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Thomas K. MathewThomas K. Mathew
PO Box 21326, Safat 13063, Kuwait
 (+965) 97204284
tkm66@hotmail.com tmathew66@gmail.com
kw.linkedin.com/pub/thomas-mathew/60/304/b32/
Senior Management Professional
Over 20 years in the field of finance & accounting
Financial Management & Analysis Project Costing Business Process Assessment
Budgetary Control Compliance Cost Control
ERP (iScala 2.3, SAP) Implementation Team Management Corporate Governance
 Seasoned professional with updated technical skills and good operational experience in start-up, turnaround and
change management
 Process improvement, implementation of ERP system, administration, SAP implementation (in process),
treasury functions (projecting requirement and planning activities).
 Experienced in business planning, forecasting, variance analysis and monthly performance synopsis.
 Participated in management programmes like Achieving Competitive Excellence, an in-house management
programme using tools like root cause analyses, Pareto charts, fish bone analyses, brainstorming, 5 whys to
particular areas of process weaknesses and output optimization.
 Proficiency in iScala ERP system, crystal reports, AS/400, queries in AS/400 and also was involved in
administrative functions of software, which included trouble shooting, liaising with the vendor to fix problems/
bugs.
 Familiarized with SAP ERP wef 1 June 2014
 Proficient in MS Excel, MS word and working knowledge of PowerPoint.
 Well versed with various accounting systems, formulation and implementation of policy, segregation of duties,
procedures and statutory reporting requirements.
 Good interpersonal skills, employee performance appraisals, annual staff goal setting, salary reviews, annual
improvement plans
ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS
1986 Graduate in Mathematics from Kerala University.
1994 Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (M # 203882)
(Articleship with M/s Price Waterhouse (Chennai from 1987 – 1990 statutory audits handled includes Ashok
Leyland, Castrol India, Indian Aluminium Co, English Electric Co Ltd, Tractors & Farm Equipment Ltd etc. In
addition, participated in internal audit of SRF, Aruna Sugars ltd etc )
OBJECTIVE
Seek a position to leverage wealth of experience in finance management and pursue a
challenging career leading a finance team and further enhance professional
experience in a competitive environment, aligned with achievement of objectives of
the organization.
CORE COMPETENCIES
Strategic Financial Planning: Drawing up annual operating plans, profit & loss as well as balance sheet to set
targets, cash flow projections, preparation of monthly forecasts & comparison of actual vs. forecast and balance
sheet management to achieve DSO, working capital turns/ inventory turns.
Business Support: Providing an analyst role to the business in assessing financial impact of setting up new offices;
formulating segmental reports, analysis and set up relevant metrics to monitor operational and financial
performance for strategic decision making and planning.
Costing: Implementing effective costing systems, monitoring various overheads and achieving optimum cost
control. Establish norms for fixing standards for the year, review of performance of the abnormal costs incurred and
detailed variance analysis, including idle time & labour efficiency, set up finance improvement plans to reduce
costs, developing Key Performance Indicators to track costs and identify areas of reduction, aligned with company
goals.
Governance: Offering a strong internal control and corporate governance background, leading in integrity and
ethics matters to emphasize governance as a value-driver.
Cash Management and Control: Monitoring and managing fund flows for optimum utilization of available funds
and interacting with banks and cash pool agencies (Bank Mendes Gans – Netherlands). Familiarity with netting
systems of Citibank and BMG, forward purchase of currencies as per corporate mandate, hedging for all foreign
currency sales & purchases other than in currencies with peg to the local currency.
System Implementation & MIS: Designing and implementing effective systems, supervising the preparation of
MIS reports to provide feedback to top management on financial performance, viz, fund management, risk control,
profitability, etc., ensure SOX compliance of software and, where that is deficient, establish other mitigating
controls, design of on-line MIS for backlog, booking, sales, margins, collection days, inventory turns, comparison
of forecast versus actual performance by salesmen, implementation of ERP systems.
Audit Operations: Evaluating internal control systems to highlight shortcomings & taking corrective actions.
streamlining existing systems and procedures; managing risks; identification of areas of process improvements
using tools like flowcharting and development of procedure manual for standard work, ensuring systems and
procedures are implemented in line with corporate policies and procedures and in compliance with US GAAP
requirements. Preparing audit schedules/plans and ensuring completion of the same within the stipulated time
frame.
WORK EXPERIENCE
Carrier Middle East Special Assignment (WEF 1st Jun 14)
Part of team implementing SAP in CCS (in the Carrier & Fire & Security division of UTC).
