John A.

Summary

Given my extensive background driving sustainable financial management procedures, I am confident that my skill set and background align perfectly with your need for a Finance Professional.

Leveraging my field training and hands-on understanding of regulatory, organisational, and client management practices, I can contribute efficient, accurate, and fruitful project results. I can also provide you with relief knowing your team will run like a well-oiled machine under my leadership as I am passionate about blending frontline operations with backend strategic planning to prompt overall success.

Additionally, my unparalleled ability to establish and maintain cross-collaborative cultures among executive teams and stakeholders has transformed me into a proactive change agent and mentor. I excel in demanding, highly visible environments and these qualities attract me to an organisation such as yours.

A snapshot of my career-wide successes thus far would highlight:

• Spearheading financial management tasks—including budget development, forecasting, reporting, strategic planning, and risk management to drive overall business success.
• Driving teams through the development and implementation of strategic financial procedures, while establishing effective operational processes and structures to propel business success.
• Developing, training, and managing staff to increase technical skills and enhance overall operations and performance.

Experience

Head of Finance and Operations
VSO International, Ghana
Ghana
August-2010 - Present

VSO International, Ghana Head of Finance & Operations, 8/2010 – Present
 Deliver financial strategic direction and proactive assistance to the country director in analysing the implications of financial issues in the short- and longer-term objectives.
 Devise and implement the financial management policies and practices to achieve organisational goals and objectives.
 Ensure seamless project operations by developing a budget for project proposal and country office, as well as reforecasting and monitoring of all country office budgets.
 Provide strategic guidance and leadership to managers and staff in all matters relating to financial management for their capacity building.
 Deliver active functional support to programme managers on setting, implementation of project budgets and financial reporting, and ensuring compliance with agreed funding terms.
 Manage strategic partners such government agencies, financial institutions and external auditors

Key Contributions:
 Administered the comic relief grant of GBP4M for five year grant and satisfied the stakeholder/donor resulting in achieving a second phase of GBP2.267M for another three years, as well as a private sector grant from Mondelez International of USD6M.  Developed proposal and secured a USD 2M Mondelez grant by directing a country office team as an acting country director.

Project Finance Officer
Cowater International, Canada
Ghana
October-2008 - August-2010

Project Finance Officer, 10/2008 – 8/2010
 Formulated a monthly financial report by levering accounting tool (QuickBooks) to CIDA.
 Conformed to internal revenue service act and the social security act and accordingly prepared monthly payroll and incorporated overtime payments where applicable.
 Co-ordinated effectively with districts to ensure that procurement of goods and services in line with CIDA procurement guidelines and Ghana Public Procurement Act (GPPA).

Key Contribution:
 Fostered strong strategic relationships with government ministries/departments/agencies, other stakeholders, and financial institutions

Project Finance and Adminstrative Manager
Wardrop Engineering Inc, Canada
Ghana
January-2000 - September-2008

Project Finance & Administrative Manager,
 Contributed in the management of all aspects of project including project implementation as well as monitoring and evaluation processes.
 Identified the areas needs for improvement and accordingly organised training sessions for the finance team to increase performance efficiency.
 Enhanced process efficiency by supervising, appraisal and management of program support staff. Key Contribution:
 Collaborated effectively with local partner organisations for contract creation, execution and analysis to maximize operational and financial performance, while reducing financial risk.

Additional experience as Audit Assistant at Ghana Cotton Company Ltd and Tax Assistant/ Assistant Inspector of Taxes at Internal Revenue Service.

Education

MSc in Professional Accountancy
University of London
United Kingdom
January-2016 - December-2016
ACCA
Professional Membership
United Kingdom
January-2010 - September-2016
MBA Finance
Sikkim Manipal University
India
September-2013 - June-2015
MA in Human Resource Management
University of Cape Coast
Ghana
June-2011 - January-2013