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Assistant Accounting

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
November 21, 2018

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Brian Sime 856-***-****

*** ******* *** ****

Stratford, NJ 08084

RE: Controller

Dear Madam or Sir,

Please accept this cover letter and resume as my initial application for your position shown above. They summarize my skills as an accounting, operational, and administrative professional.

Per your job description, I have the job experience necessary for this position such as hands-on performance and managerial expertise in Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, and Administration. I have extensive for-profit and non-profit experience in the following areas:

1More than 25 years of professional experience in accounting for non-profit organizations

2Preparation of financial statements from journal entry input through Board of Director interactions

3Liaison with auditors for financial and A-133 audits


5Banking experience and daily cash management

6Excellent skills with accounting systems including implementation of new systems or updates

7Microsoft Office skills using Excel, Word, and PowerPoint for presentations

8Employee interactions from staff member communications to Board of Director discussions

9Human resource management

10Management of staff from 1-40 employees

As Chief Financial Officer, Controller, and COO for companies such as Finanta, National Adoption Center, Assoc. of Educational Publishers, Occupational Training Center, and Strawbridge & Clothier (Assistant Controller), I have developed the best skills by learning to lead and manage by example.

At Strawbridge & Clothier, a former large Philadelphia retail corporation with sales over 1 billion dollars, I was Assistant Controller in charge of all financial reporting. I led the General Ledger, A/R Control, Inventory, Fixed Asset and Controller Support Services departments.

At the National Adoption Center, and in addition to being Controller, I was Director of Human Resources with all required responsibilities.

My salary request is $ 102,000.

I have a degree is Business Administration from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

I am excellent for this position. I look forward to our meeting so we can more fully discuss this opportunity with your organization.


Brian Sime

Brian Sime

213 Winding Way Road 856-***-****

Stratford, NJ 08084



A experienced Controller, CFO, and COO in managing full-cycle-accounting, business and managerial operations in Finance, Human Resources, and Business departments. A Results-driven leader with a proven record of accomplishment in turning around problematic departments by restoring accuracy, credibility, and efficiency.


Forecasting & Budget Planning Full-Cycle Accounting Cash Management GAAP

Leadership & Mentoring Skills Financial Analysis Human Resources A/P. A/R, P/R, IT

Systems Administration Audits & Reporting Journal Entries Variance Analysis

Financial Planning & Analysis Bank Reconciliations Cost Reduction Client Collections

Balance Sheet& Income Statement Policies & Procedures Regulatory Compliance Staff Training


2013 - Present Finanta: CFO - Philadelphia, PA - Non-Profit

Company provides mortgage, loan, and technical assistance services to low income borrowers.

Produce financial statements for management and the Board.

Oversee general accounting functions, including A/R, A/P, Payroll, and GL.

Grant management administration and reconciliation.

Liaison for auditor interaction (operational & A-133) and other professional organizations

Creator of operating budgets

Administer of all financial management systems, evaluating and integrating new applications.

Manage cash and A/R on a daily basis.

Supervision of one accounting manager and two loan servicers

2011 – 2013 Association of Educational Publishers: Chief Operating Officer - Wilmington DE - Non-Profit Company provided educational planning services to publishers around the world.

Developed operating sales plans and modeling techniques to enhance and improve international sales.

Produced the entire monthly financial package to management and the Board

Managed cash on a daily basis along with cash analysis

Monitored A/R levels, reviewed A/P for timely vendor payments, processed payroll, and controlled General ledger.

Liaison for auditor and other professional organizations

2008 – 2011 Family Planning Council: Controller - Philadelphia, PA - Non-Profit

Company provided financial and other support to medical providers.

Directed all financial management functions including financial statement distribution

Implemented an accounting database to improve and reduce data entry times by up to 50%.

Increased production of monthly financial statements by 15 or more days

Re-designed payroll and expense distribution systems for better data compilation

Managed general accounting functions, including A/R, A/P, Payroll, and general ledger

Grant management administration, reconciliation, federal draw applications, and audit support.

Operational audits and A-133 auditing experience

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2005 – 2008 National Adoption Center: Controller & Human Resource Director - Philadelphia, PA - Non-Profit Company's mission was to facilitate adoption of children living in foster care homes.

Prepared financial reports, developed budgets, and performed variance analysis for management.

Compiled periodic financial reporting packages for management and Board of Directors

Carried out internal audits to ensure regulatory compliance, operational efficiency and accuracy

A-133 auditing experience

As HR Director, I carried out all personnel responsibilities for the agency. Rewrote handbook

Added new benefits such as Flexible Spending Accounts

2003 – 2005 T&G M&G Management: Controller - Blackwood, NJ - For-Profit

Manufactured and serviced floor cleaning equipment

Produced monthly financial statements, performed monthly account reconciliations

Reduced old A/R balances by $400,000 or 20%

Monitored general ledger activity through accurate account analysis

Supervised one accountant and three bookkeepers

1997 - 2003 Occupational Training Center: Controller - Westampton, NJ - Non-Profit

A sheltered workshop that provided employment and care for people with developmental disabilities.

Provided all general ledger functions, including account analysis and reconciliation

Processed journal entries, controlled A/R, and maintained A/P.

Prepared financial statements

Supervised two accountants and three bookkeepers

Other Experience:

Strawbridge & Clothier: Assistant Controller – Philadelphia, PA - For-Profit

Computer Skills:

Sage MIP for Non-profits, Quickbooks 2012, Macola, Sage 50 (Peachtree), Fundware, and Microsoft Office

Education: Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Community Involvement:

School Board Member, Stratford School District Fund Raising Volunteer, National Adoption Center

Treasurer - Stratford Theatre Arts Music Program Supporters Pres. of National Assoc. of Accountants – South Jersey

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