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Controller, Data Analyst, Financial Analyst

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
November 27, 2017

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Douglas Leavell

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Fort Collins, Colorado 80526 Home: 618/593-1954

Executive Summary

I am a senior financial executive looking for a controller or director level position in a growing, learning organization. I have a deep understanding of financial reporting, cost accounting, inventory control, budgeting and variance analysis, six sigma process improvement, team building and negotiation. I have led process improvement teams, negotiation teams and two ERP implementation teams. I developed balanced scorecard tools that led to an increase in inventory turns from 6 to 15 in one year. I provided root-cause analysis that led to a reduction in warranty costs of over $700,000. I have an MBA, CPA and Six Sigma Green Belt. I have taught cost, financial and non-profit accounting at the University level.

Work Experience

Colorado State University, Fort Collins CO

Director of Research Analytics (03/2015 – Present)

Provides analysis support for the University’s administrators and faculty including proposal and award productivity metrics, expenditure data, publication searches, and financial reporting.

Created a new office to provide a wide array of analysis around research productivity and core facility financial performance

Improved turnaround time for monthly reporting

Provide project management support for two major software implementations

Managed process improvement projects

Director of Sponsored Programs (03/2009 – 02/2015)

Responsible for pre and post-award administration of major university’s research portfolio worth over $300M

Lead interdisciplinary team in developing and implementing Kuali Coeus research administration system

Developed specialized reporting processes

Provide leadership to negotiation and administration of complex research agreements

Develop and provide training programs on a variety of grants administration topics

Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO

Director of Sponsored Programs (11/2004 – 03/2009)

Responsible for post-award administration of major university’s research portfolio worth over $60M

Improved financial reporting cycle time 60% using process mapping and analysis

Right sized staff while increasing productivity

Planned and negotiated fringe benefit and indirect cost rates with the Federal government

Led an interdisciplinary team that implemented electronic timekeeping system on time

Videojet Technologies, Belleville, IL

Manager of Finance and Plant Controller (1/2001 - 11/2004)

Responsible for all financial reporting, cost accounting, budgeting, payroll and financial analysis for major electronics manufacturing site with an operating budget over $3.5M and inventory over $1,500,000

Led cross functional ERP implementation team to on time project completion

Participated in six sigma process improvement that led to decreasing invoicing cycle time by 50%

Created analysis models for inventory management, department spending controls, make-or-buy decision support and other key performance indicators

Performed root-cause analysis for warranty issues that led to a reduction of over $700,000

Provided analysis and planning that led to increasing inventory turns from 6 to 15

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, MO

Controller (4/1999 - 1/2001)

Responsible for timely and accurate transactional processing, financial reporting and budgeting

Planned and implemented all financial systems (Lawson Financials)

Negotiated with all suppliers and professional service providers

Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Manager, Sponsored Projects Accounting and Indirect Cost (2/1995 - 4/1999)

Managed and directed two assistant managers and staff of eleven

Responsible for transaction review and approval and internal/external financial reporting for over $300M of research activity

Organized and led cross functional team to prepare and negotiate University’s $70 million indirect cost proposal to the Federal Government

Coordinated activity for annual OMB Circular A-133 audit

Led the process to develop “best practices” manual

Provided essential interface between various schools, tax and financial reporting departments

Planned and led a multifunctional team to draft and submit Federal Disclosure Statement on time

McDonnell Douglas (Boeing), St. Louis, MO

Senior Specialist Auditing (8/1989 - 2/1995)

Planned and managed a variety of financial, operational and consulting audit projects

Developed a ratio analysis tool to aid in evaluating current performance of contracts-in-process

Identified weaknesses in the financial reporting of certain contracts that lead to improved earnings

Led a team to identify "Best Practices" in estimating for consolidated companies

Initiated recommendations that resulted in improved risk analysis and increased cash flow by $2.3 million

Investigated work-in-process controls and made recommendations that increased physical control of inventory and upgraded the accuracy of the cost of sales calculation

Financial Controls Analyst (10/1986-8/1989)

Senior Subcontract Administrator (6/1984-9/1986)

Buyer (8/1982-5/1984)


Certified Public Accountant Illinois Board of Accountancy, Champaign, IL

MBA (Finance/Economics) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL

BBA (Accounting) Mckendree College, Lebanon, IL

Certified Program Facilitator Arts Incubator of the Rockies (AIR)

Community Service

Treasurer, Arts Incubator of the Rockies (AIR), Fort Collins, CO

Treasurer and Board Secretary, Beet Street, Fort Collins, CO

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