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Manager Accounting

Uniontown, Ohio, 44685, United States
October 02, 2017

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Uniontown, OH *****

Dear Prospective Hiring Manager,

As a manager of your business, you no doubt value the diversity of business experiences, technical and operational leadership skills, innovation and process management disciplines, and true business partnership behaviors that makes managers into top-tier achievers. This commitment to doing work that delivers on a continuous basis, with improved quality and performance both personally and for my team, is what I would like to offer forth for your consideration as your review my qualifications. I look forward to sharing more directly my past accomplishments at a coming conversation.

As you will note from my one-page “Just the Facts” skills and experience summary, my resume outlines that I am a broadly experienced Director of Accounting & Finance, with exposure to significant MIS and Human Resources department responsibilities as well. Please also take note of my very strong manufacturing finance, cost accounting and systems process skills developed earlier in my career. Over the last decade, I have interfaced directly with senior executives, board members, investment principals and other significant majority equity owners at the corporate level, in functions that included handling legal and administrative matters, employee compensation and benefits administration, company policy development and government compliance matters. The companies I have served include large and small ($20Mln. to $1.1Bln. in annual revenues), with public, private proprietor and private equity ownership structures. I have managed departments across multi-facility footprints, as well as those attached to international operations in China, Mexico, Canada, and the European Common Market.

I have also periodically been engaged to provide crisis intervention services for my employers, in executing ERP information system upgrades and consolidations, progressing key Merger and business reorganization activities, as well as addressing and remedying significant compliance matters in a business turn-around context. I have significant senior level experience working with matters of technical accounting compliance, SEC compliance, operational matters of compliance in EH&S & benefits, risk management, and tax and audit management to name a few. Industries served include direct to consumer and commercial retail marketing, steel and tubular products manufacture, paper and containerboard manufacturing, printing and graphics, automotive, and plastics machinery manufacturing. Please note the following qualifications I present that meet your requirements:

Experience directing entire Finance and Accounting, Information Technology and Human Resources functions, with multiple instances of varied experiences in ERP Systems implementation, M&A, crisis intervention.

Tremendously strong manufacturing and cost

accounting background. Expert in

manufacturing accounting and working in direct

support of operational organizations.

Specific broad management experience performing and directing FP&A, General Accounting, Payroll, Tax,

Treasury, Credit & Collections, Benefits Administration, SOX compliance, Audit interface, management

certifications, Risk Management and other areas.

Continuous advancement through the ranks to

level of Executive Director (non-officer). Both

public and private companies with revenues up

to $1.1 Billion. Staff sizes to 22 direct reports and including international accounting functions.

Multi-facility manufacturing background with very strong background in manufacturing cost accounting. ERP implementations/changes, massive organizational changes are common in my background, with success.

Excellent finance background including bank

and investor reporting, risk management,

treasury, compliance administration, audit

management, and board and executive support.

Strong technical background in Accounting, MIS and HR/benefits matters. Very experienced with Sarbanes, GAAP, IFRS, SEC, Government, and International Tax.

Hands on approach with significant leadership

and staff development, team building skills.

Demonstrates visibility and positive interaction.

Very strong budget and financial reporting and

consolidation experience. Experienced with organizations composed of many divisions or corporate subsidiaries. Have drafted financial reports and overseen audit, tax, insurance and legal interfaces as primary contact.

Experienced with Tier 1 ERP systems including

SAP, Oracle, JDE, MS Dynamics/Great Plains,

EPICOR and multiple supporting report

platforms. Adept in data mining and SQL query

Expert in MS Office, including programming

and macros.

I invite you to make a closer examination of my credentials and I look forward to having an opportunity to discuss how I can add certain value to your organization.

Please call me at which is 513-***-**** to arrange a further discussion. Sincerely yours;

Robert A. Charles

Uniontown, Ohio


Graduated with Dual Bachelor of Science Degrees: University of Cincinnati, Accounting and Information Systems. Passed Ohio CPA Exam. Skills honed within major manufacturing industries including Steel, Paper, Automotive, Paper & Graphics Packaging, Plastics Machinery, and Direct/Retail Marketing. Served businesses with revenues $20MM to $1.1 Billion. Large, medium and small businesses for both public and private equity, working regularly in highly visible roles from the board/shareholder levels to operations. Acquisition, Divestiture & Bankruptcy/Reorganization planning experience, with frequent utilization in matters of ERP systems changes, operations and business reorganization, post-acquisition integration and accounting interventions. Demonstrated Significant Leadership experiences in: Executive/Senior Finance management roles and

corporate/division/business leadership teams.

Direct responsibilities over Finance/Accounting,

Human Resources, MIS/IT and executive support staffs. Direct experience as primary legal, tax and audit

manager. Responsibilities included SEC reporting,

consolidated financial reporting (external also).

Managed controls processes and management affirmation of accounting controls integrity and testing.

Risk Management: Primary management responsibilities with outside representatives in insurance, civil

claims and litigation, regulatory compliance and

safety, government and environmental compliance.