Currently based at Kuwait, for roll out (scheduled for 10th
July), having implemented version 6
in Saudi Arabia and rolled out the same in UAE. The role is to prepare the cut over templates as
well as validate the master data uploads. Also, the position requires preparing data for export to
the Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) global reporting platform. Expanded scope for new
implementation location includes BI/BO reports as well as using tool “DataSure” for data
migration from legacy systems.
Carrier Kuwait Air conditioning Manager, Finance (17
th
August 2011 –
31 May 2014)
Based at Kuwait, job responsibilities include planning, forecasting, compliance and managing
the finance personnel. This position reports to the general manager with dotted line
responsibility to the finance director, BIS (Carrier) ME and also to the Regional Ethics &
Compliance Officer, BIS EMEA Paris (in the role as Carrier Kuwait ECO). Also, liaises with the
auditors and legal counsel for company law matters. The $50Mn company is the authorized sole
contact for ‘CARRIER’ brand air conditioning & commercial refrigeration equipment, and deals
in air conditioner spares and service to the Kuwait market.
Johnson Controls Inc Manager, Finance, Northern Gulf (6
th
Dec. 2005 –
16
th
Aug. 2011)
(Based at Qatar, covering Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen & Iraq in addition to Qatar)
reporting to Middle East Finance Director with dotted line to Regional Director.
Significant Accomplishments;
 Participated in negotiation for identifying local partner in Oman & evaluating appropriate operating structure in
Kuwait, setting up finance teams for Oman operation.
 Pivotal in providing strategic input on business planning, budgeting, benchmarking, new business opportunities,
business process improvements etc.
 Sorting out tax issues related to transactions done from Middle East office directly into these countries, in
consultation with the local tax experts (Qatar, Oman & Kuwait).
 Closely monitoring routine accounting, planning, management reporting, setting up financial controls &
procedures for SOX compliance, Hyperion reporting, etc.
 Additionally handled the HR, administration, supply chain & IT functions for the region.
 Represented client side for the special project of implementing of ERP system – iScala (ver 2.2)
 Significant contribution in Company Law matters like issue of power of attorney, board resolutions for changes
to activities and structure in consultation with attorneys, transitioning from one local sponsor to another.
Special project: Implementation of ERP system – iScala (ver 2.2) and also newer
version 2.3 implemented in June 09. Migration from Hyperion Enterprise to HFM in
January 2011.
Carrier Saudi Arabia Finance Manager, KSA (1 April 2005 – 2 December
2005)
Chief Accountant, KSA (July 2000 – March 2005)
Significant Accomplishments;
~ Recommendations pertaining to the finance salary reviews, preparation of staffing plan, putting together capex,
headcount & financial budgets, variance analysis, management presentations, maintenance of MIS reports,
monitoring key performance indicators, finance improvement plan, organizing (and actually doing) branch
audits, annual/ periodic stock counts.
~ Led, guided & mentored a team of senior accountants and branch accountants located at the Head Office and
three branch offices in major cities of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (total finance team of 18 including bill
collectors).
~ Setting objectives for staff in line with corporate goals and measuring performance versus targets for incentive
computation.
~ Participated in management initiatives as 5S, ACE, Profit Assurance Plans & scoping study for change over to
ERP – SAP
~ Attended the company Board meeting held at London UK in the year 2005 to adopt the accounts, re-appoint
auditors and review operational results.
Special project:
- Design of comprehensive monthly Financial performance report and monthly
salesmen awards computation and also ‘salesman of the year’ workings
Key achievement : Successfully handled the department through a rigorous internal audit
review at short notice and achieved marginal rating with only one issue.
UTS Carrier LLC Senior Accountant (January 1997 – June
2000)
(Carrier UAE)
Significant Accomplishments;
~ Supervision of general accounting & MIS reporting, automation of data transfer into Hyperion reporting.
~ Extensive use of query / 400 and MS excel for report generation, system maintenance (back ups, end of day /
end of month procedures).
~ Closely coordinated trouble shooting (of sales & accounting softwares) with vendors, service accounting and
in-depth analysis, handling external auditors etc.
Special project: Participated in the team designing & developing a management report of
financial results using the Report Writer of accounting package ‘Insight’.
Al - Hashar Group, Oman Group Treasury (November1994 –
October 1996)
& Systems coordinator
Joined one of the group companies (Oman Modern Electronics Co) as Chief accountant reporting to the Group
General Manager, range of responsibilities included general supervision of accounts, scheduling audit, salary
revision, setting up a Funds monitoring report, setting up budgetary control, import documentation, liaison with
banks on matters relating to working capital etc.
