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Financial Analyst

Oakwood, IL


Innovative, financial professional with experience in accounting, financial and operational analysis. Success in month-end close accounting, budgeting, variance analysis, trend analysis, financial and productivity reporting. Strong record using financial systems including PeopleSoft, Cognos, and SAP. Energetic self-starter with a team-mined attitude and customer-oriented leadership capabilities.

Work Experience

Vendor Management/Cost Management

Blue Cross Blue Shield Headquarters, Chicago, IL

Jul 2009Sep 2011

Senior Financial Analyst for the Claims Customer Service Process (CCSP) Program software upgrade (the company's largest project). Responsibilities include presentation of results to Senior Management, forecasting, period-end close reporting, and variance analysis for the Program.
  • Automated a monthly resource tracking report which calculates the CCSP Program's supply of people versus the demand required on the various projects of the Program, reducing the completion time of the report from 3 days to less than 1 day.
  • Performed, researched and identified expense anomalies, contributing to 2009 cost savings of $3MM for Division ($45 million operating budget).
  • Created an Excel-automated vendor expense model providing the details of outside vendor expenditures by project, as a new report for the month-end financial results packet.
  • Monthly vendor billing/cost analysis - improved the cycle process for invoices
  • Monthly accruals for Internal operations (monthly hourly Professional Services labor)
  • Monthly Project Financial Reports - variance analysis reporting; project forecast reporting
  • Financial modeling & ad-hoc cost analysis
  • Assistance in creating Application Cost Model
  • Assistance in creating Total Cost of Ownership Model for Customer Inquires (Member & Provider)

Financial analyst

Microsoft, Chicago, IL

Jan 2007Jun 2009

Report directly to Controller and GM
  • Business performance analysis and reporting: analysis of key performance indicators, revenue, volumes and profitability
  • Design, prepare and maintain an executive summary PBR (Performance Business Review) for review with top management team
  • Complete Quota shift/Quota Settings analysis
  • Prepare forecasts and analyze trends related to improving the sales process
  • Analyze actual data when compared to forecast and identify and investigate variances
  • Perform complex financial modeling to support corporate requirements
  • Perform monthly data reconciliation - data analysis and validation from different financial tools - monthly turnover > $400M

Fin Analyst/SAP Specialist


Jul 2007Dec 2007

Control over the Budget process in CEE Countries (9 Countries):
  • Implementation of new Budget tool
  • Introduce KPIs benchmarking
  • Preparation of Budget Targets based on KPIs benchmarking exercise
  • Coordination of the Budget analysis process
  • Analysis of cost budget variances - actual vs. latest estimates, latest estimates vs. budget
Tracking and Monitoring process (T&M)
  • Cost analysis, cost budget variances
  • Risks & opportunities analysis
  • Validate fin reports generated in local system (Cognos vs SAP)
  • Ensure results reported in a timely and accurate manner and communicate with the countries of this information to explain financial variations from expectations

Financial Analyst

American Greetings Corporation - Headquarter, Cleveland, OH

Sep 2005Jun 2007

  • P&L, OPEX, Net Capital Employed, Sales and Headcount analysis
  • Production costs analysis
  • Assist in coordinating the financial budget/forecast process among the finance team and creating forecast/budget vs. forecast/plan and forecast/budget vs. actual variance reports to explain financial variances.
  • Responsible for creating and maintaining reports designed to analyze and explain actuals vs. forecast, forecast vs. plan, and budget vs. forecast variances.
  • Ad hoc reports and finance modeling

Finance Director's Assistant

GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals,

Dec 2002Jun 2004

  • Implementing/analyzing financial reports
  • Cooperation with the financial controller in handling internal reporting (budget vs. actual, fcst vs.actual)
  • Define and explain variances;
  • Assistance in recording account payable, account receivable, petty cash, expense report
  • Control over incoming and outgoing payments


B.A. in International Business

William Jewell College, Liberty, MO



SAP, Oracle, Cognos, Microsoft Financial Tools, PeopleSoft, TAMIT, Clarity, ECM Information Languages: Complete verbal/written fluency in English, Russian, German MS Office: Advanced Excel, Word, PowerPoint Intermediate: Access, Microsoft Project
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