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JAMES MACKINNON
213 Rawnsley Road, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS12 1JQ
Telephone: 07894 961379 ~ Email: james@audentes.co.uk
COMMERCIALLY-ASTUTE AND ANALYTICALLY-MINDED FINANCIAL PLANNING AND ANALYST EXPERT
OFFERS EXCELLENT INFLUENCING AND NEGOTIATION SKILLS AND EXPERIENCED IN BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL PLANNING
Results-oriented Financial Planning and Analyst (FP&A) Manager with experience encompassing budgeting and predictive
forecasting processes to ensure business plans and forecasts are developed and communicated in an efficient manner. Recently
advised on overall strategic planning and budgeting processes while supporting continuous development and evaluation of long
term plans within a leading provider of gaming solutions for the licensed betting office, arcade and bingo sectors. Demonstrated
success driving efficiency and productivity through the evaluation of financial management systems and implementation of process
improvements; technically-astute, with experience in the use of MS Office suite, Cognos Budgeting and Forecasting, Hyperion
Financial Planning, Insolvency Practitioners Software (IPS), Sage, Lawson, Navision and Ingenuity at Work. Competencies include:
•

Business / Financial Planning

•

Commercial Finance

•

Due Diligence

•

Profit and Loss Management

•

Credit Insurance

•

Team Collaboration and Leadership

•

Report Writing

•

Insolvency

•

Stakeholder Engagement

•

Business Audit / Analysis

•

Prince2 PM Methodologies

•

Relationship Building

•

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

•

Change Management

•

Decision-Making

•

Expenditure Monitoring

•

Credit Scorecard

•

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND ACHIEVEMENTS
2011 – Present

Senior Group FP&A Manager; LatAM and Europe
SG GAMING (LONDON, MANCHESTER AND WEST MIDLANDS)

Providing leadership, motivation and strategic direction to staff at all levels, conducive to business development while building long
term relationships with executive staff within group and subsidiaries of this large +£100m turnover multi-national US Corporation;
developing and maintaining a clear and effective decision making framework while also assisting in the implementation of action
points and decisions made by the Board:
•

Business Partner for the International division; managing monthly management reporting and the creation of annual budgets
and monthly forecasts.

•

Consolidating and managing Group budgets and forecasts for the UK and International divisions.

•

Key point of contact for reporting to the US parent company and senior business executives both in the UK and the US.

Key achievements
•

Championed the continued identification of cost savings via restructuring and integrating new acquisitions.

•

Developed commercial forecast models and business plans compliant with corporate reporting needs and to support growth
strategies and initiatives.

•

Completed detailed trend analysis within specific geographic and divisional areas.

•

Analysed financial information and prepared strategic reports to support business processes and aid commercial decision
making.

•

Supported M&A operations, including detailed due diligence analysis, business planning to support lateral growth and
acquisition completion procedures and reporting.

•

Facilitated the rightsizing of a subsidiary in a contractor capacity, resulting in subsequent permanent appointment.

2010 – 2011

Owner
AUDENTES LIMITED, STAFFORDSHIRE

•

Showcased an entrepreneurial spirit having setup this provider of interim/contract services to a variety of businesses; from
new start-ups to large multi-national companies.

•

Utilised a consultative approach at all levels to effectively analyse and delineate client business requirements and promote
appropriate solutions to add value and support growth.

•

Assisted a property development company to refinance their portfolio by compiling annual reports and liaising with
mainstream banks on their behalf; created investor proposals for new businesses and assisted established companies in
submitting tax credit relief forms for Research and Development purposes.
James MacKinnon | Page 2 ~ Email: james@audentes.co.uk
2009 – 2010

Senior Manager/Analyst
CENTRUM RECOVERY LIMITED, MATLOCK, DERBYSHIRE

Implemented best practice and change within this boutique firm of recovery and insolvency advisors to ensure compliance with
Insolvency Practitioners Statements of Practice as regulated by the appropriate governing body.
Key achievements
•

Collaborated with licensed insolvency practitioners, commercial lawyers and case administrators in the management of
insolvency cases including; Administrations, Liquidations, Company Voluntary Arrangements, Individual Voluntary
Arrangements and Bankruptcies.

•

Compiled documentary evidence in support of recovery claims against companies or individuals.

•

Gathered and presented detailed analysis of accounting records to verify VAT, PAYE and creditor claims.

•

Provided financial analysis to assist and support turnaround and recovery strategies which included negotiation and
preparation of business sale agreements.

•

Prepared statutory papers for liquidations and administrations, IVA proposals and variations and annual reports.

