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Sachin Rastogi

Finance Professional , Business Partner, Passionate Leader

Core competencies

  • Tactical Decision Making
  • Critical Thinking; Fast Decisions
  • Resource Management
  • Operational Planning &  Analysis
  • Key Stakeholder Partnerships
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Process Improvement
  • Business Administration
  • Passionate Team Player

Financial Skills

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Strategic Planning, Corporate Governance, Decision Support
  • Formulating Budgets/AOP's/Business Plans (LRP's & SRP's), Variance analysis, Corrective actions for the same.
  • Designing business plans/strategies for maximising profitability & revenue generation.
  • Conceptualisation, Designing and Implementing exhaustive MIS & reports, evaluating them for facilitating the decision-making process.
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Accounting Functions
  • Finalisation of Accounts, in compliance with the applicable accounting standards IFRS.
  • Designing & implementing systems, policies & procedures
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Technology and Digitization
  • Transformation initiatives which include digitisation of the process and controls;
  • Large technology transformation projects like implementing enterprise solution,
  • Business Process Re-engineering, through greenfield implementations, including SAP4 HANA, SAP ECC 6.0, MS-Dynamics Navision, Oracle Financials, 
  • Transition management
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Auditing & Taxation
  • GST Impact Analysis, Pricing and Procurement Strategy Planning, IT Enablement and Implementation. 
  • Tax planning & management,
  • Timely assessment and filing of direct & indirect tax returns                                       
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Receivables & Payables Management
  • Accounts payable - Procure to pay Cycle Management, Three-way match suppliers invoice processing, query resolutions and reconciliations.    
  • Following up of bills receivables after invoicing to debtors
  • Credit Policy Formulation
  • Conducting ageing analysis 
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Project & Business Evaluation
  • Screening new projects and conducting feasibility studies
  • Evaluating major commercial deals inclusive of cost-benefit analysis as well as the formulation of financial norms. 

Work experience

Oct 2018Jul 2019

Management Accountant and Controllership

Pristine Logistics and Infra Projects Private Limited

An Indian multimodal logistics organisation with a fleet of 500 trucks,  15 own containers trains, an employee base of 750 team members and presence across Indian territory.

Key Responsibilities

  • Preparation, presentation, consolidation and implementation of annual business operating plans (Annual Budget), short-range plans (SRP’s- Up to 3 years) and long-range plans (LRP’s- 5 years and above)
  • Preparation and consolidation of monthly/yearly financial statements and constructively critique the actual business performance compared with forecasts, budgets and previous year’s numbers.
  • Responsible for process improvements through process mapping, documentation of “As-Is ” and suggesting “To-be” processes, Implementation of best practices and standard operating procedures, leading to continuous business improvements in conjunction with all key stakeholders, cutting across the organisation

Projects handled and accomplishments 

  • Successfully lead the ERP implementation project- latest and upgraded version of SAP S4/HANA for the entire group, within a record time frame of 4 months for 11 business divisions with varied business models.

Challenges faced but won - Identification of dimensions upon which forward-looking reporting will be required, building strong internal controls balancing with the business requirements, room for further business expansion including the addition of altogether new business segments

  • Successful implementation of BI Tool- Tableau, using SAP data warehouse, reaping full benefits of SAP

Challenges faced and won- Non-standardisation of reports due to conflicting requirements from multiple stakeholders.

  • Recognised as the best cross-functional team member for driving various cost optimisation projects, leading to bottom-line enhancement by 12%

Challenges faced and won- Communication of financial data to non-financial stakeholders effectively.

Jan 2013Oct 2018

Management Accounting and Controllership

Shyam Spectra Private Limited

A leading broadband service provider present in both retail and enterprise segments, having a national presence with 300 retail outlets, 2000 retail sales channel partners, 40,000 subscribers and 650 employees. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Preparation, presentation and tracking of multi-dimensional annual budgets, rolling monthly forecasts and analysing actual performance measurement viz a viz budget & forecast.
  • Preparation and presentation of monthly business review deck with margin analysis drilled down up to the level of each region, retail outlets, product, customer segment, cluster/sales territory, sales manager and channel partner.
  • Product pricing in consultation with sales heads keeping the financial profitability and competition strategies into consideration.
  • Capex Financial feasibility evaluation and post-investment analysis
  • Determining the re-order levels of traded inventory ensuring continuing sales pipeline with optimal working capital utilisation.
  • Benchmarking and sharing the best practices and procedures across regions and building the culture of continuous improvement and excellence.
  • Formulation of sales promotional schemes, with a view to maximising market share basis detailed analysis.
  • End of the month financial books closures, reconciliations and submission to CFO/MD office.
  • Overseeing the day to day functioning of the finance department including AP, AR, Banking operations, reconciliations, customer invoicing, statutory audits, process improvisations and internal controls.   

