Anand Sundararajan, Finance Expert in Toronto, ON, Canada
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Anand Sundararajan

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Finance Expert

Location
Toronto, ON, Canada
Toptal Member Since
December 27, 2021

Anand is a CPA with expertise in M&A, FP&A, financial reporting, internal controls, and systems implementation in a variety of verticals. He brings a holistic approach to solving clients' problems and specializes in providing operational and M&A guidance to emerging companies. At General Mills, Anand assisted with the negotiation of a $2.1 billion contract for the provision of 3rd-party logistics services and executed due diligence at KPMG for $10 million to $1 billion projects.

Career Highlights

Managing Director
SpearEdge Consulting

Education Highlights

Certification Highlights

CPA, CA
Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

Case Studies

Work Experience

Managing Director

2020 - PRESENT
SpearEdge Consulting
  • Built complex financial and operational models for business turnaround and improvement, including the impact of new projects and incremental cash flows.
  • Analyzed accounting treatments of revenue under IFRS 16 for manufacturing and technology companies.
  • Led, documented and recommended internal processes and controls for a publicly listed technology company.
  • Partnered with sales, marketing, and operations to incrementally improve EBITDA through transformational programs by $1 million for a $30 million food manufacturer. Acted as the FP&A lead.
  • Led market research efforts along with the build of a financial model to help determine a new pricing structure for a SaaS company in the mobility vertical.
  • Acted as interim CFO of a struggling $40M retailer arranging financing of $2.0M, overseeing the closure of unprofitable stores, and improving the cash position by nearly 100% vs. the original forecast.
Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Operational Modeling, Turnaround, Controls, Financial Accounting, US GAAP, IFRS Financial Reporting, Forecasting, Controller, Interim CFO, CFO, Profitability Analysis, Revenue & Expense Projections, Business Modeling, Sensitivity Analysis, Three-statement Modeling, Pitch Decks, Business Models, Revenue Management, Business Strategy, Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (SME), Operations

Senior Associate

2019 - 2020
KPMG
  • Built complex financial and operational models for business turnaround and improvement, including the impact of new projects and incremental cash flows.
  • Led and executed due diligence and operational improvement projects for clients varying from $10 million to $1 billion in revenues across software, professional services, waste management, manufacturing, healthcare, and distribution verticals.
  • Presented detailed analyses to private equity firm partners and C-Suite executives surrounding quality of earnings, working capital, Pro-forma normalizations and EBITDA forecasts, and financial model reviews.
  • Led multiple workstreams on an enterprise improvement mandate as a pioneering project for the firm resulting in high traction with the client leadership team.
  • Managed engagement teams of up to four analysts responsible for their annual review and appraisal process.
Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Turnaround, Large-scale Turnaround & Transformation, Data Analytics, Profitability Analysis, Profitability Optimization, Revenue & Expense Projections, Business Modeling, Sensitivity Analysis, Three-statement Modeling, Pitch Decks, Business Models, Business Strategy, Operations

Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis

2018 - 2018
Dentsply Sirona
  • Analyzed the impact of a change in business location in financial and operational terms, negotiated with commercial real estate brokers, and shortlisted possible locations.
  • Established the FP&A process cadence and financial models in partnership with the VP of sales, the VP of marketing, and the country CEO, resulting in up to 40% forecast accuracy improvements.
  • Managed a team of two analysts, supporting the marketing and sales functions, respectively.
Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Trade Finance, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Business Cases, Forecasting, Profitability Analysis, Revenue & Expense Projections, Business Modeling, Sensitivity Analysis, Revenue Management, Essbase, Hyperion, Business Strategy

