, improve operations and profitability. Ensure compliance with the standard and local operating procedures and local regulations.
  • Leverage technology and effectively use information systems and tools to create operational efficiency and generate information to support decision-making. Oversee the acquisition and maintenance of property based systems under Auberge guidelines.
  • Oversee internal, external, and regulatory audit processes and ensure compliance with SOPs; make sure appropriate corrections are made
  • Reconcile balance sheet and ensure account balances are supported by appropriate supporting documentation in accordance with SOPs.
  • Ensure all issues on the balance sheet are disclosed and compliance with certification is timely.
  • Ensure that the P&L is accurate and statements are delivered to appropriate individuals in a timely manner.
  • Effectively manage property working capital and cash flow; identify key projects and manage associated capital expenditure funds for product improvement and increased revenue potential
  • Create the annual operating budget for the property and provide analytical support during budget reviews to identify cost saving and productivity opportunities for property managers
  • Analyze financial data and market trends and produce accurate forecasts that enable operations to react to changes in the business; facilitate critique meetings to review information with management team.  Provide regional and corporate recipients with forecast information in a timely manner
  • Ensure tax rates used for sales/use tax are current and proper amounts are collected and/or accrued. Oversee the payment of real estate/ property taxes, payroll and other applicable local taxes, and if applicable hold in funded escrow accounts. Ensure tax-exempt transactions are appropriate and properly documented
  • Analyze ROI capital projects prior to committing funds and upon completion determine if anticipated results were achieved
  • Serve as a liaison between home office, property, and insurance carrier when claims are filed
  • Manage through people and reliable system & process, and  assign team members and other department managers' clear accountability backed by appropriate authority to accomplish goals
Owner Relations:
  • In partnership with the GM, develop a trusting and effective business partnership with the property owners by understanding the management contract, deal structure, and the owner's ROI expectations. Provide valuable information to owners and the Regional team, give meaning or context to the financial results, and demonstrate a solid understanding of cash flow and owner priorities.  Proactively anticipate and address owner's needs and manage an effective balance between the owner's and Auberge's interests developing solutions that create value for both. Pull in resources as necessary to help to resolve owner relations/contract issues
  • Effectively manage communication with owners. Regular dialogue and presentations to owner’s representatives on actual and forecasted financial results. Development and presentation of business cases
  • Promote and sell ideas persuasively to owners for stimulating business opportunities, improving service, and increasing profitability
  • Accountable for compliance with contract and reporting requirements for the property. Ensure the rest of the executive and property management team is familiar with  the management contract and structure of the deal, and in compliance with contract requirements
  • Build effective working relationship with the rest of the property management team, regional and corporate groups, external customers, partners and auditors. Effectively leverage resources outside of own area
Talent & Culture
  • Hire, retain, and continually develop diverse, high-caliber talent that makes a strong positive impact on the organization
  • Create a working environment where team members perform at their best, encouraging managers to set challenging objectives & take risks, differentiating top performers, and fostering teamwork
  • Ensure team members participate in the department’s orientation program and receive the appropriate training to successfully perform their job.  Ensure team members are cross-trained to support successful daily operations
  • Set goals and expectations for direct reports using the performance assessment process and holds staff accountable for successful performance; coach team by providing specific feedback to improve performance. Create appropriate developmental plans and develop team members based on their individual strengths, development needs, career aspirations, and abilities
  • Establish and maintain open, collaborative relationships with direct reports and entire Finance team
  • Utilize associate feedback and an “open door” policy to identify and address team members' problems or concerns in a timely manner. Ensure team members are treated fairly and equitably; bring issues to the attention of TAlent & Culture as necessary
  • Celebrate successes and publicly recognize the contributions of team members
  • Promote an organizational environment that rapidly assimilates new information to improve business performance through assertive leadership, and create a culture of candor
  • Actively pursue learning and self- development to enhance own professional growth. Seek and welcomes feedback. Take action to enhance performance based on experiences & coaching
  • Use strong technical expertise and understanding of the business and economy, laws, regulations, and tax issues and their potential impact on the business to devise strategies to manage financial risk and grow the business
  • Develop processes to enhance communication and sharing of best practices and learnings within the hotel and across markets.

A review of this description has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties.  All duties and requirements are essential job functions. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position.  Employees will be required to perform any other job-related duties assigned by their supervisor. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise.

Benefits:

We offer competitive wages, training and career development. Benefit packages include medical and dental coverage, vision, flexible spending account, 401k with company match, tuition reimbursement, lifestyle perks, and a great working environment.

Benefits:
We recognize and celebrate the rich and unique culture of our people in our locations and endeavor to enrich lives.  We offer competitive wages, training and career development.  Benefit packages include medical and dental coverage, vision, flexible spending account, 401k with company match, tuition reimbursement, lifestyle perks.

About Auberge Resorts Collection:

WE ARE A FAMILY...
With a heart for hospitality creating joy and happiness
Respecting others and the world around us
Celebrating creativity and embracing new experiences
Valuing each person’s individuality and unique voice
Striving to be the best that each of us can be
Finding solutions and delivering exceptional results

Auberge Resorts Collection has created a timeless collection of exceptional properties, each with its own distinctive character that assures a unique and memorable experience. The Auberge Resorts Collection is comprised of award-winning properties, all of which are regularly awarded with top distinctions from the following publications: Travel+Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, Andrew Harper’s, and Forbes Travel Guide. With distinctive properties in pristine locations including Napa Valley, Cabo San Lucas, Aspen, Fiji, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, Auberge Resorts offers handcrafted careers to exceptional professionals with a heart for hospitality and a passion for joy and happiness.

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About Madeline Hotel:

Madeline Hotel and Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection is the premier resort in Telluride, one of the most desirable year-round destinations for authentic adventure. Ideally situated in the heart of Mountain Village, this stunning alpine resort sits mid-mountain overlooking the historic town of Telluride. The 83-room and 71-residence hotel has on its doorstep the world-famous Telluride Ski Resort, along with year-round recreation, shopping and festivals and offers easy gondola access to Telluride and the valley below. Surrounded on three sides by the dramatic 14,000-foot peaks of the San Juan Mountains, Madeline welcomes guests as well as locals.

Auberge Resorts Collection provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Auberge Resorts Collection complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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