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Dec 2008Apr 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 2007Nov 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 2004Oct 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 2002May 2004

Commercial Manager

Siemens Energy Services

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

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    • 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

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    •  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 1995Nov 2001

Financial Controller

Show-Ads Omega

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

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    • 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

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    •  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

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

Interest

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

Objective

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.

Summary

  • 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)
 

Education

20032004

MBA Style - Siemens Management Learning

Deakin University

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