Treasury: Maintained banking and developed/managed financial relationships, cash management/forecasting, integration of new business acquisitions, collections management and factoring relationships to accelerate cash flows. International LOC’s, currency rate savvy. Human Resources: Benefits administration and vendor selection. Workers Compensation and safety liaison. Management Information Systems: Direct managers and staff overseeing IT, Programming, and infrastructure. ROBERT A. CHARLES

Technical Skills and Capabilities affirmed:

Cost Accounting expert and significant ERP systems implementation and changeover experience. Systems used include SAP, Oracle, JD Edwards, Great Plains/MS

Dynamics, Lawson, EPICOR, various payroll and various supporting systems. Experiences include Hyperion and PeopleSoft, and common related report tools.

Heavy experience in directing/overseeing forecasting and budget processes, development of key performance standards, financial reporting and consolidations

(with international currency revaluations), multi-unit supervision of accounting functions including

international units. Heavy international exposure in large organizations including Canada, Mexico, China, Spain, Russia and Great Britain.

Advanced MS Office and database skills (includes

Access), with macro, module and programming scripts. Cost reduction specialist, working directly with

managers to understand and measure their operations. Experienced in control and compliance testing, staff development, and driving engagement of staff.

A tremendous and affordable resource for smaller

businesses needing broad skills sets and experience. Valuable Skills: Cost Accounting expertise, Quantitative Analysis and Data Gathering, MRP/ERP systems, heavy machinery & process manufacturing, lean six/sigma and continuous improvement, payroll, sales & use taxes, government audits, and many more Please see my LinkedIn profile for work experiences and references @ ROBERT A. CHARLES

Passed Ohio CPA Exam

Uniontown, OH 44685


Director of Finance and Business Unit Controller with expertise supporting multi-site international manufacturing and sales companies in the steel, plastics machinery, graphics printing, paper manufacturing, direct marketing/media and automotive industries. A “hands-on” leader noted for his sensitive guidance and mentoring of professionals that has increased the engagement and effectiveness of multi-site finance teams. A proven track record in initiating and guiding project initiatives that realize targeted cost savings, and identification of new and actionable business opportunities across the enterprise. Expert in crisis intervention, executing information systems changes and progressing key Merger & Acquisition activities, an experienced leader who can guide finance staffs through complex periods of organizational and business change. A proven department manager and a capable change management specialist that can set the pace for any business challenge.

Financial Reporting/Analysis, General

Accounting, Budgeting, Payroll &

Benefits Administration. Advanced

Cost Accounting expertise (9+ years),

Capital, Credit & Collections


reporting and technical accounting

interpretation and compliance lead.

Established record in crisis and internal

controls remediation and development.

Tier 1 ERP Systems –Installation or

transition of systems including SAP, JDE,

Axiom, Lawson. Worked with Dynamics,

Hyperion, EPICOR, Ceridian, Axiom,

Business Intelligence & sub-systems.

Acquisition & Merger Experience –

Domestic and international growth.

Reorganization of business lines and

operations units merging, opening and

closing facilities.

Legal, Audit, Treasury & Finance, and

Risk Management experience.

Successfully mitigates tax and other

compliance issues and establishes

corrections to avoid recurrence.

Project experience includes

understanding and use of Lean Six

Sigma, TQM, Rapid Change methods.

Educated in Information Systems

analysis and project planning.

Versed in financial consolidations,

eliminations, intercompany pricing

policies, VAT, international currency, &

Letters of Credit (LOC) processes.

Strongly safety minded with experience

managing Workers Compensation,

OSHA, EPA and other significant

compliance matters for manufacturing.

Advanced Microsoft Office and Access

capabilities. Experienced in SQL tools

and report generation, KPM dashboard

creation, and ad-hoc development.

Education: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH Dual Baccalaureate of Science Degree Accounting & Information Processing Systems Recognition Awards: President’s Award (2008), IPSCO Tubulars (Kentucky) June, 2009 Professional Experience

Suarez Corporation Industries, North Canton, Ohio 2015-2017 Executive Director of Accounting, MIS & HR Resigned - Owner created legal compliance concerns Recruited by a regional Forensics Accounting firm and introduced to lead the rebuilding of the Accounting department following the imprisonment of the owner and previous CFO, and the loss of all salaried exempt staff. Directs MIS programmers, as well as IT infrastructure and related computer services. Supervises Human Resources and executive administrative support staff. Tasked to hire and stabilize staff turnover, and to effect interventions to complete the 2015 financials and bring future accounting reporting and controls into alignment with GAAP, regulatory and other compliance standards. Significant business reorganization and legal financial reorganization planning to guide business crisis response. International Paper, Wooster & Streetsboro Ohio Facilities 2013-2015 Complex Controller Position was eliminated in Ohio regional restructuring Finance and business partner on the centralized Complex Operations Leadership team managing two container box production plants in Wooster and Streetsboro, Ohio. Directly responsible for all FP&A, operational unit accounting, financial reporting and controls and support of centralized corporate administrative and shared services groups.