Senior Analyst of Finance and Supply Chain

2014 - 2018
General Mills
  • Assisted with the negotiation of a 7-year $2.1 billion contract for the provision of third-party logistics services by adding ancillary services and transitioning many costs to a usage basis as opposed to a fixed basis.
  • Led the SAP ERP manufacturing integration, process improvement, and robotic process automation initiatives to enable greater forecast accuracy and visibility into long-range planning benchmarking using third-party information.
  • Studied the impact of new sourcing initiatives, including make-versus-buy decisions across the biggest product category through financial models and strategic analysis.
  • Analyzed transactions in accordance with US GAAP, IFRS, and ASPE to determine impacts on financial reporting, including revenue, marketing spending, and stock-based compensation.
  • Forecasted, prepared, and presented cash flow needs through cross-functional business partnerships with marketing, sales, and supply chain teams resulting in better working capital management.
  • Spearheaded the brainstorming and execution of treasury strategy initiatives, including hedging, through vendor and customer negotiations to reduce the working capital cycle.
  • Managed the logistics demand planner and financial analyst, setting annual objectives and managing the review process.
  • Conducted monthly and weekly volume consensus meetings in partnership with sales and marketing to generate a 30/60/90-day outlook identifying volume opportunities and risks based on trends.
  • Won national awards for leadership, financial acumen, execution excellence, and business partnership.
Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), SAP Implementation, Data Analytics, Supply Chain Management (SCM), Business Cases, Pricing, US GAAP, Financial Accounting, Treasury, Forecasting, P&L Forecasting, Controller, Profitability Analysis, Revenue & Expense Projections, Business Analysis, Sensitivity Analysis, Revenue Management, ERP Implementation, Manufacturing, Essbase, Hyperion

Senior Associate

2013 - 2014
MNP LLP
  • Reviewed cash flow analyses and business projections to determine the future viability of businesses while developing plans for efficient working capital management.
  • Reviewed financial statements under IFRS, US GAAP, and ASPE disclosures meeting compliance requirements for public company filings, improving transparency and understandability of financial information for investors and analysts.
  • Specialized in the performance of public company audit engagements ranging from $8 million to $11 million in revenues with complex business transactions involving multiple stakeholders posing challenges from a performance measurement perspective.
  • Coached and led a team of 1-3 people performing audit fieldwork and providing value-added business advice for client.
Focus areas: Audits, Financial Accounting, Due Diligence, M&A (Buy-side), M&A (Sell-side), US GAAP

Associate

2011 - 2013
EY
  • Interned during the summer of 2010 and assisted a corporate buyer to sell a business unit with financial and commercial due diligence.
  • Gained valuable hands-on experience analyzing accounting treatments for financial statements under IFRS and US GAAP.
  • Built rapport and established trust with a variety of client personnel while identifying, communicating, and resolving issues under tight deadlines.
  • Guided junior members and coached them as they developed skills in UFE exam preparation, fieldwork and building client, and team relationships.
Focus areas: Audits, Financial Accounting, Tests of Controls, Internal Control
2018 - 2021

Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA) in Strategy, Analytics, and Marketing

University of Toronto - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2007 - 2011

Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Finance and Accounting

McGill University - Montreal, Quebec, Canada

AUGUST 2014 - PRESENT

CPA, CA

Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

Finance

Financial Accounting, M&A Modeling, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), M&A (Buy-side), Financial Modeling, Forecasting, P&L Forecasting, CFO, Profitability Analysis, Revenue & Expense Projections, Profitability Optimization, Three-statement Modeling, Revenue Management, Trade Finance, Pricing, Due Diligence, M&A (Sell-side), Price Analysis, Market Research, Budgeting, Cross-border M&A, Controller, Revenue Operations (RevOps)

Output Software

Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint

Data & Analysis Software

Hyperion

Other

Data Analytics, Turnaround, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Business Cases, Business Models, US GAAP, Pitch Decks, Marketing, Strategy, Negotiation, Cost Accounting, Finance, Audits, Corporate Governance, Internal Control, Large-scale Turnaround & Transformation, SAP Implementation, Supply Chain Management (SCM), Treasury, Tests of Controls, Operational Modeling, Controls, IFRS Financial Reporting, Procurement, Sales Analysis, Competitive Intelligence, Interim CFO, Business Modeling, Sensitivity Analysis, Business Analysis, ERP Implementation, Manufacturing, Essbase, Business Strategy, Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (SME), Operations, Sales Consulting

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