ACA Chartered Accountant
25 Church Road s Hayes s Middlesex s UB3 2LB
Telephone 07733 068 739
Interim s Locum s Contract s Temp
An experienced Interim Finance Manager with a practical, hands-on approach.
Used to supporting senior management teams as a flexible finance specialist or team manager. Creates an organised, structured approach, to deliver specific corporate objectives; brings credibility to any finance service. Familiar with a range of current ERP and finance systems.
Recent Assignment Summary
2014 to 2015 MRBL Ltd (Infrastructure, Highways Maintenance & property)
Maternity Leave cover
2013 to 2014 BONDED SERVICES GROUP Ltd (Film, Media & Theatrical storage)
Implementing reporting requirements as dictated by US Corporate
2012 to 2013 UNITED HEALTHCARE GROUP Ltd (NYSE top 50 company)
Harmonising accounts, post-acquisition of three international companies.
2010 to 2012 THE GLOBAL DRAW Ltd (No: 1 gaming provider in the UK)
Stabilisation of Finance department and addressing ‘people cost’ issues.
2009 to 2010 CAXTONfx Group (Corporate and personal FX company)
Increasing the effectiveness and stability of the Back Office.
2008 to 2009 ZENITH HYGIENE GROUP Plc (Manufacturer and supplier – hygiene)
Supporting the Group FC and leading a finance team during transition.
May 2014 to MRBL Ltd
Sept 2015 T/O £616m, acquired by Kier Group Plc in June 2015
Interim Group Finance Accountant covering Maternity Leave
Reporting to the Head of Financial Accounting and Group Reporting
Part of the team involved with the preparation of MRBL’s half-year and full-year statutory accounts under IFRS and its subsidiaries under UK GAAP, which included specific notes for both the Group and Subsidiaries (Provisions, Debtors, WIP interest).
Preparation and review of the group’s provisions schedule, Interest and Pensions for inclusion in the monthly management pack. Completely restyling the former with relevant information for senior management. Running the monthly FX revaluation program, in SAP. Completing ONS forms.
Oct 2013 to BONDED SERVICES GROUP Ltd
Mar 2014 Part of Bonded Services Group LLC, a Private Equity backed company
incorporated in Delaware
Interim European Financial Controller
Reporting to the Corporate Controller and the President for Europe and Asia
in the UK.
Responsible for the Statutory Accounts, Budgets and Monthly Reporting packs for all UK operations. Managing five staff, with emphasis on Credit control and cash management. Preparation of analytical Balance Sheet reconciliations and submission to the USA. Liaising with UK Auditors and Tax Accountants. Recruited a replacement accountant for the French subsidiary, mentoring them for a smooth transition into the role, with emphasis on the Monthly Revenue analysis by Client.
Nov 2012 to UNITED HEALTHCARE GROUP Ltd
Apr 2013 Life Sciences division
Part of The United Healthcare Group In. of Minnesota, a global company involved in the Medicare section in the USA and Pharma/Lifesciences and R&D.
Interim Finance Manager
Reporting to the Interim Group Financial Controller, Life Sciences EMEA.
Responsible for all financial transition issues in China, Hong Kong and Australia post-acquisition of 3 strategically key companies. Identified anomalies in all accounts and both analysed and quantified information ensuring accurate data is subsequently incorporated into the central accounting system (PeopleSoft, part of Oracle). In addition, prepared balance sheet reconciliations and submitted these centrally via Blackline software (all accounting in PeopleSoft has been completed in US GAAP).
Mar 2010 to THE GLOBAL DRAW Ltd
Aug 2012 Part of Scientific Games Inc of Atlanta USA; gaming industry t/o £53.5m; gaming machines into Betting shops (66% of UK total) 2nd largest in world.
Interim Financial Controller
Reporting to the FD.
