It is with pleasure that I write this letter of recommendation for Lydia Davenport, a candidate for the Accounting/Financial Manager position in your company. Lydia is a uniquely talented manager and vital member of our Admissions management team and I have no doubt that she is highly qualified to satisfy the duties within your posted position.
Lydia began her position as the Business Officer for the Office of Admissions in April 2007.Within a very short period, Lydia demonstrated her ability to take duties requiring a high degree of responsibility that truly showcased her technical computing knowledge, the ability to coordinate complex projects, and excellent communication skills.
Lydia came to the position of Business Manager from outside the university structure.This was a departure for us as we typically favored hiring staff from within the University of California system.Our thought has always been that the UC structure is so complex that we only wanted staff who were already familiar with our processes.Lydia exuded such confidence and professionalism that we took a chance and hired her over several other staff who had experience within our system.Lydia did not disappoint.She jumped in quickly and learned very complex payroll and accounting systems.She met key administrative players on campus who could answer any questions she had and took it upon herself to complete self-training.
Her first major task within the office was to completely remodel our outdated office. This included furnishings, computer wiring, and meeting ergonomic standards.The UC administrative structure for building contracts using outside vendors is highly complex.Lydia handled contracts, our Business Office, and staff who were highly adverse to change with the patience of a saint!Truly her transition into our office was trial by fire and she emerged unscathed.
Lydia worked closely with our computing staff to over-haul our previous outdated accounting procedures and turned them into an extremely organized, computerized system using both Microsoft Excel and Access to produce detailed financial reports for our management team.In addition to budget management, she also supervised other clerical positions within the office.Lydia has the ability to think projects though to the point that she is generally several steps ahead of the game.By the time you think to ask her for something, she has already taken care of the problem.Details are her specialty!
As Associate Director within the office, I can attest to the fact that Lydia’s efficiency freed up much time in my own schedule.Time I previously spent calculating my budgets, following up on payments received/paid, and tracking timecards and payroll was completely eliminated.Lydia’s systems of budget and tracking allowed me to pass these responsibilities onto her.
In addition to the high caliber work she regularly produced, I think it’s important to point out that Lydia has a great sense of humor.In an office such as ours where the demand is high and the staffing is woefully inadequate to cover the demand, having a sense of humor helps one through the stressful periods.It is also important for you to know that Lydia is a team player.There is no task too small or too large that Lydia isn’t willing to assist with.Lydia has done everything from stuffing envelopes for large mailings to setting up accounting systems for numerous complex grant programs----whatever it takes to get the job done.
Again, your gain in selecting Lydia to fill your position would be significant.She will produce whatever is necessary and she is a creative problem solver.I hope you will give her application serious consideration.