Download PDF

Summary

I am a proactive, adaptable Finance Manager with an MBA in Finance and ~18 years international experience in leading diverse and increasingly virtual finance teams towards value delivery, cost management, financial risk management, financial control, organizational change and compliance in Energy, Steel, telecom and banking sectors across Europe, Asia, Latin America and Caribbean. I have been a consistent performer in roles as diverse as a Manager in commercial banking to leading complex financial risk projects to finance in the business focused on value delivery with a bottom line focus. I am an effective communicator with proven relational leadership skills, demonstrated consistently in working with all levels of stakeholders globally.

Key Skills

  • Banking: I worked in banking sector for seven years. Key areas – financing (e.g. project finance, term loans, working capital for hydro power projects), trade finance, risk management, balance sheet restructuring, commercial banking, banker to small /niche banks by facilitating money market access.
  • Business partnering and business performance management: Through my role as finance advisor, I have successfully led projects for Shell Trading leaders on a global ops portfolio that delivers a major chunk of Shell's earnings. I demonstrated good balance of challenge and support while dealing with senior leaders of Shell group, while earning their respect by cutting through complexity to drive projects to deliver value.
  • Risk Management, Finance Controls, Compliance and Assurance/Audit – Effectively demonstrated and deepened my skills via my role in Shell Internal Audit and previously, led finance teams to design and deploy financial controls during large scale SAP design for Hydrocarbon Supply chain and its interface with trading. Prior to Shell, in banking Industry, I was part of team that performed a risk weighted review of bank’s asset portfolio to restructure the balance sheet and achieve capital adequacy norms per Basel II accord.
  • Process and Data Management: As part of Trading and Supply chain merger, I developed new financial and performance management framework to measure the financial performance and bottom-line focus of the newly  formed organisation. This required extensive understanding of the business drivers in Trading and Supply businesses . In the consulting role, prior to joining Shell, I helped the Steel major (ArcelorMittal) during a merger in setting up finance metrics and controls.

Interests

Temperate Horticulture, Hiking, Himalayan eco-system, South Asian Geo-politics, Shooting, Snooker, Cricket and all things metaphysics.

Work experience

Jun 2013Present

Sr. Finance Advisor - Shell Trading & Supply

Royal Dutch Shell

I am advising the Shell Trading and Supply Vice President (Operations) in efficient management of supply chain through efficient contract management, external and internal bench marking of physical assets and performance management. This is done via leading/supporting/delivering global initiatives to improve supply chain financial and operational performance, globally.
a. Scope of role in numbers: Opex: $2.2billion, Capex $0.6bln, Working Capital $3bln. Global footprint across trading and Supply/Distribution.
b. Geographical Scope: Global organization with trading offices in major oil trading hubs and supply chain network (depots/terminals etc) across the globe services the Retail and Wholesale businesses of the company.

c. Additionally, I have a Finance Manager role as member of Operations leadership team for Trading middle office team of ~650 employees with global scope helping delivery of value for Oil and Gas trading desks. As FM of the global team, I sit on a number of project steering committees, therefore providing support and challenge to project valuations, yield, risk vs reward/mitigation and insuring post implementation reviews. 

Achievements:

  • A number of Special Recognition Awards for providing senior leadership insight into value and yield trade offs, marginal portfolio, value leakage via marginal decisions.  
  • Received an Executive Vice President Award nomination for a pathfinder project to triggering and cost vs. yield decisions on crude and product trading desks which helped improve our competitiveness in balancing additional value and reduced costs. 
  • As part of the Trading and Supply merger, developed performance management metrics for newly formed Operations organization spanning five PnLs for effective performance management by VPs.
Jan 2011Jun 2013

Finance Auditor

Royal Dutch Shell

I worked as part of Shell Group's global audit function responsible for providing quality insights, critical judgment with regards to the group financial control framework. My role included leading and participating in financial audits in following areas of specialization:

  • Finance (Downstream Finance in Business, Finance Operations and Upstream assets)
  • Downstream (Contract Management, Hydrocarbon Supply Chain, Lubricants and Joint Venture value management)
  • Regulatory risk, Ethics and Compliance. (Anti Money Laundering, Anti bribery and corruption, Counter party risk management and trade controls)

Achievement: I led transformational and path breaking continuous auditing pilot in  Hydrocarbon Supply Chain Management in Shell. The project involved designing an automated continuous system for inventory/working capital monitoring finance process.  I received special recognition from Audit Function. 

