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CV Chartered Accountant, Exxon, Schlumberger and First Data, Finance Professional

Chartered Accountant, Exxon, Schlumberger and First Data, Finance Professional

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CV/Resume ID no.: 93015

Location (Residence): Crawley, United Kingdom
Citizenship: United Kingdom
  Native: Gujarati, Hindi
  Other: English United Kingdom
Education & Experience: Work Authorization & Relocation:
  Vocational in Accountacy (ACA)

Years of Experience: 24 years
Authorized to work in:
   European Union, UK (in particular)
Present Location:
   United Kingdom, Crawley
   European Union, UK (in particular), United States, Bahrain, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, United States
Category Subcategory Ability Experience
Commercial/Financial Accountant Experienced 8 years
Commercial/Financial Accountant Experienced 1 year
Commercial/Financial Accountant Experienced 3 years
Management Financial Experienced 11 years
Commercial/Financial Audit Experienced 2 years
Commercial/Financial Local Tax Basic 4 years
CV/Resume Details
1. Summary (Cover Letter) - CV/Resume Part 1 [Mandatory]

I am a Chartered Accountant along with several years of working experience with fortune 500 Multinational companies (Exxon, Schlumberger and First Data) in UK and Middle East. My assignments till date were at unit level, regional level and Corporate/Segment level. Also have experience of working with large shared services centre in Gatwick, Stavanger, Dubai and Gdansk (Poland) along with knowledge a number of financial systems such as Oracle, Lawson, SAP, AS400 and reporting package such as Hyperion.

My assignments till date included a very good mix of financial accounting/management, business partnership/decision support, M & A activities, financial planning and analysis. Also working for international employers have provided me significant international exposure.
As a person I am very deadline focused and result oriented. My other key strengths include excellent interpersonal skills with ability to develop relations/work with all levels of people, good people management/mentoring skills, commercially aware and an excellent team player.

2. Work Experience - CV/Resume Part 2 [Mandatory]

CAREER: May 06 till date: First Data (International Segment covering whole of the world excluding USA - currently owned by a large private equity group); leaders in payment industry (Turn Over $1.9B).

May 06 till date – Finance Director (reporting to Segment CFO and VP Finance, day to day liaison with Region CFOs, Senior Finance Directors, functional VPs around the world and a large shared service centre).

• Finalise periodical segment results including forecast. Manage annual/strategic planning process.
• Monitor and report on key non-financial business drivers (Key performance indicators).
• Balance sheet management (Capital expenditure reporting & monitoring, return on assets, working capital & cash flow reporting). Year end impairment review per relevant international accounting standards.
• Support quarterly earning release and 10Q/10K reporting process.
• Post completion integration & monitoring of Acquisitions financial performances (several businesses mainly in Europe).
• Support implementation of Hyperion (HFM) across the world.
• Act as a process leader and advisor to business units on Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.
• Arranging finance facilities for selected business entities.
• Recommended a significant restructuring of IT infrastructure and related costs.
• Balance sheet management - Implemented project focussed capital expenditure monitoring. Implemented cash flow forecasting & working capital monitoring including target setting for key metrics. Following success of implementation of these initiatives within International Segment, I have been directed by Corporation CFO to introduce these initiatives to US segments (approx 75% of the business) & successfully rolled out working capital monitoring.
• Implementation of shared services costs accounting. Target setting for shared services EVPs & subsequent monitoring.
• Roll out month end close certification process to aid Executives to complete section 302 and 404 certifications.

June 93- May 06: WesternGeco (Seismic Survey Co) – Schlumberger Company (Turn Over $1.7B)

In UK from Oct 97 – May 2006
July 03 to May 06 – Corporate Reporting Manager – (reports submitted to VP Finance & Schlumberger HQ, liaison with Areas &Segment Controllers, finance personnel globally, Directors, Auditors & a few large shared services centres).

• Monthly/quarterly financial consolidations/analysis (incl rolling forecast) & reporting for 9 GeoMarkets with 4 Segments.
• SOX compliance for Headquarter financial accounting, and advise GeoMarkets on SOX compliance requirements.
• Preparation and consolidation of the Group annual financial/business plans.
• Compile year end special statement for the company for balance sheet disclosures in the Group’s published accounts.
• Finance lead in testing/implementation of new ERP system.
• Improved quality of financial commentary to be business focussed (acknowledged at a Seniority award function).
• Set up and implemented tax efficient cost recovery procedures for Global supply chain costs.
• Performed commercial review of bids for two capital expenditure projects (several MUSD) for Supply Chain group.
• Implemented compilation of closing control schedules & financial results certification process per Sarbanes-Oxley.
• Participated in preparation and review of risk control matrices for various areas of financial accounting.

