CV: Project Accountant / Controller


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 Date Submitted:23-07-2013
 Last Modified:24-07-2013 (07:07)
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 Current job:Project Accountant / Controller
 Employment Term:Either
 Job location:Europe only
 Date available:immediately
 KeywordsProject accountant/controller with both a finance and aerospace engineering background. 11 years of project cost control experience. Excellent analytic, communication and organisation skills. Able to work under pressure to meet deadlines. Back from 8 mont



ACCA - MBA - Top French Aerospace Engineering School


 Project accountant with 11 years of experience in the Aerospace, Transport and Insurance industries.      

        Excellent analytical, communication and organisation skills. Able to work under pressure to meet deadlines.

        Back from 8 months travelling and volunteering in Asia. Immediately available.


Professional Experience


August 2011 – October 2012

Project AccountantCHARTIS EUROPE Headquarters (AIG) (London, UK - Insurance)

Control the costs of a portfolio of 30 projects (IT, Legal and Regulatory) across UK and Europe for FP&A.

Ø  Develop Project Accounting best practicesand improve processes.

·         Audit current practices and provide financial guidance to the Project Management Office team

·         Organize monthly cost reviews to analyse the variance between the estimate and the actuals

·         Lead changes in the monthly accruals posting processto increase financial controls

·         Harmonize the cost recharge across European countries process

·         Design Project Accounting tools and develop reporting requirements


Ø  Prepare summary reports and presentations for the Executive Committee of Chartis Europe.

·         Complete and accurate actual spend of the Project stack

·         Variance analysis: quarterly Actuals against Estimates and yearly Forecast against Budget


Ø  Participate in the European Business case Peer Review.

·         Bi-weekly review of business cases to ensure completeness and consistency of information

·         Reviewof the costs/benefits analysis and advise on the capital/expense split


October 2008 – July 2011

Function Cost Manager THALES Rail Signalling Solutions (London, UK - Transport)

London Underground signalling system upgrade project - Jubilee and Northern lines.

Ø  Finance Business partner allocated to the Testing and System Assurance Departments

·         Prepare the yearly budget: manpower planning (300 000 hours) and non labour cost (£ 1 Million)

·         Produce weekly and monthly reports for Managers to analyse the actual spend

·         Participate actively in the change note process to ensure all deviations are captured

·         Ensure the correct allocation and coding of all financial transactions

·         Support Operational Managers in budgeting, forecasting and decision-making


Ø  Process improvement of the budget preparation and consolidation

·         Create new budget templates to automate the completion and consolidation

·         Centralise and consolidate the 16 departmental templates in a Master file budget

·         Prioritise tasks to meet deadlines


August 2005 – September 2008

Senior Project Controller EADS ASTRIUM (Stevenage, UK - Aerospace)


Ø  Control the costs and sales of Telecommunication satellite Platforms. Budget £ 10 Million.

·         Participate in the Bid process, monitor and negotiate the UK Platform work order

·         Set up the initial budget (labour and direct costs) and create the Work Breakdown Structure

·         Check the monthly actual spend and analyse in detail the variance to the original plan

·         Update the forecast ensuring consistency with schedule, risks and workload profile

·         Maintain the risk register and assess risk likelihood and impact

·         Update the cash flow forecast including foreign currencies management

·         Report the project financial status: revenue, expenditure, margin, cash flow

Ø  Expertise applied to project control processes and tools.

·         Establish a frameworksupporting Project Control role

·         Train new staff and coach team members in the project control tools and processes

·         Improve the reporting, creating new templates post SAP migration

·         Produce and analyse multi-project performance indicators

·         Provide independent feedback on other Business Division Project Control processes


February 2005 – July 2005

Process Manager EADS AIRBUS France (Toulouse, France - Aeronautics)

Ø  Interface between the A380 systems division users (100 people) and software developers.

·         Set up a status report regarding 12 software tools (action, risks and project management, documentation, intranet)

·         Coordinate the deployment of the new software versions

·         Organise training on the Project Management tools and support users


February 2004 – January 2005

Project ControllerTHALES ALENIA SPACE (Toulouse, France - Aerospace)

Ø  Cost control of Telecommunication satellite payloads. Budget: € 40 million.

Ø  Payload bids department Process Manager.

·         Control department costs and review budget forecast

·         Develop standard schedule templates for bids

·         Check costs and schedule bids consistency


November 2001 – January 2004

Project ControllerEADS ASTRIUM (Portsmouth, UK - Aerospace)

Ø  Cost and sales control of Telecommunication satellite payloads. Budget € 50 Million.

Ø  Manufacturing Department cost control (Frequency Generator Unit and Amplifiers).

·         Set up detailed report of time spent by activity using the MRP software (SURF) and analyse the variance with the routing time

·         Implement efficiency indicators

·         Review the department forward load



2011 ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) Qualified Accountant

2001 MBA (Master of Business Administration) - University Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne

2000 Graduated from ENSICA (Ecole National Superieure d'Ingenieurs de Constructions Aeronautiques)

         French National Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering School


Languages and software tools

French: mother tongue - English: fluent spoken and written

Spanish: good knowledge - Italian: good knowledge

Microsoft office: Excel (advanced level), Word, Power Point, Outlook    

Enterprise Resource Planning: SAP (advanced level), MIS, SURF

Cost and schedule planning: P3, Cascade, Artemis

Reporting tools: COGNOS, Business Warehouse, Business Objects


Hobbies and interests

Travelling and Volunteering for charities in Asia from November 12 to June 13, Cycling, Trekking, Theatre

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