Successful & on-time transition of legacy JD Edwards systems to SAP, KIWI RSS and WITRON ERP systems.

Guided remediation of controls and practices into full compliance, as confirmed by an IP internal audit (8/14).

Improved key internal management information processes and increased staff engagement and interaction. Rohrer Corporation, Wadsworth, Ohio 2013

Corporate Controller Critical Factors Affecting Role Were Not Disclosed A private equity plastics packaging and graphics printing company. Directed the treasury, credit, payroll, general accounting and financial reporting functions for six manufacturing plants in the United States.

Executed debt restructuring and new banking relationships, with EDP check signing and positive pay controls.

Successfully contested Ohio Sales & Use Tax audit assessments from over $225K down to $55K (over 75%).

Successfully remediated GAAP and financial control deficiencies with successful year-end external audit. Robert A. Charles Page 2

ASC Industries, North Canton, Ohio 2012

Corporate Controller (Interim Senior Finance Manager) Resigned to address critical family crisis Manufacturer of automotive water pumps, OEM and aftermarket. Led finance function (including treasury, risk management, tax, audit, and legal matters, and foreign subsidiary administrative and statutory compliance). Assumed interim senior financial manager responsibilities following departure of VP, managing US, Mexico, Spain & China.

Directed business closure accounting on closed Mexico operations, transitioning product lines to China & US. Republic Steel, Canton, Ohio 2010–2012

Manager, General Accounting & Treasury Services Compliance concerns prompted resignation Senior corporate finance manager reporting to the CFO. Directed the corporate financial reporting function including consolidation of 7 manufacturing operations and 1 international unit. Managed Treasury, Credit & Collections and Risk Management including insurance, audit, government compliance and legal interactions. Responsible for technical accounting

& related parent SEC compliance, and the management of all financial and tax external audit activities. Managed General Accounting and financial analysts.

Successful in remediating matters of pre-existing financial report, governance, and SEC compliance issues.

Led Treasury function through very difficult cash constraints requiring detailed cash forecasting and control.

Administered external audit / tax processes– Authored U.S. Financial & SEC report s, Certified MD&A report.

Directed acquisition, accounting and systems integration for Solon Manufacturing (2 units -Ohio & Tennessee). Note: Relocated to NE Ohio for family reasons in 2010 IPSCO Tubular (Kentucky) Inc., Newport, Kentucky 2006–2010 A manufacturer of Oil Country Tubular Goods welded pipe used in drilling operations by the natural gas and oil industries. This business originally operated as Newport Steel. The business went through three separate acquisitions/divestitures between late 2006 and mid 2008 that dramatically reorganized units previously operated under NS Group and IPSCO Tubulars ownership.

Controller, Welded Tubular Facilities Business (2009 – 2010) Assistant Controller, Welded Tubular Facilities Business (2006 – 2009) Promoted to Controller in 2009 Directed business unit accounting function for Welded Tubulars business and acted as key business partner to operations management covering 5 manufacturing operations and 4 legal entities. Finance department consisted of 21 staff in Kentucky and Iowa. Assumed interim Controller responsibilities for the 11 months prior to formal promotion in June 2009 and assumed an expanded role with acquisition of U.S. Tubular business by OAO TMK in 2008.

Recipient of 2008 President’s Award, for outstanding leadership & contribution following the TMK acquisition.

Implemented new payroll, ERP & cost systems across new company locations, meeting all deadlines.

Assured ongoing controls effectiveness during changes arising from three successive acquisition/spinoff events from 2007-2009, despite the loss of over 80 key finance and IT personnel in the company.

Established mapping of financial data to assure continuity/consistency of information across 3 different general ledger systems and related financial reporting systems.

Reduced month end close from six to two days to meet new parent requirements (following SSAB purchase of IPSCO).

International Paper - Beckett Mill, Hamilton, Ohio 1998–2006 Manager of Business Analysis

Note: Division was sold to Mohawk Papers in 2005. Restructuring eliminated department. (Later rejoined IP in 2013). A manufacturer of fine writing, text and cover papers with a non-integrated mill and a separate finishing facility in 2 Ohio locations. A Cost and Financial Accounting manager position, directing 3 exempt Business Analysts and 1 non-exempt. Supported the operations leadership team in business projects and cost reduction initiatives, and supported key employee engagement and development programs. Oversaw transitions to SAP ERP and IP cost systems.

Assumed cost accounting leadership during a crisis period. Restored controls effectiveness and completed systems implementations within 1 year. Completed installation and roll out of IP standard cost system.

Re-engineered business analyst roles and their daily interactions with operations, supporting the realization of $11

+ MM in cost savings over 7 years. Implemented SAP in 2 facilities on schedule. Cincinnati Milacron, Batavia, OH 1994-1998

Financial Analyst (1997-1998) Promotion, Cost Accountant (1994-1997) Left company for career advancement Mosler, Inc., Hamilton, OH 1987–1994

International Accountant (1994), Financial Analyst (1990-1994), Senior Cost Analyst (1988-1990), Warehouse Sales Accountant (1987-1988). Left company for career advancement

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