Schwarzer - Financial Manager - Rotorua, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

Markus Schwarzer

Rotorua, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

Services

Financial Manager

Summary:

A Finance Manager with an outstanding talent for large scale process improvement and relationship management across complex operational areas with leading multi-national organisations. Financial strategist and leader of change with a record of significant success in large scale capital and services projects.

Work History

Finance Manager Projects (Contract)

HITACHI DATA STORAGE

September 2012 - March 2013

(HDS), UK & Germany Sep 12 - Mar 13
World class provider of data storage management - part of Hitachi ltd No.47 on the FORTUNE Global 500®.
Finance Manager Projects (Contract)
❖ Managed the $100m budget of the Hitachi data storage project of a major German luxury car manufacturer
❖ Worked closely with external worldwide customers on commercial issues including contractual, monetary and investment tracking. Providing the link between technical and commercial affairs.

Project Controller (Contract)

GENESIS ENERGY, NZ

January 2012 - July 2012

Jan 12 - Jul 12
State owned Energy Company, supplying 19% of NZ's electricity from thermal and renewable power stations.
Project Controller (Contract)
❖ Directed financial and accounting support to project managers of board approved and major capital projects (>$200m) to enable timely and accurate delivery of business critical information.
❖ Coached and empowered project managers in the financial management of major projects; streamlined key financial reporting system to significantly increase user-friendliness and identify key commercial risks.
CARTER HOLT HARVEY, NZ
Worldwide producer of Kraft linerboard and hardwood pulp for the Asia-Pacific region.

Regional Finance Manager (Contract)

June 2011 - December 2011

❖ Transferred with high-profile responsibility for the management and control of accounting and administrative functions for all Kinleith Mill operations with a turnover of >$100M.
❖ Led a finance team and managed talent profiles to develop individual operating capacity and substantially contributed to the financial management of the organisation.
❖ Established a streamlined/user friendly monthly management reporting package to include financial and operational data.
❖ Integral member of the senior management executive with specific focus on process improvement; recommended and implemented strategic changes to management reporting functions across the division.

Finance Manager, Reporting & Strategy (Contract)

November 2009 - May 2011

❖ Instrumental member of a team that implemented and monitored corporate requirements for the complex Emission Trading Scheme (ETS); oversaw complete financial input, established ETS accounting systems from conception and recommended strategic changes to the management and monitoring process to the treasury and CFO.
❖ Project managed financials for the $70M upgrade of Tasman mill recovery boiler; established third party KPI's; monitored actual vs. forecasted project costs; collaborated with consulting engineers and executives to ensure full understanding of cost control and financial project liabilities.
❖ Pioneered energy reporting across the business to engender significant savings; monitored and interpreted energy price movements and collated information from relevant utility companies. Implemented comprehensive user-friendly energy reporting tools to enable better understanding by non-financial managers of specific energy costs across the business.

International development

PLAN INTERNATIONAL, UK

August 2008 - July 2009

charity working with communities in 45 countries to alleviate child poverty.
Business Planning Manager (Contract)
❖ Transformed and implemented annual budgeting cycle for an international charity with a network in 64 countries, 78 worldwide offices and annual revenues of £320M.
❖ Created a 60 page budgeting document with technically astute and commercially sensitive information, collaborated extensively across a culturally sensitive organisation to ensure full comprehension of budgeting scope and responsibility.
❖ Project managed integration of German based worldwide payment process in line with German legislation to ensure transfer of £60M to charity sponsored children.
➢ Collaborated with senior executives in Hamburg and several international consultants to ensure payment process transparency and appropriate flow of funds from German donations to the receiving country.
➢ Monitored payment process success over a three month period; prepared project reports for sign-off by the German government.

Senior Financial Business Advisor (Contract)

MINISTRY OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, NZ

May 2007 - July 2008

May 2007 - Jul 2008
Publically owned organisation, supporting vulnerable communities and individuals across New Zealand.
Senior Financial Business Advisor (Contract)
❖ Provided expert advice and support to the deputy chief executive in matters relating to high-profile policy, funding and finance across the policy department.
❖ Constructed and implemented cross-departmental budget of $30M; tracked monthly expenditure against budget and ensured tightly managed finances throughout the division.
❖ Streamlined complex reporting structures and presented financial information to non-finance managers (doctors, researchers and scientists) in user-friendly formats; encouraged and supported budget comprehension across all sub-divisions to empower business-critical decisions.

Senior Management Accountant (Contract)

NEW ZEALAND TRADE & ENTERPRISE

Commercial Advisor (Contract)

CARTER HOLT HARVEY

Project Accountant (Contract)

FLETCHER BUILDING

Senior Financial Analyst (Contract)

AIR NEW ZEALAND

Finance Manager (Contract)

LOGJIZTIX LIMITED

Finance Manager (Contract)

GOODMAN FIELDER

Strategic Project Leader (Contract)

CARTER HOLT HARVEY

Business Information Manager (Contract)

FLETCHER CHALLENGE FORESTS

Senior Partner (Contract)

TEAMS IN BUSINESS LTD

Business Change Agent / Senior Management Accountant

FLETCHER CHALLENGE PAPER

Quality Assurance Manager / Project Accountant

AMCOR PACKAGING

Group Accountant / Cost & Management Accountant

3M NEW ZEALAND LTD

Qualifications & Certifications

Accounting

Fachhochschule fuer Wirschaft

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