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GOPAL KOTHARI
Mobile: +91 7506027743 ~ E-Mail: gopal_kothari@yahoo.com
Qualified C.A & C.S. with nearly 15 years of comprehensive experience in
Financial Planning & Management Risk Management Corporate Law Compliance
Finace Strategy Business Partnering Cost Planning & Management
Taxation Management Reporting Finance Control
Record To Report Order To Cash Supply Finance
IFRS & Ind AS Group Reporting New Products Development
 Presently working as Chief Financial Officer – Subsidiaries in United Spirits Limited (A Diageo Company),
Bangalore
 A pro-active and result oriented professional with verifiable year after year success achieving revenue, profit and
business growth objectives
 Expertise in handling accounts & finance activities encompassing preparation of accounts, reconciliation statements
leading to finalization of accounts, preparation of schedules related to Balance Sheet
 Demonstrated abilities in managing commercial and finance function of large, complex, multi-product plant and regional
office with focus on productivity, volume delivery and process compliance
 Business Partnering to improve profitability and performance of Brands & Categories and New Products Development
 Demonstrated abilities to review profitability of products / categories and suggesting improvement plans
 Expertise in ascertaining capital requirements, evaluation of projects and monitoring effectiveness of capital spends
 A keen analyst with exceptional relationship management & negotiation skills with proven abilities in liaising with various
regulatory authorities
 Performed Finance Controller role of mid-size MNC and managed a team of ~ 30 people
 Presently performing role of CFO of Pioneer Distilleries Limited, a listed entity of United Spirits Limited
 Strong Knowledge of SAP; worked extensively at Plant and Regional Office on SAP
Diageo Group (Diageo India Private Limited and United Spirits Limited) Nov’14-Till Date
Currently designated as Chief Financial Officer - Subsidiaries – United Spirits Ltd.
As CFO – USL Subsidiaries Jul’15 – Till Date
 Responsibilities of CFO of Pioneer Distilleries Limited (a listed subsidiary of United Spirits Limited).
o Leading Finance Function of the Company to discharge responsibilities of Ke y Managerial Person
o Aligning and driving Long term strategy of the Company
o Financial Planning and Business Partenering
o Treasury Management including arranging funds from Banks, agri credit and working capital management
o Capex Planning and driving payback and productivity
o Monthly group reporting including operational reviews and driving performance
o Annual Accounts as per Indian GAAP and Quarterly results with coordination with statutory auditors
o Compliance of Corporate and Commercial Tax Laws
o Driving Mega Subsidy benefits of the Company for industrial unit in backward area
o Roll out of Internal Finance Controls (IFC) across the Company
o Developing team of Plant and Corporate Finance
 Related Party Transactions Governance – Compliance of transactions within group to Listing agreement and the
Companies Act, 2013. Assessing transactions on arm’s length basis and documentation of the same. Approval of the
transactions by Board and Shareholders
 Finance Director of Foreign and Indian Subsidiaries of USL; working on BIFR and Monetisation plan
 Finance Business Partner for monetisation of non-core assets of USL.
As Finance Controller of Diageo India Private Limited Nov’14 – Jun’15
 Responsibilities of the Financial Controller included (a) Accounting – both statutory and IFRS books, (b) managing
statutory and external audits, (c) leading the end to end Order to Cash process, including customer credit risk
management, (d) leading the end to end Purchase to Pay process, (e) internal management accounting and
reporting (f) Supervising Treasury function (g) Supervise finance control function in Supply chain
 Maintained a highly motivated and engaged Finance controlling team.
 Constant review of systems and process in order to make them Simpler, Faster, better
 Built a control environment in line with CARM / SOX requirements both in corporate and regional offices.
 Working Capital Management and Cash Flow Monitoring
 Led team of 28 Diageo Finance Control employees for strong foundation to the sustainable growth of the b usiness
 Led the various Finance Control activities relating to Integration of Diageo India business with USL
Highlights
 Motivated and Engaged team in the crucial period of Business Transition and Integration
 Successfully led the efforts of business integration activities and Secretarial and other Compliance
 Completion of Statutory Audit of the Company
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Ltd., Gurgaon Apr’10 – Nov14
Designated as Sr. Manager – Finance
As Sr. Manager, Management Accounting Oct’12 – Nov14
 Resoponsibility of Busienss Partnering, Financial Planning & Analysis of Wellness, Oral Healthcare and Food
business of GSK CH India (Annual Turnover: USD 200 mn.)