•

Engaged with 3rd party professional service providers, including valuation companies, insurers and solicitors while interfacing
with company directors, debtors and creditors throughout the insolvency process.

2006 – 2009

Associate Director of Operations / Financial Controller
FLOW (EUROPE) LIMITED (LONDON, UK)

Developed and implemented the business strategy from early inception to mobilization for this provider of alternative commercial
funding to SME businesses throughout the UK while overseeing the development of the company’s financial operations,
organisational and interdepartmental communication, staff development, client relations and marketing, alongside the production
of monthly management accounts, budgets, forecasts and weekly cash flow / balance sheet reconciliation reports.
Key achievements
•

Coordinated business unit dealings with regulatory compliance and external audits.

•

Set, implemented and monitored adherence to stringent budgetary controls.

•

Drove and controlled the delivery of financial results while monitoring budgets and the market environment in relation to
consumer spending forecast, and competitor performance.

•

Delivered budget guidance on new product introduction timing, sales potential, cost and investment.

•

Performed finance planning and analysis; defining and developing regional strategy in alignment with business goals.

•

Gathered, analysed and presented financial information to key stakeholders including: Board Members, Investors and 3rd party
business partners.

•

Oversaw quarterly and annual financial audits with business partners and company auditors.

•

Instrumental in growing the business to annual turnover of +£30m and +£100m in cash transactions within just three years.

•

Pivotal in the company winning the 2008 Business MoneyFacts Award for innovation in the SME finance sector.
EARLY CAREER SUMMARY

•

Finance Business Analyst for NAAFI, the trading organisation of HM Forces with operations globally (2004-06); provided
financial support, streamlined processes and systems for the accurate reporting of weekly sales data in multiple currencies and
acted as Client Project Lead in the implementation of a new payroll system, policies and procedures.

•

IT Business Analyst within the IT Department of BAE Systems’ large multi-site shipbuilding facility in Glasgow (2002-04);
supported IT Managers on commercial and financial issues associated with the delivery of a £multi-million IT budget and the
management of an IT contract with an outsourced IT service provider. Also enhanced management and leadership skills
through the completion of the BAE Systems Graduate Development Programme.
PERSONAL DETAILS
Bachelor of Law (LLB 2:1 Hons) with Spanish Language (2002) ~ 5 A-Levels and 10 GCSEs, including English and Maths
Holds a keen interest in different cultures, enjoys travelling and speaks fluent Spanish
British, born 30, August 1979 and holds full and clean UK driving licence
REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

