Business Controller CV

Earlston, Berwickshire


  • Business Controller

    Public Health Scotland (PHS)



    Personal Details
    Telephone Number:   View Contact Details
    City:   Earlston
    County:   Berwickshire
    Desired job title:   Finance Director
    Salary:   £60001 - £80000
    Location:   Earlston Berwickshire
    Education Level:   Professional
    Languages:   Spanish; Castilian German French
    Last Login:   about 5 months ago

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    Industries

    Accountancy Education Finance IT banking-finance

    Job Titles

    Business Controller Finance Business Partner Head Of Finance Planning External Auditor Forensic & Fraud ACA Accounting Coaching Founder Project management

    Skills

    Financial Management Business Transformation Benchmarking Continuous Improvement Contract Management Due Diligence Management Reporting Management of SG allocations and negotiation Company Award for Outstanding Achievement Driving Licence member of the BSF Leadership Group French German Spanish

    Qualifications

    Bachelor of Arts Financial Analysis Accounting

    Employment History

    Business Controller

    2020 - Present

    Reporting to: Deputy Director of Finance, NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) Accountable for the strategic direction, financial management and corporate reporting within PHS including Funding, Capital and Tax planning, Procurement, establishment of Standing Financial Instructions and revision of Long-term corporate plan in response to the current pandemic and business impact requirements of health protection programmes. Achievements * Financial Business Partnering with all Directors and Heads of Service within the key divisions and across all business activities, influencing strategic direction and managing Annual Operating Plan * Development of budgetary plan for the newly founded organisation including establishment of core management controls and financial management, adhering to financial regulation requirements, accounting standards and government advisory guidelines. * Monthly Management Reporting and Key Performance Indicators to Board and key stakeholders * Revised business plans and forecast planning for next 24 months in response to COVID-19 * Liaise with internal and external audit, ensuring achievement of core targets re growth * Lead on Finance workstream within NHS Scotland Test and Trace Programme * Management of SG allocations and negotiation of baseline funding, including submission of Funding applications, complex Business cases and COVID-19 Impact reports


    Head of Finance

    2012 - 2020

    Reporting to: Director of Finance, NHS National Services Accountable for the strategic direction, financial management and corporate reporting within SNBTS, one of 5 Strategic Business Units within NSS, leading the way in business transformation and organisational development over the next 5 years Achievements * Development of 5-year Strategic Plans for all divisions to meet demanding needs of NHS planning and controlling annual budget of £ 72m, providing technical expertise to Board * As Finance Business Partner, established continual improvement programmes to enhance reporting, improve accounting processes, support 12 business divisions, optimise results through Lean, increase accountability, KPI benchmarking, contract management and creation of SLAs * Project management of new National Centre Building Project managing £ 28m spend for the building of a new national blood and tissues processing and testing site. * Integral member of the Finance Review Subgroup for NHS Shared Services, carrying out due diligence for Initial assessments, Operational Business Cases and Strategic Planning * Chair of Pan Scotland Apheresis Services Review Finance Group over a 2-year period reviewing Scotland wide services and establishing a financially sustainable operational model. * Fraud Liaison Officer for NSS, co-ordinating with Counter Fraud, leading on key investigations, rolling out awareness and training programmes, quarterly reporting to Audit and Risk Committee


    Change Manager, Business Services Finance

    2011 - 2012

    Business: Royal Bank of Scotland Reporting to: Head of Finance Change Primarily responsible for managing the Organisation Redesign programme within the Business Services Finance Division to transform the finance systems and operating model within RBS Achievements * Project Management of the BSF Organisation Redesign Change Programme * Management of risks, insurance and governance within Organisation Redesign * Support of Business Services work streams, enabling design, implementation and achievement of key milestones during transformation programme * Integral member of the BSF Leadership Group, providing 1-2-1 coaching and group training * Established the Change Communications Plan for the Change Portfolio including LEAN, Finance Transformation, Cost Allocation, Procurement and Global Finance Services