 Led the preparation and completion of the Plan and Forecasting exercises
 Review of costing of external sites (third parties) and supporting management on profitable production plan
 Support expansion of global categories in India through robust and accurate financials
 Support implementation of all Value Engineering (productivity) initiatives and regular tracking
 Preparation, review and analysis of Monthly Results and Brand Profitability
 Responsibility of Cost Audit and participation in Statutory Audit of one of the legal entity
 Driving product and category profitability and benchmarking COGS and Gross Margin with Competitor in industry
 Support New Products Development and lead projects on Gross Margin Improvements and Benchmarking for NPDs
 Monthly and Quarterly closing of GSK Asia and accurate reporting to International Head Quarter in Unison
Highlights
 Benchmarking of FGCG Companies on categories gross margin/profit management, pricing, Capex, etc
 Turnaround of Foods business profitability and outlook to the business
 Contributed in New Product Development of the Company especially in OHC
As Sr. Manager - Finance, Sonepat Plant Apr’10 – Sep’12
 Heading the Finance Function for the most automotaed and technology intensive plant (with assets base of
USD 35 mn and producing Horlicks and Boost) with focus on achievieng planned operating profit, determining financial
objectives, driving productivity, maintaining strong processes and ensuring legal compliance
 Strenthening and maintaining strong internal controls environment at Plant
 Meaningful, robust and timely submission of MIS
 Partenering with Site Director and HO to identify areas of opportunities to ensure Plant meet operating profit guidelines
 Preparation of Budget for next three years and driving productivity across all overheads
 Compliance of all regulatory and statutory framework
 Additional responsibility of Risk Management System and Business Continuity Plan
 Ensuring accurate tracking, commercial discipline and compliance of ongoing projects with investment of USD 30
mn.
Highlights
 Established Plant SOP at Sonepat site and recognised for excellent Internal Audit at site
 Actiively supported Expansion Project on taxation queries and esnured compliance with lowest taxation burden
to varous taxation issues
 Successfully corodinated the standardisation of processes like Grant of Authority, SOPs, Risk Manemement process
across ISC Supply Chain
PepsiCo India Holdings Pvt. Ltd., Pune May’06- Mar 10
Designated as General Manager - Finance
As Plant Commercial Manager, Pune Plant Dec’08 – Apr10
 Heading the Commercial Function for the large complex multi-product plant (with assets base of USD 40 mn
and producing Lays Chips, Kurkure, Cheetos & Aliva Biscuits) with focus on determining financial objectives, driving
productivity and maintaining strong internal controls and processes
 Formulating Budgets & MIS reports and conducting variance analysis to determine difference between projected &
actual results to be followed up with corrective actions
 Providing financial & business inputs for major capital expenditure proposals and leading post implementation reviews
and ensuring Capex accounting
 Maintaining Product Costing and ensuring timely warning for high costs of new products
 Driving efficiency improvement projects including monitoring and measurement of initiatives
 Indepedently managing I2C (Inventory to COGS) Process for SOX Compliance
 Ensuring internal controls and process complinace for Supply Chain Activities and external third party
warehouses
 Ensuring strong processes and controls on agro products procurement
 Ensuring statutory compliance relating to commercial taxes
Highlights
 Instrumental in setting-up structure and process to ensure Excise Compliance & financial reporting for Aliva, first
excisable product for Food Division of PepsiCo India
 Established Direct Labour Costs review mechanism by developing MIS and reviewing the same
 Leading the process of identifying non-core finance activities of the Plant for outsourcing and FPR for knowledge
Transfer and transition
As Manager - Finance of Aurangabad Plant Mar’07 – Nov’08
 Heading Finance & Accounts functions involving determining financial objectives, designing & implementing systems
viz-a-viz effective tax planning
 Led the purchase function of the plant with focus on timely and cost effective delivery of raw materials, packing
materials and engineering stock
 Additional responsibilities of managing warehouse and stores of the plant
 Monitoring and strengthening controls and processes in Shipping (Despatch) department
 Leading determination of Annual Operating Plan (AOP); reviewing actual performance and taking corrective
action
 Ensuring statutory compliance relating to commercial taxes
Highlights
 Pivotal in establishing commercial discipline at plant and setting up strong financial review process and development of
strong finance team
 Successfully ensured refund of VAT Set-Off accumulated during exemption period
 Recognised for supporting Slice volume growth twice of Annual Operating Plan
As Manager – Finance of Central Market Unit , Hyderabad May’06 – Feb’07
 Heading Control function of MU comprising Central India
 Preparation of Annual Plan of the Unit and Unit results reporting
 Finalisation of Accounts and ensuring compliance with Companies Act, 1956; Income Tax Act, 1961; Accounting
Standards & Guidance Notes issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
Highlights
 Distinction of setting up commercial tax structure for the newly acquired Hyderabad Unit.
