From attention to detail, to the ability to decide under pressure and always having situational awareness of the big picture: what makes a good Pilot also makes a good Accountant.
Beyond my financial and audit expertise (and flying hours), these skills have proved beneficial to the many leaders and organizations that I have worked with over the past 20 years, from project take offs to budget landings and everything in between.
Thanks to strong communications skills and broad knowledge of end-to-end processes, I enable my customers to consistently meet milestones, ensure compliance and keep costs on budget, regardless of project scale or environment complexity.
Last but not least and since I see empowerment as a key to financial optimization and process efficiency, there is nothing I enjoy more than equipping leaders with the information they need to make well-informed decisions in all weather conditions.
Core Leadership Strengths
Audit & Compliance
Financial Management & Control
Staff Development & Coaching
Financial Planning & Analysis
Process & System Optimization
Chief Operations Officer
Executive right-hand to the Director of a multinational Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) department, I have been supporting the successful roll-out of a digital literacy initiative involving hundreds of public, private and civil society stakeholders across 40+ countries.
Leading the business requirements, project goals, risks and mitigation strategies needed to meet the complex time, compliance and budget constraints;
Prioritizing the customer needs and managing project risks in a way that maximizes customer satisfaction and timely delivery;
Working closely with the CEO to develop new projects and strategies to achieve success;
Establishingcontrol procedures to monitor all programs;
Creating a reporting system to effectively communicate the progress of the organization to its Directors.
Senior Business Partner
Following the purchase of Business Objects by SAP, I led the introduction of finance processes within the Irish entity (€700M annual revenues) at senior management level.
Developed internal control policies and procedures and coaching senior stakeholders.
Coordinated accounting requirements with Global Treasury for private €750M placement within Irish entity.
Developed strong processes within Revenue Recognition for large scale increases in volume to take place.
Led the enhancement of quarterly business reports.
Coordinated the transition of the Finance Function to a new work environment ('App-Haus') and championed the use of Design Thinking within that function.
Leading a team of six, I supported the Local CFO and Corporate Finance department in undertaking all aspects of financial management, including corporate accounting, regulatory and financial reporting.
Directed the project team responsible for the introduction of a new Procure System across local subsidiaries.
Contributed to maintaining cost control for a local entity with 30 business units and 1000 employees.
Successfully implemented a new payroll process able to handle doubling of headcount in less than 3 years.
Managed a team of eight and reported to the Group Financial Director and Managing Directors in subsidiaries with €50M annual turnover, I undertook all aspects of financial management in addition to setting up financial processes and procedures for a new business within in the group.
Led a team specialized in large multinational audit engagements (up to €500m annual revenues) and advised the Financial Director of major Irish political party on compliance with electoral legislation.
EDUCATION & CREDENTIALS
Finance & Accounting
CPA/CA of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
Diploma in International Financial Reporting Standard
Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (C.A.I)
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours. 2.1) , University College Dublin