Firat Aytas, Finance Expert in Berlin, Germany
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Firat Aytas

Verified Expert  in Finance

Management Consulting Expert

Berlin, Germany
Toptal Member Since
May 4, 2022

Firat is a regional finance director with a balance sheet of €80 million under his control since 2018. He has implemented FX hedging strategies, secured investment subsidies, and managed tax and financial audits. He is an expert on P&L optimization and strategy development, an MBA, and a former business development director who orchestrated several M&As whose values range between €20-and €100 million. Firat enjoys new challenges from different sectors.

Career Highlights

Education Highlights

Case Studies

Work Experience

Regional Finance Business Partner

2018 - PRESENT
KWS Group
  • Completed the financial and administrative transition of Mediterranean group companies from a service center organization to central Berlin, ensuring 100% business and service uptime.
  • Transformed the financial plan and processes of Mediterranean group companies while maintaining a regional growth of ten% per/annum with improved profitability.
  • Avoided FX risks for non-EUR entities by transforming the business into a local currency business, ensuring natural hedging.
  • Oversaw cash-flow planning and management, hedging, financial engineering, and dividend payment.
  • Managed the net operating working capital of the entities, where sectoral needs to extend the periods up to 2.5 years for the full cash cycle to be completed.
  • Accountable for all tax and compliance procedures followed and requirements met on time. Main contact point and responsible for financial, tax, and customs audits. Performed and avoided penalties on three audits in Italy and Turkey.
  • Acted as the primary facilitator of subsidy and subvention program applications. Secured €5 million, R&D, and investment subsidies in 2.5 years in the entire region.
  • Managed post-M&A integration and evaluation of ongoing investment programs.
Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Financial Management, Risk Management, Organizational Change Management (OCM), Cash Management

Director of Finance and Operations

2015 - 2018
NUH Group Industrial Construction
  • Completed the financial due diligence, legal counseling, contract preparation, C-level deal closing, and ownership transfer of €100+ million valued assets under three months.
  • Transformed former Solarion AG into OC3 AG and led the financial management of the facility for two years while the insolvent facility returned to full-scale operations.
  • Prepared and closed project proposals and sales decks for B2B project sales valued between €200,000 and €2 million. Managed the supply chain and contract management of the facility with a hands-on approach.
Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Business Transformation, Organizational Change Management (OCM), Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Investor Relations, Cash Management

Financial Analyst

2014 - 2015
  • Completed the database design for NPL call center evaluation and respective customer due diligence activities.
  • Managed NPL account segmentation, campaign design, launch, operation, and evaluation.
  • Ran self-standing projects such as service management for banks and financial institutions.
Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Debt

FP&A Analyst

2013 - 2014
General Motors
  • Prepared the annual budget and conducted daily treasury activities, banking transactions, and related cash flow analysis.
  • Completed the monthly consolidation of respective budget owners' input and preparation of year-end financial outlook.
  • Conducted daily treasury activities, banking transactions, and related cash flow analysis.
Focus areas: Financial Reporting
2011 - 2012

Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA) in Finance

Politecnico di Milano - Milan, Italy

2004 - 2010

Bachelor's Degree in Mechatronics Engineering

Sabanci University - Istanbul, Turkey


Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Financial Management, Cash Management, Pricing, Forecasting, Market Research, Financial Modeling, Revenue Modeling, Data Analysis, Debt, Financial Reporting, GAP Analysis

Output Software

Microsoft Excel


Business Planning, Management Consulting, Risk Management, Business Transformation, Balance Sheet Optimization, P&L Management, Change Management, Strategy, Management Consultant on Demand, Revenue Analysis, Networking, Financial Statements, Organizational Change Management (OCM), Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Investor Relations, Organizational Design, Leadership, Cost Analysis, Innovation Management, Business Modeling, Business Models, Business Strategy, SAP, Engineering, Coding, Fundraising Consultant, Process Design, Procurement

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