Sherrie Kunecke, CPA, MBA
*** ***** **** **., ********, KS 66002
Finance and Accounting Controller
Highly experienced and successful controller with demonstrated results in leveraging corporate assets to improve productivity, performance and cash flow. Skilled in situational analysis, problem solving and developing projects to drive effectiveness. Adept at developing enterprise-focused initiatives to achieve strategic goals. Builds, leads, and motivates highly effective cross-functional, interdepartmental teams to deliver financial and organizational results. Exceptionally strong in the competencies associated with administrative management including:
Cash Flow Planning
Budgeting and P&L
Selected Professional Accomplishments
Changed the culture of finance department and improved the administrative confidence in the department through team building, workload reallocation and training, resulting in 10% increase in production and saving approximately $18,000 per year in overtime.
Created an indirect cost model for the University which was approved by the Federal Government at an aggressive five-year indirect rate of 64.8% from 8%, increasing cost recovery capability to $56,800 on a $100,000 grant.
Negotiated and established a short-term revenue anticipation note program allowing the College to borrow funds at a 2% lower rate than standard borrowing rates, saving an estimated $30,000 per year.
Participated in and provided the financial analysis necessary for College Executive Committee to develop a master facilities plan, providing financial credibility and allowing the college to move forward with a targeted $10 million capital campaign.
Created financial reporting model providing multiple financial statements to be produced quickly, consistently and accurately, resulting in 80% improvement in reporting time savings.
Improved receivables collections through relationship development and consistent collection efforts, resulting in days outstanding improvement to 30.3 from 43.3 days, increasing cash flow approximately $4,000 per month.
Bradken, Inc., Atchison, KS 2014 – Present
Responsible for the management of the finance/accounting team for the Atchison, Kansas plant. Accountable for accurate reporting of monthly results as well as submission for the division's financial data for corporate consolidation. Report and assist staff and colleagues in understanding weekly/monthly plant variances. Define issues and develop new business processes to promote efficiency and accuracy of all financial data. Financial modeling development as necessary to support plant management. Dual report to the Corporate Vice President of Finance for the Industrial Division and plant Vice President.
Bradken, Inc., Atchison, KS 2005 – 2014
Responsible for the overall financial reporting of a $90 million manufacturer of steel castings. Accountable for developing standard cost rates and variance reporting to division and corporate management. Responsible for monthly, quarterly, and yearly reporting of financial results to corporate office for consolidation, and monthly divisional consolidated sales reporting. Tasked with managing all accounts receivable functions, payroll oversight, and annual budget preparation. Responsible for leading special projects as assigned by the company President and divisional Vice President.
Benedictine College, Atchison, KS 1999 - 2004
Responsible for the overall financial management and leadership of College administrative services for a 1,200 student college. Accountable for managing the Business Office, Food Services, Campus Store, Operations, Telephone, Mail, and Printing Services, and Technology. Tasked with the coordination of long- and short-term debt financing, oversight of annual audit, Institutional Strategic Planning, and Board report development and presentation.
Simpson College, Indianola, IA 1998 - 1999
Responsible for daily operation of the college’s Business Office, supervision of business office and customer service personnel, endowment unitization and audit work paper preparation.
Graceland University, Lamoni, IA 1988 - 1997
Responsible for the management of the accounting functions for $20 million endowment fund, accounting for post-award federal grants and contracts, and coordination and reconciliation of information with various institutional offices.
Master of Business Administration
Benedictine College, Atchison, KS
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting
Graceland University, Lamoni, IA
Certified Public Accountant
Iowa Department of Professional Licensing, certificate #O7788