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James MacKinnon - CV

  • 1. JAMES MACKINNON 213 Rawnsley Road, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS12 1JQ Telephone: 07894 961379 ~ Email: james@audentes.co.uk COMMERCIALLY-ASTUTE AND ANALYTICALLY-MINDED FINANCIAL PLANNING AND ANALYST EXPERT OFFERS EXCELLENT INFLUENCING AND NEGOTIATION SKILLS AND EXPERIENCED IN BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL PLANNING Results-oriented Financial Planning and Analyst (FP&A) Manager with experience encompassing budgeting and predictive forecasting processes to ensure business plans and forecasts are developed and communicated in an efficient manner. Recently advised on overall strategic planning and budgeting processes while supporting continuous development and evaluation of long term plans within a leading provider of gaming solutions for the licensed betting office, arcade and bingo sectors. Demonstrated success driving efficiency and productivity through the evaluation of financial management systems and implementation of process improvements; technically-astute, with experience in the use of MS Office suite, Cognos Budgeting and Forecasting, Hyperion Financial Planning, Insolvency Practitioners Software (IPS), Sage, Lawson, Navision and Ingenuity at Work. Competencies include: • Business / Financial Planning • Commercial Finance • Due Diligence • Profit and Loss Management • Credit Insurance • Team Collaboration and Leadership • Report Writing • Insolvency • Stakeholder Engagement • Business Audit / Analysis • Prince2 PM Methodologies • Relationship Building • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) • Change Management • Decision-Making • Expenditure Monitoring • Credit Scorecard • Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND ACHIEVEMENTS 2011 – Present Senior Group FP&A Manager; LatAM and Europe SG GAMING (LONDON, MANCHESTER AND WEST MIDLANDS) Providing leadership, motivation and strategic direction to staff at all levels, conducive to business development while building long term relationships with executive staff within group and subsidiaries of this large +£100m turnover multi-national US Corporation; developing and maintaining a clear and effective decision making framework while also assisting in the implementation of action points and decisions made by the Board: • Business Partner for the International division; managing monthly management reporting and the creation of annual budgets and monthly forecasts. • Consolidating and managing Group budgets and forecasts for the UK and International divisions. • Key point of contact for reporting to the US parent company and senior business executives both in the UK and the US. Key achievements • Championed the continued identification of cost savings via restructuring and integrating new acquisitions. • Developed commercial forecast models and business plans compliant with corporate reporting needs and to support growth strategies and initiatives. • Completed detailed trend analysis within specific geographic and divisional areas. • Analysed financial information and prepared strategic reports to support business processes and aid commercial decision making. • Supported M&A operations, including detailed due diligence analysis, business planning to support lateral growth and acquisition completion procedures and reporting. • Facilitated the rightsizing of a subsidiary in a contractor capacity, resulting in subsequent permanent appointment. 2010 – 2011 Owner AUDENTES LIMITED, STAFFORDSHIRE • Showcased an entrepreneurial spirit having setup this provider of interim/contract services to a variety of businesses; from new start-ups to large multi-national companies. • Utilised a consultative approach at all levels to effectively analyse and delineate client business requirements and promote appropriate solutions to add value and support growth. • Assisted a property development company to refinance their portfolio by compiling annual reports and liaising with mainstream banks on their behalf; created investor proposals for new businesses and assisted established companies in submitting tax credit relief forms for Research and Development purposes.
  • 2. James MacKinnon | Page 2 ~ Email: james@audentes.co.uk 2009 – 2010 Senior Manager/Analyst CENTRUM RECOVERY LIMITED, MATLOCK, DERBYSHIRE Implemented best practice and change within this boutique firm of recovery and insolvency advisors to ensure compliance with Insolvency Practitioners Statements of Practice as regulated by the appropriate governing body. Key achievements • Collaborated with licensed insolvency practitioners, commercial lawyers and case administrators in the management of insolvency cases including; Administrations, Liquidations, Company Voluntary Arrangements, Individual Voluntary Arrangements and Bankruptcies. • Compiled documentary evidence in support of recovery claims against companies or individuals. • Gathered and presented detailed analysis of accounting records to verify VAT, PAYE and creditor claims. • Provided financial analysis to assist and support turnaround and recovery strategies which included negotiation and preparation of business sale agreements. • Prepared statutory papers for liquidations and administrations, IVA proposals and variations and annual reports. • Engaged with 3rd party professional service providers, including valuation companies, insurers and solicitors while interfacing with company directors, debtors and creditors throughout the insolvency process. 2006 – 2009 Associate Director of Operations / Financial Controller FLOW (EUROPE) LIMITED (LONDON, UK) Developed and implemented the business strategy from early inception to mobilization for this provider of alternative commercial funding to SME businesses throughout the UK while overseeing the development of the company’s financial operations, organisational and interdepartmental communication, staff development, client relations and marketing, alongside the production of monthly management accounts, budgets, forecasts and weekly cash flow / balance sheet reconciliation reports. Key achievements • Coordinated business unit dealings with regulatory compliance and external audits. • Set, implemented and monitored adherence to stringent budgetary controls. • Drove and controlled the delivery of financial results while monitoring budgets and the market environment in relation to consumer spending forecast, and competitor performance. • Delivered budget guidance on new product introduction timing, sales potential, cost and investment. • Performed finance planning and analysis; defining and developing regional strategy in alignment with business goals. • Gathered, analysed and presented financial information to key stakeholders including: Board Members, Investors and 3rd party business partners. • Oversaw quarterly and annual financial audits with business partners and company auditors. • Instrumental in growing the business to annual turnover of +£30m and +£100m in cash transactions within just three years. • Pivotal in the company winning the 2008 Business MoneyFacts Award for innovation in the SME finance sector. EARLY CAREER SUMMARY • Finance Business Analyst for NAAFI, the trading organisation of HM Forces with operations globally (2004-06); provided financial support, streamlined processes and systems for the accurate reporting of weekly sales data in multiple currencies and acted as Client Project Lead in the implementation of a new payroll system, policies and procedures. • IT Business Analyst within the IT Department of BAE Systems’ large multi-site shipbuilding facility in Glasgow (2002-04); supported IT Managers on commercial and financial issues associated with the delivery of a £multi-million IT budget and the management of an IT contract with an outsourced IT service provider. Also enhanced management and leadership skills through the completion of the BAE Systems Graduate Development Programme. PERSONAL DETAILS Bachelor of Law (LLB 2:1 Hons) with Spanish Language (2002) ~ 5 A-Levels and 10 GCSEs, including English and Maths Holds a keen interest in different cultures, enjoys travelling and speaks fluent Spanish British, born 30, August 1979 and holds full and clean UK driving licence REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST