Chief Financial Officer for $2 billion contract food service business based in North America. Chartwells Higher Education has over 30,000 employees that serve over 300 Colleges and Universities across the United States. Position will be based in Chicago and reports to the CEO of Chartwells Higher Education, with dotted line reporting to the CFO of Compass Education.
Contribute to the Chartwells Higher Ed strategy and planning with emphasis on delivering disciplined growth
Primary responsibility for financial management of $2 billion Sector
Lead a team of ~100 finance professionals across the organization
Maintain strong focus on Corporate Governance and Compliance
Evaluate new business and acquisition proposals
Evaluation and disclosure of financial transactions including: acquisitions and divestitures, technology projects, consolidations, restructurings, franchising
Work closely with executive team regarding strategic planning to increase revenue, profit and working capital
Drive strategic initiatives e.g. Loss Prevention, Model Market, etc.
Continually enhance MAP reporting and drive business review process
Support and advise the CEO
Continually challenge the status quo and look to provide added value
10+ Years of Senior Financial Management experience
Bachelor’s Degree required; MBA a plus
CPA or equivalent accounting certification required
Prior experience as senior financial leader within similar industry for multi-site business with revenue in excess of $1 billion
Food service industry knowledge and experience would be an advantage
Public accounting background a plus
Extensive experience with large transactions (Business Development & Contract Negotiation)
Strong negotiation, communication and analysis skills required
Retail focus & commercial acumen
Hands on experience with process improvement methodologies, project management, and change management strongly preferred.
Travel throughout the US required (20%)
Strong interpersonal, influencing and team skills.
Internal Number: Req Id430994
About Chartwells Higher Education
Chartwells is part of the education sector of Compass Group. We
operate on more than 300 higher education campuses, delivering
expertise to large and small colleges and universities. A diverse family
of food and nutrition specialists, we are dedicated to providing
healthy dining options to the academic community, building strong
bodies, sharp minds and the foundation for a longer, healthier life.
Our key values are People, Cuisine, Community, Culture and Ideas.
Since Chartwells’ launch in 1996, our dining services and programs
continue to evolve with the market and restaurant trends. Consequently,
we bring our partners the latest nutritional research, technology,
innovative food platforms and brands, and a culture of fun to
the schools we serve.