Financial, Operational and Strategic Business Consultant
Last active: 09/24/2013
I am an experienced consultant with a proven track record in delivering financial, commercial and operational solutions to a range of Companies.
I have a Chartered Accountancy background and managed large finance teams in global Companies and have recently enabled a start-up Company to commence trading.
I bring a mix of corporate financial management skills, diligence and attention to detail based on hands on experience and a commercial brain to generate ideas and bring them to fruition.
I have extensive experience within the Ticketing, Travel and Ticketing software industries, working in a wide ranging series of roles covering Finance Director duties, Strategic and Commercial decision making, supplier and customer contracting, budgeting and cost control, management of daily company operations and Company Secretarial, Legal and HR responsibilities.
I have gained a wealth of hands on financial accounting and business operational duties and been heavily involved in the strategic development of a start up, private equity owned Company for the past 3 years.
My specific experiences can be summarised as follows:
Corporate Financial Management:
Experienced Chartered Accountant – 10 years post qualification experience in a commercial environment
Responsible for creating and managing internal controls frameworks
Preparation and presentation of financial management information at Board level
Management of Company statutory audits
Liaising with external stakeholders (e.g. government, banks, shareholders)
Financial Data Modelling using MS Excel
Budgets and financial forecasts
Writing accompanying business plans, proposals and due diligence packs
Have successfully negotiated and managed contracts with key suppliers, key customers and key service providers to businesses for the past 10 years in territories such as Canada, USA, UK, Australia and Ireland.
Budgetary Control and Cost Management
Responsibility for budgetary control in previous two roles
Creation of purchase order control system in previous two roles
Experience of identifying and negotiating favourable terms with suppliers
Up to date with current technologies and utilising these for operational overhead savings
Previously have assumed sole responsibility for contract pricing
Experienced in identifying the required margins to cover overheads in high volume, low margin businesses
Experienced in pricing in technology service industries
Understanding competitor pricing and market receptiveness to pricing strategies
Experienced in delivering commercial rate sheets to sales teams and management thereafter
Responsible for creating and managing daily operations including:
Customer payments via credit card merchants
Inventory control systems
Domain registration management and implementation
Integration of reporting systems with accounting systems
Collection and settlement of monies in foreign currencies in a cost effective manner
For the past ten years I have been responsible for all aspects of staff management including recruitment, training, absence management, discipline and terminations. I have also managed two redundancy programmes during this time and have a high awareness of current legislation and responsibilities required.
I have managed finance teams (accounts payable, accounts receivable etc) and operational teams.
Experienced in submission of successful grant claims
UK Government Research and Development Tax credits
Completed two private equity funding rounds for a start-up technology Company
Successful applications for bank finance
Experience of dealing with Invoice discounting and factoring Companies