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Finance Manager Personal Statement

Nancy Fine

15 Stakeholder Lane
Abacus County NSW 2123
P: (02) 9988 7766
M: 0400 987 654
E: nancy.fine@email.com


Professional Profile

Corporate accounting professional with extensive experience across a wide range of companies. Highly adept at the implementation and management of accounting systems and procedures.


Core Skills and Abilities

Corporate accounting skills and knowledge
Ability to compile, verify, analyse, interpret and disseminate critical financial data (actual, forecast and budgeted) to all major stakeholders and in multiple currencies. Experienced in acquisition accounting and mergers, competent in statutory reporting and tax related tasks.

Systems implementation
Successful implementation, analysis and management of new accounting systems and procedures, including systems integration and staff training.

Communication and leadership skills
Communicate effectively to build relationships both internally and externally, develop strategic partnerships and provide advice at all levels of management. Proactive leadership style to meet strict deadlines and maintain a team under pressure.


Employment History

December 2008 – Present
Finance Manager, Zefside Incorporated

In Shore, NSW

 


Zefside Inc is a US-based company with a broad portfolio of manufacturing products and a powerful pipeline. (Revenues of the Australian company AUD$100 million per annum.)

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and submit the group’s monthly financial results, budget and quarterly rolling forecasts and complete the reporting requirements to the parent company
  • Perform detailed account analysis and corporate month-end processing and reporting
  • Maintain the general ledger, ensuring compliance with Australian GAAP
  • Prepare the annual FBT and company tax return
  • Review the monthly Business Activity Statements and review all monthly balance sheet reconciliations
  • Monitor stock levels and perform inventory reconciliations
  • Supervise the annual audits (internal and external)
  • Review and make decisions on credit limits of new and existing customers
  • Review and authorise the weekly accounts payable run
  • Liaise with corporate office and local brokers for company insurance policies
  • Improve existing processes and streamline workflows
  • Load figures into Hyperion and Product Data Warehouse

March 2003 – August 2008
Finance Analyst/Financial Accountant, Sigur Pty Ltd

Abacus County, NSW




Responsibilities:

  • Managed the corporate finance tasks including all financial, management and statutory accounting and reporting
  • Prepared and interpreted the actual monthly financial statements, forecasts, budgets and 5-year plans and reviewed the balance sheet reconciliations
  • Managed intercompany processes and monitored KPIs
  • Prepared documentation to assist with preparing legislative and statutory returns, including income tax, FBT and BAS returns
  • Prepared statutory reporting and liaised with auditors on the year-end audit
  • Supervised back office operations including management of staff
  • Managed, reviewed, evaluated, selected and implemented group consolidation and group OLAP applications
  • Maintained and administered the corporate financial accounting system (Oracle Financials)
  • Prepared, maintained and developed the corporate section of group policies and procedures

May 2001 – February 2003
Finance Manager, Power-One Energy Solutions

Ment State, NSW




Responsibilities:

  • Prepared monthly management accounts and performed general ledger reconciliations
  • Prepared the weekly and monthly payroll and all related PAYG, superfund, payroll tax and annual returns, including group tax certificates
  • Prepared reports summarising the forecast company business activity and financial position and completed FBT and BAS returns
  • Determined depreciation rates to apply to capital assets
  • Supervised employees in the Finance and Administration Department and was responsible for the overall direction, coordination and evaluation of this unit
  • Coordinated the preparation of year-end statutory accounts and tax return
  • Established and maintained relations with banks and other financial institutions
  • Prepared reports required by regulatory agencies and arranged for audits of company accounts

June 1996 – March 2001
Corporate Accountant, Ragazzi Group

Abacus County, NSW




Responsibilities:

  • Reviewed and compiled financial data from 40 companies worldwide including balance sheets, profit and loss statements, treasury reports, budgets and forecasts
  • Prepared and reviewed variance, cash flow and KPI reports
  • Produced the year-end financial statements according to accepted US and Australian accounting principles
  • Performed FAS109 tax reporting
  • Controlled the Treasury function for the group

Professional Development

Ongoing professional development through courses in auditing, accounting and computing:

2011 – Applied tax course
2010 – Diploma of Quality Auditing
2009 – Payroll tax workshop
2002 – MYOB Accounting
2000 – Hyperion Training computer course
1995 – Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting


Skills

  • SAP
  • Oracle
  • Hyperion
  • SUN
  • MYOB
  • ACCPAC
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • BPCS – SSA (Business Planning and Control System)
  • MIS-Enterprise Resource Planning System

References

Available upon request.