 Played a key role in accounting of acquisition of Hyderabad Unit and closure of financial entries and settlement
Nestle India Ltd., Delhi Oct’04-Apr’06
As Branch Accountant
Role:
 Supporting Branch Controller in finance & control function of North Region
 Maintaining strong Credit C ontrol discipline
 Ensuring distributors claims settlement and reconciliations
 Preparing accounts, coordinating audit and ensuring SOX Compliance
Highlights
 Effectively supported branch controller in SAP implementation
 Successfully exceuted channel financing model to manage risks and working capital
Shaw Wallace & Co. Ltd., Liquor Division Jun’02-Sep’04
Assistant Manager – Finance
As Regional Commercial Manager – Easter Zone, Kolkata Jun’03 – Sep’04
Role:
 Heading Regional Commercial Function of East Zone
 Maintaining credit control, ensuring distributors reconciliaiton and CFA management
 Preparing annual budget, MIS and taking corrective action on variances
 Analysis of profitability of brands in different states and suggesting corrective action
 Supporting VP-Sales in pricing and margins decision
 Reviewing co-packers’ costs & profitability
Highlights
 Streamlined MIS and reporting structure of Regional Office
 Effectively supported restructuring process of Liquor Division – East Zone
As Management Trainee – Corporate Finance of Liquor Division Jun’02 – May’03
Role:
 Consolidstion and Finalisation of Accounts of Liquor Division and co-ordination of statutory audits
 Inter-Unit and Inter Company reconciliations
 Advertisement & Marketing (A&M) Expenses approval & tracking against budget
Lodha & Company Jan’00-May’02
As Chartered Accountant/Articled Clerk
 C.A. from ICAI in 2001
(All India Rank 6th in Final and All India Rank 22nd in Intermediate)
 C.S. from ICSI in 2001
(Secured 57.12% in Final and All India Rank 6th in Intermediate)
 B.Com. (Honours) from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata in 1998. (Secured 70.12%)
Date of Birth : 2nd
May 1977
Address : B-204, Shriram Srishti Appartments, Anand Nagar, Hebbal, Bangalore - 560032

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Gopal 2016

  • 1. GOPAL KOTHARI Mobile: +91 7506027743 ~ E-Mail: gopal_kothari@yahoo.com Qualified C.A & C.S. with nearly 15 years of comprehensive experience in Financial Planning & Management Risk Management Corporate Law Compliance Finace Strategy Business Partnering Cost Planning & Management Taxation Management Reporting Finance Control Record To Report Order To Cash Supply Finance IFRS & Ind AS Group Reporting New Products Development  Presently working as Chief Financial Officer – Subsidiaries in United Spirits Limited (A Diageo Company), Bangalore  A pro-active and result oriented professional with verifiable year after year success achieving revenue, profit and business growth objectives  Expertise in handling accounts & finance activities encompassing preparation of accounts, reconciliation statements leading to finalization of accounts, preparation of schedules related to Balance Sheet  Demonstrated abilities in managing commercial and finance function of large, complex, multi-product plant and regional office with focus on productivity, volume delivery and process compliance  Business Partnering to improve profitability and performance of Brands & Categories and New Products Development  Demonstrated abilities to review profitability of products / categories and suggesting improvement plans  Expertise in ascertaining capital requirements, evaluation of projects and monitoring effectiveness of capital spends  A keen analyst with exceptional relationship management & negotiation skills with proven abilities in liaising with various regulatory authorities  Performed Finance Controller role of mid-size MNC and managed a team of ~ 30 people  Presently performing role of CFO of Pioneer Distilleries Limited, a listed entity of United Spirits Limited  Strong Knowledge of SAP; worked extensively at Plant and Regional Office on SAP Diageo Group (Diageo India Private Limited and United Spirits Limited) Nov’14-Till Date Currently designated as Chief Financial Officer - Subsidiaries – United Spirits Ltd. As CFO – USL Subsidiaries Jul’15 – Till Date  Responsibilities of CFO of Pioneer Distilleries Limited (a listed subsidiary of United Spirits Limited). o Leading Finance Function of the Company to discharge responsibilities of Ke y Managerial Person o Aligning and driving Long term strategy of the Company o Financial Planning and Business Partenering o Treasury Management including arranging funds from Banks, agri credit and working capital management o Capex Planning and driving payback and productivity o Monthly group reporting including operational reviews and driving performance o Annual Accounts as per Indian GAAP and Quarterly results with coordination with statutory auditors o Compliance of Corporate and Commercial Tax Laws o Driving Mega Subsidy benefits of the Company for industrial unit in backward area
