Dear Hiring Manager,
Regarding the Plant Controller position, please find the attached copy of my resume for your consideration.
Throughout my career, I have been responsible for IT, accounting, HR, and financial statement analysis and forecasting in a variety of roles at large and small companies. Although my titles may suggest more corporate experience, the responsibilities I have held are much more diverse. My responsibilities have ranged from day to day tactical accounting tasks, to high level financial & business analysis. My work has ranged from management of plant level inventory processes & cost accounting, business plan development & profitability analysis, to drafting year end company audit & financial reports and footnotes.
In each role, I have been a very hands-on and have been an integral part of our processes. I have used my knowledge of IT and programming experience to automate and streamline many of our processes. And have used knowledge obtained from MBA studies, CMA certification, and coursework toward an accounting degree to develop analysis and analytical tools that have helped our teams make better and faster management decisions.
Working with large and smaller companies presented opportunities to learn and participate in almost all aspects of the accounting process, and has positioned me to be a valuable asset in any role.
I am an extremely energetic, creative, and dynamic leader with proven experience moving teams to greater results.
Overall, I have 15+ years of accounting experience, 18+ years in a managerial or supervisory role.
I have a proven track record of leading individuals and teams in meeting routine deadlines while also implementing significant improvements along the way. I actively search for improvement projects and encourage my direct reports and team members to do the same, with the goal to improve efficiency, sharpen one’s skills and to deepen understanding of one’s contribution to the organization.
I write asking you to review the attached resume and give me the opportunity to speak or meet with you to discuss my qualifications.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me any time.
Broad knowledge in accounting and financial reporting; Skilled at building forecast & financial models; Innovative problem-solver who generates practical solutions; Able to quickly learn new concepts in a fast-paced environment; Highly motivated self-starter who achieves results autonomously; Expert in the use of Microsoft Excel & macros; Personable motivating leader and manager; Change agent with focus on continuous process improvement.
Director of Finance/Controller - CS Manufacturing, Inc. Jul 2016 -
Serve as Director of Finance with added responsibilities of Corporate Controller providing leadership and direction for staff and site accountants in all areas of financial analysis and accounting
Manage corporate accounting teams (staff accountants, centralized AP)
Provide consulting and leadership to site controller (cost, capital, analysis)
Manage close process
Capital project review, analysis, and approval (NPV, IRR), fixed asset management and capitalization
Complete and review account reconciliations, monitor balance sheet and accruals
Draft 5 year business plan, budget, forecasts, and acquisition analysis
Adjust, monitor and present KPI results and financials
Maintain, enhance, updated financial reporting systems, forecasts, and procedures
Maintain and update internal controls
Manage banking, investment, and cash flow
State local sales and use tax filings
Reduced the corporate month end close process by 1 day
Provided analysis and leadership that lead to significant reduction in direct labor cost and outgoing delivery spend
Negotiated $300K in additional vendor rebates, reduced lost rebates to 0% in 2017
Automated daily sales and financial reporting process, implemented electronic invoice and voucher approval
Improved the forecasting and financial consolidation process (from days to hours)
Modified site inventory processes that led to 22% reduction in adjustments, and 72% reduction in time
Director of Finance/Controller - Fras-le, North America Feb 2014 – Jul 2016
Served as the accounting leader for the North American arm of an international manufacturing company
All day to day accounting activities
AR/AP/Payroll, costing and cost accounting, month end close, reconciliations
Monthly/Quarterly/Annual KPI monitoring and reporting
Financial plans development (forecasts, annual budget, business plan)
Capital project review, analysis, and approval, fixed asset management and capitalization
Customer support, inventory, federal and state taxes, banking and loan management
Internal and external auditing and controls, policy and procedure development
Led special projects and initiatives
Implemented receiving and engineering warehouse process changes that led to immediate reduction in losses
Modified inventory process, reducing inventory process from 36 hours over two days to 6 hours
Provided analysis on product and import mix adjustments that led to 33% increase in contribution margin
Owner / Operator Cyber Angels Associates – Paradise Donuts Oct. 2011 – Feb 2014
Managed small restaurant and deli
Responsible for all aspects of managing a small business
Managed personal, A/P, A/R, order entry, purchasing, logistics, and computer systems
Responsible for marketing, product development, staffing
Performed regular profitability analysis
Director of Finance, IT - Webb Wheel Products, Inc. Nov 2008 – Feb 2014
Served as Controller and financial business partner for two of the company’s largest business units, with added responsibilities of financial analysis and planning
Managed A/P, A/R, order entry, purchasing, logistics, accounting, HR, and IT, customer credit
Managed payroll, cost and LIFO costing
Led and participated in month end close process
Worked closely with engineering and sales, drafting analysis and tools (new business, pricing, product offering, customer promotions, product supply, product innovation, operations, business performance)
Monitored and analyzed cash flow
Coordinated and directed divisional budgeting processes, prepared financial projections and models
Led business plan, strategy development, and execution
Prepared special financial and operational reports using Excel, PowerPoint, Crystal, Hyperion
Served as Business Unit process improvement champion (80/20)
Introduced and led multiple cost reduction and process improvement projects, and teams ($10M in savings)
Provided analysis that led to year-over-year growth in margin, and an over 200% increase in return on sales
Financial analysis and leadership contributed to five years of year over year record sales and profit
Optimized shipping, improving on-time delivery to customers
Assisted in the development new production scheduling process
Developed daily reporting tools and dashboard
Business Unit Controller - Webb Wheel Products, Inc. Jan 2008 – Nov 2008
Lead finance and operations manager for newly formed business unit
Transitioned to leadership over two business units after 5 months in original role
Responsible for accounting and operations (order processing, HR, logistics, and production for multiple facilities)
Directed daily operations
Managed operations, A/P, A/R, order entry, purchasing, shipping, accounting, HR, and IT
Managed and led month end close process
Implemented and led daily operations meetings
Through research, pricing strategy, sales analysis and work with sales team, improved sales by 68%
Reversed projected/budgeted loss to profit, and generated a multi-million dollar improvement in ROS
Plant Controller - Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Jun. 2006 - Jan. 2008
Lead Finance/Accounting representative for $625M manufacturing facility.