    Financial Services Manager

    2008 - 2011

    Reporting to: General Manager Finance Responsible for managing the Financial Services Department, and financial resources of this Special Health Board. Achievements * Financial management of £ 192 million Health Board funding, and leadership of the Finance Department of 22 employees with overall responsibility for the submission of the Scottish Executive Health Department monthly returns and Annual Accounts * Provided financial expertise and advice on the Patient Transport Review Project covering the entire Scottish Health Service, resulting in 25% efficiency savings of the service, guiding project design, implementation and 18-month rollout * Completion of Franklin Covey Leadership Training, with highest success rate on programme


    Financial Services Unit Manager

    2007 - 2007

    Reported to: Financial Services Director Shell Financial Services Unit is a key area within the Downstream Oil business, providing the connection between the Business Divisions and the core Financial Accounting team. Achievements: * Co-ordinated financial activity of team of 24 within Downstream Shell business and core financial services team in * Responsible for 80 Finance Focal Points within the UK Downstream business, providing decision support for operational leads and monthly strategy development meetings * Monthly reporting to Directors, Project Leads and Divisional Managers of Downstream businesses within Shell International Petroleum Company and Shell Downstream Division * Business Focal Point for the newly installed SAP Time Management System for 3,500 employees within the downstream business, providing direct support, advice and training


    Founder

    2006 -

    Positive Outlook specialises in professional coaching and mentoring services ------- Achievements: * Over 2,000 hours of client coaching, mentoring and consultancy work * Development of strategic and results driven business models, operational restructuring, improved efficiencies and exponential growth for client businesses * Implementation of Personal Development and Leadership Training Programme * Over 80% of current business attained through referrals


    Client Services Director

    2004 - 2007

    Reporting to: Managing Director Transaction Analysts is a specialised recovery group, who analyse, review, identify, and recover `lost costs' through the use of a complex system of software programmes, recovering over £ 60m for their clients in the last 5 years. Achievements: * Established the operations within the Edinburgh Office (Sales, Marketing, Operating divisions) Northern Ireland * Formation of the strategy and growth plan for the Northern region, collaborating with Fraud Detection and Prevention, IT Services, Internal Audit, and Software Solutions Team * Project managed Northern operations, including Business Risk Assessments, Project Scheduling, Employee Timetabling, Resourcing, IT co-ordination, Project Reporting


    Invoicing and Receivables Senior Manager

    2001 - 2004

    Reporting to: Shared Services Director Professional Shared Service Centre within the Pharmaceutical Industry, set up to cover the Accounting and HR processes of all European sites within Quintiles Achievements * Key member of senior management team, responsible for the establishment and management of the operational plan and development of the Cost Reduction Programme * Set up the Shared Service Centre's Key Performance Indicators and performance reports * Managed the Invoicing and Receivables Division worldwide, resulting in a reduction in the company's net billings by 72% and debtors days by 38%, and doubling of all previous monthly invoicing targets, gaining Company Award for Outstanding Achievement * Built up a tight internal control environment, enabling continuing clean Audit Reports and strict adherence to UK and US GAAP


    Head of Finance

    2000 - 2001

    Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer A joint venture between Jardine Motor Holdings and Ernst & Young, setting up a Shared Service Centre providing administration, IT and procurement services to the Motor Achievements * Set up the Internal Finance Department, including recruitment, training and management of team, development of Financial Policies / procedures, structure of Management Accounts, Financial Systems * Project managed installation of computerised accounting software package within 8 dealerships, ensuring the management information systems met the diverse needs of internal job costing, budgetary reporting and legal and accounting governance


    Finance Director

    1996 - 2000

    Reporting to: Managing Director Appointed member of the Board of Directors within this Regional Airline, operating scheduled and chartered routes within the UK and Europe on an annual turnover of £ 42million, brought in with key objective of turning the business around. Achievements * Detailed review of the business and operational functions, leading to a business restructure and close management of an 18 month recovery plan * Streamlined the Finance Reporting and introduced more detailed Management Information, introducing a tighter financial reporting timetable (reducing reporting times by 75%), better financial control, enabling better decision making for all departments * Established the Group Budgeting and Forecasting Model for the following 5 years * Successfully managed a period of poor cash flows, resulting in refinancing, contract re-negotiation, renewal of lease terms, refocused treasury function, creation of a 6 month rolling cash forecast * Recommended and developed the Route Planning model, enabling a cost calculation mechanism to maximise profitability from the ongoing flying programme * Lead on due diligence work on Management Buy-out * Created a Business Continuity Plan for the business, ensuring the risk of 'interruption' to the business was minimised should a `disaster' occur


    European Financial Controller

    1994 - 1996

    Ultimately responsible for the Management Accounting, IT, Stock Control, SAP and warehousing functions within 5 European sites including Spain and Germany, reporting to Site MD and Head Office


    Financial Accountant

    1992 - 1994

    Employer: Newcastle College ------- Set up the financial structure and Accounting Team of 28, at this Further Education College, following the independence of colleges from Local Authority control. Responsible for all funding applications and liaison with Funding Council and College Board.


