Who is Taco Bell?

Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), is the world’s largest Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant (QSR) brand. From breakfast to late night, Taco Bell serves customizable tacos, burritos and quesadillas, among other craveable choices like the Crunchwrap Supreme® and Nacho Fries. Taco Bell offers a wide variety of plant-based menu items and was the first QSR brand to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. 

Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations proudly serve over 42 million customers each week through over 7,000 restaurants, as well as through its mobile and desktop touchpoints and via delivery ordering services. Internationally, Taco Bell has over 600 restaurants, with plans to add 2,000 more restaurants in the next decade. Much of Taco Bell’s everlasting appeal with its fans and legendary connection in lifestyle culture are rooted in cutting-edge, buzzy marketing campaigns.  From helicoptering 10,000 Doritos Locos Tacos to residents of remote Bethel, Alaska, to selling out “The Bell Hotel”—a Taco Bell-themed resort hotel—in less than two minutes, the brand continues to push industry boundaries. 

Taco Bell is equally focused on creating a positive impact on the world in fresh ways through Food, People and Planet initiatives. One example is through supporting the Taco Bell Foundation, which encourages restaurant team members and fans to pursue their educational passions through programs such as the Live Más Scholarship. According to Harris Poll, Taco Bell has been named America’s Best Mexican-Food Restaurant for two back-to-back years and has been named “Most Innovative Company” by Fast Company and topped Entrepreneur’s “Franchise 500” list for two years in a row.  

About the Job:

At Taco Bell, we aren’t just looking for candidates. This key hire will work with the Ibero-America team and report into the Director of Development. It is an exciting time to join the International team as we continue to accelerate growth across key geographies and Taco Bell to more consumers around the world. 

The primary responsibilities of the Strategic Planning Analyst are to support IBAC’s development goals and strategic decision-making – supporting cross-functional projects, building business cases, and conducting financial analyses. This position is ideal for individuals with high accountability, strong problem-solving skills, great communication style, a partnership mentality, and comfort turning facts into recommendations. 

This position is based in Irvine, California.

The Day-to-Day:

  • Drive accurate and timely reporting of IBAC’s market plan and pipeline of stores and new locations
  • Maintain global development asset information database on a daily/weekly basis to track the regional store pipeline
  • Provide relevant reporting to management, Control/Accounting/Legal, and Taco Bell International
  • Manage the refresh and remodels process including prioritizing, defining timing, and working with the design team to define scope
  • Analyze new site proposals and provide the Development team and franchisees with recommendations and insights
  • Evaluate financial impact of development incentive programs and track progress against growth targets.
  • Communicate meaningful & concise business insights to the IBAC team, identifying areas of opportunity and risk, as well as other relevant analytics
  • Support the growth strategies of the region by analyzing the growth potential of all our markets, providing competitor intelligence, and creatively ideating solutions or new ways of achieving breakthrough growth.
  • Provide business intelligence to drive sales. Analyze sales performance to identify trends, opportunities, and risks.
  • Support store profitability improvement projects by providing analytical support, financial modeling, and insights/ideas
  • Work with the Supply Chain team to ensure accurate planning for equipment and ingredients ensuring supply for new stores and supporting cost reduction or new supplier development strategies.
  • Lead ad hoc projects for the IBAC team

Is This You?

  • BA required; analytical degree preferred (e.g., Economics, Finance, Mathematics); MBA a plus
  • 3+ years relevant work experience (e.g., Business Development, Strategy Consulting, Investment Banking)
  • Experience working in an international restaurant business, food retailer, food supplier, or in food manufacturing is a plus
  • Superior analytical skills including experience with financial modeling, with ability to succinctly interpret data and provide insights and recommendations in a clear and straightforward manner
  • Strong internal motivation, intellectual curiosity, logical thinking, and ability to identify and leverage best practices
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication/presentation skills with the ability to partner well with other team members and interface effectively with franchisees and all levels of management
  • Demonstrated success influencing diverse customers or stakeholders
  • Superior Excel and PowerPoint skills required
  • Strong organizational skills, with ability to work independently and multi-task in a complex, fast-paced, and deadline-driven environment
  • Experience working in Spanish strongly preferred

Why Taco Bell?

We truly believe that where you work matters, and we know a thing or two about what makes employees happy. Join us on our mission of feeding people’s lives with más!

Work-Hard, Play-Hard:

  • Year-round Flex day Fridays
  • Free snacks, drinks and bagel & donut Fridays
  • Onsite childcare through Bright Horizons
  • Onsite dining center and game room (yes, there is a Taco Bell inside the building)
  • Onsite dry cleaning, laundry services, carwash, Booster gas delivery
  • Onsite gym with fitness classes
  • 4 weeks of vacation per year plus holidays and time off for volunteering
  • Tuition reimbursement and education benefits
  • Discounts for life’s adventures (ex: theme parks, wireless plans, etc.)
  • Generous parental leave for all new parents and adoption assistance program
  • Opportunity to taste test new products
  • 401(k) with a 6% matching contribution from Yum! Brands with immediate vesting
  • Comprehensive medical and dental including prescription drug benefits and 100% preventive care
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • Opportunities to support the Taco Bell Foundation’s educational initiatives and programs.
  • Recognition based culture and unique, fun events year round (recess at work, Halloween Spooktacular, employee art show benefiting Taco Bell Foundation, etc.)

*Please note that some perks/amenities may not be available and/or may be modified at the Company’s sole discretion during the COVID-19 temporary work-from-home period.

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