Maria Low

Maria Low

Work History

Work History

Lecturer II

University of Guyana

Lectured in Pharamaceutical calculations PHM 102 for first year pharmacy students.

Lectured in Pharmaceutics II, PHM 215 for second year pharmacy students.

Lectured in Clinical Pharmacology PHM 315 for third year pharmacy students.

Mar 2005 - Present

Finance Controller

VKM International Inc
Finance Controller

§Developed and implemented financial and operational controls that improved P&L scenario from a negative to a healthy positive position.

§Instrumental in revenue and income growth of 30% over the 12- month period through organic growth and aggressive marketing program.

§Responsible for reduction of outstanding receivables from 60 to 15 days and minimizing risk from marginal customers

§Preparation and implementation of annual capital, marketing and expenditure budgets with focus on cost containment.

§Monitoring of credit facilities, approval of expenditures and liaison with bankers, vendors and other agencies

§.Responsible for timely execution of financial reporting, operating forecasts, cash flow planning, new project evaluation, taxation and general regulatory compliance

§Assembled economic and demographic data and trained marketing personnel in the use of Business Map4 Software.

§Responsible for all human resource activities such as human resource planning, job analysis, recruitment, selection, training and development and performance evaluation.

§Responsible for all purchasing activities from collection of technical specifications from research and production personnel to negotiation of purchasing contract and pricing with the vendor(s).


Participated in recent acquisition (November 2009) of New Path Capital One Inc and integration of existing manufacturing operations of the two companies.

Aug 2001 - Feb 2005

Finance Director

Caribbean Engineering and Management Consultants Ltd
Finance Director

§Directed all financial, budgeting, operating, compliance, purchasing, domestic and foreign projects, human resource and administrative functions

§Evaluated local and foreign suppliers for projectequipment

§Ensured timely and accurate financial reporting, purchasing, cash flow planning, new project evaluation and administration, banking, taxation, legal, regulatory, equipment maintenance, advertising, cost/pricing and related activities

§Assisted the Engineering Director in preparation of Tender Documents and Financialproposals for pre-qualification and Bid Documents.

§Prepared business plans for the acquisition of a furniture factory, timber grant, software company and gypsum factory in Guyana, Trinidad and Jamaica

§While holding the full-time position as Finance Director with CEMCO Ltd, served as Administrative Manager on the Southern Approaches to Georgetown, a joint venture project with ND Lea Inc. (a Canadian-based consulting firm)

§Served as Administrative Manager (Part-Time) to Mott MacDonald Limited (Guyana) on the rehabilitation of Drainage and Irrigation Systems Project.Provided logistical and administrative support, liaised on with Government & NGO key organizations to the Project, prepared monthly management accounts for head office (Cambridge, UK), prepared invoices to Ministry of Agriculture and statements of account for both CEMCO Limited and Mott McDonald Limited.

Jul 1998 - Jan 2005


Super Health Pharmacy

§Implemented a computerized accounting system with POS and prepared monthly sales reports and financial statements. Generated annual Balance Sheet and P&L Statement and prepared the partnership tax returns

§Responsible for the overall management of the Pharmacy, including purchases, human resources in addition to the pharmacist duties of patient counseling and dispensing of prescription medications and OTC’s

Nov 1991 - Aug 1994

Pharmacist/Production Manager

Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation
Production Manager

§Managed a work force of 100 and implemented Quality Control and training programs.

§Directed and coordinated production and product processing. Reviewed processing schedules and production orders to make decisions concerning inventory requirements, staffing requirements, work procedures, and duty assignments, considering budgetary limitations and time constraints.

§Initiated and coordinated inventory and cost control programs. Prepared and maintained production reports and personnel records. Set and monitored product standards, examining samples of raw products or directing testing during processing, to ensure finished products are of prescribed quality

§Conducted safety meetings and maintained effective communication.

§Developed budgets for supplies, materials, and human resources, ensuring that materials, labor and equipment are used efficiently to meet production targets.

§Reviewed operations and confer with technical or administrative staff to resolve production or processing problems.Hired, trained, evaluated staff, and resolved personnel grievances.

November 1991 -Guyana Pharmaceutical CorporationLot 1, Farm, East Bank

October 1993Demerara, Guyana

Pharmacist/Assistant to Plant Manager

§Researched and developed new products in accordance with the company’s marketing and strategic plans and analyzed formulations with the objective of improvement

§Conferred with technical staff to resolve production or processing problems

§Set and monitored new and existing product standards, examining samples of raw products or directing testing during processing, to ensure finished products are of prescribed quality.


2008 - 2010


Western Governors University
Dec 1998 - Aug 2001

Professional Certification

Association of Certified Chartered Accountants

In order to qualify as an ACCA member, you will need to complete:

  • 14 exams (nine of which are eligible for exemption)
  • relevant practical experience, with a minimum of three years
  • a Professional Ethics module.
  • 1994 - 1998


    University of Guyana
    1992 - 1993


    University of Guyana
    1988 - 1991


    University of Guyana



    Human Resource Management

    In my current job, responsible for all aspects of human resource planning, job analysis, recruiting, selection and performance evaluation.

    Accounting and Finance

    Skilled in all aspects of accounting and finance, including preparation of financial statements, tax returns, cash flow and equity statements, cash flow management, capital budgeting and purchases,preparation of management accounts, International Accounting Standards, personal and corporate taxation.

    Operations Management

    Over 10 years work experience in a manufacturing and production setting.  Responsible for production and distribution/shipping schedules, purchasing and inventory control.


    Held managerial and executive positions and have a proven track record in leading teams.


        An administrative position in a heath care setting in which clinical skills, financial a  and accounting expertise and project management skills along with a s  strongcommitment to excellence will have valuable applications.


    Financial executive with broad experience in all aspects of accounting and financial management, retail pharmacy and manufacturing pharmaceutical operations.


    Hospital/healthcare facility administration, forensic accounting, forensic pharmacology.


    Aug 2001 - Aug 2001

    Certified Chartered Accountant

    Associatio of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA)