Accomplished Finance Executive
Dynamic, high-energy executive who steers companies through complex change and market challenges to profitable growth. Strategic problem-solver who develops innovative, scalable solutions and executes with urgency across all levels of the organisation. Hands-on leader of highly successful teams with an extensive background in finance, complimented by diverse talents in project management and leadership expertise. Ambitious, detail-oriented Financial Analyst versed in balancing priorities and meeting deadlines under pressure. Adapts quickly to challenges and changing environments. Industrious [Job Title] highly effective at budget forecasting and cost reduction. Saved previous companies in excess of $[Amount].
Business Strategy Formulation
Knowledge of ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software
01/2007 to 01/2015 UNILEVER
Finance Business Partner Business Partner, 01/2013 to 01/2015 Lagos, Nigeria
Lead Business Partner and advisor supporting Supply Chain leaders, with responsibility for operational excellence and performance improvements (cost and asset utilization), decision support, and strategy formulation and activation.
Facilitated information management, while overseeing internal and external reporting.
Implemented cost containment measures and managed Supply Chain costs.
Select Achievements: Fostered a spirit of excellence through the development of a high-performance team focused on delivering an accurate Africa Supply Chain Finance agenda.
Improved business development by identifying and implementing cost and asset utilization enhancement prospects and opportunities.
Championed operational solutions which enhance bottom-line results.
Propelled value-added solutions bringing greater visibility to costs and capital investment appraisals for faster decision-making.
Finance , Brand Building, Planning & Information (Lagos, Nigeria.
Business Partner, 10/2012 to 03/2013 UNILEVER – Lagos, Nigeria
Supported senior leadership in performance management, business planning and analysis specifically related to brand building.
Facilitated the identification of risk areas across the business and originated internal and external reports.
Prepared monthly rolling forecasts, monitored reporting of actual results and ensured accuracy and integrity of data.
Select Achievements: Ensured seamless corporate audit (post SAP review in 2013) with no significant issues.
Delivered high-level stability/accuracy of GM forecasts; Nigeria was top of the league with peers in Africa in 2012, 2013 & 2014 Accomplished clean management of A&P by implementing clear actions to close gaps.
Effectively developed a successor (direct report) for the BB Finance role prior to promotion to Supply Chain Finance role.
Developed forecasting tools and dashboards to analyze revenue variance, business pipeline and industry trends.
Assisted clients with personal and corporate tax issues.
Led monthly meetings with directors to analyze spending and provide financial recommendations.
Presented "what if" scenarios for budget assumptions and forecasting strategies.
Presented oral and written reports on general economic trends, individual corporations and entire industries.
01/2011 to 01/2012
Served as essential Finance Business advisor and partner to 38+ brands.
Accountable for end-to-end planning, forecasting, decision support and engagement, accounting/control, and reporting.
Analyzed impacts of external economic environment regarding business activities and used output to proactively manage performance.
Guided allocation and integration of resources throughout geographies, categories and brands; managed cross-border virtual teams through prolonged periods of political instability to deliver business targets.
Maximized business value by monitoring the innovation funnel and implementing a standard business case methodology to carry out post launch evaluations for all projects.
Optimized brand investments by evaluating advertising and promotional spend, analyzing category risks and analyzing impact on achievement of goals.
Seamlessly managed two high-level meetings with the Executive Board designed to shape the strategies for business categories' profit and loss.
Category Finance Manager, 01/2010
Combined responsibilities of Finance Business Partner, Marketing and CD Finance Manager to drive business strategy planning and implementation, category performance management and reporting, and provided finance support for three category business teams and five sales region.
Customer Development Finance Manager, 01/2007 to 01/2010
Key Finance Business Partner to Customer Development (CD) with accountability for maximizing strategic growth investments and building finance capabilities within the business.
Drove aligned Trade Terms, assessing new business opportunities; optimized promotional sell-out, formulating customer/channel strategies, customer/channel value assessment, and customer/channel profitability.
Select Achievements: Effectively recommended key distributor financing and working capital management initiatives and led finance team to conduct a working capital check for 44 key distributors throughout the country.
Reduced sales loss from distributor funding gaps from 3.6% to 1.5% of turnover in one year.
Significantly reduced distributor returned checks from 474 (~ €3.5m) to 206 (~€1.7m).
Decreased the number of key distributors with high working capital risks from 14 to four.
Estate Accountant, 01/2004 to 01/2007 TWIFO OIL PALM PLANTATIONS LTD
For Unilever subsidiary, managed accounting systems and executed finance and logistics strategies to deliver on the Plantation's growth and profit targets.
Select Achievements: Led successful internal and external audits, while managing financial and operational internal control systems and policies with zero audit issues for three consecutive years.
Expertly assessed strategic financial risks through review and analysis of business unit's tactics and reporting on results to senior management.
Researched and analyzed tax risks and mitigated operational concerns, effectively managing both working capital and ad hoc projects.
01/2002 to 01/2004 BENSO OIL PALM PLANTATION LTD
Finance Assistant, 01/2000 to 01/2002
Held full responsibility for end-to-end accounting processes, controls, and external reporting/audit in accordance with Unilever Accounting Principles, Company's Code and Professional Accounting Standards.
Additional tenures in accounting roles with African Broadcast Network and Design and Display Publicity, LTD, in Ghana.
Bachelor of Science: Accounting, 2008 Chartered Accountant, Institute of Chartered Accountants University of Ghana -
Top [Number]% of class
Lowered company costs by [Number]% through accurate financial modeling, budgeting and process improvement.