Managed and provided leadership for accounting, purchasing & receiving, IT, and By Product processing, with responsibility over general and cost accounting, payroll, accounts payable, fixed assets, inventory control, monthly financial reporting, variance analysis, annual budget and forecasting, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOx) documentation, testing and compliance, employee development, planning, supplier contracts and relations, controls, financial reporting, and IT
Served on policy committee, responsible for developing and setting policy for the facility
Monitored and controlled cost, and providing analysis to promote increased productivity and management of the respective areas
Developed analysis including cost/benefit analysis for new products and services, capital investments, and forecasting using Excel and Hyperion/Essbase to extract data from SAP
Utilized six sigma lean principles to improve performance
Completed ERP conversion from legacy accounting system to SAP
Assistant Controller - Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Mar. 2003 - Jun. 2006
Managed and led month end close process; general and cost accounting; and IT functions for the facility; forecasts and estimates; costing; intercompany A/R & Billing; A/P; Payroll; fixed assets and WIP inventory; SOx; cost meetings; team and individual development; waste reporting
Completed training toward Six Sigma Green Belt certification
Served as Plant Coordinator for the SAP implementation project, converting plant accounting and reporting systems from legacy accounting system to SAP
e Business Consultant - Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Aug. 2000 - Mar. 2003
Served as project manager and member of a newly established e Commerce Center of Excellence with the charge to develop and implement e-Business projects
Worked with teams across broad technical, financial and business disciplines, focused teams on business objectives and tracked progress to ensure project milestones were completed on time, on budget and with the desired results
Recommended processes and tools best suited to each project
Evaluated and presented alternatives for development and support for all new applications
Coordinated the work of, and developed the organization to support new applications and systems
Served as the point of contact for IT related suppliers, consultants and service providers
Managed project budgets
Managed the installation of the infrastructure that led to the consolidation of web related systems
Developed standards for Internet/Intranet technologies
Integrated existing Internet and Intranet applications into the newly developed platform
Evaluated internal organization's abilities to develop and support new e-Commerce applications and systems
Served on CIO’s four-member panel responsible for the development and publication of corporate-wide IT architectural standards
Application Server Standard, Cost, and Contract Terms
Developed, promoted, and negotiated the basis for a new application server contract (Server based versus CPU). First purchase under application server contract generated $122K in savings against a $32K investment (381% return)
Dealer Locator/ Dealer Websites
Restructured dealer website agreements converting from a cost to a profit generating arrangement. Developed partnership with web services company, with the exclusive right to sell websites to our dealers, while sharing the revenue from the sales and services. Wrote RFP, lead team responsible for reviewing responses, selected a candidate, and developed the pricing proposal. Reversed more than $200K per year in spend, to generate a projected $1MM in revenue over the life of the two year agreement.
Other projects: Fleet (European Region); TOS (Europe), Tire Valet (US)
Manager, Information Technology - Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Feb. 1998 - Aug. 2000
Served as Manager of Information Technology at the company’s largest manufacturing facility
Led and managed the activities of four small groups of programmers and support personnel (AS/400 Core Programming, Business Center Programming, Networking & Personal Computing, and Computer Technicians). Provided support to 2300+ users in a diverse and fast paced manufacturing environment.
Served as member of the facility’s Operating Committee
Developed and maintained applications as needed
Developed annual and capital IT budgets
May 1997 Masters of Business Administration, (High Honors), Finance/Marketing
Oklahoma City University, Meinders School of Business, Oklahoma City, OK
Bachelors of Science, Computer Science
Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN
Related Experience – Cameron University Industrial Advisory Council
Served on six-member panel representing major industry in the surrounding and extended community. Worked closely with the university leadership reviewing curriculum for technology and computer related degrees.
Professional Associations – Member IMA – Institute of Management Accountants. CMA certification.
Extremely computer literate. Proficient in Microsoft Office suite of applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio, Project, etc.). Experience implementing and managing ERP systems: SAP R/2, SAP B1
Experience with: Hyperion, Sage MAS, AS/400, Oracle