Work History

Work History
2010 - Present

Finance Manager, R&D Drug Discovery/External Collaborations


Provide Financial management support for various R&D Drug Discovery departments and Global Financial Management support for Alliances including Academic Collaborations, Joint Development and Government contracts. Assist with Portfolio Planning/Forecasting for existing and new compounds/projects

2010 - 2010

Financial Consultant

SAW FP&A Consulting Services

Provide Financial Planning & Analysis expertise to small business (eg budgeting/forecasting, setting up invoicing, measuring and analyzing financial performance)

2006 - 2009

Project Planning Manager

Merck & Co

Strategized and led project planning, forecasting and business analysis for key projects/initiatives of a $200M division with over 500+ employees. Collaborated with executive management and 30+ program managers to evaluate and ensure project alignment with business performance objectives. Modeled ROI and provided direction on business KPI's to measure investment success.

Managed, mentored, and promoted 2-3 direct reports. Provided direction and supported over 30+ Client side members in a liason role in support of key planning and financial management activities.

  • Contributed to 30+ projects ranging individually from $300k to $18M
  • Advanced prioritization and evaluation of key portfolio initiatives by innovating new business case template/technology; successfully implemented for all divisions world-wide.
  • Streamlined the $3B R&D operational Planning process by collaborating on a Six Sigma cross functional team identifying and eliminating non-value added and repetitive processes; improving cross-departmental coordination and reducing cycle time by 9 days.
  • Improved precision and accuracy of $3B R&D Function and Franchise resource and cost data by co-leading Six Sigma team, eliminating 200+ defects, optimizing resource allocation, and decreasing costs by .3 FTEs over 3.5 years.
  • Participated on cross functional team charged with developing new benefits planning/realization process to support portfolio planning, evaluation & execution; successfully implementing for division.
  • Created and conceptualized the strategic 8-step project management business value assessment process for utilization by program/project managers to quantify benefits for key initiatives.
2005 - 2006

Finance Manager, US Joint Ventures

Merck & Co., Inc

Spearheaded development and implementation of pricing/analysis and ad hoc projects for Sales & Marketing groups selling through Joint-Venture partnerships worldwide; annual sales revenue of $1B. Analyzed supply-chain cost variations to ensure competitive pricing and achievement of aggressive sales goals.

  • Automated development of pricing eliminating manual processes in Excel; reduced cycle time by 4 days.
  • Developed profit plan data-collection model for another division; reducing cycle time by 3.5 days; increased transparency of cost/productivity drivers from prior year for improved decision making.
2001 - 2005

Manager, Financial Evaluation/Product Costs (Americas Manufacturing)

Merck & Co

Provided support to Manufacturing Operations management team to develop the annual profit plan including standard cost development and analysis for the Americas region ($300M). Selected by Executive management in supporting key Business Franchise Strategy team in optimizing supply chain costs and growing revenue for 2 key products sold world-wide.

  • Co-developed and implemented new Standard Local Cost analysos tool for plant sites to analyze year over year cost changes and productivity impacts; reduced cycle time by more than 5 days.
  • Created and presented 1st time cost structure analysis for pilot plants; gaining executive buy-in for $700k of expense reductions without affecting quality.




Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales



Lean Six Sigma

Financial Evaluation

Project Planning


To secure a Project or Financial Management opportunity  that will offer complexity, challenge and career growth potential.


Innovative, Senior level manager with over 10 years of broad experience supporting Sales & Marketing, Operations, Research & Development, Information Technology and Corporate Functions with expertise in Project Planning and Financial Management. Influential communicator adept at leading cross functional teams in collaborating and achieving ambitious, sustainable results and consistent on-time and on-budget performance.

Significant expertise in driving and evaluating concurrent, multi-million dollar projects from concept through completion and yielding bottom line results. Exceptional ability to improve business processes through utilization of Lean Six Sigma tools/methodologies.

Signature Capabilities

Revenue Enhancement ~ Cost Reduction ~ Productivity ~ Quality & Business Process Improvement

  • Accelerate Revenue through Innovation: Improving product franchise perfomance by analyzing market channels through technology advancements and optimizing pricing/inventory mix to maximize profitability.
  • Improve Portfolio prioritization and Strategic decision making: By analyzing business cases and financially quantifying complex projects and identifying benefits obtained.
  • Advancing division Project Management performance: Through¬†development of a Project Management Center of Excellence, a stage-gate review process, and initiating technology enhancements; improved on-time delivery 17% and reduced budget overruns by 14%.
  • Optimizing Operational performance: By leading cross functional teams to improve business processes to reduce cycle time and eliminate non-value added activities.


Helping others succeed

Staff Development




Green Belt certified (Lean Six Sigma)

Merck & Co Six Sigma