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Elaine Mintz Studio City, CA 91604 • 323-445–9968 • email@example.com Senior Finance Executive ~ Entertainment Industry A highly motivated and results-oriented Finance Executive with 20+ years of experience for leading entertainment companies and a Big 4 firm. Possesses strategic thinking, change leadership skills and demonstrates ability to effect change and continuous improvement across diverse stakeholder groups. True change agent focused on business expansion opportunities and a proven track record for championing cost-savings initiatives. Strong project management and technology system implementation experience. Demonstrates ability to lead and develop finance and accounting talent and provide guidance to non- financial management. Considered a valued leader and has effective communication skills. CORE COMPETENCIES Corporate & Operational Finance Performance Metrics Growth and Expansion Strategies Quality, Cost and Performance Improvements Project Management & Systems Deal structure & Contract Negotiations Implementation Lean Accounting Team development and Leadership Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Forensic Accounting and Auditing RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS Delivered +$1M in annual savings: Reduced staffing costs for operations and finance through consolidation of transactional support and streamlining business processes. Improved Days Sales Outstanding by 10+ days: Maximized cash collections, developed and analyzed business intelligence and revised credit policies to ensure portfolio profitability. Lowered Inventory balance by 50%: Developed and implemented management performance reporting to achieve record turnover rates and lower costs. Implemented inventory strategies to focus on "just in time" buying programs to reduce carrying costs. Improved accounting and performance information: Led implementation of new financial systems and reporting for a division of the company, reducing the close cycle and shifted work to value added reporting and analysis. Increased accountability: Championed the development and implementation of key performance measures to evaluate results against key objectives. Improved Customer Service levels: Developed performance metrics and provided coaching and training initiatives to improve service levels to internal and external customers. 1 Elaine Mintz Studio City, CA 91604 • 323-445–9968 • firstname.lastname@example.org PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Paramount Pictures Hollywood, California March 2008 - Present Vice President, Controller, Studio Group Recruited into the company to lead the transformation of financial systems and accounting processes for the Studio Group. Strategically transformed the day-today operations of the finance and accounting functions and improved internal control compliance and risk management. Key leadership role in developing strategy for business expansion opportunities and implementation. Partnerships with operations to drive efficiency, increase productivity and strengthen operational compliance. Designed, established, maintained organizational structure to effectively accomplish goals and objectives. Led major restructuring that cut staffing by 20% without system implementation or enhancements. Ensured the internal control environment is strong and improved upon policies & procedures. Worked towards converting or streamlining some of the multiple accounting software systems onto a more common platform. Recognized as a Top Performer and consistently exceeded established goals for the last 4+ years. The Walt Disney Company Burbank, California January 2003 – March 2008 Director, Consumer Products Directed the contract administration group for the global licensing business; oversaw the deal structure and negotiations through execution. Championed the introduction of quality, cost reduction, and continuous improvement and leading practices to drive efficiencies and profit. Responsible for all financial aspects of licensing deal process: financial review of proposals, ensuring contract/system data integrity throughout contract process, and coordination with Credit and Legal departments. Worked with executive team on segment-wide strategic projects, focused on improving the operational reporting and analysis, systems and process efficiencies. Ensured the business strategy and operations were optimized, provided cost-containment initiatives and on-time delivery of objectives. Recommended and led key performance metric reporting for senior management. Senior Manager, Corporate Controllership Responsible for SEC consolidated financial reporting and analysis, internal reporting and annual audit. Interacted with all divisions, including technical and operations groups, to ensure consistency of actual and forecasted financial data with GAAP accounting treatment and accounting policies. Key project lead in the implementation of the company-wide ERP system, substantially improved the consolidation process and delivery of financial results to the shareholders. Provided solutions to issues and lead training development and programs. 2 Elaine Mintz Studio City, CA 91604 • 323-445–9968 • email@example.com Entertainment, Investment and Technology firms, California April 2000– December 2002 Consultant Developed strategies for business development and expansion opportunities: Prepared valuation of real estate development and investment and technology companies used for obtaining debt/equity funding. Analyzed operating results, streamlined financial processes and established an effective internal control environment of an asset management firm with over $2 billion in real estate investments. Business Development: Initiated relationships with third party companies to explore potential partnership structures; evaluated and verified key strategic and business objectives of prospective partners. Directed due diligence activities for technology start up firms. Managed forensic accounting requirements for a partnership lawsuit. Universal / Seagram, LTD, Universal City, California October 1993 – April 2000 Controller, Consumer Products Top financial position reporting into CFO, responsible for financial operations of international and domestic offices, oversaw the accounting and financial performance of each regional office. Analyzed contract specifications and facilitated a continuous improvement environment of managing and negotiating contract terms for licensing and game development. Represented the Company at the annual Toy Fair, participating in developing partnerships with licensees. Managed international reporting elements, including foreign compliance and foreign exchange transactions, related to the international businesses. Challenged the reporting mechanics and report writer software and implemented improvements in financial management reporting and consolidations, reducing the close down to 3 days. Director, Theme Parks Responsible for reporting and planning of Recreation Division: Analyzed and presented financial results for the theme park, theater, retail and hotels, with over 50 companies, $1 billion in revenue and $300M in annual capital expenditures. Oversaw a complex consolidation process incorporating financial reporting from approximately 10 businesse s, 0 legal entities. Ran the annual budgeting process, including developed policies, procedures, templates and tools for budget inputs; analyzed and reported on variances on a weekly and monthly basis. Recommended operating efficiencies and improvements, revenue enhancements and cost control measures. Overhauled accounting and financial systems, replacing legacy systems, developing new chart of accounts, and upgrading accounting staff. Managed team building and organizational development of finance and accounting staff. EDUCATION Bachelor of Science, Business Administration & Accounting University of Southern California 3
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