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A confident, multi-skilled and capable accountant with over 8 years’ experience in financial reporting, planning and analysis, management and cost accounting, auditing, treasury and banking duties. I am an expert at utilising Excel to manipulate and analyse financial information to aid decision making. Have a proven ability to drive out inefficiencies through process improvement as well as assist in the maintenance and development of financial systems and procedures.

Work experience

Dec 2010Aug 2013

Finance Officer/assistant Accountant

Valuation Tribunal Services
  • While reporting to the Finance Director I prepared monthly, quarterly and yearly statutory and non-statutory accounts.
  • Responsible for the preparation of timely and highly accurate management accounts for the Board of Directors and participated in the presentation of the accounts during meetings.
  • Prepared and analysed budgets and forecasts for key departments and assisted budget holders in steering the organisation towards intended goals, thus supporting decision making.
  • Provided detailed variance analysis to support decision making by identifying, investigating and obtaining explanations for significant variances and discussing these variances with the finance director and budget holders.
  • Monitored and reconciled daily cash and bank accounts and prepared monthly general ledger reconciliations ensuring  authorization of journal entries was adhered to and copies filed accurately in a centralized system.
  • Assisted auditors and ensured audit recommendations were implemented and resolved.
  • Consolidated monthly payroll and pension data for external inputting and reconciled all payroll transactions within the control accounts and payroll bank account.
  • Conducted month end closures through SAP and coordinated monthly cut off routines for late entries and supervised the entries posted to the accruals and prepayments schedules.
  • Maintained the asset register and ensured all acquisitions, disposals and depreciation were identified, recognized and recorded in order to effect valuation of the assets.
  • Ensured compliance with regulatory requirements and internal control procedures and contributed towards their continuous improvement.
  • Established and maintained an effective financial system for analysing and allocating costs to relevant cost centres thus assisting management to make informed decisions.
  • Delivered an effective payroll and pension administration service of over 30 Local Government Pension Schemes through careful and accurate control and input of data.
Oct 2009Dec 2010

Assistant Financial Accountant

National Crime Agency
  • Reporting to the Financial Director, I prepared and submitted applications to sponsors for the income budget of £200m for resource and capital expenditure and resolved draw-down and chargeability queries.
  • Planned, controlled and reviewed annual cash budget of over £150m and maintained a monthly budget forecast to monitor total spend.
  • Strategically positioned to prepare and manage transfers between bank accounts and organised covert and overt cash arrangements for various law enforcement agencies.
  • Monitored all control accounts, payables, receivables, corporate cards, international transfers and payroll in as part of my year end duties and maintained a centralised filing system for all reconciliations.
  • Involvement in the preparation of statutory accounts and year end processes.
  • Direct supervision of up to four members of staff that fell under my treasury function.
  • Risk assessed, reviewed and updated finance policies and procedures to ensure compliance.
  • Built and promoted effective relationships with various stakeholder groups. Compiled, analysed, planned and controlled a cash budget of over £150m and maintained a timely and accurate monthly cash budget forecast to monitor total spend.
Oct 2008Sep 2009

Assistant Management Accountant

National Crime Agency
  • Assisted the senior management accountant with the preparation of timely and accurate management reports.
  • Provided a professional and timely financial reporting & business partnering service that responded swiftly to the needs of budget holders.
  • Looked after three business areas with a combined budget of £50m, prepared and loaded the yearly budgets and forecasts onto the system.
  • Supported business stakeholders through the provision of meaningful, accurate and timely financial data and advice, including: purchase order profiling; commitment reporting; account coding; general ledger enquiry and reporting; forecasting and budget phasing.
  • Prepared monthly accruals and prepayments journals and performed various monthly balance sheet reconciliations, investigating and eliminating any discrepancies.
  • Assisted in evaluating business cases for projects to ensure consistency and accuracy.
  • Raised invoices for re-charges to external agencies, landlords, solicitors & police forces.
Oct 2007Sep 2008

Debt Managment Officer

National Crime Agency
  • Responsible for the sales ledger reconciliations and preparation of monthly and annual schedules of bad and doubtful debts to be written off at year ends upon approval.
  • Raising sales invoices and ensuring all invoices were processed and distributed on time.
  • Chasing overdue accounts and handing over defaulting customers to debt collectors.
  • Dealing with customer queries promptly and efficiently and maintaining an audit trail of the account resolution process.
  • Managed to collect 89% of the debts aged over 120days and effectively reducing the provision figures.
Nov 2002Jan 2007

Combat Engineer/ Military Engineering Surveyor

The British Army
  • Consulted with senior ranking officers during planning stages of military engineering construction projects in peaceful and hostile environments.
  • Mapped and staked out construction sites before initiation of projects using GPS technology to ensure high degree of accuracy and precision.
  • Mapped out and built Military garrisons, detention centres ,airfields and runways.
  • Responsible and accountable for a large section of military equipment worth over £500m during deployment.

Education

Jan 2015Dec 2015

Chartered Certified Accountant

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • F1 Accountant in Business.
  • F2 Management Accounting.
  • F3 Financial Accounting.
  • F4 Corporate and Business Law.
  • F5 Performance Management.
  • F6 Taxation Exemption.
  • F7 Financial Reporting.
  • F8 Audit and Assurance.
  • F9 Financial Management.
  • P1 Governance, Risk and Ethics.
  • P2 INT Corporate Reporting.
  • P3 Business Analysis.
  • P4 Advanced Financial Management.
  • P7 Advanced Audit and Assurance.
Sep 2013Oct 2014

Masters in Finance and Accounting

University of Sheffield

The course is very intense and it consists of the following modules:

  • Quantitative Methods for Finance and Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Research Methods
  • Corporate Accounting
  • Corporate Governance
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Performance Management
  • International Financial Reporting
  • Issues in Finance and Accounting
  • International Finance
  • Financial Markets and Investment Management

A link to my presentation on the University's website  is https://youtu.be/JoHJmnQTHD0

Sep 2006Oct 2008

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Accounting and Finance

University of Greenwich

Passed the degree with a 2:1

The course was a three year course, and the following is the breakdown of the course subjects.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting and Ethics in Organisations
  • Quantitative Analysis and Systems
  • Personal and Professional Development 1 (Accounting) 
  • Business and Financial Environment 

Year 2

  • Management Accounting
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Business and Company Law 
  • Administration, Accounting and Taxation for Small Entities
  • Taxation
  • Banking: Principles, Practice and Regulation
  • Financial Markets, Instruments and Institutions
  • Islamic Banking and Finance 1

Year 3

  • Current Issues in Management Accounting
  • Current Issues in Financial Accounting
  • Finance
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Ethics and Corporate Governance
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Administration, Accounting and Taxation for Small Entities
  • Designing Financial Applications
  • Managing Business Processes with SAP

Certifications

Dec 2014Present

PRINCE2® Foundation Certificate

PEOPLECERT Group

Effective from 17 Dec 2014
Registration number 9980070533396316
Certificate number GR633009432LM

Skills

Essential Skills
  • Extensively proficient in Excel v-lookups, pivot tables, Word, Power-point, SAP and SUN.
  • Knowledgeable in the use of MYOB, Reckon and Xero software systems.
  • Hardworking and knowledge-hungry professional with a solid work ethic.
  • Able to build trusting relationships with various stakeholder groups.
  • Exceptional listening and communication skills enable me to convey information effectively.
  • Highly analytical and innovative problem-solver who easily generates workable solutions to difficult tasks.
  • Resourceful, flexible and results driven team player, who thrives in environments that require persons with abilities to prioritise and juggle multiple duties.