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·New Technology, Travel, IT, Aviation, Photography, Chess, Swimming & Films

Summary

An enthusiastic and dedicated board level executive with international experience who enjoys leading, developing and motivating a successful and productive team. Has qualifications and knowledge within the Finance, IT and Marketing sector. A commercially aware strategy and marketing specialist with the ability to implement effective business strategies to improve turnover and profitability without compromising on quality. Possesses excellent interpersonal skills and communicates well at all levels. Totally believes in hands on work.

Work experience

Nov 2007Present

Finance & IT Director

Nikita Hair UK Ltd

·Control company’s total operational and financial needs. Implemented new procedures to eliminate errors and possibilities for fraud from all offsite locations.

·Totally restructured the company setup to save costs, reduce reporting times and show clear view of business performance. Introduced shared service centre concept.

·Co-ordinated, recruited staff, project managed and brought the accounts in-house.

·Was included in strategic development of the company and am now involved in marketing and expansion activities.

·Project managed multi-site EPOS and MIS systems. Worked with software developers to introduce Microsoft Dynamics Navision.

·Introduced procedures and systems in the Finance, IT and reporting functions to enable better control of cash flow and maximise profits. Deal with all compliance & tax issues.

·Dealt with HR issues and co-ordinated with ACAS and other statutory bodies in negotiations.

Jan 2005Oct 2007

Commercial Manager

Tiny Computers Lanka Pvt Ltd

·Responsible for all aspects of sourcing, manufacturing and marketing a new generation of computer systems. Establishing retail branch network.

·Controlling the research and development budget as well as the marketing budget to maximise sales whilst not compromising on quality

·Managing, motivating and leading the research and development team, establishing quality controls and achieving ISO 9001 2000 standards

·Negotiating OEM licences with Microsoft and Intel and managing the test process including the creation of end user documentation

Oct 2003Dec 2004

Management Consultant

Self Employed

·Providing consultancy services to corporations, charities & NGO’s (Red Cross, World Health Organisation, UNICEF) identifying potential improvements in efficiency, controls, reporting systems and profit margins and driving through change

·Building excellent ongoing relationships at board level with key clients such as JayQue Fashions, the Harcourts Group and The Model Network

Aug 1999Oct 2003

Managing Director

Goldcrest Post Production Facilities Ltd

·Successfully transforming business practices and driving the company forward to become one of the fastest growing corporations in the sector

·Working with top directors such as George Lucas and Steven Spielberg and winning deals with Twentieth Century Fox, Dreamworks and Universal Studios

·Researching the market, expanding existing studios and building new facilities to meet demand resulting in increasing turnover capacity by 30 percent

·Liaising with customers to establish requirements and developing quality controls to ensure complete satisfaction with services

·Evaluating the allocation of resources and restructuring job descriptions and responsibilities to more efficiently utilise skill sets and abilities

·Introducing new employee policies such as timesheets, job breakdowns, task completion certificates, appraisals, incentives and a company newsletter

·Responsible for all marketing activities including brochure and website development, press releases, premiers and news articles

·Organising events and venues for openings, new service launches and promotional activities

·Designing and developing a computerised database to more effectively monitor purchase orders, suppliers and marketing responses and providing management reporting facilities

Oct 1993Aug 1999

Finance Director

Any Effects Ltd

·Initially appointed as a Management Accountant and gained promotion to Finance Director after 4years aged 28, introduced professional standards and successfully doubled turnover

Jan 1990Sep 1993

Auditor

·Auditing a variety of SME businesses covering industry sectors such as engineering, retail, services, travel, manufacturing, entertainment and transport

References

Tom Harris

Raju took on many other duties outside of his job description.....

Raju was a respected and well liked member of the company and always carried out his duties with a view to advancing the company.

I would recommend Raju for any position that requires a person who is committed, responsible and reliable.

Rita Broch

Raju negotiated lease with excellent results......made suggestions and followed them through to improve business.

Raju is a skilful and very flexible person who never gives up and is great at what he does. He is intelligent and creative and finds good solutions to all challenges also outside of his main profession. He handles multiple challenges and works at both a strategic and detailed level. I have no hesitation in recommending to any future employer.

Ahamed Rheyas

He has performed exceptionally in his activities to increase sales and brand awareness. His marketing activities have been exciting and cost effective.

Stephen Johnston

..... confirm my solid belief in the merits of Raju and to make reference to Goldcrest's success and growth during the time we spent together.

He has demonstrated leadership and exceptional people skills in his relentless pursuit of profitability, for which we thank him.

Portfolio

Education

ACCA

Deloitte & Touche
2005Present

Diploma

Turnkey IT
1996Present

Diploma

Association of Import & Export
Sep 1987Jul 1990

B.Eng. (Hons)

Skills

Maximising business effectiveness
Provides the best value by sharing resources, looks for value for money, sets realistic budgets and manages them effectively, considers the business implications of decisions, avoids waste and challenges under use of resources.
Managing performance
Sets challenging team and individual objectives and trusts people to get on with them, shares clear expectations about required performance levels, rewards success and addresses performance issues quickly and fairly, treats team members with honesty, respect and compassion.