Springfield, MO

About the Job

Drive-In. Move Up!


Company Summary

Sonic dates back to 1953, when Troy N. Smith, a Shawnee, Oklahoma, entrepreneur, opened Top Hat Drive-In. The restaurant became Sonic America’s Drive-In. Soon it became known for its “Service at the Speed of Sound.”


In 1967, D.L. Rogers Corp. was formed by Don L. Rogers in Eureka, Kansas. Don was soon building restaurants in the Midwest section of the Sun Belt. Don’s oldest son, Darrell L. Rogers, took over the company in 1983. Darrell was soon expanding stores on the East Coast, and we haven’t stopped growing. We currently have over 200 Stores in eight different states: Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kansas, North Carolina, and South Carolina.


As we expand, we need fresh faces to come on board our growing team. Becoming a Sonic partner opens the door to unlimited opportunities. For over 30 years, D.L. Rogers Corp. has provided opportunities for many people to control their own destiny by owning part of their own business. We offer an outstanding compensation package and excellent health benefits. Sonic is a great way to soar to success!



Operating Partner Opportunities

An Operating Partner assumes full responsibility for operations, training and development of all employees within a Sonic Drive-in, including the execution of all policies, programs and systems according to the Sonic Operation Manual. The Operating Partner creates and maintains a Culture of Respect within the Drive-In. With over 200 stores in eight states, opportunities are endless for our Operating Partners!



The primary job duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Insuring that the drive-in operates in a manner that provides consistent day-to-day operations and guest satisfaction: We strive to WOW our customers!
  • Training and oversight of employees to make Sonic a fun place to work. Prepares employee work schedules in a timely manner to ensure continuous ability to properly serve guests while controlling labor hours within guidelines. 
  • Effective management of the drive-in’s cost control procedures for food, labor, paper and inventory. 


Qualifications Required 

  • Restaurant/Hospitality management experience required. 
  • Leadership skills are imperative! Mentoring and training employees for success is a high priority.
  • Innovative thinking is valued: ability to expand job responsibilities, suggest improvements, and collaborate with others to generate ideas and improve processes are strongly encouraged.
  • Uses understanding of the business to develop long term strategies to competitively position the company.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit is valued: because partnership opportunities are available, we value managers who take ownership and pride in their stores. 
  • Exceptional judgment and ability to make decisions under pressure.
  • Compelling and articulate speaker in a variety of settings. Effectively communicates with different types and levels of people. Places primary importance on delivering WOW service and value to our customers.
  • Responsible for profit and loss in store. Forecasts and monitors sales results against financial goals and prior year actuals.



  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations relating to employment and labor practices, Equal Employment Opportunity and Department of Labor compliance
  • Recruiting, interviewing and hiring
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local health and sanitation laws and regulations
  • Leadership and supervisory skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Basic accounting
  • Problem solving, decision-making, and conflict resolution
  • Time Management
  • Organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Comfortable with autonomous work environment
  • Communicates the Sonic and DL Rogers Mission Statement and Core Values



High School diploma or equivalent required.  Three (3) years of restaurant management experience, which includes P&L responsibility. 



Requires considerable bending, stooping, lifting, and stretching.  Also requires the ability to work within the confined area of the drive-in and work under significant time requirements, such as, delivering food orders and making accurate change within a 2-3 minute time frame.  Requires long periods of standing and the ability to lift, push, or pull a maximum of 50 lb with or without assistance. Requires frequent immersing of hands in water.  Working environments both inside and outside the drive-in are variable as a result of weather conditions. Requires ability to work irregular hours, nights, weekends, and holidays. Requires ability to be on-call 24 hours a day and work a minimum of 50 hours per week. 


Relocation is a possibility. Please note in your resume whether you would be willing to relocate.


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