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Summary

I like to get things done.  I want to see improvements every day.  Long term relationships are very important to me. I get excited talking about accounting.

I've been involved with small businesses throughout New Zealand and have a wide range of experience dealing with all the multiple different things that can go wrong … and right!

My peers and clients know me as someone they can trust and who does what he says he will do and it’s important to me that I live up to that expectation.

Work experience

Oct 2013Present

Accountant then General Manager

Hobby Co

In this role I oversaw all aspects of the business operations of Hobby Co, New Zealand’s leading national distributor of trading cards and trading card accessories.

Some of the key accomplishments and responsibilities were;

  • Management of customer’s accounts with annual sales ranging from 20K to 650K.
  • Planned and executed a national marketing plan with a budget of 50K.
  • Oversaw sales growth of 69%.
  • Negotiated new contracts with overseas suppliers.
  • Navigated complicated international business relationships.
  • Oversaw logistics from, Europe, China, the US and Singapore and pushed for changes which drastically decreased delivery time. 
  • Hired four new staff.
  • Negotiated new lease contracts.
  • Overhauled IT system and process.
  • Created lasting improvements to the business core competencies.

Jan 2012Oct 2013

Accountant

Harbour Wholesale

In this role I was the Accountant for a car wholesale business purchasing and selling motor vehicles all over New Zealand.

Some of the key accomplishments and responsibilities were;

  • Developed an Access databases and used cloud technology to improve business processes and decision making.
  • Produced customized monthly reports for management monitoring profit on a per car basis.
  • Generated biweekly inventory reporting with real time information about what was being spent on each vehicle.
  • GST, FBT and PAYE and Income Tax compliance.
  • Budgeting and Tax planning.
  • Arranged overdraft and finance facilitates.
  • Advised and represented the company in CGA matters.

Jan 2010Dec 2012

Assistant Accountant

Ripe Deli

In this role I oversaw the accurate recording of the accounts receivable and accounts payable as well as supporting the payroll system.

Some of the key accomplishments and responsibilities were;

  • Managed transition to new accounting software.
  • Liaised with all sections of the business to produced a budget for a cook book project which was used for the loan to fund it. 
  • Implemented new systems to increase accuracy and efficiency of the AR/AP process.  

Jan 2010Present

SME Consulting

Future Sight Consulting

In this role I provided Business Analysis, IT integration and Accounting compliance work for small businesses in many different industries all over Auckland.

Some of the key accomplishments and responsibilities were;

  • Helped over 40 business better use IT and Accounting to improve their business processes
  • Used software like Access, Excel, Xero, Salesforce, Zapier, Wufoo, Zoho, Shopify, Mailchimp and Google Apps to develop custom solutions to business problems – reducing and in some cases eliminating time spent on important administration tasks.
  • Saved clients thousands of dollars through IT planning and analysis, as well as scoping of their requirements in order to ensure investment in the correct solution for them.
  • Managed Xero accounts and delivered training through screenshot presentations , video content, Skype and video conferencing – empowering clients to get the most out of the software.

Education

20152015

Robin Oliver Tax Policy Scholarship

For Young Tax Professionals

Focus on Behavioral Economics, Software Engineering and International GST laws

20082012

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)

University of Auckland

Majored in Accounting and Commercial Law

20042005

CCNA

Avondale College

2004 and 2005 Top of Class in Cisco Networking