    Senior Auditor

    1989 - 1992


    Education History

    Name of Institution: the Internal Finance Department

    Education Title: professional

    Major: training and management

    Description: cluding recruitment, training and management of team, development of Financial Policies / procedures, structure of Management Accounts, Financial Systems * Project managed installation of computerised accounting software package within 8 dealerships, ensuring the management information systems met the diverse needs of internal job costing, budgetary reporting and legal and accounting governance


    Education Title: ACA


    Education Title: Advanced Certification in Coaching


    - 2011

    Education Title: professional

    Major: Franklin Covey Leadership Training


    1976 - 1985

    Name of Institution: George Watsons College

    Education Title: some college


    1985 - 1989

    Name of Institution: University of Newcastle upon Tyne

    Education Title: Bachelor of Arts

    Major: Accounting, Financial Analysis


    Hobbies & Interest

    Other Interests Enjoys active and passive involvement in many sports including rugby, golf and water-polo. Good knowledge of French, Spanish and German and has a love of travelling and the outdoors. Holds a full clean driving licence and enjoys volunteering work at Edinburgh Zoo and on local farms.

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    Business Controller CV Profile

    CURRICULUM VITAE

    CURRICULUM VITAE

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    PROFILE

    Experienced professional with extensive experience gained within a variety of small and large companies, in the education sector, commercial sector, financial services and latterly public sector.  Combines a unique blend of financial expertise and operational leadership, with commercial awareness at a senior level, Business Partnering, board level input, strategic development and business transformation enabling added value, influence and delivery of outstanding results.

     

    CONTACT

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    EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

     

    George Watsons College    1976-1985

    BA (Honours) Accounting and Financial Analysis, University of Newcastle upon Tyne 1985-1989

    ACA ICAEW                 November 1992

    Advanced Certification in Coaching July 2006

    Franklin Covey Leadership Training 2011

    Leadership Programme, National Services Scotland 2016

    Continual Development Programme NHS 2017-2019

     

    PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

     

    Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

    Results Coaching Worldwide

     

    CAREER HISTORY

     

    Position:                                Business Controller / Finance Business Partner         April 2020 – current

    Business:                                Public Health Scotland (PHS)

    Reporting to:                                Deputy Director of Finance, NHS National Services Scotland (NSS)

     

    Accountable for the strategic direction, financial management and corporate reporting within PHS including Funding, Capital and Tax planning, Procurement, establishment of Standing Financial Instructions and revision of Long-term corporate plan in response to the current pandemic and business impact requirements of health protection programmes.

     

    Achievements

                    Financial Business Partnering with all Directors and Heads of Service within the key divisions and across all business activities, influencing strategic direction and managing Annual Operating Plan

                    Development of budgetary plan for the newly founded organisation including establishment of core management controls and financial management, adhering to financial regulation requirements, accounting standards and government advisory guidelines.

                    Monthly Management Reporting and Key Performance Indicators to Board and key stakeholders

                    Revised business plans and forecast planning for next 24 months in response to COVID-19

                    Liaise with internal and external audit, ensuring achievement of core targets re growth

                    Lead on Finance workstream within NHS Scotland Test and Trace Programme

                    Management of SG allocations and negotiation of baseline funding, including submission of Funding applications, complex Business cases and COVID-19 Impact reports

     

     

    Position:                                Head of Finance,                                                                                Sept 2012 – March 2020

    Business:                                Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS)

    Reporting to:                                Director of Finance, NHS National Services Scotland (NSS)

     

    Accountable for the strategic direction, financial management and corporate reporting within SNBTS, one of 5 Strategic Business Units within NSS, leading the way in business transformation and organisational development over the next 5 years

     

    Achievements

                    Development of 5-year Strategic Plans for all divisions to meet demanding needs of NHS planning and controlling annual budget of £72m, providing technical expertise to Board

                    As Finance Business Partner, established continual improvement programmes to enhance reporting, improve accounting processes, support 12 business divisions, optimise results through Lean, increase accountability, KPI benchmarking, contract management and creation of SLAs

                    Project management of new National Centre Building Project managing £28m spend for the building of a new national blood and tissues processing and testing site.

