More than 20 years of experience guiding and executing financial and accounting operations, including payroll, disbursements, general ledger entries, accounts payable, accounts receivable, asset management, can capital purchases. Expert-level experience in financial planning and analysis. Adept at devising comprehensive strategic and business plans in alignment with organizational objectives. Successful team leader and critical change agent with aptitude for instituting measures and controls to reduce costs and improve performance. Proficient with federal and industry requirements like GAAP for revenue recognition and Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) for financial cont
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Oct 2007 - Present
Consultant & Director
Shah Engineering Services
Orchestrate development of Finance, Accounting, Billing, Accounts Payable and Payroll departments for firm. Established Accounting procedures, policies and directives for the company in accordance with standard GAAP regulations. Built Accounting department from the ground up. Able to analyze and resolve issues in a highly time sensitive environment.
Mar 2006 - Oct 2007
Director, International Accounting
Visa Worldwide Services
Oversaw Payroll, Disbursements, General Ledger, Receivables, Fixed Assets and Financial Reporting with team of 25. Administered Payroll processing for 5000 employees including multiple State and Expatriate Payroll. Developed and implemented all accounting policies and systems, ensuring records are maintained in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles standards. Completed legal contract reviews. Prepared year-end audit and internal reviews, collaborated with teams to define revenue and cost drivers. Provided support and training for staff, ensuring department objectives were met. Ensured achievement of customer service goals through constant coaching and staff development. Reviewed SEC Filings for accuracy, including forms 10-K, 10-Q, and 8-Q. Provided visible, interactive leadership within the Finance department and delivered value through partnerships with management in Finance, HR and Technology Services to coordinate financial planning for company growth.
Jan 2005 - Dec 2005
Accounts Payable Shared Services (SSC) – Service Bureau to all Countrywide segments nationwide. Led a team of 3 direct reports, oversaw 120 employees with a budget of $10M. Directed monthly processing of 850K invoices, 250K check disbursements and 20K direct deposits. Oversaw management of 85K external vendors. Ensured accuracy and timely delivery of monthly AP accrual reports to Corporate Accounting. Assured compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley regulations. Developed meaningful metrics to analyze A/P performance. Implemented a process to recover outstanding credits, resulting in $1M recovered. Established a Procurement Card program, reducing invoices over $500K by 25%. Increased vendor discounts earned by 85%, through establishment of new procedures. Created AP Helpdesk, achieving 80% customer satisfaction on internal/external inquiries.
Jun 2002 - Dec 2004
Director of Disbursements
Time Warner Cable
Provided leadership for service bureau operations for 48 divisions companywide. Supervised 8 direct reports and 128 employees. Processed 190K invoices, 51K check disbursements and 8K direct deposits monthly. Led migration of several divisions into one large organization and coordinated transition from legacy AP system to PeopleSoft. Provided monthly reports to Vice Presidents and Controllers. Performed T&E audits. Reduced invoice processing time by 30% by instituting paperless technology. Established an in-house Collections Department resulting in annual savings of $2M. Initiated $25M in savings by consolidating all migrating AP functions. Created new Procurement program eliminating petty cash and reduced invoices over $500K by 20%. Increased discounts earned by 97% through new vendor discount procedures.
1995 - 2002
Director of Payroll & Disbursements
Time Warner Cable
Oversaw payroll activities for over 3500 employees. Supervised a staff of 35 managing accounting, payroll, billing, credit and collections, disbursements and month-end closing. Provided quarterly budget forecasts for all payroll-related expenses. Prepared management and non-management annual bonuses. Partnered with HR on all payroll related issues, prepared over 100 employee severance packages. Ensured compliance with internal accounting policies and controls. Re-structured Accounts Payable teams, providing increased service to all divisions. Established savings over $1M through installation of Handscan technology. Facilitated integration of payroll process for 6 mergers, reducing annual labor expenses by $500K in last 4 mergers. Updated technology used to expedite union benefits, reducing payment time by 35%. Supervised general accounting functions including financial reporting, royalty payments, and balance sheet management. Achieved President’s Circle Award.