Country Group Controller
2013 - 2014
CRH Europe Products & Distribution
- Supported €2.0 billion division CEO and various country CEOs in a matrix organization. I was responsible for a division cluster of three platforms in three countries with a manufacturing footprint focused on concrete and clay assets with sales of over €0.8 billion.
- Led a Europe-wide cross-functional working capital project which led to a €40+ million reduction in working capital across the division. This included making the case for change, creating urgency, creating practical self-assessment tools, encouraging competition, and focusing on poor performers.
- Led a post-acquisition M&A review which resulted in a €0.4 billion impairment for the division (Europe products).
- Actively reviewed valuation models and helped with post-acquisition integration for a mid size manufacturing acquisition in Belgium.
- Worked with Benelux CEO and McKinsey as part of a strategic review within a wider divisional portfolio review.
- Represented the financial voice of the division in review meetings with the divisional CEO.
- Assisted operating company and country management with major capital expenditure and restructuring proposals with cross-functional input from plant managers, sales directors, and operating company CEOs.
- Provided hands-on support of company finance directors/controllers (e.g., helping with root cause analysis or coaching around the numbers).
Focus areas: Portfolio Analysis, Portfolio Optimization, Restructuring, Plant Accounting, Large-scale Turnaround & Transformation, Turnaround Management, Monthly, Quarterly, & Annual Close Procedures, Accounting Monthly Close Process, Management Accounting, Financial Accounting, Investor Reporting, Investor Relations, Investor Presentations, Institutional Investors, Working Capital Management, Cash Flow Analysis, Cash Flow Modeling, Cash Flow, Cash Flow Forecasting, Projected Cash Flow, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Inventory Management, Capex Budgeting & Inventory Management, CAPEX, Financial Asset Impairment Models, Strategy, Strategy Planning, Sales Strategy, Company Strategy, Talent Strategy, Finance Strategy, Projects, Project Tracking, Project Delivery, Project Planning, Project Lifecycle, Executive Coaching, Mentorship & Coaching, Operations Reviews, Analytical Review, Independent Business Reviews, IFRS, IFRS Consolidation, Consolidated Reporting, Cost Reduction & Optimization, Budgeting, Budget Modeling, Annual Budgets, Market Research & Analysis, Trend Forecasting, Sales Forecast Management, Forecasting, Rolling Forecasts, Macroeconomic Forecasting, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Divestitures, Change Management, Leadership, Leadership Development, Transformational Leadership, Cross-functional Team Leadership, Cross-cultural Management, Fixed Costs, Control & Cost Analysis, Cost Control, Controller, Controllership, Controlling, Financial Controlling, Corporate Controller, Scenario Analysis, Investment Return Scenario Analysis, Scenarios, Culture Development, Board Decks, Board Presentations, BOARD Reporting, Executive Presentations