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Didzis Silis

Didzis Silis

Riga, Latvia
Member since March 1, 2017
Didzis has worked at Nokia and controlled the financials of fast-paced projects in Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe (including a $125 million mobile network roll-out in Ukraine). He enjoys freelancing as it allows him to help clients solve non-routine financial challenges, to meet new people, and to continuously grow. He's worked mainly at large, global companies, but he has also built several financial models for startups.
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Academic Highlights
Case studies
  • Financial Model for a Startup
  • Regional Reporting Dashboard
  • Financial Analysis of Company X
Industry Expertise
  • Telecommunications
Software Expertise
  • Microsoft Excel
Other Expertise
  • Cost Control
  • Financial Modeling
  • Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)
  • Forecasting
  • Profitability Analysis
  • SAP ERP
Employment
  • Consultant | Founder
    Amberfide
    2015 - PRESENT
    • Carried out a business control process analysis (aka a "health check") project of an international telecommunications customer—identified issues and made improvement recommendations.
    • Consulted for an international telecommunications customer in a complex switch between revenue recognition methods—collected the required input from various parts of the organization, calculated the relevant adjustments, performed and documented all necessary reconciliations, filled-in and presented the proposed posting templates to the customer's finance team, and handed over all documentation to the relevant business controller.
    • Revised and made recommendations on the financial model of a new MVNO startup company in Mexico.
    • Set up and developed the Amberfide consulting business—built the financial model (P&L, cash flow, balance sheet), wrote the business plan, registered the entity, organized the cooperation with outsourced accounting provider, managed customer invoicing process, represented the company in a number of trade events, and contacted potential customers.
    • Developed the website of Amberfide (including a Google Analytics configuration, inserting LinkedIn plugins and other items).
    Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Revenue & Expense Projections, Financial Modeling, Cash Flow Forecasting, Revenue Management, Business Plan Development, Fundraising, Three Statement Operating Model
  • Manager, Controlling
    Circle K
    2012 - 2015
    • Built from scratch and led an FP&A team of 11 finance analysts/controllers for the newly established Circle K Business Centre (serving business units in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia).
    • Created a cost-forecasting model and reporting process for an ERP replacement project (covering the business across 8 countries and more than 18,000 employees).
    • Managed the delivery of various group-level finance processes and projects (internal cost allocations and intercompany invoicing between all business units, calculation of central IT cost distribution to business units)—ensuring that the co-existence support for the ERP replacement project went uninterrupted.
    • Built a new operating cost budgeting model for the Business Centre and a transparent subsequent service fee calculation model for all the business units.
    • Managed the monthly closing process, P&L forecasting and reporting, as well as the service fee invoicing for the Business Centre.
    • Supported the Business Centre's managing director and finance director with various ad hoc reports and presentations.
    • Received an offer by the head-office in Norway to build and lead the financial work stream of a group-level M&A project (in recognition of the quality of the financial models that I had built).
    • Led the financial work stream of a corporate restructuring and divestment project of a business unit operating across 8 countries in Europe with 470 employees and annual sales around $150 million.
    • Prepared a carve-out balance sheet for the business unit subject to transaction.
    • Carried out a detailed monthly working capital analysis.
    • Filled-in the due diligence data book (balance sheet and general sections) and coordinated the preparation of a P&L section.
    • Presented the data book to the external vendor due diligence provider and closed open items in cooperation with the business unit's finance and business management team.
    Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Budgeting, Project Finance, Revenue & Expense Projections, Variance Analysis, Financial Modeling, Finance Shared Services Management, ERP Replacement, Working Capital Management, Mergers & Acquisition, Due Diligence, Demerger, Balance Sheet Calculation
  • Senior Cost and Progress Manager
    Nokia
    2011 - 2012
    • Implemented the cost management process in a network operations outsourcing project across 5 countries in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru); represented a business of 1,000 employees.
    • Managed the creation and updating of the consolidated cost baseline/budget for all 5 countries.
    • Supported the CBT customer operations manager and finance-and-control head by providing regular and ad-hoc cost reports or analyses.
    • Coached and supported country-level cost-and-progress managers, and organized regular calls/meetings to drive cost management process improvement.
