Brian Clapp

Computer Skills

AS400 / OHCMS / Oracle / Hyperion / Microsoft Office Suite / Maximo / VisualPlant


Diverse professional with experience in multiple environments including: banking, securities, manufacturing, entrepreneurial, and sales. I am seeking to leverage these strengths with a growth oriented company whose history is to hire, train, and promote individuals willing to do whatever it takes to make significant contributions to the organization.


Traveling / Snow Skiing / Scuba Diving / Raquetball (State Champion)


Proactive Financial Analyst with 15 years of business experience helping Fortune 100 company's reduce costs, track financials, and identify / implement process improvements that impact the P&L scenario and competitively position the firm. I have both staff and line experience, which gives me an advantage when translating floor operations into departmental metrics. My goal is to focus on the needs of the business and customer, and formulate solutions to meet those needs. Skill set is listed below:

P&L / Closing / Reconciliation /  Variance Analysis / Report Creation / Forecasting / Modeling / Standard Costing / Productivity Improvements / Budgeting / Database Management / Metrics / Supervision / Ad Hoc

Work History

Work History
2008 - Present

Financial / Cost Analyst

Alcoa / Howmet Castings

Responsible for operational and accounting functions for a $140 million plant that manufactures aerospace components.

  • Increased profit margins from 14% to 19% after implementing cost reduction activities.
  • Created electronic versions of hard copy reports increasing convenience, timeliness, and accuracy.
  • Saved $265k after launching a Kaizen campaign.
  • Timely reporting of cost of sales, inventory, variances, and labor to 15 managers.
  • Frequent reconciliations of COS, COGS, alloy, scrap, and outplant to ensure a one day close.
  • Partnered with departmental managers to translate floor operations into financial metrics.
  • Reduced inventory by 33% and increased throughput after utilizing PVA metric and report.
2007 - 2007

Financial Analyst / Segment Controller

Siemens VDO Automotive

Financial reporting responsibilities for NAFTA sensors division, a $60 million facility producing automotive sensors to American and foreign manufacturers.

  • Responsible for P&L reporting of five business segments to three worldwide finance VP's.
  • Identified and monitored a database of $5 million in cost and productivity improvements.
  • Constructed a template increasing the speed and accuracy of reporting from 2 days to one day.
  • Increased profits $850k after diagnosing inefficiencies and and re-sourcing suppliers.
  • Initiated post-audit analysis to validate cost savings from low cost outsourcing.
  • Using cost-volume-profit analysis, reduced variable costs and increased profits $480k over five years.
1999 - 2007

Senior Group Leader (Supervisor)

Ford / Visteon

Directed lean manufacturing operations ($30 million) in the production of steering gears for the Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition (22 hourly).

  • Mobilize people, equipment, and inventory to achieve daily business objectives.
  • Expertise in improving productivity by redesigning equipment, processes, and procedures.
  • Appointed to 6-Sigma quality team saving $500k in costs while improving departmental metrics.
  • Transferred $100k off-balance sheet after forming an inventory reduction team.
  • Constructed dimensional control plans improving productivity and quality 12%.
1999 - 2000

Financial Analyst

Recruited for current position by plant Controller to serve on a cross-functional team whose goal was to bring new business into the plant.

  • Specialized in using Ford's costing model to analyze cash flows, volume, and profitability.
  • Identified and analyzed projects using NPV, Payback, and IRR methodologies.
  • Provided critical information resulting in $2.5 million in savings by in-sourcing assembly.
  • Created departmental metrics reports improving decision making and highlighting deficiencies.
1994 - 1999

Launch Coordinatoor

Responsible for the successful launch of the Jaguar lean cell assembly line (14 hourly).

  • Streamlined operations by coaching and training workers on proper work practices.
  • Using root cause analysis, quickly and accurately evaluated and assigned work orders.
  • Point person for quality team reducing rework 99% on a specific operation.
  • Created dimensional control plans improving consistency 12%.
1992 - 1994

Financial Advisor

Reporting to the President, reposition $100 million of bank assets into stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and insurance products.

  • Successfully designed and implemented sales training for three branch offices.
  • First broker to use municipal bonds and treasuries as CD alternatives.
  • Implemented performance pay for bank tellers increasing fee income 35%.
1990 - 1992


Business plan was to build a book of business by selling securities to business owners and executives.

  • Number one in sales among all junior brokers.
  • Initiated firms foray into the management of 401k retirement plans.
1989 - 1990

Owner / Broker

Mid-America Financial Group

Operate a vehicle leasing franchise that focused on credit challenged customers.

  • Profitable immediately after opening the doors.
  • Expanded the location due to rapid growth and high demand.
1984 - 1989

Owner / Manager

Hall and Associates

Advise clients on insurance and investment plans while training new sales representatives.

  • Designed and presented securities training classes for investment representatives.
  • Developed the "drop by" appointment setting strategy.




Indiana University


Work Samples




Coach / Mentor

Saddlebrook HOA

(Vice President)

Indiana University Alumni Association






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