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  • Surname -  Kostouros   
  • First Name - Helen
  • Nationality - Greek
  • Languages:
    • English - Speak and Write fluently
    • Greek – Speak and Write fluently
    • French – Very basic
  • Email - [email protected]


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As an analytical and dynamic individual who has 20 plus years experience, a proven history of exceeding expectations through performance, I believe I would be able to participate and impact considerably the ongoing operational success of any company. Some of the key talents I can bring include streamlining existing systems, and improving the efficiency of the finance function. Through the years of working experience in different fields of Commerce and recently in Education, I have gained the following expertise;

-Expertise in developing and delivering monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements for management.
-Proficiency in managing accounts payable and accounts receivable, generating invoices/credit notes and monthly statements for clients, dealing with queries, efficient problem solving, reconciling accounts and ensuring accuracy and completeness of data.
-Proven ability to identify and implement improvements to streamline processes and increase efficiency and productivity.
-Staff supervising, training and support.
-Excellent computer skills; proficient with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, QuickBooks, Sage Accounting and able to learn proprietary systems/applications quickly and easily.
-Continuously review current processes and procedures and identify areas for improvement; workings alongside external teams to project, manage change.
Skill Proficiency;
•    Quarterly Reports
•    Accounts Payable/Receivable
•    Cash flow forecasts
•    Problem solving
•    Accruals / Pre-payments
•    Cost Control
•    Internal auditing    
•    Budgets / Forecasting
•    Process Improvement
•    VAT returns
•    Bank reconciliations
•    Sales
•    Stock
•    Variance reports
•    Financial Statements
•    GL Reconciliations
•    PAYE
•    Debt Control
•    HR Management
•    Provisional Tax
•    KPI’s


Email - [email protected]

Work experience

October 2017March 2018

Astrea Academy TRUST - FINANCE MANAGER – CAMBRIDGE CLUSTER – Cottenham Village College, The Centre School & Cottenham VC Adult learning – Responsible for all finance activities of all three schools, payroll, bank reconciliation, implementing systems to streamline procedures, fixed assets register, contracts register, gl journals, accruals, pre-payments, month-end reporting, management accounts, variance reports and commentary and all ad-hoc matters that arise.

Cottenham Academy, Cottenham, CB24 8UA
March 2016June 2016

Reed Global UK - Doing temporary assignments first assignment: Encore Commercial ltd - Finance assistant – Bank reconciliations second assignment: with east Cambridgeshire district council, Ely - accounts assistant – month end, cash book allocations AND BALANCING, journals, general ledger reconciliation, income statement & bank reconciliation

April 2015September 2015

Manpower UK - Did a Temporary Assignment at Johnson Matthey – Royston – Position was Finance Manager Responsibilities: · Day to day management of the Credit Control and Accounts Payable teams · Manage both the credit risk on company receivables and supplier credit for company liabilities · Minimise the working capital requirement for Accounts Receivables and Accounts Payables · Manage the customer ledger by ensuring accurate records are maintained for each customer · Monitor and review customer credit limits · Credit checking new customers · Manage the supplier ledger · Oversee the processing of business expense forms · Forecasting of AR and AP month end balances · Ensure AR and AP reconciliations are completed on a monthly basis · Update current processes and procedures to improve efficiency where necessary

Jan 1998February 2015

Full-Charge Financial Director

Francistown Panel Beaters (Pty) Ltd - Francistown, Botswana.

Started off in the Company as Bookkeeper and through the years worked to the current position of Financial Director. 

Manage all financial transactions, posting debits and credits, producing financial statements and recording all transactions. Prepare management reports and financial summaries using Microsoft Excel detailing company’s financial status. Generate bank deposits, verify and balance receipts. Create invoices and track overdue accounts. Manage payroll and prepare payroll tax returns. Research and resolve billing and collections disputes. Vat returns. Income Tax returns. Costing. Budgets, Debt Collection.