                    Integral member of the Finance Review Subgroup for NHS Shared Services, carrying out due diligence for Initial assessments, Operational Business Cases and Strategic Planning

                    Chair of Pan Scotland Apheresis Services Review Finance Group over a 2-year period reviewing Scotland wide services and establishing a financially sustainable operational model.

                    Fraud Liaison Officer for NSS, co-ordinating with Counter Fraud, leading on key investigations, rolling out awareness and training programmes, quarterly reporting to Audit and Risk Committee

     

     

    Position:                                Change Manager, Business Services Finance (BSF) Dec 2011 – Aug 2012

    Business:                                Royal Bank of Scotland

    Reporting to:                                Head of Finance Change

     

    Primarily responsible for managing the Organisation Redesign programme within the Business Services Finance Division to transform the finance systems and operating model within RBS

     

    Achievements

                    Project Management of the BSF Organisation Redesign Change Programme

                    Management of risks, insurance and governance within Organisation Redesign

                    Support of Business Services work streams, enabling design, implementation and achievement of key milestones during transformation programme

                    Integral member of the BSF Leadership Group, providing 1-2-1 coaching and group training

                    Established the Change Communications Plan for the Change Portfolio including LEAN, Finance Transformation, Cost Allocation, Procurement and Global Finance Services

     

     

    Position:                                Financial Services Manager                                                       Dec 2008 – Dec 2011

    Business:                                Scottish Ambulance Service

    Reporting to:                                General Manager Finance

     

    Responsible for managing the Financial Services Department, and financial resources of this Special Health Board.

     

    Achievements

                    Financial management of £192 million Health Board funding, and leadership of the Finance Department of 22 employees with overall responsibility for the submission of the Scottish Executive Health Department monthly returns and Annual Accounts

                    Provided financial expertise and advice on the Patient Transport Review Project covering the entire Scottish Health Service, resulting in 25% efficiency savings of the service, guiding project design, implementation and 18-month rollout

                    Completion of Franklin Covey Leadership Training, with highest success rate on programme

     

     

    Position:                                Founder                                                                                               January 2006 – present

    Business:                                Positive Outlook Coaching & Mentoring

     

    Positive Outlook specialises in professional coaching and mentoring services  

    Achievements:

                    Over 2,000 hours of client coaching, mentoring and consultancy work

                    Development of strategic and results driven business models, operational restructuring, improved efficiencies and exponential growth for client businesses

                    Implementation of Personal Development and Leadership Training Programme

                    Over 80% of current business attained through referrals

     

     

    Position:                                Financial Services Unit Manager                                                                                   2007

    Employer:                                Shell UK

    Reported to:                                Financial Services Director

     

    Shell Financial Services Unit is a key area within the Downstream Oil business, providing the connection between the Business Divisions and the core Financial Accounting team.

     

    Achievements:

                    Co-ordinated financial activity of team of 24 within Downstream Shell business and core financial services team in London and Glasgow

                    Responsible for 80 Finance Focal Points within the UK Downstream business, providing decision support for operational leads and monthly strategy development meetings

                    Monthly reporting to Directors, Project Leads and Divisional Managers of Downstream businesses within Shell International Petroleum Company and Shell Downstream Division

                    Business Focal Point for the newly installed SAP Time Management System for 3,500 employees within the downstream business, providing direct support, advice and training

     

     

    Position:                                Client Services Director                                                                                        2004 to 2007

    Employer:                                Transaction Analysts Ltd

    Reporting to:                                Managing Director

     

    Transaction Analysts is a specialised recovery group, who analyse, review, identify, and recover ‘lost costs’ through the use of a complex system of software programmes, recovering over £60m for their clients in the last 5 years.