Jan 01 to June 03 - Multiclient Business Controller, Europe, CIS & Africa (Covering over 10 countries) – Turn over $110M (Reporting to Manager, all the reports submitted to Area Manager/Controller and Corporate Financial Reporting Group, 1 accountant reporting to me & liaison with Sales Managers, Project Management teams)

• Business partner to the regional management with setting up financial goals and monitoring financial performance.
• Monthly accounting/financial reporting for the business including revenue share alliance accounting/reporting.
• DSO/Account receivable management including credit checks for new clients.
• Financial review of new projects/investment proposals including seeking tax and legal advice for new projects/contracts,
• Finance lead in implementation of new Project Accounting System (AS400 based)
• DSO reduced from 125 days to 45 days.
• Post-completion review of several large projects with a view to improve preparation of planned costs for future proposals.

Oct 97 to Dec 00 – World-wide Financial Analyst for Marine Seismic Product – Turn over $750M (Reporting to Product Group Controller, all reports submitted to Group Controller & Corporate reporting Group, liaison with a Finance Centre in Norway, Regional Controllers, several Segment Directors/Managers)

• Product group Monthly/quarterly financial consolidations/ reporting/analysis (incl rolling forecast) for 4 Regions. Consolidation of financial/business plans. Periodical balance sheet review with Finance Centres/Regions. Investment analysis of vessel leasing/purchases. Capital expenditure & business acquisitions review. Management of insurance renewal with risk management including annual valuation of the vessels fleet. Maintain operating costs data base for preparation of bids. Set up global accounting procedures.
• Participated in financial review of a large business acquisition (investment several Million USD).Carried out internal control review audits across all the Regions and Finance Centres per SAS70.Established a number of world-wide policies (e.g. vessel transit costs sharing, revenue recognition and subcontractor costs accounting. Carried out of post-completion review of several vessel upgrade projects with a view to improve accuracy of preparation of future project proposal.

In UAE from July 85 to Oct 97
Oct 94 to Oct 97 Chief Accountant Middle East Region in Dubai – Turn-over $250 million (Reporting to Region Controller, managed 8 employees (incl 2 qualified accountants) & liaison with several country accountants)

• Management accounting and financial reporting for the Region. Legal/Fiscal accounting for two Regional operations support entities in Jebel Ali.Treasury functions for the Regional headquarters.
• Recruited & trained most of my direct reports.Legal/Fiscal accounting completion/filing for entities in Jebel Ali.

June 93 to Oct 94 – Financial Controller, Middle East Support base (Reporting to Operations/Technical Manager)

• Prepare/set up procedures manual for workshop accounting, warehouse/inventory accounting, purchasing/shipping procedures. Project costing/capital expenditure control procedures. Finance lead in development of local areas network with accounting, purchasing, shipping, inventory and project costing modules. Set up and implemented cost recovery procedures. Continuous costs review with a view to achieve sustainable costs reductions.
• Implemented tax efficient support structure for Middle East operations. Implemented procedures for sale of old equipment. Achieved reduction in shipping costs by negotiations with suppliers. Finance lead in development of local areas network program with various modules & subsequent change over to an Oracle based package (Orion) in 1997.

July 85 to June 93, Chief Accountant, Southern Gulf Region EXXON CHEMICALS – (a JV of Exxon Corp) – manufacturers & suppliers of chemicals (Turn over $150M - Reporting to Area General Manager & managed 3 employees & liaison with Sales personnel, Factory Manager, Bankers & auditors).

• Financial accounting & reporting, preparation of budgets. Product costing & pricing. Working capital management. Batch cost accounting, Filing of financial accounts with General Industry Corporation for renewal of local manufacturing company’s licence. Implemented transfer pricing procedures. Costs review to achieve sustainable costs reductions.
• Implemented internal accounting & control procedures. Led financial review of owned Manufacturing Plant vs. Hired Plant .Achieved significant reductions in solvent, packing & shipping costs with continuous negotiations. Achieved significant inventory reductions with implementation of inventory forecast model & successfully managing it.

Apr 86 to Apr 88 - Auditor with Arthur Young now part of Ernst & Young in Abu Dhabi – auditing for private sector clients.

3. Education & Training - CV/Resume Part 3 [Mandatory]

1) Chartered Accountant (ACA) from Institute of Charterted Accountants of India (1981-1984)
2) Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) from University of Mumbai (1980-1983)

4. Computer Skills - CV/Resume Part 4 [Mandatory]
Excel, word, powerpoint.
ERP- SAP,Lawson,AS400,Oracle,Hyperion
5. Other Skills - CV/Resume Part 5 [Optional]
Key technical skills such as financial management and accounting, financial planning/analysis and reporting under US GAAP, set up and implement financial control procedures/policies, balance sheet management, SOX compliance, finance lead on a number of system implementation/testing, M & A exposure, business partnership/decision support etc.
6. Additional Information - CV/Resume Part 6 [Optional]
As a person I am a quick learner, very proactive, deadline focused, result oriented, multitasking and always look for continuous quality improvement. My other key strengths include excellent interpersonal skills with ability to develop relations/work with all levels of people, good people management/mentoring skills, excellent reporting writing skills, change management, commercially aware and an excellent team player.
Core values I practice are loyalty as evident from long career with Exxon and Schlumberger and hard working as I am willing to work long hours to hit a deadline. I cherish an open and friendly environment, multinational/multicultural team and working with a group with scope for progression.


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Chartered Accountant, Exxon, Schlumberger and First Data, Finance Professional
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