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1085, United States
May 22, 2010

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Christian Schweitzer, cma

** ****** ***** ***** ( WESTFIELD, MA 01085 ( 413-***-**** ( cell 413-***-****

Qualification Highlights

Goal-oriented Finance Manager and Controller with a demonstrated track

record of financial competence within highly leveraged, cash starved, and

turnaround environments. Core competencies include: Financial Statement

Preparation, Cash Management and Forecasting, Capital Acquisition,

Financial Analysis, Budgeting, Cost Reduction, Technology Integration, Lean

Manufacturing, Government Contract Admin, Standard Costing and Inventory


Career Experience



Custom Bindery servicing the Publishing, Invitation, Legal and Government

markets. Manufacturer of library quality cases and heavy duty ring metals.

Chief Financial Officer and Controller

Responsible for all accounting systems, cash management and forecasting,

financial analysis, budgeting, information technology, and purchasing.

Report directly to President.

. Negotiated with $2.6 Billion Avery Dennison to acquire their $10 million

Specialty Binder Division.

. Set up all financial systems and coordinated legal, regulatory,

insurance, payroll and vendor transition process for acquired company.

. Responsible for all external and internal Financial Reporting.

. Maintain standard cost system, perpetual inventories, periodic WIP and

annual wall-to-wall physical inventories.

. Leveraged assets to make acquisitions for complimentary business lines

of up to $4MM.

. Secured grants of over $175K for workforce training and business


. Negotiated loans with multiple banks and finance companies along with

four different public and semi-public agencies.

. Initiated a controlled downsizing, eliminating an entire business

segment. Reduced workforce by 33%, liquidated equipment and retired

associated loans.

. Spearheaded total company immersion into Lean Manufacturing to combat

low cost global competition.

. Transitioned company from a sales force driven regional bindery to an

Internet based national supplier, capping selling costs while expanding

the customer base.

. Promoted technological growth from a single Novell based token ring

network to multiple servers utilizing Microsoft SQL, Windows, Linux and

Oracle connected by cable, fiber optic and wireless hardware.

. Utilize Fourth Shift, a fully integrated ERP system.

. Manage $1 million Government Contract interfacing with the GSA

Advantage, Government Ebuy, Blanket Purchase, and General Schedule


1991-1994 Avery Dennison Holyoke, MA.

$2.6 billion, publicly held corporation. World leader in Office Products


Finance Director (highest divisional finance position)

. Restructured unprofitable division, within heavy union environment, to

positive cash flow.

. Installed stand-a-lone Fourth Shift ERP software system.

. Brought inventory accuracy from 95% to 99%.

. Played key role in Avery's local Union Decertification effort.

Philosophy was "decertification through communication" and better

employee relations.

1988 - 1991 JPS Elastomerics Northampton,


$80 MM unit of the JPS Holding Company, a $500 MM spin-off from the J.P.

Stevens LBO. Manufacturing plants in Massachusetts, Virginia and North


Assistant Controller

. Key team member in the "from scratch" multi-location system

implementation following this company's creation.

. Supervised General Accounting and Accounts Payable.

. Full Budgeting and Cash Management Responsibilities.

1980 - 1988 Dennison National

Holyoke, MA.

$100 MM Office Products division of the Dennison Manufacturing Company

Sr. Financial Analyst - Marketing, 1987 -1988

. Analyst for pricing, marginal costing, ROI decisions, and new product


. Developed financial projections for 5 year Strategic Plan

. Worked with Bain Consulting on ABC analysis to create Product Line P&L

for 5000 Office Product SKUs

Manager of Cost Accounting, 1981-1986

. Total financial responsibility for $30 million inventory located in

MA, CA and MS

. Eliminated Annual Physical Inventory and replaced with statistical

validation test.

. Performed Annual Cost Update and LIFO adjustment for 20,000 items.

. Responsible for all factory labor, scrap and variance reporting.


Master of Business Administration

Babson College - Babson Park, Massachusetts

Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance

University of Notre Dame - South Bend, Indiana

Certified Management Accountant: Certificate 14809, 1994

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