CHICHI NNAKE, CPA, CMA
LEAD ACCOUNTANT FINANCIAL ANALYST AUDITOR
Accomplished bilingual Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) with broad-based experience in process improvements, financial accounting and reporting, budgeting, internal audit, financial planning and analysis, modeling and forecasting, payroll accounting, and design and implementation of financial controls. Exceptionally responsible, diligent and organized leader and fast learner with demonstrated analytical and problem-solving abilities, outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. Core competencies include:
● Accounting ● Financial Analysis / Modeling ● Auditing
● Variance Analysis ● Financial Reporting ● Forecasting
● Sarbanes-Oxley ● Bilingual (English / French) ● SEC Reporting
SAP, MS Office Suite, Tableau, Navision, Essbase, Smart View, FRR, Hyperion Planning, Hyperion Strategic Finance, QuickBooks, R Programming Language
Verizon, Ashburn, VA 2007 – Present
Lead Accountant (Consultant, Finance) Professional Services Group 2017 – Present
Provide financial support to business units, including accounting for products and services.
Review Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Sales Bookings and Project Backlog for Professional Services to ensure accuracy and completeness of transactions in the system. Propose necessary correcting journal entries.
Analyze customer contracts to ensure compliance with contract terms and conditions.
Responsible for Financial and Managerial reporting for business units, including preparation of balance sheet, income statements and cash flow statements. Perform monthly accounting close procedures, analyze and reconcile accounts, and communicate recommendations.
Contribute to write ups for Management Discussion and Analysis that go into SEC reporting as assigned.
Collaborate with the accounting policy team to ensure compliance with new accounting standards.
Recommend and develop business processes to improve project reporting.
Provide financial and accounting support and guidance in executing time tracking that linked orders to execution to billing.
Provide supporting documentation and schedules for internal and external audits of Professional Services.
Provide inputs into business cases, contract preparation and pricing for new businesses.
Interpret and evaluate business trends, including budget variance of financial results, headcount and Key Performance Indicators (KPI).
Maintain complete description of accounting procedures for Professional Services month end close process.
Act as subject matter expert in areas relating to compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, and International Financial Reporting Standards (US GAAP and IFRS standards) for Professional Services.
Lead Financial Analyst (Consultant, Finance) Professional Services Group 2013 – 2017
Performed data analytics for business units, financial support and analytical modeling.
Prepared annual (Commitment) and monthly (Best View) Budgets, and Forecasts for business units, performed variance explanations on financials and headcount, developed key metrics and reports on profitability for projects.
Propose accrual, deferral, correcting and reclassification journals for Payables, and Delivery costs.
Review Liabilities Accounts to ensure accuracy in recording, and provided guidance on presentation of operating expenses for business units.
Prepared schedules of Revenue Allocations for Professional Services, ensured Revenue is recognized in line with Revenue Recognition standards.
Monitored financial activity in capital projects, ensuring adequate approval and accounting.
Tracked and monitored headcounts, performed headcount and expense budget transfers, determined profitability of using contractors for projects vs employees, resulting in reduction of delivery expenses driving 10% year over year operating profit improvements.
Managed project backlog and sales bookings, resulting in improved project scheduling for consultants, identified, interpreted and focused management on operating patterns, exceptions, and concerns.
Internal Auditor (Consultant, Audit) 2007 – 2013
Led and supervised teams in performing internal audit on Verizon EMEA, LATAM, APAC countries’ and the Americas’ operations to ensure compliance with company policies, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, and International Financial Reporting Standards (US GAAP and IFRS standards).
Managed SOX and operational audits, financial and international compliance of Verizon operations, resulting in process improvements in areas that included contract management, payroll processing and accounting, asset capitalization, goods received / invoice received accounting, bad debt accounting, completeness of project set-up processes, improvement in Professional Services billing, reconciliation, accuracy in new products pricing, rating and billing, all resulting in increased Revenue for the company.
Performed Risk Assessments, tested the effectiveness of design and operation of internal control procedures by performing compliance testing of key controls.
Built models for tracking of Service Level Agreements (SLA) for large customers based on executed contracts, to ensure the company met its contractual SLAs.
Deloitte & Touche, Cleveland, OH 2005 – 2007
Performed complex financial statement audits of multinational corporations resulting in timely submission of SEC reports.
Effectively managed statutory audit planning, execution and reporting, prepared financial statements, profit and loss account, cash flow statements, balance sheet and supporting schedules, for SEC reporting.
Tested the effectiveness of design and operation of internal control procedures by performing compliance testing of key controls.
Provided accounting services, performed assurance reviews, and trained first year employees of the firm.
Achievement: Received the Deloitte Applause Award for exceptional performance.
Cantar Pool Products, Toronto, Canada 2004 – 2005
Budget and Forecast Analyst
Handled month-end close reporting, budget and sales forecast.
Developed company’s financial, revenue, cost, and capital expenditure budgets, compared variances with actual performance, and reported to management.
Performed key reconciliation of data from various computer systems to correct and align company wide data for meaningful decision making.
Performed audits of transactions to ensure accuracy in recording for Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable and Fixed Assets.
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS
Bachelor of Arts – Fine and Applied Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics, Seton Hall University, NJ (Actively Pursuing)
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
Virginia State CPA
Society of Management Accountants of Ontario