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Manager Project

St. Louis, Missouri, United States
November 02, 2018

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St. Louis, Missouri Cell 314-***-****


Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas – Liquidating Trustee ( Mar 2018 – Present )


Support the Trustee in reviewing, reconciling, and disputing claims

Provide support and documentation for ongoing litigation.

Preserve historical documents and provide necessary reporting.

Reinsurance Group of America ( Dec 2017 – Sep 2018 Project Implemented )


Develop reporting and cost review for GDPR and Data Privacy project.

Work with project managers, A/P, and vendors to review costs and payment processing

Provide financial analysis and budgeting support for the project and Global Risk group.

Abengoa Bioenergy a subsidiary of Abengoa S.A. ( Jan 2003 – Mar 2018 bankruptcy closure)

A $2.5 billion international biotechnology company that produced biofuels and chemical bio-products in 14 plants throughout the United States, Europe and Brazil. Abengoa S.A., headquartered in Seville, Spain, was a $10 billion public multinational company with 26,000 employees in over 80 countries. Abengoa filed for Global restructuring in November 2015. The US Bioenergy group filed Chapter 11 in March of 2016. The liquidation plan for the remaining business unit was approved on March 29, 2018,

Prepared monthly business analysis reviewing results against current month and year-end forecasts, budgets, and prior year.

Responsible for coordinating and reviewing with senior management annual budgets, strategic plans

Developed processes for new business units and a joint venture

Calculated monthly project invoicing to the Department of Energy, intercompany project customers and outside project partners.

Responsible for monthly financial close, annual budgets, forecasts, strategic plan, cash flow management and reporting, external audits and internal controls for several business units.

Responsible for SAP implementation coordinating staff and external consultants

Responsible for coordinating intercompany transactions and allocations

Grew department to six direct reports as additional projects and business units added.

Identified and documented SOX controls to support the Abengoa SOX reporting implementation

Implemented project software and procedures to capture project personnel costs allocations

Roles with Abengoa included concurrent Controller responsibilities for multiple Business Units

Abengoa Bioenergy New Technologies (Jan 2003- Mar 2018)

R&D - Development of technologies for the production of biofuels and chemical bio-products


Responsible for reporting, invoicing, and forecasting related to the $36M cost share financial assistance agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy ( DOE )

Worked with the Project Managers to review, analyze, evaluate and determine project financial requirements and budgetary impact.

Responsible for preparing and presentation of the R&D financial reports to the R&D Committee. - board of advisors including the Abengoa Chairman

Developed and implemented procedures associated with the Lotus Notes Purchase Tracking system. Teamed with the ethanol manufacturing Purchase Manager to determine requirements and set-up the system for roll-out to the R&D business unit and the Abengoa Bioenergy manufacturing facilities.

Filled the role of purchase manager for the self-constructed Pilot Plant and maintained the purchasing application.

Joseph Abkemeier Resume ( Page 2 )

Worked with vendors to adopt the Abengoa flexible payment plan achieving 80% compliance for the Pilot Plant project.

Set-up the initial MAS 90 accounting system for the R&D Company and subsequently led the R&D effort in transitioning to Baan ERP system

Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas (Jan 2007-Jan 2012, Mar 2016 – Mar 2018)

Development Project to build the first of a kind commercial scale bio-refinery facility supported by a $96M Department of Energy financial assistance grant


Responsible for reporting and financial assistance reimbursement requests for a $98M cost share financial assistance agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy

Abengoa Bioenergy Engineering and Construction (Aug 2013 – Mar 2018)

Construction management oversight of divisional production facilities and business development


Abengoa Feedstocks of Kansas (Oct 2013 - Feb 2015)

Joint Venture to provide feedstock for Abengoa’s biomass to ethanol facility in Hugoton, KS


Led the accounting teams from the participating JV companies to develop internal controls and procedures. Streamlined the accounting and reporting processes.

Responsible for developing and implementing invoicing process between JV and partners

Worked with senior management to develop annual budget and strategic plan.

Collaborated with management team in the development and execution of logistic plans for the supply chain, operations, and transportation services.

Bi-State Development Jan 2002 – Jan 2003

Regional Authority tasked with promoting economic development in the St Louis region

Contract Senior Accountant – Special Projects

Lead team in reviewing prior Grant activity and additional reimbursement $10M

Worked with the Grant Department to develop Capital Project tracking procedures.

Developed reporting and closing procedures for the Business Enterprise Group.

GKN Aerospace Apr 2001 – Dec 2001

$300M Aerospace Supplier – subsidiary of GKN PLC automotive and aerospace manufacturer

Senior Financial Accountant (Jul 2001 – Dec 2001)

Team Leader responsible for internal and divisional financial reporting.

Developed month-end closing and coordinated consolidation of financial data from Boeing and several internal data systems.

Developed procedures for intercompany charges and ACH transactions between subsidiaries and U.K division office.

Senior Business Analyst (Apr 2001 – Jul 2001)

Effectively interfaced with the Business Units to develop financial model to provide product cost analysis.

Identified Boeing cost allocation methods to provide review of WIP and Cost of Sales by material, Labor, and Overhead.

Identified $4M excess labor overhead allocation and collaborated with Boeing transition team to resolve.

Spearheaded group to resolve non-payment of parts flowing through Boeing's system. Resulted in $3M payment and procedures to track and resolve activity.

Joseph Abkemeier Resume ( Page 3 )

Propper International Inc. Sep 1999 – Mar 2001

$100 million Apparel Manufacturer

Manager Financial Reporting and Budgeting

Led financial module conversion from ACT and Deltek to Intentia’s Movex ERP

Coordinated relocation and consolidation of Accounting Departments from the Puerto Rico manufacturing facilities and Tennessee distribution center.

Created the St. Louis Accounting department of six direct reports

Contico International, Inc April 1995 – Sep 1999

$200 million Manufacturer of consumer and janitorial plastic products

Senior Operations Analyst

Responsible for P&L and variance analysis for seven facilities.

Developed weekly plant productivity and P&L review for senior management

Moog Automotive Jun 1989 - Apr 1995

Manufacturer of automotive aftermarket products

Financial Accountant / Senior Financial Accountant

Participated in the integration and relocation of accounting departments of company acquisitions in Chicago and Baltimore to St Louis.

Responsible for reporting and budgeting of a Plant and distribution center.

Enterprise Rent – A – Car

Group Accountant ( Mar 1988 – May 1989 )

Assisted in the development of new corporate and group overhead allocations

Life Uniform, former subsidiary of the Angelica Corporation

Retail store chain providing apparel for health-care workers

Financial Accountant ( Jun 1986 – Mar 1988 )


Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting

Culver-Stockton College, Canton, MO

Magna Cum Laude GPA 3.82 / 4.0


Microsoft Office, MS-Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, SAP, Baan, Mas90, Pansophic, Cullinet, Deltec, ACT, Lotus Notes, Lotus Notes Purchasing, Peoplesoft


Abengoa Bioenergy 401k Retirement Committee

United States Gaelic Athletic Association ( USGAA ) Heartland Division – Vice Chair

USGAA World Games Hurling team - Manager

St Louis Gaelic Athletic Club – Hurling Trainer / Head Coach

St Louis Gaelic Athletic Club - Secretary

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