John Van Rijn BA CPA, CMA
Pro-active, hardworking and energetic individual with a comprehensive background in controllership, taxation, and finance. Singular focus on adding value to the Business and enhancing Shareholder Value. Excellent understanding of business overall and a strategic thinker.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario
CPA Designation, April 2014
The Society of Management Accountants of Ontario
CMA Designation, January 1992
Honours B.A., June 1986
Axletech International LLC 01/18 – 07/19
Axletech International LLC is a 400 million supplier to Off Highway Truck industry, with locations in 4 countries.
Position Held: Controller for Oshkosh Wisconsin and US Gear in Chicago Illinois.
Oshkosh WI; 90 Million, mainly assembly of Steer and drive axles for Off Highway applications, Construction, Material Handling, Agriculture, and Specialty Truck.
USG Chicago Illinois; 18 Million, Gear manufacturing and metal heat treating for the Axles made throughout Axletech.
Responsibilities: Directing all Financial & Accounting functions for two facilities. Provide timely and accurate financial reporting to Head Office in Troy Michigan and local operations in order to add value to the business. Advisor to operations, sales, and business unit on opportunities to enhance business performance. Coordinate and communicate annual and five year business plans for the two plants. Coordinate and communicate Monthly and quarterly forecasting process Coordinate the annual standard costing process. Perform business case analysis for divisional strategic business projects.
Achievements; Part of the team to justify the insourcing of Axle Shaft production into USG, roughly a 2.3 million capital expenditure.
Part of the Team to analyze premium freight spend and process, implemented controls to save 500 K in 2019 compared to 2018.
Corrected many of the issues in costing methodology for 2019 fiscal year.
Meritor Inc. 11/04 – 08/17
Meritor Inc. is a 4 Billion US $ Tier One Supplier to Light & Heavy Vehicle industries with locations in 25 countries.
Position Held: Controller Frankfort KY and Plainfield Indiana.
Frankfort, KY; 180 Million USD, North American Trailer Division supplying Axles, Suspensions, and related components to Trailer manufacturers.
Plainfeild, Indiana; 130 Million USD, Remanufacturing Truck and Trailer Parts for After Market Sales division.
Position Held: Controller NAFDBK, 280 Million USD division supplying Drum Brakes to NA Heavy Vehicle Manufacturers.
Responsibilities: Directing all Financial & Accounting functions for three facilities in North America. Provide timely and accurate financial reporting to Head Office in Troy Michigan and local operations in order to add value to the business. Advisor to operations, sales, and business unit on opportunities to enhance business performance. Coordinate and communicate annual and five year business plans for the division. Coordinate and communicate Monthly and quarterly forecasting process. Insure compliance with SOX for all locations with in the division and integrity in all financial information. Coordinate the annual standard costing process. Perform business case analysis for divisional strategic business projects.
Achievements: Drove process to recover 500 K US $ recovery of dunnage from Customer. Guided Division to meet or exceed most business objectives for 2005 and 2006. Brought Remanufacturing business in compliance with GAAP resulting in a 1,000 K favorable adjustment,Validated Remanufacturing accounting process resulting in a 1,800 K favorable adjustment to Income. Helped underpreforming Trailer and Remanufacturing facilties to profitability.
Lennox Canada Inc. 01/99 – 11/04
Lennox Canada Inc. is a $300 million Cdn $ retailer of HVAC products with 2000 employees across Canada.
Position Held: Director of Finance
Responsibilities: Directs MIS, accounting, legal and all treasury functions. Co-ordinates dealer acquisition, provide guidance for selection, valuation, and due diligence. Guides and directs annual profit planning process. Provide accurate and timely financial reporting. Guides and advises directors to understand and use financial reports. Identify and advises on areas of concern / opportunities to improve overall operations. Participates in development of operational and strategic planning.
Achievements: Part of the original management team, which started Lennox Canada Inc. Acquired 65 companies to work as Lennox dealers within a two-year time frame. Organized and negotiated a banking system for 65 newly acquired dealers. Created a consistent financial reporting system for 65 newly acquired dealers. Advising on tax structure of new Dealer Organization
Lennox Industries (Canada) Ltd. 11/95 - 12/98
Lennox Industries (Canada) Ltd. is a $190 million manufacturer of heating and air conditioning equipment with 300 employees at the Etobicoke location and 550 employees across Canada.
Position Held: Controller
Responsibilities: Directs MIS, Duty, Tax and Accounting functions. Ensure proper control and use of Lennox (Canada) assets. Guides and directs annual profit planning process. Provide accurate and timely financial reporting. Guides and advises managers to understand and use financial reports. Identify and advises on areas of concern / opportunities to improve overall operations. Participates in development of operational and strategic planning.
Achievements: Part of management team, which exceeded planned EBIT by $5 million in 1996, 1997, and on track in 1998. Core team member of SAP business system implementation. Directed accounting team to develop understandable management reports. Part of HPI strategic planning. Select and implement new Canadian Payroll system. Involvement in revised Canadian Salaried Pension Plan. Directing Canadian Transfer Pricing study to insure Canadian tax compliance. Developing Lennox US and Canada charges for cross border employee responsibilities to avoid possible double taxation. Advising on tax structure of new Dealer Organization
International Time Recorder Ltd./ Canadian Parking Equipment Ltd. 05/94 - 03/95
ITR\ CPE is an $18 million distributor of time and attendance systems and manufacturers of parking equipment. 150 employees in Canada and U.S. ITR’s market is across Canada and CPE markets are North and South America and the Far East.
Position Held: Controller (Contract)
Responsibilities: Cash management, financial statements, all financial controls, accounts receivable and payable, budget development, general management of business. Management information systems. All dealings with external auditors and Government agencies.
Achievements: Development of detailed plan for business survival and improvement. Negotiated a joint venture with strategic partner for product development. Improved financial reporting systems from once a year to once a month. Investigated and implemented new Novel network system utilizing Minotaur business software.
Bonar Inc. 04/93 - 04/94
Bonar Inc. is a $48 million packaging manufacturer. 200 employees in the Burlington location. Bonar’s market is North America. Part of the Low & Bonar Group PLC with sales of 2.5 Billion internationally.
Position Held: Accounting Manager (Contract Position)
Responsibilities: Responsible for financial reporting, supervision of A/R, a/p and inventory staff. Development of direct costing system and transfer from HP 3000 system to a Unix based system. Special projects such as inventory control system development, internal audit of purchasing system, cost benefit analysis of in-house production versus outside sourcing of intermediate goods. Year-end audit and associated schedules.
Achievements: Developed an inventory count method and procedures, developed a direct costing system.
Lettermen at McMaster University (Varsity Football).
Athlete of the year, Port Credit High School.
Silver Medal at the Ontario Summer Games (Canoeing).
Grace CRC Co-Treasurer – 3 year term
Grace Church Board of Trustees –
Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario Treasurer. 3 Years.
References available upon request