  • 2. o Roll out of Internal Finance Controls (IFC) across the Company o Developing team of Plant and Corporate Finance  Related Party Transactions Governance – Compliance of transactions within group to Listing agreement and the Companies Act, 2013. Assessing transactions on arm’s length basis and documentation of the same. Approval of the transactions by Board and Shareholders  Finance Director of Foreign and Indian Subsidiaries of USL; working on BIFR and Monetisation plan  Finance Business Partner for monetisation of non-core assets of USL. As Finance Controller of Diageo India Private Limited Nov’14 – Jun’15  Responsibilities of the Financial Controller included (a) Accounting – both statutory and IFRS books, (b) managing statutory and external audits, (c) leading the end to end Order to Cash process, including customer credit risk management, (d) leading the end to end Purchase to Pay process, (e) internal management accounting and reporting (f) Supervising Treasury function (g) Supervise finance control function in Supply chain  Maintained a highly motivated and engaged Finance controlling team.  Constant review of systems and process in order to make them Simpler, Faster, better  Built a control environment in line with CARM / SOX requirements both in corporate and regional offices.  Working Capital Management and Cash Flow Monitoring  Led team of 28 Diageo Finance Control employees for strong foundation to the sustainable growth of the b usiness  Led the various Finance Control activities relating to Integration of Diageo India business with USL Highlights  Motivated and Engaged team in the crucial period of Business Transition and Integration  Successfully led the efforts of business integration activities and Secretarial and other Compliance  Completion of Statutory Audit of the Company GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Ltd., Gurgaon Apr’10 – Nov14 Designated as Sr. Manager – Finance As Sr. Manager, Management Accounting Oct’12 – Nov14  Resoponsibility of Busienss Partnering, Financial Planning & Analysis of Wellness, Oral Healthcare and Food business of GSK CH India (Annual Turnover: USD 200 mn.)  Led the preparation and completion of the Plan and Forecasting exercises  Review of costing of external sites (third parties) and supporting management on profitable production plan  Support expansion of global categories in India through robust and accurate financials  Support implementation of all Value Engineering (productivity) initiatives and regular tracking  Preparation, review and analysis of Monthly Results and Brand Profitability  Responsibility of Cost Audit and participation in Statutory Audit of one of the legal entity  Driving product and category profitability and benchmarking COGS and Gross Margin with Competitor in industry  Support New Products Development and lead projects on Gross Margin Improvements and Benchmarking for NPDs  Monthly and Quarterly closing of GSK Asia and accurate reporting to International Head Quarter in Unison Highlights  Benchmarking of FGCG Companies on categories gross margin/profit management, pricing, Capex, etc  Turnaround of Foods business profitability and outlook to the business  Contributed in New Product Development of the Company especially in OHC As Sr. Manager - Finance, Sonepat Plant Apr’10 – Sep’12  Heading the Finance Function for the most automotaed and technology intensive plant (with assets base of USD 35 mn and producing Horlicks and Boost) with focus on achievieng planned operating profit, determining financial objectives, driving productivity, maintaining strong processes and ensuring legal compliance  Strenthening and maintaining strong internal controls environment at Plant  Meaningful, robust and timely submission of MIS  Partenering with Site Director and HO to identify areas of opportunities to ensure Plant meet operating profit guidelines  Preparation of Budget for next three years and driving productivity across all overheads  Compliance of all regulatory and statutory framework  Additional responsibility of Risk Management System and Business Continuity Plan  Ensuring accurate tracking, commercial discipline and compliance of ongoing projects with investment of USD 30 mn. Highlights
