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Financial Analyst II

Orlando, FL

Darden’s family of restaurants features some of the most recognizable and successful brands in full-service dining — Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Yard House, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Eddie V’s. We own and operate more than 1,900 restaurants and are proud to employ over 190,000 team members, making us one of the 50 largest private employers in America.

Darden’s finance team encompasses both corporate and brand-specific roles that focus on FP&A as well as providing direct decision-making support for our operations, marketing, human resources, and technology teams. We nurture career development with a pro-active rotation program focused on developing well-rounded future leaders.

The Financial Analyst II – Planning & Operations Analysis is responsible for forecasting, analyzing, and financial modeling in support of business objectives. In this role, the Financial Analyst is also responsible for developing proactive solutions and communicating potential impact on the overall business.

Flexible work arrangements offered such as flexible start & end times and remote work options 1-2 days each week as business needs allow.


  • Performs routine to complex financial analysis according to established procedures, departmental guidelines, and regulatory requirements applicable to the work
  • Performs financial oversight for assigned area(s)brand
  • Maintains active communications with key business partners and presents findings to operations, brand cross functional team, and relevant finance and accounting departments
  • Provides analytical support in the conversion of brand strategies into innovative action plans
  • Leverages data analysis to determine the financial impact of proposed business initiatives
  • Proactively identifies discrepancies in data, determine cause and communicate questions/ adjustments to appropriate accounting departments
  • Prepares and coordinates various weekly, monthly and/or year-end analyses, reports scorecards and financial reports for management review
  • Participates in meetings providing analysis that recognizes both successes and opportunities in the area business
  • Identifies and communicates emerging trends and their impact so action is prioritized appropriately


  • 2+ years of experience with progressing responsibility in moderate to highly complex financial analysis and reporting functions
  • Strong knowledge of Excel
  • Excellent analytical skills, strong initiative, and flexibility in analyzing results


  • Bachelor’s Degree (Finance, Accounting or related field)


  • Proven experience with analyzing, prioritizing, and solving problems effectively
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Solid teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills and excellent follow through
  • Professional curiosity and initiative
  • Ability to carry out projects with minimal supervision


  • MBA, CPA or related advanced degree
  • Understand analytical tools: R, Alteryx, robotic process automation
  • Knowledge of statistics, corporate finance and/or accounting
  • Knowledge of HFM, Oracle, MicroStrategy BI, OneStream or similar financial systems
  • Self-starter willing to promote change when necessary
  • Restaurant experience is a plus!

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