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Summary

Finance professional with 15 years of financial services experience from business partnering and financial analysis, to challenging the business and managing performance through target setting for sales staff and head office management, underpinned by strong technical knowledge derived from studies and financial control experience

Work History

Dec 2012Present

Financial Planning & Analysis - Finance Business Partner Australia Projects

ANZ Banking Group Limited


  • Provide high quality financial analysis and actionable insights to support commercially astute decision making in strategic projects
  • Manage the financial performance of the Australia Division Projects from a costs and benefit perspective, coordinating the planning and forecasting processes
  • Partner with and support the individual project managers and directors, developing strong stakeholder relationships, challenging them where necessary to ensure robust business cases and forecasts
  • Drive the prioritisation discussion to ensure that achievement of projects spend targets are consistently achieved and aligned with Retail and C&CB requirements
  • Develop an integrated business case across Banking on Australia Investment Portfolio to help 'tell the story' of what the Banking on Australia Strategy was delivering the bank in terms of value
  • Helped Finance transformation through being a member of Deputy CFO working group which brought forward closing off of actuals from day 4 to day 3 and a subject matter expert on the Planning/Budgeting/Forecasting work stream



Aug 2010Dec 2012

Finance Business Partner - Home Loans

ANZ Banking Group Limited
  • Provide high quality financial analysis to support commercially astute decision making for the Mortgages and the Specialist Channels businesses
  • Partner with the Specialist Home Loans channels to support volumes forecasting and planning purposes and also to perform scenario analysis for planning purposes and help achieve cost targets
  • I Identified serious limitations with Home Loans margin reporting and engaged with a customer analytics resource to drive usable and accurate margins for Home Loans front book and back book at both Channel and Product level - these insights were subsequently used to inform pricing decisions at the ALT level
  • Built Return on Equity models by channel and product for home loans, and also on a time series basis, giving the ALT an insight into what the major drivers of home loans ROE were, providing key insights both backward and forward looking, to support decision making
  • Mentored a finance analyst to take over the core finance analyst tasks on Home Loans, using the time to partner closely with the Mortgages Distribution business, giving finance updates at their sales meetings and gaining a stronger understanding of the business







Mar 2010Aug 2010

Senior Financial Services Accountant

ANZ Banking Group Limited (Formerly Landmark Financial Services (LFS) business)
  • Liaised between Accounting to Reporting, Business Support, Specialist Functions and Divisional Finance to ensure appropriate initial accounting treatment of the acquired Landmark Financial Services business
  • Set up accounting processes for ANZ Rural Trust (funding vehicle for acquired Loan Book)
  • Developed reporting and analysis of loan and deposit books to identify any issues of customer attrition that C&CB management needed to be aware of
  • Developed project reporting for transitioned accounts and attrition in the acquired LFS business to pinpoint any risks in the process and set up a process to manage cashflows between ANZ and Landmark customer accounts


Aug 2005Feb 2010

Senior Financial Services Accountant

Landmark (part of the Australian Wheat Board Group)
  • Management accounting for Landmark Financial Services Business
  • Development of banking system and reporting databases to support decision making
  • Financial and management accounting for 2 Trusts (Loan Book funding vehicles) and developed accounting processes for acquisitions
  • CFO and Senior Management reporting with performance commentary for Financial Services business
  • Coordinated and delivered the Financial Services budget through the development of modeling, enabling production of budget for approximately 400 branches and 60 Sales Managers for FY 2007/08, 2008/09
  • Developed Network Reporting to State Financial Service Managers detailing Sales Manager portfolio performance and analysis of performance 
  • Built strong internal relationships and worked closely with Product Managers to support the successful implementation of new products including Wealth Management and Livestock Leasing
  • Recruitment and training of Financial Services accounting staff


Aug 2004Jun 2005

Corporate Unit Accountant (Contract)

Tru Energy Pty limited
  • Management accounting and reporting for Corporate Services department
  • Balance Sheet reconciliations and Variance Analysis
  • Consistently completed month end accounting for Corporate Services to the required timelines
  • Facilitated decision making among Corporate Services Management by providing analysis of results 
  • Process improvement with automation of quarterly ABS reports and balance sheet reconciliations
  • Corporate Department Budgeting, creation of templates for future use and reporting to Planning Department


Jan 2004May 2005

Corporate Accountant

Olympus Australia Pty Limited
  • Consolidation and communication of Olympus Australia and Olympus New Zealand financial results to Olympus Tokyo
  • Completion and Presentation of budget to Olympus Australia GM and Olympus Tokyo
  • Weekly Revenue v Planned Revenue reports
  • Responsible for correcting fundamental issue with the Fixed Asset Register – took fixed asset register offline and created manual Register using excel, calculating acquisitions, disposals and depreciation values for financial statements, we then transferred the excel based register into a new ERP system (SAP) correcting all issues with the register and ensuring it was maintained with the necessary controls in place
  • Managed Accounts Payable and Accounts Relievable functions and four staff


Feb 1998Sep 2003

  

Various

Between 2000 - 2003 I was a project Accountant with AIG Europe Ltd, delivering amongst other projects a re-engineering and automated bank account reconciliations process, and automated claims/accounts payable payment system which moved AIG from manual cheque processing to an automated payments system and a Value Added Tax project which enabled AIG to claim ~$3m of tax monies

1999 - 2000 i had moved from London back to Dublin and worked in contract roles in finnace based roles such as Lennon Hearne Crotty an insurance brokers which was a maternity leave cover of the company bookeeper

Between Oct ’98 and March ’00 I worked in contract employment with LGT Bank of Liechtenstein (on a SunAccounts implementation and Bank of Bermuda (subsequently HSBC) performing shareholders services reconciliations in Dublin while I did a course in Trinity College


Education

2005

Member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

2002

Honors Degree in Business and Information Technology

Trinity College Dublin
1995

Diploma in Science

Waterford Institute of Technology