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Finance Director Finance Manager Controller

West Haven, CT
June 07, 2018

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David R. Taylor, CPA Page * of * 203-***-****

Professional Summary

Experienced Finance Leader and business partner to Sales, Marketing, and Operations Leaders responsible for executing strategic plans to grow multiple brands in markets and customers in US and Canada. My strengths include integrity, problem solving, collaboration, team leadership, strategic perspective, and change management.

Proven skills in the development and cost analysis of multi-million dollar budgets and establishing action plans to obtain desired goals while managing finance and accounting departments.

A key and contributing member of the senior leadership team with proven leadership, communications and interpersonal skills working with all levels in an organization – including senior corporate executives, sales managers, vendors, peers, administrators, production managers, supervisors, brokers, and associates.

Champion of continuous improvement initiatives and development of lean culture. Trained in and led numerous Kaizen events to improve processes and solve problems in areas related and unrelated to Finance. Experienced in affecting and managing change.

Developed and maintained SOX controls and worked with internal/external auditors to maximize effectiveness, minimize effort, and ensure positive audit results.


Edgewell Personal Care / Energizer Personal Care / Playtex

Lead Manager, Finance 2013-2017

Member of Sales Leadership Team (VP Sales, Sales and Sales Planning directors), providing strategic direction and decision support to the Sales teams to optimize sales and profit growth.

Led team of Finance professionals to support channel directors in development of sales and spending goals, monthly forecasts, P&L Reporting and Analysis (Gross Sales to Operating Profit)

Provided primary support for all internal and external audits.

Fostered the culture of continuous improvement within the local Finance Department.

Managed maintenance and control of the Trade Promotion Management (TPM) System in US and added support for Canada.

Provided direct Finance support for a sales channel, most recently, Grocery. Monitored, tracked and controlled Sales and Trade Spending and provided financial analysis of proposed programs to optimize channel sales and profit growth.

Developed and maintained monthly reporting of customer profitability by product.

Provided Finance Leadership on cross-functional teams to:

oDevelop a Trade Investment Architecture for the organization.

oSelect replacement TPM Software and Consulting partner for implementation.

oDesign and implement the EPC application of our Oracle Demantra.

oDevelop SOX controls to ensure transactions were properly approved and documented.

oManage through change with the various Sales and Finance Departments.

Edgewell Personal Care / Energizer Personal Care / Playtex

Director of Finance, Canada 2010-2013

Short-term opportunity to fill a role left vacant by a retiring director

Member of Senior Leadership Team providing strategic direction and support for Canada team to achieve business objectives.

Developed clear Monthly Presentations to Senior Leadership Team as well as Sales and Product Line Managers of financial results and KPI’s.

Created transparency in reporting to North American team.

David R. Taylor, CPA Page 2 of 2 203-***-****

Director of Finance, Canada (continued) 2010-2013

Developed culture of continuous improvement in Canada and North American Finance team

Managed P&L and BS reporting of Trade and Consumer spending.

Managed all forecasting, budgeting and analytics of actual results vs. plans.

Created a cross-functional team and oversaw implementation of Trade Spend forecasting and Reporting Software (MEI).

Worked with Marketing and Sales Directors as well as Operations to revise and improve monthly Consensus Forecast process and reduced meeting time for the team.

Developed the Finance team members to the point where little direction was needed during short-term assignment in Verona, VA.

Edgewell Personal Care / Energizer Personal Care / Playtex

Director of Finance, Industrial Products Group, Verona, VA 2012-2012

EPC subsidiary Specialty razor blade maker for industrial, hobby and medical use.

Partnered with new VP, General Manager and Senior Leadership Team to turn around business that was losing money due mainly to pricing decisions.

Developed clear Monthly Presentations to Senior Leadership Team as well as Sales Managers of financial results and KPI’s.

Established credibility in reporting to Senior Management through enhanced communication with sales team and enhanced forecasting methods.

Developed a plan for a new Finance & Controllership department.

Hired replacement Director of Finance and assisted in transition.

Completed one month early and returned to Canada.

Edgewell Personal Care / Energizer Personal Care / Playtex

Accounting Manager – Internal Mfg. Operations, 2002-2010

Managed all accounting and financial support for 3 Playtex Plants in Delaware and Ohio.

Partnered with Operations Management to manage Production Costs, Inventory, KPIs, SOX Controls

Led a team of six at three locations responsible for all cost accounting, variance analysis, reporting and financial support.

Coordinate budget process.

Led migration to SAP (Energizer) – Responsible for all Financial modules for Playtex, US

Performed Lead Finance and Plant Management Role from acquisition of Binky pacifier business to closure.

Performed controllership duties at Hawaiian Tropic Europe Branch (Dublin, Ire) when Playtex acquired HT and executed hand off to Energizer Europe.

Facilitated and/or sponsored numerous Financial and Operational Continuous Improvement Projects (kaizen).


Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business Administration (accounting emphasis) Furman University

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) - inactive: South Carolina

MS Office (Excel proficiency), Hyperion HFM, SAP, Demantra (TPM), MEI (TPM), Marcam Prism

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