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Assistant Controller

Canton, Georgia, United States
November 12, 2017

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Kathleen N Watts, CPA

Canton, GA



A CPA with 12 years’ experience in various accounting assignments. Strengths in all aspects of general accounting, treasury functions/cash management, and process creation roles. Experience also in budgeting, forecasting and analytical roles. Diverse industry experience includes automobile industry, financial services, and professional services. Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills. EDUCATION ANDCERTIFICATIONS

BBA – Accounting – University of West Georgia University – Carrollton, GA – 2005 – 3.7 GPA Certified Public Accountant – Georgia State Board of Accountancy – License # CPA034265 WORK EXPERIENCE

ALLIANCE BUS GROUP- Atlanta, GA 09/2011-Present

Assistant Controller

Responsible for developing and implementing account policy and procedures in accordance with audit requirements.

Month end close and financial reporting including mid-month projections of sales and expenses.

Monthly calculation of commissions for salesman, payroll processing, and complete detailed entries for departmental analysis.

Human resources and benefits implementation and management.

Departmental allocation of all expenses

Analysis of departmental revenue versus expenses. Brainstormed with departmental heads to evaluate most profitable opportunities for growth.

Job costing of service department jobs including allocation of materials, labor and supplies needed for specific services performed. Including analysis of various services performed to examine how costs can be reduced in the future and opportunities for additional revenue generating opportunities.

Complete weekly flash report for Shareholders including, trends of cash, accounts receivable, accounts payable, inventory and floor plan balances.

Supervise accounting team of five including payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and inventory transaction coordinators.

Training sales coordinators across multiple states

Implement internal controls and develop procedural manuals

Assist with forecasting of sales and expenses and budgeting including monthly, quarterly and annual projections.

Prepare and complete journal entries to general ledger accounts ensuring the integrity of the company financials.

Manage annual audit for seven company locations working closely with the external accounting firm.

Monthly compilation and filing of sales tax returns in seven states.

Compilation and compliance for workman’s compensation audits and liability insurance audits.

Research and integrate federal, state and local legal requirements in seven states including filing required reports and registrations as necessary.

Ensure internal controls are operating effectively and updated through performing periodic and punctual departmental audits.

Complete Balance sheets, Expense and Accrual accounts reconciliations.

Manage and maintain a $65 million floor plan line.

Conduct continuous training of accounting staff, sales coordinators, sales managers, and product support personal on all accounting policy and procedures.

Maintain security and confidentiality of company financials and employee information. MANHEIM AUTO AUCTIONS - Atlanta, GA 08/2005-07/2011 Assistant Controller/Senior Accountant (01/2007-7/2011)

Developed new procedure for the Mechanic Shop involving detailed analysis of wrench hours turned, posting of revenue, and reviewing expensed leading to an approximate increase in revenue of 330%.

Maintained 100% compliance with deadlines for month end close and financial report requirements.

Developed working cash procedures and collection processes saving company $243,000 in 2011.

Increased productivity through streamlining reconditioning posting process 9%.

Responsible for reducing expenses in the Transportation Department by streamlining the posting process and eliminating a position.

Implemented procedures to ensure expenses paid timely and accurately, verifying matching principle was maintained between revenue posted and expense paid. This procedure ensured the integrity of the financials and allowed the financials to become a valuable source of information for streamlining processes. Through this initiative, developed interdepartmental relations and assisted department managers with understanding and utilizing company financials.

Supervised accounts payable and accounts receivable processes.

Assisted with forecasting of sales, expenses and budgeting.

Prepared and completed journal entries to general ledger accounts.

Responsible for Fixed Assets maintenance including inventory, purchasing and disposal.

Ensured internal controls were operating effectively verified through performing periodic internal audits.

Balanced intercompany transactions between locations of Manheim Auctions.

Completed Balance sheets, Expense and Accrual accounts reconciliations.

Assist with special projects for Corporate Accounting duties.

Motivated individuals to cross-train in various departments. Staff Accountant (08/2005-1/2007)

Reconciled and analyzed several cash accounts and accounts receivables on a daily basis.

Assist with month end close and coordinating closing efforts for company.

Reconciled and analyzed several balance sheet accounts to ensure transactions are recorded properly in accordance with US GAAP.

Prepared and completed monthly general ledger related journal entries and reconciliation.

Balanced inter-company transactions balanced and transmitted ACH transactions to sellers.

Prepared Revenue recognition, expense allocations and P&L reviews.

Prepared customer billings and manage accounts receivable. MURPHY AND MCCLENDON, CPA – Newnan, GA 01/2004-08/2005 Payroll Specialist/Bookkeeper

Process employee payroll for clients

Process quarterly payroll returns for clients.

Complete year end payroll reporting including W-2 and 1099s for clients.

Date entry into accounting software to assist tax preparation.

Transmit electronic filing of tax returns.

Verify acceptance of electronic filed returns and review of rejected returns. COMPUTER SKILLS


Microsoft Excel

(Vlookup, Hlookup, Pivot Tables, IF

function, Concatenate, Conditional


Microsoft Word


Microsoft PowerPoint

Systems 2000/Infinity

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