- Exeter, GB
- $31 /hr
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Hello, I am a CIMA qualified Chartered Management Accountant. I have recently returned to the UK from 7 years living and wotking in the middle east. I have experience in bookkeeping,more...Hello, I am a CIMA qualified Chartered Management Accountant. I have recently returned to the UK from 7 years living and wotking in the middle east. I have experience in bookkeeping, budgeting, forecasting, cashflow, Sarbanes Oxley and management accounting and reporting. I also have ERP implementation experience with SAP and Sage ACCPAC. I am an expert excel user and can build financial models to suit your needs. I am also offering organisational, secretarial & office services.
Helen Chalk ACMA CGMA BSc
Strong organisational, multi-tasking and analytical skills with a commercial outlook.
Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills.
Experience of delivering ‘added value’ to the business by contributing to budget planning and by developing effective finance management reporting systems and processes to measure, monitor and control costs.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
Led the successful introduction of SAP Finance at the SSS-E GDX site by project managing the training and implementation programme that resulted in a seamless integration of GDX into the SSS-E corporate finance platform.
Led the successful introduction of GSP’s first ERP system in the form of Sage ACCPAC resulting in increased reporting and analytical capabilities and internal controls.
Developed GSP’s first monthly Management Finance reporting pack by creating new reports and business performance indicators to assist Senior Management to assess business performance.
Ensured business continuance from the finance department during period of political unrest.
Managed GSP’s cash flow through a period of extreme cash rationing ensuring that all financial commitments were successfully met.
Introduced internal controls to GSP in the form of processes and procedures to ensure the integrity of financial reporting where none had existed before.
PROFESSIONAL, TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS
July 2012 - July 2014
HR & Finance Manager – The Dilmun Club
The Dilmun club is an expatriate sports and social club located in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The club has a turnover of GBP 1 million and is overseen by an Executive committee of volunteer club members who are elected on a bi-annual basis.
Standalone position responsible for the overall Financial Management of the club.
Providing strategic financial advice to the clubs committee.
Responsible for the construction, implementation and continuous improvement of the club’s monthly financial information for presentation to the Executive Committee at the monthly Committee meeting
Responsible for the process of developing and implementing a budgeting and forecasting process which will lead to the club’s first reportable annual budgets and forecasts.
Management of cash flow and liaison with the club’s bank including bank reconciliations.
Management and mentoring of a department of 2 staff to improve technical knowledge.
Liaison with external auditors
Responsible for all aspects of HR within the club including payroll, recruitment, disciplinary issues, obtaining work visas and liaison with the clubs Public Relations Officer on these matters
Implementing and developing processes and policies in line with corporate governance procedures where previously there had been few.
Liaison with various government ministries on issues such as health and safety, event permissions and building regulations
Ensuring the club was fully and adequately insured
Construction of a fixed asset register where over the clubs 30 year history there hadn’t been one.
October 2011 – December 2011
Interim Chief Financial Officer – Gulf Markets International WLL
GMI is a general trading company based in Bahrain involving divisions trading in Medical Supplies, Lifts & Elevators, Building Supplies and Security Systems. The company has a turnover of $7.5mill and is part of the Al Fanar Investment group.
Responsible for the overall Financial Management of the company.
Providing strategic financial advice to the company’s Board of Directors.
Responsible for the construction, implementation and continuous improvement of Company & Divisional monthly financial information for the submission to the Board of Directors.
Currently in the process of developing and implementing a budgeting and forecasting process which will lead to GMI’s first reportable annual budgets and forecasts.
Management of cash flow including liaising with banks regarding the negotiation of finance facilities.
Management and mentoring of a department of 7 staff to improve technical knowledge.
Liaison with external auditors
Arranging, attending and providing company law and financial expertise at Board of Director’s and Shareholder’s meetings of our subsidiaries and GMI.
Currently in the process of implementing and developing processes and policies in line with corporate governance procedures where previously there had been few.
Meeting with external providers regarding the implementation of a new ERP system.
March 2010 – August 2011
Financial Controller – Gulf Strategic Partners, Bahrain
GSP provides industrial cleaning and decontamination services to the Oil & Gas Industry. In 2010 turnover was in excess of $13 million from operations in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other countries worldwide. In 2011 GSP made it into the top 500 fastest growing companies in the GCC according to Harvard business school.