Projects Handled and accomplishments

  • Proved to be a vital member of organisational turnaround from the state of negative profit to positive contributions within a short span of 12 months of joining

Challenges faced but won- despite the organisation existence over a decade and multiple growths in top-line, the bottom line turned red. Challange was in the identification of the regions, clusters, stores and overheads, sucking the profitability.

Resolution worked- Company level P&L dissected into region-wise and finally to sales territory wise to segregate the performing ones from loss-making ones.

Due to system imperfections, lack of readily available standardised legacy data to do micro-scanning and analysis.

Resolution worked- Huge volumes of legacy data, gathered from various business applications, collated into an oracle data warehouse and using an open-source BI tool, SQL queries, reports were generated to the larger extent.

  • Organisation comprehensive ERP implementation- Microsoft dynamics- Navision including finance, budgeting supply chain, HR and inventory modules.

Challenges faced but won- Data cleansing and inclusion upon transition from an isolated basic accounting system to a highly integrated and robust ERP system.

Change management upon transition from many manuals to system-driven processes.

Aug 2011Aug 2012

Finance Manger

Siva Ventures Limited- EPC Division

A well renowned diversified Siva group have business interests into telecom infra, mobile communications, renewable energy, shipping and FMCG. Pioneer in the businesses owned have a presence in multiple countries, with the employees' strength of over 5000 and turnover equivalent to AUD 2 billion.     

Through internal promotion within the same group, got elevated to the position of Finance Manager for Telecom Infra EPC division of Siva Group, having the employee base of 450 people, having presence across Indian region.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the entire gamut of finance and accounting function 
  • Additional responsibility for Supply chain, Administration and IT

Projects undertaken and accomplishments 

  • Brought division out of financial working capital crunch through effective and prompt receivables management; better negotiations with the supply chain vendors.
  • Reduced receivables within the age bucket of more than 365 days from AUD 2 Million to AUD 0.6 Million in flat four months’ time frame.
Aug 2009Jul 2011

Management Accountant

Siva Ventures - Mobile Telecom Division- Bahrain Telecom JV

Mobile telecom division - a joint venture with Bahrain Telecom, had a presence in five states of India, with the sales distribution reach comprising of 50 company-owned retail outlets, 10,000 retailers, 2 million subscribers and an employee base of 750 people.  

Key responsibilities

  • Recruitment of resources and establishing robust financial planning and analysis vertical in the newly created business division.
  • Preparation, presentation and tracking of business plans- annual, short-range as well as long-range plans
  • Driving financial and commercial goals of the division cutting across various functions and sub-departments 
  • Product pricing, profitability analysis, and promotional schemes evaluation,
  • Monthly channel sales incentives/commission fixation. 

Accomplishments 

  • Awarded with "You made us Proud" title for designing the reporting format for Indian operations, which got replicated for other countries of operations of Baharain Telecom. 
  • Significant contributions in bringing the subscriber's acquisition cost down from AUD 2 Mn to AUD 1 Mn per month, based on various analytical reports, market dynamics and field visits.
Mar 2009Jul 2009

Management Accountant- New Delhi State

Siva Ventures - Mobile telecom division- Maxis Telecom JV
  • Conceptualization, designing and implementation of MIS at the state launch stage.
  • Budgeting, Forecasting and Variance Analysis.
  • Product profitability, retail productivity and post-launch analysis. 
Dec 2004Mar 2009

Manager Accounting & Business Support

Vodafone Idea Cellular Limited- Mobile Telecom

Vodafone Idea Cellular is a leading mobile telecom player in the Indian Telecom sector. Having a nationwide presence, the company has an annual turnover equivalent to AUD 7.5 billion, have 900 retail outlets servicing over 372 million subscribers with employee strength of  12,500 people.  

