INTERNATIONAL, BILINGUAL SENIOR FINANCIAL & ACCOUNTING PROFESSIONAL
International, bilingual (German) Senior Financial and Accounting Professional with 15+ years global expertise across diverse spectrum of functional competencies, including accounting, finance, tax, operations, information technology and human resources. Drive for results mindset highly successful at increasing stakeholder value by delivering comprehensive financial and operational leadership in varied startup, established and turnaround environments.
Unilin US MDF (formerly Homanit USA, Inc.)
Propelled greenfield facility into thriving $51 MM company during 1st full year, growing to $100 MM in year 4.
Spearheaded startup and growth of US operations for German manufacturer.
Key on C-level team tasked with strategic accounting, finance, tax, recruitment and IT initiatives.
Revitalized business processes in underperforming $45 MM operation, boosting efficiency 50%.
Reorganized IT infrastructure, introduced new technologies and deployed strategic production scheduling initiatives
Improved reporting cycle time; optimized production runs; curtailed customer complaints; reduced freight & inventory
Financial Professional experienced at leading, building, developing, coaching, mentoring high-performance finance and accounting teams. Passionate commitment to hiring, training and developing high potential talent.
Collaborator in establishing key business metrics and feedback loop to drive the business towards execution of business strategy and achievement of performance improvement initiatives. Contributor to cross-functional teams involved in systems implementation, cost reduction, vendor negotiations, outsourcing evaluations, process improvement, and customer partnerships. Drive for results mindset with creative, out-of-the-box thinking to return exceptional top and bottom line results to investors and shareholders.
FINANCIAL PLANNING, ANALYSIS AND REPORTING
US GAAP, German Statutory GAAP (HGB) financial reporting, management reporting, including forecasting, budgeting, planning, reporting and various analyses to assess future strategies and plans and associated risks. Manage, prepare, administer, and monitor adherence to the approved budgets.
Financial Professional experienced in structuring, negotiating and securing corporate financing with banks, including cross-border syndicated construction loans, equipment purchases and leasing, secured working capital ABL financing.
TAX │ LEGAL
Accomplished professional with 10++ years experience directing all tax reporting for US Operations of German-based manufacturers at all levels of taxing authority, including local, state and federal. Primary corporate contact and liaison to organization's external counsel with regard to all corporate legal matters, including, but not limited to, employment law, immigration, mergers & acquisitions, business litigation, commercial lending, real estate, construction and economic development.
Human Resources executive with extensive and diverse global industry experience in manufacturing sector successfully navigating through organizational life cycles: start-up, growth, restructuring, downsizing, merger & acquisition, and integration. Possess broad mix of executive leadership skills, which include: passionate commitment to hiring, training and developing high potential talent, organizational design & development, human capital management, design and delivery of strategic compensation, incentive & benefit plans and programs, 401(K) plan design and management, payroll administration, policy development, compliance and employment law.
Highly regarded professional with multi-cultural interpersonal and business skills, strong verbal, written and technical communication skills. Builds strong relationships through professional excellence, honesty, integrity, respect, open communication, and understanding.
CFO, Controller, Director Finance, International, German, Financial Statement Preparation, US GAAP, German Statutory GAAP (HGB), International Tax, Transfer Pricing, Human Resources, Recruitment, Workforce Development, Employee Benefits, Retirement Benefits, 401(k) Plans, IT, System Implementation, SAP, Operations, Manufacturing, Start-up, Growth, Restructuring & Turnaround Leadership, Mergers & Acquisitions, Due Diligence, Process Optimization, Budgeting, Forecasting, Financial Analysis, Audit, Key Business Metrics, Banking Relationships, Corporate Finance, Cash Management, Product Costing, Variance Analysis, Project Management, Legal Litigation
(German-based, privately-held manufacturer & distributor of state-of-the-art laboratory and process equipment)
Established credibility among Executive Management by restoring integrity to internal and external financial reporting, cost accounting, and tax records.
Re-engineered and revitalized dysfunctional finance, HR and IT team to become proactive business partner to Executive Management in developing and driving the business towards achieving strategic objectives, including, streamlining manufacturing operations and product portfolio, outsourcing studies, cost containment and inventory control.
Restored integrity to standard costing, thereby enablinga comprehensive review of existing pricing in view of standard cost, existing margins and competitive pricing. Resulting updated pricing, along with consistent and consequent cost control measures, significantly enhanced overall profitability and cash flow.
Introduced sound cash management tools and procedures. Activated / implemented cash management module in existing ERP system to facilitate daily bank reconciliations. Developed and implemented internal controls related to cash management. Introduced accurate daily/weekly/monthly cash reporting and forecasting system.
Improved cash-to-cash cycle. Reduced days sales of inventory ("DSI") by 70 days from 160 to 90 days, Purged $1 million in unapplied cash and credits from accounts receivable subledger; drove collections efforts, reduced "over 60 days" overdue balances by approximately $700K or 67%, reduced days of sales outstanding ("DSO") by 9 days from 58 to 49 days.
Established creditable HR function. Introduced comprehensive company policy manual to include newly implemented flextime policy and automated timekeeping system.
Reduced year-over-year average employer health care cost per employee by 10.0% or $750/employee while securing richer benefits.
Revitalized and secured IT infrastructure by building IT data center equipped with dedicated power, climate control and fire protection. Implemented disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) technology for recovery of critical systems. Replaced outdated hardware infrastructure components and Ethernet cabling. Implemented long-overdue software releases, including major release updates to corporate ERP system.
(German-based manufacturer & distributor of medium density fiberboard)
(German-based manufacturer & distributor of Polyacetal)
(Wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF Aktiengesellschaft - Sales & Distribution)
Spearheaded Eastern European startup, built to $50 million revenue in new free-market economy, established legal framework, built/led 17-member team, implemented IT systems and instituted accounting/tax policies
Led multifaceted audits of operations at both corporate headquarters and European subsidiaries.