Financial Manager/ Business Controller/Auditor

Financial Manager/ Business Controller/Auditor

Work Experience

Pregnancy/Maternity leave March 2009- January 2010

MZ Interim Business Solutions BV on an interim assignment at:
BELKIN BV, Netherlands December 2008 – February 2009
Global leader in connectivity solutions.
Regional Finance Manager
• Oversaw finances of three legal entities including accounting, taxes, controlling payroll and banking functions.
• Function as the primary point of contact with the Companies and internal/external auditors.
• Supervise European Payroll.
• Responsible for preparation of financial reports and assessing performance and risks involved.

MZ Interim Business Solutions BV on an interim assignment at:
ABN AMRO BANK, Netherlands June 2007 – November 2008
One of the largest banks in Europe, with operations in 63 countries around the world
Project PMO/Finance Controller Basel II within BU NL & Group Finance
• Managed annual budgets of $30 million Euro for Basel II integration, including profit and loss.
• Evaluated and prepared budgets, financial plans, monthly cost justifications and root cause analysis for discrepancies between actual and budget.
• Established and maintained control environment for more effective and accurate process flow.
• Monitored progress and remediation in solving issues/gaps/deficiencies.

LYONDELL, Netherlands June 2005 – March 2007
U.S. publically-traded chemical company
Internal Controls Consultant
• Developed, maintained and managed the Shared Service Center Internal Control for European territory.
• Ensured compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley, US GAAP and statutory accounts by implementing, monitoring and adjusting control environments and reports.
• Coordinated internal and external audits and provided support to ensure timely closing of related findings.
• Tasked with and achieved improving communication on finance-related matters between regional management in various European countries.

BECTON DICKINSON, Poland September 2003 – May 2005
U.S. publically-traded medical company
Financial Manager/County Controller & Board Member (Polish division)
• Managed annual budget of $50 million for market expansion which included profit and loss accountability.
• Oversaw all county finances including accounting, taxes, controlling, auditing, and banking functions.
• Supervised and motivated a diverse, cross-functional team.
• Evaluated major client accounts, establishing collections targets and enabling improvements of DSO.
• Ensured timely preparation of reports, month-end close and reconciliations.

BEIERSDORF AG, Poland October 2001 – August 2003
Affiliate of German cosmetic and pharmaceuticals manufacturer
Financial Controller
• Evaluated and prepared budgets, financial plans, and monthly cost justifications.
• Identified weaknesses of business controls within organization.
• Developed and maintained relationships with internal customers, banks, auditors, and local tax authorities.
• Ensured that accounting practices were in line with local and international accounting standards.

KPMG, Poland April 1998 – September 2001
Big Four global auditing firms
• Audited financial statements of various multinational trading and manufacturing entities.
• Conducted market analyses and risk assessments to develop plans for market expansion.
• Participated in the development of the annual audit plan and entity risk assessment.
• Performed general control audits of business units, reviewing assigned operational and functional processes.


Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance, 2000 (Dutch RA equivalent)

Bachelor degree in Business Studies and German, 1998


Working knowledge of: Basel II, Sox 404, US Gaap, IFRS, SAP, Exact, Microsoft Excel and Word, PMO tools- Global Clarity, AmperIT, Enable, AIMS,ATR


Fluent in Polish and English and conversant in Dutch.


Astute, results-oriented professional for Finance and Business, with over ten years of hands-on experience in managing multi-million dollar operational budgets. Strong background in financial planning, projects management and building business partnerships. Possesses ability to assimilate rapidly into a variety of organizations, quickly understanding the culture and environment. Highly adept at process evaluation and streamlining, problem resolution, and managing diverse cross-functional teams. Ability to see the business from a big picture as well as detailed perspective. Fluent in Polish and English and conversant in Dutch. Key areas of expertise include:

• P&L Management • Budget Creation • Financial Forecasting
• Internal/External Reporting • Auditing (Big Four) • Contract Negotiations
• Bad Debt Recovery • Process Improvements • Project Management