Posted on: June 7, 2017

As the first opportunity to market yourself, a good personal statement will win the attention of a recruiter. This article will provide some valuable tips and examples.

Although only a small paragraph at the beginning of your CV, it’s essentially your ‘elevator pitch’ – and an opportunity to sell yourself to the reader, like you might do if you came across somebody who could give you a job in person. You want it to hook a recruiter’s attention, persuade them that your CV is valuable and relevant to the role, and keep them reading.

In many ways, your personal statement is a piece of self-marketing. It’s a few sentences that highlight who you are, your skills, strengths, and career goals. The CV is there to tell your employment history and achievements, but the personal statement is a good chance to reveal a little bit of your personality.

You might decide not to have it if you’ve included this type of information in a cover letter, but if you consider a CV to be the story of your working life so far, the personal statement is a very useful entry-point.

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How to structure your personal statement

A personal statement shouldn’t be any longer than four to six sentences. Any longer than that and you’ll risk losing the attention of a recruiter, who might only take a few seconds to glance over your CV before deciding to read further.

For some, writing a personal statement might come naturally, especially if you already have your elevator pitch prepared for the ‘tell us about yourself’ question in a job interview. For others, this might not come so naturally, so here is what to include in a personal statement:

  • Sketch out the main skills and experiences that are relevant to the job or jobs you’re applying for
  • Narrow these into skill highlights you think are particularly important and worthy of mention
  • Craft sentences that flow logically and tell a story. Try and make it descriptive enough to let a reader know you as a person, rather than as a series of work statements
  • Take your time. Even for a natural writer, it can be difficult to create a concise and effective summary of your skills, expertise and experience
  • Consider writing the personal statement last, as if you’ve been working on your CV you’ll have a much better idea about your overall skills and experience

The general advice for writing a CV also applies to the personal statement – make it specific to the different job roles you apply for. Like CVs, the personal statement might need changing or tweaking based on the requirements of the role.

What to avoid in a personal statement

“A dedicated and enthusiastic professional with extensive experience in …. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate at all levels. Enjoys part of being in a successful team and thrives in challenging working conditions.”

Recruiters are used to reading these types of lines in personal statements, so much so that they’ve become cliché. They’re also problematic as they don’t tell you anything about who you are, or even what you do. They could be made about any type of job.

An example of a good personal statement

A personal statement needs to show a company what a candidate can offer, whether it’s skills or relevant experience. It needs to be tailored to the job role, rather than a generic throwaway statement that could apply to anybody.

James Innes, Chairman of the CV Group and author of the CV Book, says that candidates should think about giving recruiters something different, personal, and more specific.

He gave this personal statement example:

A PRINCE2 qualified Project Manager specialising in leading cross-functional business and technical teams to deliver projects within the retail and finance sectors.

Uses excellent communication skills to elicit customer requirements and develop strong relationships with key stakeholders throughout the project lifecycle.

Demonstrates strong problem-solving capabilities used to mitigate risks and issues, allowing projects to meet deadlines, budgets and objectives.

Innes explained why he felt this worked as a personal statement:

“With just a little more specific detail, the personal statement has been transformed into something much more effective and individual. A recruiter can see that you are qualified and experienced in delivering projects in certain sectors. They know your communication skills have been used effectively and how your ability to solve problems has resulted in successful project delivery.”

In a competitive job market, it’s important to make sure that every area is covered. With a well-written and professional personal statement, you have an opportunity to make your CV stand out from the rest of the pack.

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