Brought into the company to provide stability following the sudden departure of the Financial Controller. Requested to stay by the Global Head of HR, following appointment of the new FC, to address a range of ‘people cost’ issues. In addition, I completed the following: UK Statutory Accounts and UK Tax pack for the auditors, along with the Year-End file and all associated schedules and working papers; the Tax pack under US GAAP rules for the Global head of Tax; analysis of P&L accounts on a monthly basis that assist the budget and Year End process; preparation of monthly reporting packs prior to submission to SG Corp, along with associated variance analysis; analysis of salaries against budget, by cost centre, and on a person-by-person basis for inclusion in the monthly management accounts pack, plus KPIs for Operations, used as a budget tool; drafted procedures for work and processes, where necessary, especially in the light of the Finance Department’s relocation to Manchester.
Dec 2009 to CAXTONfx
Jan 2010 Group of companies engaged primarily in corporate and personal FX comprising CAXTONfx, Caxton Voyager and Knowledgewire; t/o c. £300m.
Interim Financial Controller
Reporting to the FD, introducing a range of detailed measures to increase the effectiveness and stability of the Back Office - these included:
Reconciling management accounts with the UK Statutory accounts for Feb 2009 and posting any journals required as a result. Posting opening balances, as per the UK Statutory accounts, onto Sage Line 50. Introducing Accrual accounting and implementing standard procedures. Implementing inter-company reconciliation procedures. Verifying current internal controls and improving and/or implementing as required. Introducing a Petty Cash Imprest system. Accounting for Global traveller cards to aid marketing. Implementing a monthly posting routine. Implementing monthly Balance Sheet accounts reconciliation procedures. Identifying and implementing P&L accounts that require analysis on a monthly basis. Designing management accounts in Sage to supersede the existing spread sheets. Determining the 2010 Budget and posting this to Sage. Mentoring a newly qualified Chartered Accountant in post as Financial Accountant for all three companies.
KNOWLEDGEWIRE Ltd (IT company)
Posting opening balances for Feb 2009 onto Sage. Writing up books of account to date. Designing Management accounts statements into Sage. Regularising VAT. Beginning monthly reporting. Designing and implementing a monthly billing system.
CAXTON VOYAGER (Prepaid currency (FX) Cards)
Completing reconciliations to August 2009. Updating reconciliations. Posting opening balances as at Feb 2009. Writing up books of account. Designing management accounts. Beginning regular monthly reporting. Consolidating accounts.
2008 to 2009 ZENITH HYGIENE GROUP Plc
Manufacturer and supplier of cleaning and hygiene products in the UK and Eire. Turnover £38 m.
Head of General Ledger Accounting
Reporting to the Group FC and leading a small team and covering Payroll.
Completing Monthly Intrastat forms and EC Sales for the UK Company. Ensuring all Accruals and Prepayments are properly accounted for in the Monthly Management Accounts. Completing Balance Sheet Reconciliations. Providing Daily Cash flow, actual and forecast. Completing and consolidating Monthly Management Accounts for two companies. Supporting production of the UK Statutory Accounts for all group companies and published accounts in accordance with a company listed on the AIM.
2008 BAY RESTAURANT GROUP
Jan to July Formed to acquire selected assets from within the former Laurel business. Bay Restaurants comprises casual dining brands such as 84 Slug and Lettuce, 24 Ha Ha Bar & Grill, together with 85 La Tasca Restaurants.
Interim Financial Accountant
Reporting to the Head of Finance.
Managing Quarterly VAT returns for 4 groups of companies. Finalising accounting entries to reflect the take-over of La Tasca Restaurant chain by the Laurel Pub Co in May 2007, recording clear books from a previously vague situation. Managing Quarterly and Annual National Statistics forms. Providing Fixed asset schedules for the year end accounts that agree with the General Ledger to the Fixed Assets Register. Completing Statement of Affairs for the companies that went into Administration. Preparing UK Statutory Accounts and Year End file for the La Tasca Group prior to audit. Liaising with HMRC regarding Tax penalties and other matters.
2007 QUADRIGA Ltd
Nov Provider of digital-IP based entertainment and internet services to the hotel industry. Turnover £70m.
Interim Financial Controller
Reading and digesting the monthly management commentaries, and completing KPMG tax packs for the March 2007 UK Statutory Accounts.
2007 AMEY GROUP Plc
May to Oct Part of the Ferrovial Group of Spain; turnover £1,300m; Facilities Management, Construction and PFI.
