Objective

Throughout my career I have been at the forefront of change in the companies I have worked for. I have worked closely with management, and I have therefore always been actively participating in the business.

Many of the projects I have been involved with have had a IS/IT focus, and I have acquired specialist knowledge in that field. However, I also have great experience managing both staff and coordinating peers in times of great change.

As the company I am working for is entering a period of greater stability, I am looking for another challenge with new opportunities to learn as well as leverage my experience in management, accounting and IS/IT.

Work History

Work History
Apr 2008 - Present

Corporate Controller

EF Education First
  • Responsible for consolidation of all groups within the corporation (IFRS)
  • Responsible for management reporting package delivered to CEO.
  • Developed tools for better analyzing currency impact in managerial reporting.
  • Coordinate internal- and external reporting deadlines as well as the audit process.
  • Manage 3 teams with a total of 15 staff members
Sep 2003 - Apr 2008

Financial Manager

EF Cultural Tours
  • Experience with controlling; completing budgets, projections and budget-actual analysis and presenting my work to senior management.
  • Made significant improvements to accuracy and timing of both internal- and external reporting during a time of double-digit growth in the company.
  • Improved gross margin analysis in the business by developing a managerial reporting process which provides individual income statements with operational data for the roughly 5,000 tours produced annually.
  • Responsible for group accounting policy, coordination of group reporting schedule and preparation of consolidated financial statements. Also responsible for preparation of Swiss tax- and VAT returns.
  • Experience managing projects involving tax consultants and auditors.
  • Manager of accounting department with 6 direct reports.
  • Held leading roles implementing several large changes, such as corporate restructuring, a new purchase order system, a new banking system, a new chart of account as well as a new consolidation system.
Aug 2000 - Aug 2003

Business Analyst

EF Cultural Tours
  • Experience with cost analysis and other types of financial analysis. Used SQL extensively for data mining and analysis.
  • Developed a pricing application for the main business with better support for what-if scenarios and features allowing more refined pricing strategies.
  • Project Manager for the implementation of a new accounting system (Coda) responsible for evaluation, configuration, interface development, testing and training.
  • Experience working with IT consultants.
  • Reporting directly to the CFO while working with users as an internal consultant on all organizational levels finding solutions to complex technical- and business issues.
  • Additional management experience gained from driving projects aimed at improving and developing new accounting processes.
Jun 1999 - Sep 2000

Assistant Financial Manager

EF Education First
  • Worked closely with corporate controller performing financial closing routines and G/L reconciliations.
  • Experience from multiple currency accounting and group consolidation using Hyperion Enterprise.
  • Significantly improved efficiency and accuracy of closing process by developing reconciliation tools with MS Access.
Jan 1991 - Mar 1998

Accountant

Kaimann Sverige

  • Reported directly to country manager. Tasks included invoicing, A/R, inventory and pricing analysis.
  • Joined as the company launched its business in Sweden and had the opportunity to set up new processes and routines.
  • Part time during semester and full time during breaks.
Jun 1989 - Aug 1991

Technical Draftsman

Centerlof & Holmberg

  • Assisted engineers in the planning and design of industrial construction projects. Main task technical drawing. 
  • Full time paid internship during school breaks.

Education

Education
Aug 1998 - Jun 1999

Master of Business Administration

http://www.business.uc.edu/

Master of Business Administration with an emphasis Information Systems. Coursework included database modeling, MIS design and computer networks.GPA 3.8/4.0

Aug 1992 - Apr 1999

Master of Science

http://www.ehl.lu.se/

Master of Science in International Business and Economics with emphasis on accounting and finance. Thesis dealt with accounting standards for cash-flow reporting in Sweden. Exchange student one semester at Mannheim University, Germany.

Aug 1995 - Jun 1997

Master of Arts

http://www.artsci.uc.edu/german/

Master of Arts in German Literature. Thesis dealt with Business German Teaching Materials. Two years experience as language instructor (20 students).GPA 3.8/4.0

Skills

Skills

Languages

Swedish - Native speaker English - Near native fluency German - Fluent, able to work and negotiate

MS Access

Good command of standard functionality as well as some more advanced capabilities. Created advanced solutions for integrating systems, reconcile inter company transactions and analyze data. 

MS Excel

Avid user with excellent command of standard- as well as advanced functionality, including macros, some VBA programming and ODBC links.

Hyperion Enterprise

Consolidation and group reporting tool. Used the system regularily for reporting and consolidation with limited exposure to configuration and set-up.

Aaro Systems

Consolidation and group reporting tool. Experience integrating system with Coda. Good knowledge of set-up and maintenance of reporting structure and consolidation logic. Used the system extensively for analysis and reporting.

Coda Financials

Cods is a mid-tier accounting system. I have detailed experience implementing, configuring, integrating and maintaining the system. Very familiar with the data structure and functionality.

SQL

Standard Query Language - I can create views and stored procedures. Experience using SQL in a wide array of issues from solving integration problems to financial analysis and data mining.