CV, Experienced UK Based Financial Controller Targeting Dallas, Texas

I am currently available for work
Serial No: 25843
(03/14/1981, female)
Skills keywords: commercial controller, financial accountant, financial controller, managment accountant, reporting analyst
Short Bio:

I have been working primarily in the Media Sector in both large/medium and small organisations for the past 13 years since graduating from University with a degree in Bsc (Hons) Economics and Finance. I am technically strong, commercially sound and have been managing the finance department for the past 6 years. Providing robust management information to make better business decisions plays a key part of my skill set.
I am keen to relocate to the US for personal reasons.

Current location: England, United Kingdom - View on map
Nationality: British
Preferred Sector of Employment:  Marketing, media and design, Retail Wholesale and Purchasing
Spoken languages: english
Location I am interested in working: United States

Career Summary

Financial Controller
Aug 2011- Present

Key responsibilities include:

• Responsibility for all financial reporting monthly, quarterly and annually in line with WPP reporting requirements – P&L, Balance sheet, Head count and other schedules.

• Responsibility of all financial analysis and management information reporting both internally and to WPP including client profitability and head count etc.

• Responsible for overseeing the month end process in the department.

• Review and sign off the WPP full Month end pack- P&L, Balance sheet reconciliations, client margins etc.

• Cash flow forecast and foreign currency management and forecasting. Liaising with WPP Treasury to hedge against any FX risk.

• Implementing and maintaining strong financial control and accounting policy in the business in line with WPP policies.

• Lead role in the rollout of Sarbanes Oxley to the business post WPP acquisition and implemented changes in procedures and policy as per WPP SOX requirements.

• Review and preparation of the year end audit files for external auditors.

• Preparation of the statutory accounts and tax reporting.

• Review of the quarterly VAT returns.

• Responsible for submission of WPP Year End Schedules and Tax Packs.

• Lead in the year-end audit with external auditors plus other audits with SOX auditors and internal WPP Auditors.

• Was part of a team that rolled out a new expense online system in the business from paper submission ensuring the transition smooth. We gained greater efficiency from the system in terms of processing time/risk of human error and better reporting capability.

• Adhoc support to the London FD and the Global FD.

• Managerial responsibilities including annual reviews etc.: Direct line management of a team of 5.

Senior Business Analyst
The Daily Mail, Associated Newspapers, DMGT
Oct 2010- Aug 2011

Responsibilities include:

 Producing the Monthly management accounts for all of the 28 Editorial departments with detailed variance analysis for major cost areas and associated commentary.

 Preparation and distribution of weekly Editorial report packs of all the major controllable costs to assess costs incurred against budget in the period and year to date.

 Producing quarterly forecasts and yearly budgets for the 28 Editorial departments, currently working with a £73m budget on 2010-2011.

 Regularly providing analysis and information as and when required by the Managing Editors office, Editor or by Senior Management.

 Assist the Financial controller in verifying contribution accounts and payments on a weekly basis.

 Direct Report – A Business support analyst.

Management Accountant
Leopard Films- UK, USA, International, Drama, Events, Sealeopard
Nov 2009-Oct 2010

Responsibilities include:

 Preparing the Management Accounts for all companies in an efficient and timely Manner

 Overseeing the processing of all the entries into the purchase and sales ledger supervising a team of three Accounts Assistants

 Producing and submitting Royalty Accounts for Leopard International Ltd, reporting quarterly to the Royalty recipients

 Reconciling of the all Balance sheet accounts ensuring production inter company funding processing is correctly categorised at all times.

 Preparation and posting of production recharges including kit, tape transfer and stock

 Reviewing monthly bank reconciliations including foreign currencies

 Preparation VAT returns

 Reviewing annual payroll returns prepared by the Accounts Assistant

 Ensuring proper and adequate financial and internal controls are followed

 Monitoring production accounts and working closely with Production Managers to prepare cost reports

 Ensuring timely invoicing of Broadcasters for cash flow on productions

 Managing the payroll and including Bacs payments

 Assisting in various Ad Hoc projects that improve the efficiency and professionalism of the team

Management Accountant
Mindshare Media Worldwide, GroupM, WPP
Oct 2007-Nov 2009

Responsibilities include:

Management Accounting

 Producing the management accounts for 1 trading unit and 5 head office divisions for submission to the Parent company in the USA

 Run reports, post journals, monitor cost accruals/prepayments

 Run travel and expenses reports for review by CFO and senior media staff

 Produce management accounts for review by finance manager and then FC/CFO

 Assist in producing quarterly forecasts and annual budget

 Timesheet reports for senior operational staff and for quarterly reporting to the global client team

 Ad hoc client costing as and when required by client managers.

 Liaising with finance and media staff in MindShare to respond to queries from the global client reporting team

 Assist with yearend audit and produce the Statutory accounts and tax pack for review by the FC

 In charge of Sox compliance in the department and act as a liaison and point of contact with external and internal auditors.

 Updating information and set-ups in the timesheet system

Assistant Management Accountant
Sit-Up TV, Virgin Media
Sept 2006- Oct 2007

Responsibilities include:

Preparation of monthly overhead P&L’s, departmental meetings for results and forecasting of future expenditure, Income billings, first point of contact for department heads, daily revenue/sales analysis and reporting, accruals and prepayments

Accounts Assistant
Red Carnation Hotels Group
Nov 2003- Sept 2006

Responsibilities include:

All Purchase Ledger Duties i.e. Processing Invoices, Weekly payments and reconciling statements for all Hotels and Central departments, Looking after Sales ledger Accounts, Responsible for Monthly P&L for an outlet including processing all invoices month end journals and bank reconciliation’s.

Accounts Assistant
Great Eastern Hotel
Sept 2002- Nov 2003

Responsibilities include:

Duties Include: Cashiering, Commission Payments, Reconciling Bank accounts and Control Accounts, Purchase Ledger duties.


Systems Experience

Computer skills: Strong Intermediate Microsoft Excel, Word and Access , Outlook

Accounting Software: Dream, Great Plains, DDS, Cartesis/BFC , Agresso, Coda, Lotus notes, Sage 200, MAS 500


Professional Qualifications & Education

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

Bsc Hons Economics and Finance
University of York, York, UK Oct 1999- July 2002

A levels: Economics (B), Geography (B), Media Studies (B)
Camden School for Girls, London, UK. Sep 1997- June 1999

GCSE: 7 A-C’s Including English, Maths and Science
Tamworth Manor High School, London, UK. Sep 1995- June 1997