Jessica Claire
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Professional Summary

Results-driven Vice President of Finance offering over 13 years' success in leading financial management activities at private organizations. Expert in setting financial targets and devising strategies to improve internal controls, standards, and processes. Successful in advising business executives on financial strategies driving short-term and long-term growth. Prepared to bring talent and leadership to growing organization in rewarding executive-level role.

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Arizona
  • Staff Management and Training
  • Forecasting and Strategic planning
  • Cash flow analysis, Fiscal budgeting
  • Internal Controls Management
  • Mergers and Acquisitions, Due Diligence
  • Financial reporting, Monthly/Annual Close, Variance Analysis
  • Data Analytics, Financial Analysis
  • ERP Implementation
  • Change Management and Process Design
  • Epicor Prophet 21, DocStar, Sage Intacct, Microsoft Dynamics, NetSuite, QuickBooks Enterprise, MS Office Suite, Domo, Concur, Databasics
  • ADP Payroll, Benefits and 401(k) Administration
  • Audit and Tax preparation and response
Work History
Vice President of Finance, 08/2019 - 05/2021
Black Butte Ranch Sisters, OR,
  • Controlled all aspects of accounting operations by overseeing transactions and development of internal controls related to general ledger, including payroll, financial reporting, payables and receivables.
  • Managed department of 25 individuals including Controller, Director of Credit, and Senior AP Manager to establish structure in creating processes and procedures that defined clear expectations, enhance team communication, and bringing out employees' full potential.
  • Coordinated financial, collateral, and sales tax audits and studied results to make procedural improvements.
  • Ongoing monitoring and forecasting of state and federal tax planning and compilation of annual tax returns.
  • Developed process design for field support operations for General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Procurement for ERP Implementation (Epicor Prophet 21) that impacted over 1,000 users.
  • Improved cash flow by reducing DSO by 1.4 days daily and reduced headcount from 9 employees processing cash application to 2 employees through implementation of Lockbox Service
  • Created financial awareness and strengthened internal controls over employee expense reimbursements through implementation and process design of Databasics, online expense platform, allowing for transparency, seamless workflow approval, and timely expense capture.
  • Designed process and drove DocStar implementation, AP Automation software, to improve problem resolution for pricing and quantity variances for merchandise purchases and strengthen internal controls for general and administration expenses with thresholds and workflow approval.
  • Reorganized process functions within Credit Department to manage risk, improve customer service, have proactive mindset in managing aged receivables, and reduced ineligible accounts receivable for borrowing base from $15M to $6M in seven months.
  • Transformed month end close processes to be performed monthly versus annually including automating bank reconciliations, creating clean balance sheet and fixed assets reconciliations, and profit and loss review for over 300 cost centers within 5 day close.
  • Introduced annual budgeting to field support operations executives beyond payroll to become more disciplined in forecasting expenses and benchmarking targets of gross margin dollars.
  • Utilized Domo to create models to analyze operating metrics for field operations and field support departments.
  • Monitored budget, revenue and variance trends for company, regularly apprising CEO of company's financial standing and cashflow.
  • Developed financial analysis and business plans for proposed acquisitions and organic growth opportunities in performing due diligence and NPV analysis activities.
  • Managed vendor changes to improve cost controls and improve workflow operations.
  • Mitigated process gaps and managed all operational functions, including account openings, trades, documentation, and regulatory compliance.
Audit Manager, 12/2014 - 08/2019
Wells Fargo Encino, CA,
  • Provide financial department assessments over internal controls, financial reporting, and processes and procedures.
  • Understand key performance drivers, business trends, and emerging technical and industry developments. Interpret financial results through data analytics to assist clients to evaluate results into actionable items.
  • Assume responsibility for all phases of multiple engagements through delegation and planning with team of 2 to 4 direct reports per engagement.
  • Trained and mentored department staff on policies and procedures to establish strong foundation for client development and service activities.
  • Analyzed complex client problems and generated targeted solutions that resolved outstanding issues while enhancing client business positions.
  • Conducted strategic and technical reviews to verify compliance with quality control standards, schedule constraints and budget parameters.
  • Advised clients of industry trends and emerging conflicts and presented solutions that enhanced client business goals.
  • Developed high-level knowledge of client business goals, policies and procedures to establish foundation for targeted problem solutions.
  • Interacted with internal staff and clients to improve operational knowledge of relevant tax issues and business implications.
  • Identified control gaps in processes, procedures and systems through in-depth research and assessment and suggested methods for improvement.
Controller, 08/2010 - 05/2014
Arthur J Gallagher & Co. Hollister, CA,
  • Responsible for compilation of corporation's financial statements for 26 entities, cash flow management, improving internal controls, human resource functions, monthly royalty revenue processing, creating annual department budgets, develop board of directors quarterly and annual financial packages, and external audit preparation.
  • Support Vice President of Finance, Executive Management, and Investors in performing financial analysis (pro forma financial models, regional and system revenue analysis, same store sales for 200 franchisees, flash reporting, and acquisition analysis).
  • Implementation of Sage Intacct software by providing training and support to accounting and operating staff and senior management. Executed implementation within 60 day period.
  • Improved Royalty Revenue Reporting in coordinating with IT and Operations Department to create centralized point-of-sale system that would remove manual reporting process and provide revenue data in real time by franchisee.
  • Management of two staff accountants in payroll and accounts receivable and payable functions.
Assistant Controller, 09/2008 - 08/2010
Aar Corporation Jacksonville, FL,
  • Performed general ledger reconciliation for multiple entities (7), cash flow management, and support senior management to improve efficiencies and profitability, and month-end close procedures.
  • Managed extensive job-costing software transition in building customer, employee, and service catalog and item databases. Trained and implemented web-based software for 20 plus end-users.
Master of Science: Accountancy, Expected in
University of Phoenix - Tempe, AZ

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