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Curriculum Vitae Gary Smith

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Curriculum Vitae Gary Smith

  1. 1. Gary Berridge Smith 2 Lowther Close, Wokingham, Berkshire RG41 1JE Telephone: 01189 787580 (Mobile) 07761808399 E-mail address: PROFESSIONAL PROFILE: An enthusiastic and professional Project Finance Manager with many years experience, committed to achieving and exceeding demanding targets and business objectives while remaining focused on accuracy and providing an exceptional standard of service and support to Clinical Project Managers. Quick to grasp new ideas and concepts and to develop innovative and creative solutions to problems and to ensure consistency and best practice. Able to work well on own initiative or as part of a team, with the ability to build a good rapport with internal and external customers and senior management. Can demonstrate the high levels of motivation required to meet tight timelines. Even under significant pressure, possesses a strong ability to perform effectively. Enjoys being part of, as well as managing, motivating, training and developing, a successful and productive team and thrives in highly pressurised and challenging working environments. KEY SKILLS:  Reviewing revenue recognition, unbilled/unearned, cash positions, project performance and latest project outlook.  Reviewing backlog to ensure accurate monthly revenue forecasts and tracking versus actual revenue providing variance analysis and commentary.  Lead financial review meetings with senior management and explaining complex concepts for key variance analysis in an effective manner.  Adapting processes so they follow best practice and are Sarbanes Oxley compliant.  Training and mentoring Project Finance Analysts.  High level of IT literacy with advanced Excel, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, PeopleSoft Financials, PeopleSoft Financials Reporting, IRIS, Taleo, and EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS: 2011 to Present The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Certificate in Business Accounting (Exemptions) CIMA Operational P1 Performance Operations Pass CIMA Operational E1 Enterprise Operations Pass 1993 to 1994 The University of the West of England, Bristol Foundation Course in Accountancy Credit 1991 to 1993 Reading College of Technology BTEC National Diploma in Business and Finance Distinction
  2. 2. Year 1 Exam Results: Organisation in its Environment Merit People in Organisations Distinction Finance Distinction Insurance Distinction Information Processing Merit Marketing Merit Year 2 Exam Results: Organisation in its Environment Distinction People in Organisations Distinction Accounting Distinction Information Processing Merit Advertising Distinction Society and Working Life Distinction 1990 to 1991 Reading College of Technology BTEC First Diploma in Business and Finance Distinction Exam Results: Selling Methods Distinction Travel and Tourism Distinction Word Processing Distinction Keyboarding Distinction Finance Distinction Information Processing Merit 1984 to 1988 St Crispin’s School, Wokingham EMPLOYMENT HISTORY: Sep 05 to date Project Finance Manager, ARIDV Unit, Quintiles (UK) Ltd, Reading. Providing project financial support and direction to project managers and Finance Management on large complex and global studies, ensuring project financials are properly monitored and managed in pursuit of maximising project profitability and cash flow. Supporting all project finance related activities for assigned projects in accordance with Sarbanes Oxley, Company Policy and Procedures, USGAAP and financial practices.  Acting as a financial advisor to the Project Managers, assisting in the preparation for the Monthly Project Review, and proactively participating in meeting discussions to identify, communicate and address project financial issues.  Complete month-end close responsibilities, providing regional variance explanations to forecast.  Conduct monthly review and analysis of assigned projects, including review of revenue recognition, project performance variances, unbilled/unearned and cash positions.  Support monthly reporting requirements for assigned projects, including unsigned contract opportunities, backlog, and other ad-hoc financial analysis as required.  Review and approve work movements and changes, and final remaining revenue adjustments for assigned projects.  Ensure project journal, write-offs, and financial adjustments are properly documented, reviewed and approved.
  3. 3.  Perform final configuration review and approval of the Projects and Contracts modules for assigned projects.  Monitor monthly compliance reports, to ensure timely reporting of revenue and billing deliverables by Project Manager  Monitor Unbilled, Write-off activity, Over the Limit and Contract Activation exception reports and resolve unusual activity.  Monitor project and customer activity against contract terms to ensure foreign exchange rate variances and discounts are properly monitored and accounted for.  Completion of assigned Monthly and Quarterly Sarbanes Oxley reporting requirements.  Coordinate customer and financial audit requirements for assigned projects.  Remain current with Company policy and procedures and monitor project activity to ensure compliance.  Partner with other Project Finance members to develop and implement process improvements.  Train and mentor more junior PFM staff.  Manage responsibilities of PFM and of project support staff, including professional development, and performance appraisals. Review work load of direct report(s). Establish goals that will increase knowledge and skills levels by providing input on delegating tasks commensurate with skill level. Jan 98-Aug 05 Senior Project Finance Administrator, CNS and ID units, Quintiles (UK) Ltd, Reading. Aug 96-Dec 97 Project Finance Administrator, Quintiles (UK) Ltd. 1995-1996 Audit/Accounts Trainee, Kirk Rice Accountants, Ascot. The position entailed a wide range of computerised and non computerised accounts and audit tasks, including the preparation of small company accounts from trail balance and audit transaction testing. 1994-1995 Audit Clerk, Total Resource Management Ltd, Shire Hall, Reading. The position entailed the conduct of office-based internal audits for schools, in connection with yearly allocated budgets by Berkshire County Council. The work involved computer interrogations of both the general ledger and accounts payable systems in order to ascertain the financial performance of each school for the current financial year. The work required the exertion of considerable judgement over the reasonableness of budgets, expenditure to date and so on. There were also clerical checks to ensure that paid invoices had been properly authorised, that authorised signatory lists were up to date and that school generated reconciliations were correctly calculated. This work led to the production of a formal audit report, with justified recommendations for improvements in controls. REFERENCES: John Vaughan Project Finance Director Quintiles Ireland Limited East Point Business Park Fairview Dublin 3 Ireland Office: + 353 1 819 5428 Mobile: + 353 87 249 5769 E-mail: