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Restaurant Executive Search in Finance and Accounting

Bristol Associates’ Restaurant Division recruits for senior and executive management positions in the restaurant industry. Our practice is led by Vice President David Alford.

Featured Clients

We have completed searches for a wide array of Restaurant industry clients including:

  • Dinequity
  • Panda Restaurant Group

  • Munchery
  • Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza

  • Dominoes’ Pizza
  • Rita’s Italian Ice

  • Caribou Coffee
  • Landry’s

Examples of Completed Searches

Our Restaurant Division has placed successful candidates in a variety of key finance and accounting positions. Our placements include positions such as Accounting Manager, Finance Manager, Controller, Financial Controller, Director of Finance, Corporate Controller, Corporate Director of Finance, Vice President of Finance, Vice President of Accounting, and Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Below is a sampling of completed searches.

Chief Financial Officer – Full Service Restaurant Company

The placed candidate is responsible for all accounting & finance for a large publicly traded restaurant company.

Financial Controller – Quick Service Chain

We completed a search for a large multi-unit QSR chain. The successful candidate is responsible for establishing policies, procedures, controls and reporting systems.

Director of Finance – Casual Dining Restaurant Company

This position is responsible for all financial operations for a successful casual dining company with units in multiple states.

Qualities of a Great Finance Executive

With over 50 years of experience placing restaurant finance executives, we know what makes a great leader. Below are some of the qualities and experience we look for:

  • Ability to be a strategic business partner to the CEO and Executive Team and is capable of long term and strategic planning
  • The ability to provide financial plannin, budget management, capital expenditures, and cost controls
  • Knowledge of Federal and State financial regulations and reporting requirements
  • Ability to be an organized and analytical leader with impeccable honesty and integrity
  • Demonstrated knowledge of technology including point of sale and accounting systems
  • Education background in finance, accounting, and business administration with a strong preference for CPA

Division Leader


David Alford

Vice President
David Alford has been in the staffing industry for 18 years and joined Bristol Associates in 2017. He has placed people across a broad spectrum of industries, including Food & Beverage Manufacturing, Restaurant, Hospital & Healthcare, and Nonprofit.


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