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Accounting Sales

Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela
April 19, 2020

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Hermo R. Grande

***** ******** ***** (h)661-***-**** (c)310-***-****

Valencia, CA 91354

Accounting & Operations Professional

Results-driven professional with a stellar, 20+ year record of advancement and achievement. Draw on unique combination of accounting and operations expertise to produce practical and proven solutions to chronic business problems; consistently raise efficiency, profitability, and service quality. Confident leader who fosters utmost employee morale and performance in demanding environments.

Professional Experience

Williams Homes, Inc., Santa Clarita, CA 2014 – Present

Sr. Project Accountant: Successfully managed multiple Real Estate Development projects tracking their progress in various stages from land development and project job costing to home sales closing. Possess exceptional organizational and detail skills in tracking project milestones, construction loan draw submittals, financial preparation, and analysis in a heavy and evolving workload. Managed and maintained pro forma budget balances and project job costs in collaborative effort with executive and project management. Analyzed and prepared investor/partner profit distributions based on deal structure and operating agreement. Prepared monthly financials and communicated material variances to business plan to management and private investors. Active participant and contributor in the company’s cross-departmental operational improvement team.

MGB Partners, LLP, Torrance, CA 2011 – 2014

Business Consultant: Advise small, midsize, and fast-growing businesses in all areas of accounting, back-office operations, and system processes. Strengthened client efficiency by implementing cash-flow management, system processes, internal controls solutions and insightful analysis on balance sheet and P & L. Successfully consulted with clients in Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable to train, streamline, and implement internal controls. Interacted productively with diverse business owners and stakeholders to significantly reduce the company’s Days Sales Outstanding by over 20% and Days Delinquent Sales Outstanding by 18%. Created efficiencies in same-time and on-time billing of orders to shipments. Led Project Cost Accounting team in the automation of information gathering and reporting.

Country Floors, Inc., Los Angeles, CA – Excelled in a series of progressive leadership roles. 1990 – 2011

Controller (2004 – 2011): Promoted to corporate level ensuring continued success and development of west region. Drove daily operations and P&L for all 14 locations in US and Canada. Led accounting team overseeing 10 retail stores in US and Canada. Maintained a documented system of accounting policies and procedures and oversaw the operations of accounting department including the design of an organizational structure adequate for achieving the department’s goals and objectives. Provided accounting and financial analysis of balance sheet accounts, capital investments, pricing decisions, contract negotiations, and timely presentation of financial statements to management.

Drove timely, accurate completion and reporting of all accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll activities, and financial statements.

Effectively managed cash flow and all the day-to-day accounting and back-office activities.

Brought the budgeting process to the company enabling management to set targeted goals in both short and long term outlook.

Brought timely and insightful analysis of inventory transforming trends into actionable items.

Self-taught in JD Edwards ERP system document set-up allowing the company to lower their software support service and cost over time.

Created ad-hoc reporting systems for sales, purchasing, inventory, order entry, accounting, and address book increasing synergies within groups, teams, departments, and throughout the company.

Achieved 121% recovery of freight-out cost through service consolidation and effective negotiation.

Improved staff retention and productivity by revising company benefits and bonus plans.

Spearheaded annual inventory sales event reducing slow moving and obsolete inventory by 15%

Significantly reduced the year-end inventory variance between book value to physical valuation by .04% or less for 10 consecutive years increasing operational efficiency and customer satisfaction.

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Developed HR systems and procedures. Instrumental in the development of the employee handbook. Communicated and implemented HR policies and procedures in relation to hiring, performance review, and termination.

Controller – West Region (1990 – 2004): Promoted to take on General Management in addition to controller duties. Oversaw all operations in region including sales, purchasing, warehousing, customer service, HR, payroll, and accounting.

Consistently met financial reporting deadlines at month end.

Maintained an accurate and analyzed balance sheet accounts and operating expenses based on established budgets.

Improved accuracy and efficiency of transactional activities across the board by employing best practices and lean principles to maximize value for customers.

Improved and maintained a 98% or above on time customer shipments.

Successfully managed a critical JD Edwards ERP system implementation and training in region as first to go-live for company.

Doubled the service life of major plant equipment by implementing a strict maintenance schedule.

Became a highly technical “super user” of JD Edwards supporting 80+ users.

Led cross-functional team to define and document system procedures for user manual.

Prior Experience Highlights

Controller, Southern California Air Conditioning – Staged company turnaround by restructuring costs, streamlining operations, raising sales-lead capture rate ~78%, and by putting effective controls on inventory. Successfully sold business and recovered 125% of shareholder investment. Computerized accounting, integrated order entry, and inventory to General Ledger.

Controller, Continental Flavors & Fragrances – Successfully oversaw all accounting and finance activities for a beverage and flavor manufacturer with plant locations in Puerto Rico, New Jersey, California, and Washington. Developed accounting and operational processes during high growth period to achieve short and long term goals.

Education & Certification

B.S. – Business Operations Management, California State University, Long Beach, CA


Software experience in Constellation/Newstar Homebuilder System, JD Edwards Accounting & Distribution system, Dancik International system, Epicor/Activant, QuicBooks, and Sage MAS 90/200. Advanced skills in MS Excel, Word, and Outlook.

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