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Manager Financial

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
October 21, 2016

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Brett G. McKechnie, MBA

** ***** **, ********, ** 01982, 978-***-****,,

An experienced Finance professional with a proven background in planning and corporate finance. Recognized as a problem solver who delivers solutions that are financially viable. A leader that provides actionable financial information, promotes an entrepreneurial environment driven by analytics, and implements streamlined best practices reducing waste. Driven to provide financial information that is dynamic and easily understood in a complex organization.


Liberty Mutual, Portsmouth, NH / Boston, MA 2005-present

Information Technology ($1.5B IT spend, $38B Revenue),

Sr. Finance Director \ IT Controller (2009 to Present)

Key Senior level position within IT, responsible for collaborating with all levels of the organization to successfully deliver financial accuracy and controls in a large, complex, dynamic organization, which is fast-paced, global and ever changing with multiple priorities.

Deep understanding of IT business, has enabled me to maximize opportunities and add value.

FP&A Responsibilities

Implemented a streamlined, multi-year planning process end to end including new tools and processes. Oversight of direct expenses, Capital spend, chargebacks to the business, as well as all communications to stakeholders. Providing a solid understanding of risks and opportunities where levers may be activated to manage expense targets.

Manage multiple cross functional/departmental projects of moderate to high scope, complexity which have a high impact on the overall IT organization as well as departmental opportunities for efficiencies and improvements to processes, controls and technology systems. Determine cost/benefit, lease vs buy and ROI of opportunities.

oVisualization of monthly financials highlighting areas of risk and opportunities for IT

oSavings for reinvestment, a program consisting of several targeted areas to reduce costs by $50M

oTableau dashboards target waste in Wireless spend reducing costs by $4M

oContractor spend reduction driven by rate comps in BI analytics reducing costs by $8M

oMulti-year strategy to create a global IT organization reducing friction for asset utilization and cost reduction.

Implement and operationalize BI tool (Tableau) for advanced reporting and analysis

oDirect IT expense globalization for 20 plus counties and 2 SBU’s, providing information to senior management in a consolidated fashion that is easily understood

oHeadcount and Capital forecasting, expense trends used for variance analysis and planning activities

oContractor rate comparisons used to reduce costs for similar contractors which have higher rates

oStaff to contractor ratio’s looking at new vs. old technologies, used for hiring strategies and outsourcing

Collaborating with the Senior Director of Procurement and Contracts, providing financial analysis and options for the contracts team to better negotiate, saving millions of dollars annually.

Partnering with the PMO, the financial impact of implementing an Agile methodology. Developing requirements and policies to adhere to company standards while reducing costs and cycle time.

Leadership team member for the IT 2020 strategy program focused on new technology and project management impacts that are driving efficiencies and delivering applications faster and a lower overall cost.

Controller Responsibilities

Direct and coach a team of Finance Managers who are responsible for all month end close processes, accounting activities and reporting. The keystone output to the process is a succinct monthly financial package for the CIO, utilizing multiple systems and BI reporting. Key metrics include budget to actual, forecasting accuracy and major variance drivers.

Collaborating with the senior IT business clients, highly trusted, actionable information is provided to help support operations, reducing waste and costs. Activities include managing expenses, Capital and other financially driven objectives as well as global support of Data Centers outside U.S.

Key financial systems that have been implemented are Hyperion Essbase, Ariba, Clarity and Tableau as the primary Business Intelligence and Dashboard tool used for analytics. Other systems which have been put in place are Arrow’s IT Asset disposition, Tangoe for TEM, IT FAR for analytics.

Drove the need for a Global IT organization structure. Benefits include elimination of redundant maintenance contracts, reducing friction for employees and simplifying to overall IT utilization process.

Implemented the SOP-98 process, controls, systems, and attestation requirements meeting all audit and GAAP requirements.

Sr. Finance Manager / Strategic Projects, Financial Services (2007-2009)

Finance Manager / Strategic Projects (2005-2007)

W.R. Grace Company, Cambridge, MA 1999-2005

(Grace Performance Chemicals Division is a $800M Division of a $1.6B Company)

Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis

Position required exceptional analytical skills (NPV, Lease vs Buy, M&A), sound business judgment, and effective presentation and communication with senior management. Demonstrated proficiencies in financial and other quantitative techniques using Excel, database, and other analytical packages.

Worked with CFO and GM, managed the overall Global planning process, coordination and validity of the Operating / Strategic plans for division

Directed support to all worldwide G&A functions for planning

Liaised between corporate and the strategic business units

Oversaw all GPC and Grace wide financial and project analysis

Internship program leader; managed, trained and developed 5 students

Additional Professional experience

Tribune Communications, Boston, MA

WLVI Channel 56 ($50M station, $3.5B worldwide revenue)

Senior Financial/Planning Analyst

Managed and reported the 5 year Strategic Plan, Operating Plan and Capital Budget

Monthly Budget vs. Actual Reporting, Variance, Flash and Projection Analysis

Revenue Modeling and Reporting, Sales Commissions calculations

Wells Park Group, Newton, MA

(New England Development, a $30M Management Division of a $2.0B Real Estate Company)

Senior Financial Analyst

Developed and managed budgets of 30-50 Retail Development Centers

Monthly Budget vs. Actual Reporting \ Analysis, Consolidation for Business Units

Revenue Forecasting, Variance Analysis, Management Fee Apportionment

Sodexho-Marriott Services, Waltham, MA

Senior Accounting Analyst

Managed and reported on Capital Budgeting and monthly Capital forecasting for 6 national divisions


Babson College, Wellesley, MA

Master Degree in Business Administration (Entrepreneurship concentration)

Bentley College, Waltham, MA

Bachelor of Science Degree, Finance


MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Hyperion, Tableau, Ariba

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