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Kitchen Equipment/Development Specialist


Tampa, FL, US, 33607


At Checkers & Rally’s we make a difference in people’s lives by serving our Franchisees, Teams, and GuestsThis position is responsible for coordinating with the Company Operators and Franchisees to assist in moving approved projects from the Development Committee approval through the Opening Process. Develops a working knowledge of all aspects of the opening cycle and uses best practices to ensure appropriate actions are taken.



  1. Manages timelines of projects to meet company goals.
  2. Actively works with Vendors and Cross-functional teams to coordinate and monitor, report and align required opening needs to those of the company.
  3. Assists the Development Team Members, franchisees, corporate operators and other cross-functional team members with the development of the Scope of Work to opening to align with Company business objectives ensuring seamless transition to Operations.
  4. Reports on project status to Department, cross-functional teams, vendors and franchisees via reports and written/verbal requests. Uses credible metrics to determine appropriate level of communication to maintain timelines.
  5. Creates and maintains various reports or data entry in whatever system is relevant on an ongoing basis, including, but not limited to, the weekly Restaurant Opening Report and other reports as needed.
  6. Coordinates creative solutions across multiple departments and areas of expertise
  7. Performs opening and post opening activities as required to communicate across the company and to ensure that activities occur in a timely manner.
  8. Ensures cross training of their functions and cross trains on other functions to provide coverage during absences
  9. Works with Development Team members to update project schedules and templates to meet the needs of the Development pipeline.
  10. Coordinates receipt of score carding of vendors, looks for lessons learned activities and helps to create documentation for change submittal to department and leadership.
  11. Works with management to create analysis of financial metrics on opening successes.
  12. Answers incoming calls, clarifies needs and takes appropriate actions when possible, ensuring to communicate properly across project teams.
  13. Helps Development Team members with organizing programs, events, meetings or conferences by arranging facilities and caterers, issuing information or invitations and coordinating speakers
  14. Prepares and handles confidential correspondence, reports and other documents
  15. Responds to routine external correspondence, payment requests and other department inquiries.


For corporate locations:

  • Performs other duties as assigned with or without accommodation

  • Works with construction managers to make sure accounting has all documentation needed to make  payments to General Contractors;
  • Reviews all request for payment prior to the Construction Managers review and  submittal to  the Sr Director of Real Estate and Construction for approval
  • Reviews all change orders prior to Director of Real Estate and Construction review and approval
  • Assists the Construction Managers in completing order forms for all equipment with Checker’s/Rallys purchasing department and outside vendors




  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with ability to effectively communicate and build relationships with all levels within the organization, and with guests, franchisees, and suppliers.
  • Excellent organizational skills with ability to handle multiple priorities, meet demanding deadlines, adjust to sudden changes in workflow, and maintain high quality standards.
  • Excellent analytical skills with the ability to think independently, take corrective action, and to resolve inquiries and requests for information.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, guests and the general public.
  • Ability to maintain all job-related information in a confidential and private manner.
  • Intermediate level skill in Microsoft Excel (for example: using SUM function, setting borders, setting column width, inserting charts, using text wrap, sorting, setting headers and footers and/or print scaling).
  •  Intermediate level skill in Microsoft Word (for example: inserting headers, page breaks, page numbers and tables and/or adjusting table columns).
  • Experience with architectural/site plan design, including items such as cost and quality control, material/equipment installation, bidding practices, material and labor costs. 



  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required, Bachelor’s degree preferred.



  • High degree of proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and Internet software
  • One to three years of Project Management experience required, with QSR industry and/or Franchising industry experience preferred
  • Direct experience coordinating construction projects preferred, ability to review plans, understand equipment and schedules preferred.


Essential Physical Requirements

  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret written information such as procedure manuals, Company communications or governmental regulations.
  • Ability to frequently use hands to finger, handle or feet.
  • Ability to Travel may be required to attend off-site training, meetings and seminars.
  • Ability to sit for prolonged periods in one location which may be restricted to the employee's workstation.
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
  • ​​​​​​​Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Nearest Major Market: Tampa

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