  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Supported a significant increase in productivity levels by streamlining accounting processes.
    • Setting up and implementing a computerised accounting system as all the books were done manually.  Also sourcing and implementing / maintaining software relevant to the motor repair industry, which include repair quotations, job cards, ordering of spares, costing and Insurance claims.
    • After 8 years promoted to Financial Director.  A Bookkeeper was brought in to assist. The accounts office has 3 ladies working under her supervision and in the workshop there are 17 staff, which she would often be called on to supervise. Tirelessly she would keep training the office staff to be efficient at their work and customer relations.
    • Assisted the Company Secretaries with Residence & Work Permits for their foreign national staff.
    • Prepared and delivered to management, under extremely quick turnaround timelines, accurate monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements.
    • VAT returns and PAYE
    • Job Costings and Drawing up employment contracts
    • Salaries, Wages & Severance / Gratuity payments
    • When necessary, I would also deal with labour hearings & disputes.
    • Assisted with the renewal of the Company’s Trading Licence
    • Processing of Vehicle Insurance Claims and advising customers on their Insurance Claims
    • The Directors of the Company own residential property, which falls under her supervision and she is involved with the financial administration, lease renewals, advertising to find new tenants, supervising repairs & maintenance of the property, taking payments, issuing receipts and doing all the administration required to keep a record of all the income and expenses.
    • Intelligent, motivated & always willing to learn and step up to any challenge.  Trustworthy, punctual and reliable.
Oct 2000Dec 2010

Business Owner / Manager

Minoan Enterprises t/a Exclusive Fashions (Retail Clothing Industry)
  • Summary:

The store specialised in Unisex Cotton clothing, leather shoes & bags and accessories.   

  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Full Retail Management of the Business
    • Complete Financial Management:
      • VAT returns,
      • Cross border clearing and
      • Income tax returns
      • PAYE
    • Sourcing & buying suitable merchandise
    • Displays in store
    • Human Resources, Recruitment and Managing of Sales Staff
    • Staff training
    • General administration
    • Stock taking
    • Cost Accounting
    • Sales
    • Customer Service
Jan 1996Dec 1997

Bookkeeper / Assistant Accountant

Trafalgar Group - Durban, South Africa

Preparing Income Statements for the six branches, general administration, salaries & wages and actively involved in decision making. I had the oversight of the area Sales Managers at the six branches and two accounts clerks at Head office.

Managed financial transactions and record keeping with strict attention to detail. Verified and posted transactions to general ledger. Reconciled and balanced accounts. Compiled statistical reports for management. Generated monthly statements and invoices for customers. Communicated with customers to address inquiries and resolve issues.

  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Improved processes for creating customer invoices which reduced overall timeframe for receiving payments.
    • Excelled within a fast-paced environment, continually taking on increased levels of responsibility.
Jan 1991Nov 1995

Financial / Business Manager

Glenmore Supply Store (General Dealer), Durban, South Africa.

General Administration, accounts payable, accounts receivable, banking, account reconciliations, VAT, Salaries and Wages, PAYE, Unemployment Insurance Fund, Penison, Stock taking, Sales. 

Jan 1989Nov 1990

Bookkeeper & Assistant Accountant

Inter Top Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd - Durban, South Africa
  • Summary:

Ensured accurate and timely processing of accounting data. Performed accounts receivable functions, balancing cash and posting sales invoices. Worked with accounts payable department to post invoices.  Keeping accurate reconciliations of all accounts. Accurately entered transactions into proprietary company accounting system. Completed ad hoc assignments and analyses for managers and supervisors. Letters of Credit at the bank as the Company’s main function was to manufacture and export Slate Furniture.

  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Demonstrated talent for quickly learning new tasks and completing assignments ahead of schedule while maintaining a high degree of accuracy.
    • Contributed substantially to reducing outstanding accounts receivables through improved collections processes.
    • Letters of Credit for all exports & imports.
    • Monitoring & reconciling daily banking
    • Was the Assistant to the Accountant, reporting to him directly.
Jan 1986Dec 1988

Debtors / Creditors Clerk

Lusitania Sea Products (Natal) (Pty) Ltd - Durban, South Africa
  • Summary:

Ensured accurate and timely processing of accounting data. Performed accounts receivable and accounts payable functions, balancing cash and posting sales and purchases invoices.  Reconciling the accounts. Preparing cheques for payment to suppliers.  Preparing month-end Statements and doing Debt Collecting.

  • Key Responsibilities:
    • Demonstrated talent for quickly learning new tasks and completing assignments ahead of schedule while maintaining a high degree of accuracy.
    • Contributed substantially to reducing outstanding accounts receivables through improved collections processes.


June 2017Present

CIMA - Kaplan Accountancy & Finance


Oct 2014

Financial Management

University of Cape Town (UCT)
May 2014

Sales Management

University of Cape Town (UCT)

Portfolio of Employment & Education

Achievements & Affiliations

March 2009 - April 2011: 

  • For two years served on the school board of John Mackenzie High School, Francistown, Botswana.
  • For three years was the Chairperson of the PTA (Parents Teachers Association) of John Mackenzie High School.


  • Financial Management & Accounting - 10+ years of experience.
  • Retail Business Management - 10+ years of experience.
  • Quick Books; Sage 300 & other accounting software - 10+ years of experience.