Promoted as Group Treasury & Systems Coordinator to oversee the implementation of computerization of accounts
of all companies in the group and also maintaining funds flow for the group within the facilities negotiated with the
banks and also forward deals of currencies to meet purchase commitments.
Special project: Computerization of books of accounts for Oman Modern Electronics Co /
Saeed Bin Nasser Al Hashar. Also, restructuring the department.
Others (1990 – 1994)
Worked in various accounting and auditing roles with companies in India like Trikaya Grey advertising (as
Assistant Manager - Eastern India Branch), Madhu Jayanthi Bangalore (commodities export company), Verma
& Verma (leading audit firm in India), Parel Plywoods (plywood manufacturers).
PERSONAL
Important Information
Nationality : Indian
Age & date of birth : 49 years; 03 May 1966
Marital status : Married with two daughters, one son
Passport particulars : Z2815918 (valid till 19 August 2024)
Permanent address : TC 27/ 1981, Chirakulam Road, Trivandrum 695 001, Kerala, India
Driving licenses held : India, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait
OTHER CREDENTIALS
~ Completed the training requirements of Associate Level of ‘Achieving Competitive Excellence’ program of
UTC. Two practical sessions pending for Certification.
~ Successfully completed a 6 module ‘Foundation Leadership Development Program’ sponsored by the company
(September 2010 – May 2011)
~ Attended Johnson Controls New Controllers’ conference at Milwaukee, US - August 2010
~ Recognition of efforts by the management & awarded for excellent contribution to Finance Improvement Plan
2003.
~ Announced as Star employee of Northern Gulf in May 09.
~ Participated in : ‘’Trade Documentation Workshop’ conducted by The Saudi British Bank on 20 Oct 2002,
‘creative problem solving & decision making’ - Sep 23 – 25, 2002.
~ Attended In house trainings – ‘Interview skills’ conducted in Dubai in May 2008
~ ‘Hyperion reporting’ training held at Carrier corporate office at Ruille Malmaisson in Paris, France in 2005
References
Available upon request
~ Participated in : ‘’Trade Documentation Workshop’ conducted by The Saudi British Bank on 20 Oct 2002,
‘creative problem solving & decision making’ - Sep 23 – 25, 2002.
~ Attended In house trainings – ‘Interview skills’ conducted in Dubai in May 2008
~ ‘Hyperion reporting’ training held at Carrier corporate office at Ruille Malmaisson in Paris, France in 2005
References
Available upon request

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  • 1. Thomas K. MathewThomas K. Mathew PO Box 21326, Safat 13063, Kuwait  (+965) 97204284 tkm66@hotmail.com tmathew66@gmail.com kw.linkedin.com/pub/thomas-mathew/60/304/b32/ Senior Management Professional Over 20 years in the field of finance & accounting Financial Management & Analysis Project Costing Business Process Assessment Budgetary Control Compliance Cost Control ERP (iScala 2.3, SAP) Implementation Team Management Corporate Governance  Seasoned professional with updated technical skills and good operational experience in start-up, turnaround and change management  Process improvement, implementation of ERP system, administration, SAP implementation (in process), treasury functions (projecting requirement and planning activities).  Experienced in business planning, forecasting, variance analysis and monthly performance synopsis.  Participated in management programmes like Achieving Competitive Excellence, an in-house management programme using tools like root cause analyses, Pareto charts, fish bone analyses, brainstorming, 5 whys to particular areas of process weaknesses and output optimization.  Proficiency in iScala ERP system, crystal reports, AS/400, queries in AS/400 and also was involved in administrative functions of software, which included trouble shooting, liaising with the vendor to fix problems/ bugs.  Familiarized with SAP ERP wef 1 June 2014  Proficient in MS Excel, MS word and working knowledge of PowerPoint.  Well versed with various accounting systems, formulation and implementation of policy, segregation of duties, procedures and statutory reporting requirements.  Good interpersonal skills, employee performance appraisals, annual staff goal setting, salary reviews, annual improvement plans ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS 1986 Graduate in Mathematics from Kerala University. 1994 Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (M # 203882) (Articleship with M/s Price Waterhouse (Chennai from 1987 – 1990 statutory audits handled includes Ashok Leyland, Castrol India, Indian Aluminium Co, English Electric Co Ltd, Tractors & Farm Equipment Ltd etc. In addition, participated in internal audit of SRF, Aruna Sugars ltd etc ) OBJECTIVE Seek a position to leverage wealth of experience in finance management and pursue a challenging career leading a finance team and further enhance professional experience in a competitive environment, aligned with achievement of objectives of the organization. CORE COMPETENCIES Strategic Financial Planning: Drawing up annual operating plans, profit & loss as well as balance sheet to set targets, cash flow projections, preparation of monthly forecasts & comparison of actual vs. forecast and balance sheet management to achieve DSO, working capital turns/ inventory turns.
