Results focused professional offering more than 20 years of progressive leadership experience in accounting, audit, acquisition integration,internal controls and project management. Demonstrated ability to work with cross functional teams to implement systems and streamline processes.
Lead functional team of 45 professionals responsible for inventory accounting, inventory reconciliation, and distribution accounting.
Set strategy for department as member of Controller leadership team along with business partners including Supply Chain, Transportation and Warehousing, and Information Technology.
Lead ongoing process and efficiency enhancements to shorten close cycle and improve internal controls.
Ensure all accounting is in compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, company policy, and related internal controls.
Serve as subject matter expert for entire enterprise for all accounting and internal control issues related to inventory, COGS, and related areas.
Review balance sheet, income statement, and related data on a periodic basis.
Lead integration of acquired businesses into SAP Order to Cash and Supply Chain for inventory areas.
Directed project team from requirements gathering to implementation.
Identified risks and control issues and developed solutions with cross functional integration teams including accounting, IT, tax, and legal.
Lead development of team including coaching, performance evaluations, annual evaluations, individual development plans, talent management and succession planning
Develop annual departmental plan, monitor performance, and forecast changes throughout fiscal year.
Led functional team of 25 professionals responsible for fixed assets accounting, insurance / lease accounting, property tax compliance, intercompany accounting, and corporate departments.
Led ongoing process improvements, efficiency enhancements, and control improvements resulting in 10% reduction in overall headcount.
Served as technical accounting expert on many areas, including revenue recognition, trade accounting, leases, fixed assets, and inventory, among others.
Provided interpretation of relevant accounting literature to functional accounting teams and senior management.
Authored and updated accounting policies.
Led year-long implementation of SAP Asset Accounting and Project Systems modules converting from Oracle and various other legacy systems.
Led all stages of implementation including requirements gathering, design, cutover, and go-live.
Oversaw change management, training, and continuing enhancements post go-live.
Served as liaison for the project team to senior management.
Led development of team including coaching, performance evaluations, annual evaluations, individual development plans, talent management and succession planning.
Managed functional accounting team responsible for cash, accounts receivable, prepaid, and other assets areas.
Analyzed, developed and implemented process improvements.
Directed process improvements resulting in reducing close effort by 20% while maintaining effective internal controls.
Managed six direct reports.
Led Business Services Center (BSC) efforts in financial accounting, reporting, and audit support for the Grocery Foods Group.
Liaison to internal and external audit.
Managed BSC-wide efforts to document Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) controls and related reporting.
Financial Accounting point person for GAAP and internal control matters.
Led efforts to develop comprehensive periodic close documentation and management tool.
Implemented Microsoft Access-based close tracking tool containing close tasks, standard operating procedures, and journal entry linkage.
Lead manager of team responsible for designing and implementing account reconciliation tracking tool and account reconciliation peer review program.
Managed risk-based internal audits of Retail Foods segment.
Directed engagement planning, fieldwork, reporting, and workpaper review.
Mentored and provided career development consultation for staff.
Manager on team of four professionals responsible for developing and implementing a company-wide project to comply with requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
Engagement manager on pilot project.
Managed development and deployment of annual company-wide risk assessment activities.
Audit engagement manager on a variety of clients including publicly-held multinational advertising agency, privately-held distributor to national fast food chain, trucking component manufacturer, manufacturer and distributor of printing equipment, and distributor of woodworking materials.
Performed audit services and provided technical accounting advance in the preparation and review of financial statements, annual reports, and SEC filings.
Managed audit efforts for various initial public offerings, debt offerings, and privatization transactions.
Managed due diligence process and financial statement preparation for client acquisitions.
Responsible for coordination of more than 100 statutory audits worldwide.
Provided guidance and interpretation of accounting matters to senior-level client management.
Evaluated proposed accounting treatment and provided analysis and alternatives.
Reviewed and evaluated client accounting policies for compliance with GAAP.
Analyzed new accounting pronouncements and communicated impact to clients.
Strobel Honors Program, Cum Laude
account reconciliation, Accounting, accounts receivable, acquisitions, go-live, advertising, agency, balance sheet, BSC, Change management, coaching, communication skills, consultation, client management, Controller, Cost accounting, CPA, client, clients, designing, documentation, due diligence, senior management, fast, Financial Accounting, financial statement preparation, financial statements, fixed assets, functional, Information Technology, insurance, internal audits, interpretation, inventory, Inventory control, Leadership, legal, materials, Microsoft Access, enterprise, Oracle, peer review, policies, Project management, reporting, requirements gathering, Retail, revenue recognition, risk assessment, SAP, SAP Asset Accounting, Sarbanes Oxley, Sarbanes-Oxley, Staff development, strategy, Supply Chain, tax compliance, tax, team management, Transportation, Warehousing, annual reports
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