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Foundation Hotel - Detroit
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Job Description

Aparium Hotel Group is looking for a Controller to lead the Finance function of The Foundation Hotel in Detroit Michigan.

Do you want to be part of the exciting revitalization of Detroit? The Foundation Hotel is at the forefront of the renewal of the Motor City. A transformation of the former Detroit Fire Department Headquarters and adjacent Pontchartrain Wine Cellar building, The Foundation will be the top hotel in the market with authentic inspiration, design, and programming that respects Detroit’s past, yet is looking forward through its revival.

The food and beverage programming will include a three-meal restaurant and bar with approximately 200 covers positioned to be among the top restaurants in the region. The hotel’s restaurant will present iconic New American cuisine, and with space that will serve as an incubator for culinary students, up and coming chefs and visiting culinary influencers. The elevated bar program will focus on collaboration with Michigan breweries and distillers. 

The hotel will feature approximately 4500 square feet of meeting space, including a rooftop ballroom and a unique podcast studio. The 100-room hotel is scheduled to open Spring 2017.

Managed by Aparium Hotel Group, the hotel experience will be driven by the brand pillars of translocal hospitality, collaboration and intuitive service. The powerful culmination of these elements creates a truly unique environment.

Aparium’s service culture is rooted in the belief that art and science are necessary to curate the guest experience. The art of the experience comes together through the power of people, place and character. The science is embedded throughout our standards and training resources. This creates a powerful service experience that enhances every guest interaction.

As a member of the pre-opening team, you will be part of a hotel unlike anything else in the area. The hotel is scheduled to open in the Spring 2017. The Controller will start 12 weeks prior to the hotel opening.

In this unique role, the Controller will be involved in pre-hotel opening responsibilities, including management of the hotel’s pre-opening budget and set up of the hotel’s Finance function. Following the hotel’s opening, the Controller is responsible for management of the day to day accounting functions; including but not limited to: timely and accurate reporting of the hotel’s revenue, expenses, and management of ledgers. Additionally, the Controller will be responsible for management of the hotel’s cash, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll functions. 

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Job Requirements


  • Ensure integrity of books and records of the Finance office
  • Commitment to follow all local and corporate policies and procedures as they relate to the position
  • Able to work with integrity, confidentiality and discretion
  • Work in a safe, prudent and highly organized manor
  • Superior oral, written and computer skills
  • Able to cross train as directed
  • Supervise the finance office and make day to day financial decisions in conjunction with the Corporate Director of Finance
  • Ensure daily general ledger and sub-ledger postings in a timely and accurate manner
  • Complete month end processing regarding accurate Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivables
  • Act as liaison to other hotel departments and assist with finance department issues
  • Maintain and enforce finance, legal & compliance initiatives
  • Timely resolution of guest phone inquiries
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Controller
  • Conduct self in a most professional manner at all times to reflect the hotel standards
  • Provides undivided attention to each guest/associate resolving issues quickly and efficiently
  • Resolve all credit card disputes and charge backs in a timely manner
  • Watch for fraud and scams
  • Count daily deposits and maintain bank service pick-ups
  • Supervise and perform billing and collection efforts
  • Evaluate credit worthiness for all potential guests and client billing
  • Timely and accurate processing of payroll
  • Perform regular payroll audits while maintaining and enforcing payroll policies and procedures
  • Collaborate with Human Resource on payroll, benefit and associate issues
  • Be the liaison with payroll vendor on issues and concerns
  • Ensure proper cash on hand while enforcing all cash policies and procedures
  • Ensure integrity of books and records of the Finance office
  • Monitor and confer with revenue departments for potential credit issues
  • Reconcile vendor statements, perform weekly payables and daily invoice posting


  • 4 year college degree with an emphasis in Hospitality Management, Accounting, or Finance preferred
  • A minimum of 4 years progressive related management experience including prior hotel accounting & finance 
  • Experience with review and analysis of monthly financial reporting, preparation of general ledger account reconciliations and monthly tax returns, income audit, accounts receivables, accounts payable and payroll functions


  • Anticipate and deliver exceptional service consistently
  • Intuitively service each guest, associate, visitor or client
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a focus on the details
  • Follow instinct and use her/his best judgment to create experiences for guests that are thoughtful and genuine
  • Greet each guest promptly, courteously, graciously with eye contact, a smile and good posture
  • Conduct oneself in a professional manner at all times to reflect the high standards of the hotel


  • Maintain a good working relationship with other associates by promoting teamwork and fostering a harmonious working climate
  • Partake in a positive work ethic and surrounding environment


  • Standard hotel/restaurant setting

Aparium Hospitality Services, LLC does not discriminate on the basis of disability, veteran status or any other basis protected under federal, state or local laws. The Foundation Hotel is a smoke-free, drug-free facility, and equal opportunity employer.

Working Together

We enable every associate to create remarkable moments for each guest. Thoughtfulness, sincerity, intuitiveness, knowledge, and above all, graciousness are the foundation of our unique service model.