Mar 2007Dec 2010

Country Lead - France and Italy (2009 to 2010), Finance Controller, UK & BENELUX (2007 to 2008)

Royal Dutch Shell

I led a global team of 6 to 10 finance professionals and consultants to review financial risk and designed/deployed a fit for purpose financial framework (ERP/SAP) for Shell in Italy and France. This was necessitated by a transformational change for Shell via deployment of a new and global finance functional plan (organisation) and global ERP (SAP) deployment. The key responsibilities included ensuring the project is delivered within time and budget. Delivery of a large scale re-organization of finance processes and jobs, roll-out of a new global organizational design, redesign of financial authorities and segregation of duties.

 Achievements: I successfully led Shell France and Italy's design/deploy project within budget and time during this assignment and was bestowed with corporate Special Recognition Award 2008-2009. In the process developed expertise in Trading and Supply business model and value delivery with interfaces into Crude Optimization and Downstream interfaces. 

Aug 2005Feb 2007

Senior Finance Consultant

3i Infotech UK

was responsible for leading Risk Management, Regulatory and audit projects at client locations (Primarily ArcelorMittal Steel and Cable and Wireless).

I achieved value delivery for clients by improving their finance process to ensure fit for purpose value management, risk management and accuracy and completeness of financial and management accounts.

Key accounts: ArcelorMIttal (AM) Steel and Cable and Wireless in Europe, Latin America and  Asia. Also, helped AM during the merger to integrate financial processes and control to mitigate financial risk during transition.

Achievements: I was able to considerably exceed client expectations during the first year, resulting in a robust run and maintain control environment in central Eastern Europe (Poland and CZ). The achievements were acknowledged at the highest level in the client organisation and I was entrusted the task to manage the financial process integration at corporate office. .

Jul 2004Jul 2005

Finance Consultant/ Project Manager

Lloyds TSB Bank (Consultant)

I led a team  8 to 10 consultants towards balance sheet restructuring of Lloyds TSB Bank's loan portfolio for wholesale/commercial banking segments to achieve capital adequacy standards set by Basel accord. The key areas of accountability were:

  • To lead the team in Market and Credit risk assessment of asset portfolio to adjust risk weighted Capital adequacy structure by reviewing the loan portfolio and updating capital requirements as deemed necessary to meet new standards.
  • Process and financial Risk analysis, aimed to develop fit for purpose controls to mitigate operational and financial statement risks. 
  • Auditor Engagement following the restructuring.

Achievements: Successfully delivered project on budget and time.  

Jul 1998May 2004

Manager

Banking Industry (ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank)

Joined as a trainee (graduate program) in the Banking industry upon completion of MBA. Worked in middle management positions leading teams of four to 25 at different times/locations). 

Key Areas of expertise/responsibility are: 

  • FinancingExamples being - Project finance with multilateral Govt./UN agencies individually or in syndicates of banks (as lead bank or otherwise). Working capital, Cash Credit/overdrafts against balance sheet, Term Loans for project development, Agri-business,  turnkey project financing for medium enterprises. This included all banking support for facilities where ever the bank(s) acted as sole bank/lead bank.
  • Trading FinanceBank guarantees, Letters of Credits, Performance guarantees/bonds, Bid Bonds etc. 
  • Commercial Banking (various roles) – Accountability for leading geographical portfolio of asset products and liability with full life cycle management under one roof (from business development, operations, performance management and compliance).
  • Money market intermediary – Banker to smaller regional/local/cooperative banks, providing liquidity management, Cash Management and money market placements for surplus funds. Third party product management – Manage Capital market products and related brokerage services.
  • Projects in Banking - Functional expert, in development of first fully functional Internet banking website in Indian Banking industry in 1999. migration to online banking platform.

Education