Key Responsibilities

  • Consolidation & presentation of the monthly performance of the business
  • Investigating and understanding key business issues behind the numbers and providing clear, concise and timely analysis & recommendations.
  • Product pricing and benchmarking for enhancing product profitability.
  • Analyzing sales & marketing policies to ensure financial viabilities and return.
  • Preparation, computation and submission of annual corporate income tax return filing
  • Quarterly and yearly  stock exchange filing of financial results and related compliances  
  • Efficiently keeping a track record of investment in CAPEX & return on a regular basis; conducting project evaluation process & assisting in project implementation.
  • Analyzed sales & marketing policies to ensure the financial viabilities and return
  • Liasoning with statutory, internal and tax auditors. 
  • Ensure that the monthly close process is completed and all necessary entries and adjustments are recorded.

Projects undertaken and Accomplishments

  • Fund-raising through Initial Public Offer (IPO) route. Took care of IPO related procedures & documentation entailing due diligence process, prospectus delivery, interacting with merchant bankers, market analysts and consultants. Received Excellence Award for IPO due diligence which was oversubscribed by 38 Times 
  • Dexterously reduced the Turn around time for monthly business MIS reporting from 15 days to 5 days.
Nov 2003Dec 2004

Management Accountant - Rajasthan State

Airtel Limited- Mobile Telecom Business

Airtel is the market leader in the mobile communication industry, backed by sound funding from Singtel.  A listed company, having presence all states of India, with the subscriber base of 300 Million, over 1000 retail outlets, turnover in excess of AUD 16 billion and employee base of 10,000 people.

Key Responsibilities

  • Annual Operating Plans, Budgeting and Forecasting and Variance Analysis
  • Monthly business review deck preparation and presentation.
  • Product pricing and profitability

Accomplishments

  • Won the third rank across 24 competing states for forecasting accuracy and timeliness, within 3 months of joining, despite coming from the altogether different industry background.

Oct 2002Nov 2003

Plant Accountant

British Petroleum- Castrol - Automotive Lubricants

Castrol, a British Petroleum company, is the market leader in automotive lubricants in India. With the employee strength of over 5000 employees, has a nationwide sales distribution network of over 1,50,000 retail outlets, an employee base of over 74,000 people and turnover equivalent to AUD 1 billion. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Plant accounting, budgeting, monthly books closing and reporting
  • Supporting a shared service centre for accounting in accounts payable and receivables management.
  • Lubricants blend costing and transfer pricing.
  • Store’s inventory valuation and management

 Accomplishments

Won the award of” Kaizen King “for performing the highest number of Kaizens done in the plant leading to many process improvements in the finance function.

Dec 2000Oct 2002

Plant Accountant

Bajaj Hindusthan Limited- Sugar and Distillery Business.

Bajaj Hindusthan Limited is the largest sugar manufacturer in India. Having 16 manufacturing plants, the company has a turnover equivalent to AUD 1.3 billion and 2000 employee strength.  

Key Responsibilities

  • Day to day accounting, accounts payable, receivables management and banking operations.
  • Payroll processing, withholding tax computations and remuneration payouts.
  • Statutory, Internal and External Audits, stock exchange filing and compliances
  • Preparation of monthly MIS, budgeting and Capex tracking.

Projects undertaken and accomplishments

  • Business process re-engineering (BPR) in consultation with Arthur Anderson (now called Accenture) for organisational restructuring and process improvisation.
  • ERP Implementation- Oracle 8i And D2K based- Lead the project as finance subject matter expert, for integrating finance module with other functional modules.

Education

Aug 1997May 2000

Chartered Accountant

Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
Jul 1995Jun 1998

Bachelor of Commerce ( Honors)

Delhi University, India

Certifications

June2019

Robotics Process Automations (RPA) - Business Analyst

Ui-Path

Using RPA Technology for Finance Processes 

June2019

Robotics Process Automations (RPA) - Starter Training

Ui-Path

Introduction to RPA and used business case study

Oct 2015Mar 2016

Certificate in IFRS and Ind-AS

Ernst & Young