Paul Doherty

Paul Doherty

Work experience

Work experience
Dec 2008 - Apr 2009

Chief Financial Officer (Contract)

Skills4Work Incorporated
  • Fixed term contract with the responsibility of the Finance, IT and Customer Support teams through time of  significant business change
  • Provide newly appointed CEO and leadership team with sound commercial and financial advice
  • Creation of new business budget process and development of new financial reporting structure with recent business restructure.
  • Completion of 2008 Statutory Accounts and clean audit report
  • Presentation of financial outlook to Board. Obtaining support for continual business change to remain a sustainable business. Monthly board reporting and analysis.
  • Review and commercial evaluation of current pricing on all revenue and product streams, creation of new standard pricing matrix and models through an activity cost process
Oct 2007 - Nov 2008

Group Manager NZ, Corporate Services

Energex Limited
  • Responsible for leading and managing the Finance, Commercial, IT, Procurement and Quality divisions
  • Complete review of finance function and corporate governance framework. Redesigned and implemented key commercial and financial policies and processes along with internal controls to mitigate significant financial risk
  • Successful internal and external audits (financial, ISO). Prior year issues resolved and no new issues raised. Australian confidence on NZ operation restored
  • Overhaul of Work in Progress methodology, creation of procedures and user guide combined with ERP enhancement. (Identification of unrecoverable WIP and monthly measurement driving future recovery up 80%)
  • Review of Procurement and Supply Chain to enable improved utilisation of substantial commercial fleet and alignment of supplier rebates and pricing arrangements (identification of improved rebates/terms to approx $250k)
  • Financial sponsor & driver of major RFP submission, pricing review, cost and pricing models ensuring business pricing provided future sustainability
  • Negotiation of business sale and wind down of local operation to obtain a “clean exit” from NZ
  • Reason for leaving - Position redundant with sale of business, offered but declined position with new owner
Jun 2004 - Oct 2007

National Commercial & Operations Manager

Hudson Global Resources
  •  Responsibility for all commercial activities including financial reporting, initiating the budget/forecasting process, dealing with contractual/legal reviews of key client agreements through bid management process and supporting business initiatives
  • Financial Manager on NZ Senior Leadership Team, providing support and direction on market growth/regional expansion opportunities, cost control initiatives and operational improvements
  • Direct team leadership of 30 staff, covering Finance, Commercial, IT and office support functions
  • Incremental profit and productivity growth, most profitable operation globally (Profit improvement over $3m)
  • Improved working capital by reducing outstanding debtors (50%) and resulting improvement in DSO. Source of cash for global growth plans
  • Development of client profitability reporting, and fully absorbed profitability model of service lines by geography (Decision to walk away from loss making large client, client returned 9 months later at higher rates)
  • Monitoring of remuneration incentive structures, target setting, measurement and scenario modelling – key to ensure staff engagement and maximise staff retention
  • Successful audits – financial, Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) and quality (ISO)
  • Identification and implementation of training to improve commercial and business acumen of front line managers
May 2002 - May 2004

Commercial Manager

Siemens Energy Services

Jan 2003 ~ May 2004,  Commercial Manager – Auckland/Wellington

    • Responsibility for the 2 main regional offices for all commercial activities, active member of Executive Management Team.
    • Improved calculation of monthly estimated costs (WIP) reduce month end by 3 days
    • Introduced regional forecasts driven from bottom-up to improve regional awareness of controllable costs
    • Commercial contact for customer relationship and contract management
      • interpretation of client agreements to maximise recoveries
      • ensure compliance of obligations to minimise liability due to systems outage
    • Integrating the Internal Controlling, Risk Management and Sarbanes Oxley to ensure business processes are sufficient

May 2002 ~ Dec 2002, Commercial Controller & Process Manager

    •  Successful re-implementation and enhancement of ERP system and processes to ensure data integrity and improve user knowledge (implementation of super users)
    • Linking of ERP to actual business requirements (Business driven rather than system driven)
    • Improvement and standardisation of system reporting – automation of processes and results. 
Jun 1995 - Nov 2001

Financial Controller

Show-Ads Omega

Jun 1999 - Nov 2001, Financial Controller – Melbourne Head Office

    • Responsibility for the financial and statutory reporting of the Show-Ads Group ANZ
    • Active member of Senior Management Team and central contact for Management support – Australia wide
    • Key driver in major business restructure in staff and investment in technology saving $500k +
    • Identification of incorrect client contractual billing resulting in recovery of $150k revenue
    • Streamlined internal reporting processes, reporting data both internally and externally, reducing the reporting cycle from ten to five days (Implemented purchase order system to obtain accurate accruals)
    • Staff Leadership – team of 14 in all accounting facets. Enhanced team motivation, improved retention

 Mar 1997 - Jun 1999, Finance Manager – Brisbane Office

    •  Member of Management Team and responsible for operation in absence of General Manager (2IC)
    • Newly created role – set-up non-existent financial management reporting structure within operation
    • Key in justifying and project management of two new Brisbane divisions within six months and relocation of main operation.
    • Improvement of commercial awareness through transparency of budget and forecast process – resulted in overhead control and profit improvement
    • Operational focus to improve workflow – development of KPI’s

Jun 1995 – Mar 1997, Finance Manager – Auckland Office

    •  Dual responsibility for overall running and maintenance of business premise
    • Company Secretary
    • Full financial responsibility (sole charge) for operation


  • Sharing life’s experiences with my family (3 daughters)
  • Home improvements
  • Keeping fit


To work in a challenging, customer focused and values aligned environment - to make a real contribution to a business’s success – to make people think outside their norms and provide an environment for growth and excellence.


  • 10 + years senior financial and commercial management experience within global businesses
  • Strategic thinker and big picture person – enjoy identifying and analysing opportunities, and connecting the dots – results focused
  • Thrive in an energetic and innovative environment where key motivations, values and objectives are aligned with that of the organization’s
  • Leadership of multi-faceted teams including finance, commercial, IT, procurement and supply chain, customer support, quality and office administration
  • Tuned interpersonal and communication skills
  • Stakeholder relationship development and management
  • Confident and competent ERP financial system user – ensures that information technology is an enabler to support the needs of the business combined with providing valuable information for strategic advantage
  • Track record in leading finance and operational teams, delivering high quality outcomes to internal and external stakeholders
  • Chartered Accountant (NZICA)


2003 - 2004

MBA Style - Siemens Management Learning

Deakin University

Completion of two MBA papers as part of a Management Development Program