Reporting to the Group Financial Controller, Planning & Analysis.
Ensuring monthly Divisional reporting packs are submitted in line with timetable; reviewing packs and requesting clarification and/or re-submission as required. Producing Consolidated pack for the Board. Supporting the Group Financial Controller as required. Re-designing the Monthly pack and ease of roll out. Creating additional “Comshare” reports in Excel to aid review of the divisional packs. Developing further sourcing for the Forecasting program. Aiding in the creation of a competitor benchmarking report for the Managing Director.
Feb to Mar Providing assurance, tax and advisory services. Turnover $22b
Investigating forecast variances in an operational hub for EDS Ltd.
2006 PRODRIVE HOLDINGS LTD.
Nov to Dec Motorsport and Automotive Engineering. Turnover £110m
Interim Accountant (3 week contract)
Assisting the Group Financial Controller with future strategy projects.
2006 THE WILKY GROUP
Mar to Oct Supplier, high end of the luxury bathroom sector including Villeroy and Boch, Roca and Hansgrohe. Turnover £8m
Interim Financial Controller (6 month contract)
Supporting the MD to implement improved control, reporting formats and a range of reports.
2005 Cadenza Group plc
Business land development. Turnover £10m
Interim Financial Controller (extended 3 month contract)
Supporting the FD maintaining the books of account, payroll (Sage), VAT returns and producing full monthly accounts with commentary for the Board.
2005 Business Post Group Plc
A £200m turnover quoted company specialising in the delivery of letters, parcels and packages. The UK FedEx agent.
Interim Group Financial Accountant (3 month contract)
Reporting to the Group Finance Manager completing all balance sheet reconciliations, fixed asset register and VAT returns, and maintaining the Group’s Fixed Assets register.
2002 to 2005 JUVO Limited
Delivering recruitment, HR, outplacement, training and career management.
Reporting to the Managing Director.
Advising on new contract start up issues during first to third party transition.
2001 to 2002 ACCORD JARVIS LTD, based in London and the Midlands
JV in highway maintenance (Accord Ltd and Jarvis Plc), primarily for “Transport for London” and the Highways Agency. Turnover £43m.
Financial Controller & Company Secretary
Reporting to the Chairman of the Board who is changed every 6 months alternating between Accord and Jarvis. Attending Board meetings as the Company Secretary and managing a small Finance team.
Producing and distributing full management accounts to timetable. Administering payment of salaried staff, and coordinating pension activities. Managing P11d’s and keeping information for the Inland Revenue. Assessing credit ratings for prospective customers. Invoicing customers and performing credit control duties. Managing the balance sheet and reconciling all accounts on a monthly basis. Producing financial accounts for auditors and providing assistance during audits. Assisting with IT innovations and upgrades. Formulating Company computer security procedures and introducing uniform company-wide antivirus software. Policing and auditing finance procedures. Attending monthly meetings for current contracts and raising queries with managers. Monitoring annual cover opportunities with insurance brokers and introducing use of a motor accident management company.
Devised and introduced a driver training scheme. After implementation, this radically reduced annual insurance premiums.
A series of progressive, permanent roles, including working as a financial accountant within a subsidiary of the Phoenix Timber Group completing a wide range of duties and functions which led to promotion to Group Accountant, reporting to the Group Financial Director where I assisted the Group FD on a range of items including producing a set of half yearly draft statutory accounts. In addition to my day-to-day roles, I also took on projects such as installing a CRBFL reporting format for the Holding Company, and was selected to take over and manage the Group fleet management department.
Professional: Chartered Accountant (1980), Articles with H A Merchant and Co.
School: School, Haberdashers' Aske's, Elstree
Associated Words: Familiar with IBM, Hewlett Packard, Acer, NCR, Prime and CMC systems. Experienced in Sage Multisoft, Sage Line 50, 200 and Payroll, J.D. Edwards, Coda, SAP, Accpac, Hospital ATD systems, Excel, Lotus, MS Windows and Office, Business Objects,Soft, P11d and Company Secretarial packages.