  • 2. Business Support: Providing an analyst role to the business in assessing financial impact of setting up new offices; formulating segmental reports, analysis and set up relevant metrics to monitor operational and financial performance for strategic decision making and planning. Costing: Implementing effective costing systems, monitoring various overheads and achieving optimum cost control. Establish norms for fixing standards for the year, review of performance of the abnormal costs incurred and detailed variance analysis, including idle time & labour efficiency, set up finance improvement plans to reduce costs, developing Key Performance Indicators to track costs and identify areas of reduction, aligned with company goals. Governance: Offering a strong internal control and corporate governance background, leading in integrity and ethics matters to emphasize governance as a value-driver. Cash Management and Control: Monitoring and managing fund flows for optimum utilization of available funds and interacting with banks and cash pool agencies (Bank Mendes Gans – Netherlands). Familiarity with netting systems of Citibank and BMG, forward purchase of currencies as per corporate mandate, hedging for all foreign currency sales & purchases other than in currencies with peg to the local currency. System Implementation & MIS: Designing and implementing effective systems, supervising the preparation of MIS reports to provide feedback to top management on financial performance, viz, fund management, risk control, profitability, etc., ensure SOX compliance of software and, where that is deficient, establish other mitigating controls, design of on-line MIS for backlog, booking, sales, margins, collection days, inventory turns, comparison of forecast versus actual performance by salesmen, implementation of ERP systems. Audit Operations: Evaluating internal control systems to highlight shortcomings & taking corrective actions. streamlining existing systems and procedures; managing risks; identification of areas of process improvements using tools like flowcharting and development of procedure manual for standard work, ensuring systems and procedures are implemented in line with corporate policies and procedures and in compliance with US GAAP requirements. Preparing audit schedules/plans and ensuring completion of the same within the stipulated time frame. WORK EXPERIENCE Carrier Middle East Special Assignment (WEF 1st Jun 14) Part of team implementing SAP in CCS (in the Carrier & Fire & Security division of UTC). Currently based at Kuwait, for roll out (scheduled for 10th July), having implemented version 6 in Saudi Arabia and rolled out the same in UAE. The role is to prepare the cut over templates as well as validate the master data uploads. Also, the position requires preparing data for export to the Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) global reporting platform. Expanded scope for new implementation location includes BI/BO reports as well as using tool “DataSure” for data migration from legacy systems. Carrier Kuwait Air conditioning Manager, Finance (17 th August 2011 – 31 May 2014) Based at Kuwait, job responsibilities include planning, forecasting, compliance and managing the finance personnel. This position reports to the general manager with dotted line responsibility to the finance director, BIS (Carrier) ME and also to the Regional Ethics & Compliance Officer, BIS EMEA Paris (in the role as Carrier Kuwait ECO). Also, liaises with the auditors and legal counsel for company law matters. The $50Mn company is the authorized sole contact for ‘CARRIER’ brand air conditioning & commercial refrigeration equipment, and deals in air conditioner spares and service to the Kuwait market.