  • 3.  Established Plant SOP at Sonepat site and recognised for excellent Internal Audit at site  Actiively supported Expansion Project on taxation queries and esnured compliance with lowest taxation burden to varous taxation issues  Successfully corodinated the standardisation of processes like Grant of Authority, SOPs, Risk Manemement process across ISC Supply Chain PepsiCo India Holdings Pvt. Ltd., Pune May’06- Mar 10 Designated as General Manager - Finance As Plant Commercial Manager, Pune Plant Dec’08 – Apr10  Heading the Commercial Function for the large complex multi-product plant (with assets base of USD 40 mn and producing Lays Chips, Kurkure, Cheetos & Aliva Biscuits) with focus on determining financial objectives, driving productivity and maintaining strong internal controls and processes  Formulating Budgets & MIS reports and conducting variance analysis to determine difference between projected & actual results to be followed up with corrective actions  Providing financial & business inputs for major capital expenditure proposals and leading post implementation reviews and ensuring Capex accounting  Maintaining Product Costing and ensuring timely warning for high costs of new products  Driving efficiency improvement projects including monitoring and measurement of initiatives  Indepedently managing I2C (Inventory to COGS) Process for SOX Compliance  Ensuring internal controls and process complinace for Supply Chain Activities and external third party warehouses  Ensuring strong processes and controls on agro products procurement  Ensuring statutory compliance relating to commercial taxes Highlights  Instrumental in setting-up structure and process to ensure Excise Compliance & financial reporting for Aliva, first excisable product for Food Division of PepsiCo India  Established Direct Labour Costs review mechanism by developing MIS and reviewing the same  Leading the process of identifying non-core finance activities of the Plant for outsourcing and FPR for knowledge Transfer and transition As Manager - Finance of Aurangabad Plant Mar’07 – Nov’08  Heading Finance & Accounts functions involving determining financial objectives, designing & implementing systems viz-a-viz effective tax planning  Led the purchase function of the plant with focus on timely and cost effective delivery of raw materials, packing materials and engineering stock  Additional responsibilities of managing warehouse and stores of the plant  Monitoring and strengthening controls and processes in Shipping (Despatch) department  Leading determination of Annual Operating Plan (AOP); reviewing actual performance and taking corrective action  Ensuring statutory compliance relating to commercial taxes Highlights  Pivotal in establishing commercial discipline at plant and setting up strong financial review process and development of strong finance team  Successfully ensured refund of VAT Set-Off accumulated during exemption period  Recognised for supporting Slice volume growth twice of Annual Operating Plan As Manager – Finance of Central Market Unit , Hyderabad May’06 – Feb’07  Heading Control function of MU comprising Central India  Preparation of Annual Plan of the Unit and Unit results reporting  Finalisation of Accounts and ensuring compliance with Companies Act, 1956; Income Tax Act, 1961; Accounting Standards & Guidance Notes issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India Highlights  Distinction of setting up commercial tax structure for the newly acquired Hyderabad Unit.  Played a key role in accounting of acquisition of Hyderabad Unit and closure of financial entries and settlement
  • 4. Nestle India Ltd., Delhi Oct’04-Apr’06 As Branch Accountant Role:  Supporting Branch Controller in finance & control function of North Region  Maintaining strong Credit C ontrol discipline  Ensuring distributors claims settlement and reconciliations  Preparing accounts, coordinating audit and ensuring SOX Compliance Highlights  Effectively supported branch controller in SAP implementation  Successfully exceuted channel financing model to manage risks and working capital Shaw Wallace & Co. Ltd., Liquor Division Jun’02-Sep’04 Assistant Manager – Finance As Regional Commercial Manager – Easter Zone, Kolkata Jun’03 – Sep’04 Role:  Heading Regional Commercial Function of East Zone  Maintaining credit control, ensuring distributors reconciliaiton and CFA management  Preparing annual budget, MIS and taking corrective action on variances  Analysis of profitability of brands in different states and suggesting corrective action  Supporting VP-Sales in pricing and margins decision  Reviewing co-packers’ costs & profitability Highlights  Streamlined MIS and reporting structure of Regional Office  Effectively supported restructuring process of Liquor Division – East Zone As Management Trainee – Corporate Finance of Liquor Division Jun’02 – May’03 Role:  Consolidstion and Finalisation of Accounts of Liquor Division and co-ordination of statutory audits  Inter-Unit and Inter Company reconciliations  Advertisement & Marketing (A&M) Expenses approval & tracking against budget Lodha & Company Jan’00-May’02 As Chartered Accountant/Articled Clerk  C.A. from ICAI in 2001 (All India Rank 6th in Final and All India Rank 22nd in Intermediate)  C.S. from ICSI in 2001 (Secured 57.12% in Final and All India Rank 6th in Intermediate)  B.Com. (Honours) from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata in 1998. (Secured 70.12%) Date of Birth : 2nd May 1977 Address : B-204, Shriram Srishti Appartments, Anand Nagar, Hebbal, Bangalore - 560032