Responsible for the construction, implementation and continuous improvement of monthly financial information submitted to the Board of Director’s by the 10th of every month.
Responsible for the development and implementation of a budgeting and forecasting process which led to GSP’s first reportable annual budgets and forecasts. Monitor of expenses, income activity against budget and forecasts. Advising the Senior Management Team and Board of Directors on any action necessary to maintain performance.
Responsible for the implementation and development of processes and policies in line with corporate governance procedures where previously there had been few.
Successful management of cash flow through a period of extreme cash rationing through detailed forecasting and tight credit control.
Assisting the CFO with the provision of financial information required for company valuation and potential investors.
Managing the department during an extended period of absence by the CFO which coincided with a period of political unrest and instability within Bahrain.
Manage and develop two accountants to achieve departmental objectives and improve skills and knowledge.
September 2009 – February 2010
Seeking employment in Bahrain and learning to Scuba Dive and taking Arabic lessons
June 2009 – August 2009
HR Partner – BNP Paribas, Bahrain (Temporary Contract)
Responsible for tracking and reporting on headcount figures.
Assisting in the collation of personnel costs to be used in forecasts and budgeting.
Preparation of spreadsheet model for production and analysis of personnel forecasts and budgets.
February 2009 – May 2009
Relocation to, acclimatisation and job hunting in Bahrain
Planning and organising my wedding
July 2008 – January 2009
Management Accountant – South Western Ambulance Services NHS Trust
SWAST provides ambulance and urgent care services with an annual budget of £112mill.
Responsible for construction of monthly financial information within set deadlines. Monitor expenses, income and activity against budget. Advise Senior Management Team and Budget Holders on actions necessary to maintain break-even status. Manage with the Budget Holder any remedial action necessary to achieve break-even. Advise budget holders on any actions necessary and financial implications to maintain performance.
Manage construction of detailed forecast by Budget Area and Directorate. Interpret results highlight risks and opportunities to Senior Finance Team and Budget Managers.
Manage Assistant Management Accountants tasks to achieve objectives: - Establishment Control, Rota System Costing, Payroll Checks and Management, chart of accounts maintenance, Service Improvement and Development Process, Data Management and Preparation.
October 2006 – June 2008
Management Accountant – Stanley Security Solutions Operations Ltd
Reason for leaving: Company restructure
SSSOL are a manufacturer of on-site radio messaging products with a turnover of approximately £13m.
Responsible for managing, maintaining and improving finance reporting of the business as well as developing and introducing new processes and policies in line with corporate governance and Sarbanes Oxley procedures.
Appointed by Stanley Security Solutions to assist with the formation of budgets and reporting subsequent performance to Senior Management.
Provide project management support to cross-functional teams including SAP systems implementation and other ad-hoc duties.
Preparing information for and liaising with Internal, External and Sarbanes Oxley auditors.
Assisting with testing and implementation of new SAP system in SSS-E Exeter site.
Preparation of monthly management accounts HFM file and control accounts.
Supervision of the sales and purchase ledgers.
December 2001 – September 2006
Assistant Accountant: Kaba UK Ltd
Reason for leaving: Career Progression
Kaba is a manufacturer and provider in the application of “Total Access” for integrated security solutions with a turnover of approximately £10m.
Responsible for providing support in the generation of monthly management accounts and reconciling Purchase and Sales Ledgers.
Supervise efficient running of Purchase and Sales Ledger team, expense management and payment authorisation in line with company protocols.
Assist in the implementation and testing of finance software upgrade.
Contributed to the wider success of finance by developing improved working relationships with other areas of the business.
Developed and introduced improved systems in expense management in order to process payments more efficiently.
Preparation and submission of VAT, Intrastat and EC Sales List returns.
Assist in preparation of statutory accounts and audit file.
ERP and Finance Software (SAP, MAX, Navision, Cognos, Phoenix Payroll and SOLIBS, Oracle, ESR, Sage ACCPAC, Visio, Diamond).
Crystal Reports (Basic)
Advanced Microsoft (Excel, Word).
Full Clean Driving Licence.
Special Constable – Devon & Cornwall Police – to Jan 09 (Voluntary Police Officer)
Excellent references available on request.
CIMA qualified Chartered Management Accountant