  • 3. Johnson Controls Inc Manager, Finance, Northern Gulf (6 th Dec. 2005 – 16 th Aug. 2011) (Based at Qatar, covering Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen & Iraq in addition to Qatar) reporting to Middle East Finance Director with dotted line to Regional Director. Significant Accomplishments;  Participated in negotiation for identifying local partner in Oman & evaluating appropriate operating structure in Kuwait, setting up finance teams for Oman operation.  Pivotal in providing strategic input on business planning, budgeting, benchmarking, new business opportunities, business process improvements etc.  Sorting out tax issues related to transactions done from Middle East office directly into these countries, in consultation with the local tax experts (Qatar, Oman & Kuwait).  Closely monitoring routine accounting, planning, management reporting, setting up financial controls & procedures for SOX compliance, Hyperion reporting, etc.  Additionally handled the HR, administration, supply chain & IT functions for the region.  Represented client side for the special project of implementing of ERP system – iScala (ver 2.2)  Significant contribution in Company Law matters like issue of power of attorney, board resolutions for changes to activities and structure in consultation with attorneys, transitioning from one local sponsor to another. Special project: Implementation of ERP system – iScala (ver 2.2) and also newer version 2.3 implemented in June 09. Migration from Hyperion Enterprise to HFM in January 2011. Carrier Saudi Arabia Finance Manager, KSA (1 April 2005 – 2 December 2005) Chief Accountant, KSA (July 2000 – March 2005) Significant Accomplishments; ~ Recommendations pertaining to the finance salary reviews, preparation of staffing plan, putting together capex, headcount & financial budgets, variance analysis, management presentations, maintenance of MIS reports, monitoring key performance indicators, finance improvement plan, organizing (and actually doing) branch audits, annual/ periodic stock counts. ~ Led, guided & mentored a team of senior accountants and branch accountants located at the Head Office and three branch offices in major cities of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (total finance team of 18 including bill collectors). ~ Setting objectives for staff in line with corporate goals and measuring performance versus targets for incentive computation. ~ Participated in management initiatives as 5S, ACE, Profit Assurance Plans & scoping study for change over to ERP – SAP ~ Attended the company Board meeting held at London UK in the year 2005 to adopt the accounts, re-appoint auditors and review operational results. Special project: - Design of comprehensive monthly Financial performance report and monthly salesmen awards computation and also ‘salesman of the year’ workings Key achievement : Successfully handled the department through a rigorous internal audit review at short notice and achieved marginal rating with only one issue. UTS Carrier LLC Senior Accountant (January 1997 – June 2000) (Carrier UAE) Significant Accomplishments;
  • 4. ~ Supervision of general accounting & MIS reporting, automation of data transfer into Hyperion reporting. ~ Extensive use of query / 400 and MS excel for report generation, system maintenance (back ups, end of day / end of month procedures). ~ Closely coordinated trouble shooting (of sales & accounting softwares) with vendors, service accounting and in-depth analysis, handling external auditors etc. Special project: Participated in the team designing & developing a management report of financial results using the Report Writer of accounting package ‘Insight’. Al - Hashar Group, Oman Group Treasury (November1994 – October 1996) & Systems coordinator Joined one of the group companies (Oman Modern Electronics Co) as Chief accountant reporting to the Group General Manager, range of responsibilities included general supervision of accounts, scheduling audit, salary revision, setting up a Funds monitoring report, setting up budgetary control, import documentation, liaison with banks on matters relating to working capital etc. Promoted as Group Treasury & Systems Coordinator to oversee the implementation of computerization of accounts of all companies in the group and also maintaining funds flow for the group within the facilities negotiated with the banks and also forward deals of currencies to meet purchase commitments. Special project: Computerization of books of accounts for Oman Modern Electronics Co / Saeed Bin Nasser Al Hashar. Also, restructuring the department. Others (1990 – 1994) Worked in various accounting and auditing roles with companies in India like Trikaya Grey advertising (as Assistant Manager - Eastern India Branch), Madhu Jayanthi Bangalore (commodities export company), Verma & Verma (leading audit firm in India), Parel Plywoods (plywood manufacturers). PERSONAL Important Information Nationality : Indian Age & date of birth : 49 years; 03 May 1966 Marital status : Married with two daughters, one son Passport particulars : Z2815918 (valid till 19 August 2024) Permanent address : TC 27/ 1981, Chirakulam Road, Trivandrum 695 001, Kerala, India Driving licenses held : India, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait OTHER CREDENTIALS ~ Completed the training requirements of Associate Level of ‘Achieving Competitive Excellence’ program of UTC. Two practical sessions pending for Certification. ~ Successfully completed a 6 module ‘Foundation Leadership Development Program’ sponsored by the company (September 2010 – May 2011) ~ Attended Johnson Controls New Controllers’ conference at Milwaukee, US - August 2010 ~ Recognition of efforts by the management & awarded for excellent contribution to Finance Improvement Plan 2003. ~ Announced as Star employee of Northern Gulf in May 09.
  • 5. ~ Participated in : ‘’Trade Documentation Workshop’ conducted by The Saudi British Bank on 20 Oct 2002, ‘creative problem solving & decision making’ - Sep 23 – 25, 2002. ~ Attended In house trainings – ‘Interview skills’ conducted in Dubai in May 2008 ~ ‘Hyperion reporting’ training held at Carrier corporate office at Ruille Malmaisson in Paris, France in 2005 References Available upon request
  • 6. ~ Participated in : ‘’Trade Documentation Workshop’ conducted by The Saudi British Bank on 20 Oct 2002, ‘creative problem solving & decision making’ - Sep 23 – 25, 2002. ~ Attended In house trainings – ‘Interview skills’ conducted in Dubai in May 2008 ~ ‘Hyperion reporting’ training held at Carrier corporate office at Ruille Malmaisson in Paris, France in 2005 References Available upon request