    • Took over the finance-and-control team and made improvements to the monthly regional project financial dashboard (a consolidated Excel model for all 5 countries).
    • Took on a new role within Nokia as a customer business controller for a customer team in Qatar.
    • Supported the head of the customer team in all financial-related matters (including financial target setting, key change programs, strategy and business decision making).
    • Managed the optimization of the customer team's balance sheet, including cash collection and credit control.
    • Ensured the timely and accurate revenue recognition for all the contracts in the team.
    • Managed the forecasting, reporting, and analysis of all customer team-related financials.
    • Built a new financial model to speed-up and improve the accuracy and transparency of the monthly reporting process.
    Focus areas: Budgeting, Financial Modeling, Budget Controls, Cost Reduction & Optimization, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Revenue & Expense Projections, Variance Analysis, Profitability Analysis, Cash Flow Forecasting, Revenue Management, Working Capital Management
  • Finance Controller
    Circle K
    2010 - 2011
    • Implemented a new and efficient operating expenditure (OPEX) forecasting tool and process for the Latvian business unit; coordinated the macros development, presented the new process, and provided training to cost center managers.
    • Developed the FY2011 reporting model templates for all business units and the consolidation file (Excel) for the head-office control team in Norway.
    • Ensured monthly OPEX forecasting and control, and coordinated the annual budgeting process for the Latvian business unit.
    • Supported the head office's control team in the carve-out and subsequent IPO process of Statoil Fuel & Retail on Oslo Stock Exchange by delivering various ad hoc analyses and reports related to the Latvian business unit.
    • Supported the head office's procurement in international tender by helping to efficiently consolidate data from various business units.
    • Delivered weekly operational results and various presentations for management.
    Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Budgeting, Revenue & Expense Projections, Variance Analysis, Financial Modeling, Listings on Stock Exchanges
  • Business Controller
    Lattelecom
    2008 - 2009
    • Managed the business control, quarterly forecasting, and month-end reporting processes of 2 business units.
    • Prepared business cases for new investments, presented to the board investment committee and controlled the actual results of each business case.
    • Represented 2 business units in internal audit procedures.
    • Prepared ad hoc reports to the business-unit directors, members of the board, as well as to the finance management of the company.
    • Set up and managed a team of 2 dedicated business analysts.
    Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Budgeting, Revenue & Expense Projections, Variance Analysis, Financial Modeling, Profitability Analysis, Capital Investment Appraisals
  • Project Controller
    Nokia
    2004 - 2008
    • Set up and managed the planning and monthly reporting processes: service cost forecasting, cost accruals, accounting and cost-control database reconciliation, pre-payment risk management, and customer billing management.
    • Set up and managed the flow of accounting documents between Nokia Networks Ukraine and outsourced accounting provider as well as to the head office in Finland.
    • Implemented Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) control points in the project.
    • Reduced a major customer-invoicing backlog and increased sales by managing weekly status meetings with local project and regional management teams, documenting and controlling the status of action points, and presenting a summary of weekly progress.
    • Received an affirmative review of the project management process in the Ukraine by Nokia Networks Head of Global F&C and received an offer from Nokia Networks CEMEA Region F&C management to manage the project business control for a new, strategically important project in the Middle East.
    • Took on an additional temporary role for 3 months by covering the duties of the cost-and-progress manager.
    • Prepared the project cost budget, optimized the subcontractor PO process, established a PO check against the project cost budget, established an open PO and payment feedback process with subcontractors, and led a team of 4 cost and progress engineers.
    • Led successfully the customer billing negotiations—developing a proposal, presenting, and agreeing the contractual services invoicing milestones with the finance department of the customer organization.
    • Completed an internal accounting postings investigation, identified several unjustified payments to vendors, and managed a successful return of these to the company.
    Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Budgeting, Project Finance, Revenue & Expense Projections, Variance Analysis, Financial Modeling, Profitability Analysis, Cash Flow Forecasting, Budget Controls, Cost Control
Education
  • Designation Holder in Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)
    Chartered Institute of Management Accountants - London, UK
    2009 - 2017
  • Bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Administration
    Stockholm School of Economics in Riga - Riga, Latvia
    2001 - 2004
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