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Summary

As a problem solver, I aspire to create value where there was none before.

My experiences have taught me an open mind coupled with a willingness to learn can lead you to some interesting places. Currently completing my masters in Finance and searching for my next challenge. 

Work History

Jun 2016Dec 2016

EY Consultant - Financial Analyst

Ernst & Young

Having recently introduced Managed Services to their consulting portfolio, Ernst and Young were contracted to set up a Financial Services Centre of Excellence for FTSE 100 company Pearson PLC - the World's leading education company.

As a consultant for EY, I was responsible for transferring  processes from Pearson employees in the US to the newly formed Pearson Financial Services centre in Belfast, establish and stabilize the role and introduce efficiencies' where I felt fit.

I was assigned a role as an Analyst working within North American Financial Control's Accounts Payable department and within 6 months, I was able to:

  • successfully transfer role from US to Belfast and produce process documentation for the role to be passed on the in future.
  • introduce efficiencies' within Vendor Maintenance and establish frameworks for identifying trends and focusing on continuous improvement.
  • manage the implementation of a new credit payment time in partnership with the Bank of America to over 350 US vendors overcoming many obstacles along the way.
  • collaborate internationally with co-workers in UK, US and India using Google products; Hangouts, Mail, Docs and Presentations.
Jul 2013Aug 2015

Co-Founder

Pingster Ltd. 

Pingster was a startup company I set up with a friend during my placement year. It focused on providing opportunities for children to improve their digital making skills through the use of a collaborative online platform. We developed multiple prototypes liaising with designers and developers, and tested within the market over a two year period. 

My primary role focused on business development, raising investment and negotiating strategic partnerships. I raised £27,500 for our enterprise in my final year of study. 

Achievements included: 

  • Santander Universities Enterprise Award £2,500 (Feb. 2014)
  • Honeycomb Create Award £5,000 (Oct. 2014)
  • Invest NI Propel Accelerator Programme £10,000 (Jan. 2015)
  • TechStart NI 10k Proof of Concept Fund £10,000 (May. 2015)
  • NISP Connect Invent Finalist (May. 2015)
  • Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur of the Year Merit Award (Jun. 2015) 
Jan 2013May 2013

Researcher

Ulster University - Career Development Centre

Quantitative and qualitative research through phone, desk and face-to-face. 

Oct 2008Jun 2012

Sales

Henderson Retail

Substantial customer service training, awards and experience in face-to-face sales.

Education

20152017

MSc Applied Finance

Ulster Business School

MSc currently on-going. Graduation July 2017.

  • Chartered Institute of Securities & Investments - Young Investor of the Year (2015)
20112016

BSc Marketing

Ulster University

Graduated with First Class Honours in BSc Marketing.

  • Belfast Telegraph Digital Award for Excellence (2014)

Extra-Curriclar

A keen traveler and lover of fantasy literature, sports, movies and music; essentially any medium that tells a great story. Proponent of the Lean Startup methodology. Always looking for the next big thing. 

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