Curriculum Vitae


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Curriculum Vitae

  2. 2. Nationality: British Address: Auldearn 3 New Edinburgh Road Uddingston G71 6BT Telephone: 01698 - 813285 Mobile: 07894 - 705120 E-mail: Driving Licence: Full, Clean Date of Birth: 25.04.1966
  3. 3. EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS SCHOOL: Hamilton Grammar (1978-1983) 5 H Grades UNIVERSITY: MSc in Information Technology (Distinction) University of Glasgow (2006 – 2007) Subjects covered: Further Programming Computer Systems & Networks Algorithms & Data Structures Database Systems Advanced Programming Security & Cryptography Internet Technologies Professional Software Development Professional Skills & Issues General Readings in Computer Science BA (Hons) Accountancy and Computer Science (2(1)) Heriot-Watt University 1994 Subjects covered: Year 1 Accounting Economics Computer Science – Theory Computer Science – Practical Year 2 Accounting Business Law Computer Science – Theory Computer Science – Practical Year 3 Accounting Taxation Computer Science – Theory Information Systems Year 4 Accounting Theory Taxation Human-Computer Interaction Information Systems Database Management PROFESSIONAL: Accountancy: Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (1997) Banking: Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland (1988) Chartered Banker (2008)
  4. 4. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 1998 – 2006 JOHN DEWAR & SONS LTD 2005 – 2006 Finance Manager Sarbanes Oxley implementation 2000 – 2005 Financial Analyst • Responsible for Sales figures, Marketing, Administration and Whisky Supply  Budget reports  Monthly analysis  Capital expenditure appraisal  Price/volume variances  KRAs • Implementation and monitoring of company’s Transfer Pricing strategy, with supporting documentation for HMRCE • Annual budget for business  Preparation  Presentation  Loading into accounting system  Monthly phasing  Analysis of main variances between years  Group reporting • Additional projects  Takeover bids  Energy contract negotiation 1999 – 2000 Project Accountant Seconded to support the introduction of business-wide ERP system  System selection  Tender review  Data gathering and project scope  Implementation of base system  Creation of new chart of accounts to aid Group reporting  Migration of data from old to new system 1998 – 1999 Financial Accountant Responsible for  Running Finance team  Monthly reports  Budgets  Treasury  Corporation Tax and VAT  Annual Accounts
  5. 5. 1994 - 1998 HARDIE CALDWELL CA 1998 Audit supervisor  Prepare audit plans and budgets for approval by partner  Assign staff and review progress on audit  Prepare file for final review  Preparation of statutory accounts and tax computations Secondment Seconded to work with client at Glasgow Stock Exchange  Reconciliation of back office system to dealing system  Analysis of London Stock Exchange trading settlement transactions (CREST system)  Working with client and system software provider to clear differences  Preparation of monthly SFA liquidity declaration 1994 – 1997 CA Trainee Standard duties, including  Preparation of accounts  Audit junior (Year 1)  Audit senior (Year 2)  Tax computations Other duties included the use of computer data audit package (IDEA) to interrogate a client’s stock file in support of a claim with the Inland Revenue 1990 – 1994 HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY 1983 – 1990 CLYDESDALE BANK PLC VARIOUS POSTS  Office Junior  Teller  Branch Supervisor  Lending Administration (London Chief Office)  Securities and Recoveries (Glasgow Head Office)
  6. 6. IT SKILLS Knowledge base Master of Science Degree, covering the following core areas  Programming in Java (Further Programming & Advanced Programming)  Computer hardware (Computer systems & networks)  Computer algorithms and data structures  General database design and construction (using Oracle / MySQL)  Computer Security and Cryptography  Use of internet technologies, including building a dynamic website running with a MySQL database and Java interfaces  Current best practice in Professional Software Development with UML  Professional Skills & Issues / General Readings in Computer Science  Masters’ Thesis (software development project)  4 year Undergraduate Degree, covering  Programming o Pascal o C / C++ o Assembly o Fortran  Memory / disc management  Human-computer Interaction  Systems methodologies  Database structure and management Practical experience During CA training (Hardie Caldwell CA)  Standard accounts based packages, including o Lotus 1-2-3A o AmiPro o Auditman  Significant involvement with IDEA, using package to extract stock information from client’s system in support of Inland Revenue negotiation As Financial Accountant / Analyst (John Dewar & Sons)  Microsoft Office o Excel (advanced user) o Word (intermediate) o PowerPoint (intermediate)  BPCS (ERP system)  Cognos (Business Reporting System)  Lotus Notes In addition to the above IT experience, I was often the first point of contact for assistance with Excel within the company. Within the Finance team, I was regularly called on to assist with day-to-day IT problems
  7. 7. PERSONAL INTERESTS  Elder and Treasurer in local Church  Member of Church choir  DIY  Gym  Gardening  Playing piano  Playing guitar REFEREES  Academic Dr. Richard Cooper Department of Computing Science Faculty of Information and Mathematical Science University of Glasgow University Avenue Glasgow G12 8QQ  Professional Mr. J Hughes Finance Director John Dewar & Sons Ltd 1700 London Road Glasgow G32 8XR  Personal Rev James M Gibson TD The Manse of Bothwell Manse Avenue Bothwell G71 8PQ