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Finance Director/CFO

Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
January 31, 2018

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Alvaro Cadahia Sendra +*** 556*******


Financial Expertise / Leadership and Team Player / Analytical and Proactive

Bilingual (English/Spanish) Finance Director with 20 years of experience in different kind of multinational companies (USA, France, Spanish, Singaporean and Mexican) working with different cultures and languages. I speak fluently English and Spanish, Intermediate level of French and basic level of Russian.

Financial Management Skills:

Leading, coaching and motivating teams

Budget Planning and Forecasting

Accounting Month End Close

Supervising Accounting

Cost Accounting

Accounting and Financial Reporting (IFRS)

Financial Analysis and Study of deviations

Development of Policies



A Mexican shipping Company and a Joint Venture Mexican/Singaporean shipping Company (Pacific Radiance) providing marine services to the oil industry in the Gulf of Mexico.


Leading accounting activities and designing new processes to improve and make them more efficient and reliable. Preparing accounting and financial reports to the shareholders assuring they are presented in time and manner, in charge of the Budget and Forecasting of the Company including the analysis of deviations, direct monthly close process, supervise the completing and filling out of the taxes of both companies. Oversaw all cash flow and banking issues and negotiation. In charge of HHRR department issues.

Coaching the financial team and making them more efficient (15 people, Internal Audit, Accounting, HHRR, IT, Administrative Managers, A/P, A/R).

In charge recruitment of the Finance team for the Joint Venture.

Significantly reducing the time of submission of the reporting from 15 to 6 days.

Implementation of new efficient ERP systems.

New system of approval of expenses more efficiency and safety.

Obtained an increase on the lines of credit for new projects.


Singapore multinational Company leader offshore marine services for the oil industry with a turnover of 100 million Dollars.

Finance Manager

Recruiting, coaching and building a new Finance team for the Mexican subsidiary, reporting the financial figures to the CFO and board at the headquarters in Singapore. Leading and preparing the structure of the subsidiary for the increase of sales from 20 to 100 million dollars. Lead the change in the computer system to a new ERP (Agresso).

Implement of a new structure of employees, offices, equipment, policies,… due to the increase of activity.

Coach, train and recruit a team for Finance (7 people).

Develop a system of request of funds to the headquarters to ensure that the subsidiary receives enough funds for the daily activity meeting the standards of transparency and agility.

Study and implementation of a policy to reduce general expenses on 15%


Owner of a gas station in Burgueta, Spain

AUTO INDEPENDENCIA SA (11/2001 to 12/2011)

Automotive dealership (Audi, Volkswagen, Seat and Mazda) located in Barcelona with 7 different locations.


Leading the Finance department (8 people), modernizing, renewing and creating new processes, and coaching and leading the Finance team. Increase the collaboration of the company with the banks and government financial institutions to obtain working capital loans at a lower interest rate.

Adapted the Finance reporting as per new standards for shareholders not familiar with Financial structure and vocabulary.

Coach and lead a Finance team that was under their possibilities of developing and maturing.

Implemented a reduction of 30% of the expenses and sold some of premises to adapt the structure of the company to crisis times.

Reduce the number of banks to work but with more efficiency (from 7 to 4).

Increase the financial income by introducing a new concept of sales directly linked at the financing of the sales (420,000 USD per year)

PIMKIE DIMODES SA (04/2001 to 11/2001) A manufacturing French multinational company with 80 shops in Spain and Portugal dedicated to women’s fashion.

Accounting Manager

Responsible for the accounting department for Spain and Portugal, leading a team of 11 people, and reporting directly to the CFO in Spain.


Month End Close process



Cost Accounting


AMWAY SPAIN SA (12/1996 to 04/2001) USA multinational direct sales business with 21,000 employees around the world

Accounting Manager

Responsible for all the Accounting issues for the Amway business in Spain and Portugal, leading a team of 4 people (treasury, A/R, A/P and taxes). In charge of preparing the reporting to the CFO in Spain, including the financial analysis and study of the differences between real and budget. I began as Accounting Supervisor and promoted after 2 years to the position of Accounting Manager. I was responsible of the Month end Close process and to ensure a properly close on time (5 labor days) and manner.

Improve the system to close taxes from the company but also to fulfill taxes from the distributors.

Lead a transition where almost all accounting employees leaved the Company and proceed to contract new employees and coach them.

Prepared a method to share the financial information to the different managers of the company in real time, so they can share their comments before the Financials were already closed.

BARCELONA GARAGE UNION (02/1994 to 12/1996) Tax and Accounting Advisors with more than 350 clients.


Accounting and follow up and closing the company’s taxes.


Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Administration – Barcelona (1992-1996) with major in Finance and Accounting

Seminar for Stock Market Investment – Barcelona (1994)

French intensive course at Dimodes – Barcelona (2001) (6 months)

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