     

    Achievements:

    ●    Established the operations within the Edinburgh Office (Sales, Marketing, Operating divisions)

        covering Scotland and Northern Ireland

                    Formation of the strategy and growth plan for the Northern region, collaborating with Fraud Detection and Prevention, IT Services, Internal Audit, and Software Solutions Team

                    Project managed Northern operations, including Business Risk Assessments, Project Scheduling, Employee Timetabling, Resourcing, IT co-ordination, Project Reporting

     

    Position:                                Invoicing and Receivables Senior Manager                                               2001 – 2004

    Employer:                                Quintiles Ltd

    Reporting to:                                Shared Services Director

     

    Professional Shared Service Centre within the Pharmaceutical Industry, set up to cover the Accounting and HR processes of all European sites within Quintiles

     

    Achievements

                    Key member of senior management team, responsible for the establishment and management of the operational plan and development of the Cost Reduction Programme

                    Set up the Shared Service Centre’s Key Performance Indicators and performance reports

                    Managed the Invoicing and Receivables Division worldwide, resulting in a reduction in the company’s net billings by 72% and debtors days by 38%, and doubling of all previous monthly invoicing targets, gaining Company Award for Outstanding Achievement

                    Built up a tight internal control environment, enabling continuing clean Audit Reports and strict adherence to UK and US GAAP

     

    Position:                                Head of Finance                                                                                                         2000 – 2001

    Employer:                                Equinox Business Partners

    Reporting to:                                Chief Executive Officer

     

    A joint venture between Jardine Motor Holdings and Ernst & Young, setting up a Shared Service Centre providing administration, IT and procurement services to the Motor Trade Industry.

     

    Achievements

                    Set up the Internal Finance Department, including recruitment, training and management of team, development of Financial Policies / procedures, structure of Management Accounts, Financial Systems

                    Project managed installation of computerised accounting software package within 8 dealerships, ensuring the management information systems met the diverse needs of internal job costing, budgetary reporting and legal and accounting governance

     

    Position:                                Finance Director                                                                                                          1996 - 2000

    Employer:                                Gill Aviation Limited

    Reporting to:                                Managing Director

     

    Appointed member of the Board of Directors within this Regional Airline, operating scheduled and chartered routes within the UK and Europe on an annual turnover of £42million, brought in with key objective of turning the business around.

     

    Achievements

                    Detailed review of the business and operational functions, leading to a business restructure and close management of an 18 month recovery plan

                    Streamlined the Finance Reporting and introduced more detailed Management Information,  introducing a tighter financial reporting timetable (reducing reporting times by 75%), better financial control, enabling better decision making for all departments

                    Established the Group Budgeting and Forecasting Model for the following 5 years

                    Successfully managed a period of poor cash flows, resulting in refinancing, contract re-negotiation, renewal of lease terms, refocused treasury function, creation of a 6 month rolling cash forecast

                    Recommended and developed the Route Planning model, enabling a cost calculation mechanism to maximise profitability from the ongoing flying programme

                    Lead on due diligence work on Management Buy-out

                    Created a Business Continuity Plan for the business, ensuring the risk of 'interruption' to the business was minimised should a ‘disaster’ occur

     

    Position:                                European Financial Controller / Divisional Accountant                          1994 - 1996

    Employer:                                David S Smith Packaging Group / Sidlaw group

    Ultimately responsible for the Management Accounting, IT, Stock Control, SAP and warehousing functions within 5 European sites including Spain and Germany, reporting to Site MD and Head Office

     

    Position:                                Financial Accountant                                                                                          1992 - 1994

    Employer:                                Newcastle College

    Set up the financial structure and Accounting Team of 28, at this Further Education College, following the independence of colleges from Local Authority control. Responsible for all funding applications and liaison with Funding Council and College Board.

     

    Position:                                Senior Auditor                                                                                                          1989 - 1992

    Employer:                                Ernst & Young

    ICAEW Traineeship, gaining experience in audit, tax, insolvency and business advisory within a variety of sectors including Education, Health, Manufacturing, Heavy Engineering and Financial Services.  

     

    Other Interests

    Enjoys active and passive involvement in many sports including rugby, golf and water-polo.

    Good knowledge of French, Spanish and German and has a love of travelling and the outdoors.

    Holds a full clean driving licence and enjoys volunteering work at Edinburgh Zoo and on local farms.

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