I am a highly capable, numerate, ACCA qualified finance specialist with 20 years experience, detailed ERP system implementation knowledge and excellent management skills. I have multi-sector, wide-ranging financial management experience, from large volume manufacturing to high-tech spin-outs with IPO to a complex 100M+ charitable company. I have the ability to think and plan methodically and strategically with excellent communication and interpersonal skills at all levels. I am also a highly organized, motivating manager who leads by example. Education
Key Financial Skills
Full Statutory Accounts production, credit control and treasury management.
Financial strategy planning, budgeting, forecasting and modeling ability, including business partnering with non-financial senior staff.
Making recommendations to encourage the continuous improvement of financial performance, robustness of policies and internal financial controls, thereby promoting good risk management and governance.
Enormous experience in the provision of a high quality finance service complying with all legal and regulatory requirements to a complex business with turnover in excess of 100M.
Excellent troubleshooting, reconciliation and analytical skills - advanced Excel user (sumproduct, range etc).
Over 10 years experience in management of Grant and project funding, reporting and audit and I am also a Registered Finance Expert with the European Commission.
Key Personnel Skills
Strong track record in team leadership and motivation - producing and maintaining class-leading KPIs.
First class communication skills and able to articulate complex ideas and information to all levels.
Able to influence, persuade and negotiate with senior staff whether financial or non-financial.
Also a qualified Hypnotherapist enabling a valuable insight and knowledge of human nature and behaviour.
Key Systems Skills
Agresso 5.5.2/5.5.3 Implementation & System Administrator.
IT literate in many other packages/systems: Tableau/Hyperion/SUN/SAP/Great Plains/Microsoft Office.
Finance Manager Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambs May 05 Present
Reporting to a Board of Management member and leading a class-beating finance team of 5, I have day-to-day financial responsibility for this 100M+ revenue, charitable, genomic research Institute. My duties also include:
Drafting and producing the year end Statutory Accounts.
Managing all third party grants/projects (currently over 200 live), reporting and the audit of that funding subject to each individual funder Terms & Conditions.
Assist and advise in the preparation of externally funded grant budgets and forecasts.
VAT, Treasury management, P35, P11Ds and ONS returns.
Motivation, development and management of the Finance Team.
Advising senior staff on fiscal, legal and personnel issues and be focal point of contact to all external auditors.
Continual evaluation and improvement of the internal financial controls and risk management ensuring all appropriate systems and procedures are robust and defensible and therefore strive toward best practice.
Working with and influencing senior staff at The Wellcome Trust head office towards new group-wide policies, supplier products or guidelines.
Developing and maintaining relationships with senior figures in the European Commission, US Government and RCUK funding bodies.
Both providing advice to Trustees and being the Treasurer for a sister charity The Sanger Prize Fund.
I was also the Project Lead in Financials, Grants, Purchase Ledger & Fixed Assets for Institute-wide ERP system implementation of Agresso 5.5.2 with over 900 users. (continued overleaf)
Accountant Cambridge Display Technology Ltd, Cambourne, Cambs May 04 Apr 05
This was a maternity cover position where I reported to the Financial Controller producing monthly management accounts and associated duties for this Cambridge University spin-off company including assisting with IPO in Dec 2004 on NASDAQ (OLED).
Group Accountant Powertel Resources Ltd, Babraham, Cambs Nov 01 Apr 04
Reporting to the COO and CEO I had full P&L and Balance Sheet responsibility for this group of companies whose activities are as diverse as Telecoms (including retail units), E-learning and a revolutionary water treatment product.
Financial Accountant Collins & Aikman Automotive Ltd, St Neots, Cambs Mar 98 Nov 01
Reporting to the Senior Financial Accountant and UK Group Financial Director in the UK headquarters of this US-based multinational, multibillion-dollar company, I was jointly responsible for the production of monthly, quarterly and year end accounts including consolidation of all European divisions and reporting such to US Parent. I was also tasked with the treasury management including currency hedging and had overall responsibility for the intercompany, sales ledger, VAT reconciliations and Returns. I had further systems exposure as during my time here we implemented an ERP system - Hyperion - which I became a Super User and trainer for.
Numerous Positions Barclays Bank Plc, UK & Isle of Man Oct 92 Mar 98
I swiftly worked my way up through the Banks internal job grading system, both front of house and admin support. This expansive background enabled me to be selected by senior management to be on a team of just 3 people who were used during a national systems implementation to train/troubleshoot in dozens of branches throughout Eastern England.
Trainee Accountant Kinnaird, Rata & Partners, Cambridge, Cambs Jun 89 - Oct 92
I began training here and studied ACCA on day and block release. I assisted in producing accounts for everything from sole traders to limited companies and also gained good payroll knowledge. During my training I also ran some audits and dealt with clients as lead.
1989 - 92 Anglia Ruskin University (was APU), Cambridge, Cambs Interests
1982 - 89 Impington Village College, Impington, Cambs
I achieved 3 A levels in Maths, Economics and Geography and 1 AO level in Maths.
And the following subjects at O level:
Maths, Economics, Geography, English Language, English Literature, Chemistry, Physics, Design, Art, French.
Member of my local gym and keen at many sports and an avid follower of most motorsports. References
Since Dec 2010 I have been the Vice Chairman of my local Royal British Legion where the Chairman and I (with the support of the Committee) have taken the Club from the brink of closure when we joined to now being a profitable and prospering Club. The Royal British Legion Regional Business Adviser now uses our Business Plan as a model for how to run a Club successfully in his advice to the rest of his region.
I have just commenced the writing of my first book, which is a self-help book for solving emotional issues. I am doing this with the assistance of a former employer, who also trained in Hypnotherapy with me.
These are available on request.
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