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Mark James Preston ACMA / CGMA
 Westhoughton, BL5
Tel 0773 9011804 Email mp@prestonweb.co.uk

Profile
A flexible and adaptable astute CIMA qualified finance professional, I work equally well on my own or as part of a team. During my 11 year career at MAN I was involved in a number of re-organisations as well as systems implementations & developments

Career summary

 

Blackpool Grand Theatre (Arts & Entertainments) Ltd Apr 15 - Present

Finance & Business Manager

 


MHA Lighting Ltd/ MHA Integrated Electronic Services Ltd/ MHA Int-elect Australia Pty Ltd Sep10 - Apr 15
Financial Controller/Company Secretary
• Set up Stock Control system & fixed asset register
• Implementation of Financial controls
• Company Secretarial duties
• Preperation of 2 year budget
• Liasing with Australian advisers
• Assist in company reorganisation / share issue
• Liaise with bank/ invoice finance, accountants, solicitors and insurance companies
• Production of management accounts and cashflow
• HR issues including reorganisation

Trafford Housing Trust Aug10 – Sep10
Interim Accountant
• Analysis of costs and information in preparation of information for HouseMark return

Manchester City Council - Environmental and Legislative services Nov 09 – Jul 10
Senior Finance Manager – Temp
• Analysis of income and expenditure to date and reallocation (temp cost corrected by 20%)
• Meeting with managers to discuss budgets, actuals and corrective action
• Production of budgets & Update budget on system (SAP)
• Review of departmental income and expenditure with a view to changing prices

AI Claim Solutions Aug 09 - Nov 09
Cashier - Temp
AI provide end to end claims management on behalf of leading motor insurers
• Reconciliation of major hire supplier purchase account including authorising invoices raising credit requests and allocating payments
• Negative accruals reconciliation and corrective action (15% reduction in accruals required)

Golden Gates Housing Ltd Mar 09 - May 09
Interim Accountant - Temp
Golden Gates manages 8,900 homes on behalf of Warrington Council
• Resolution of old purchase ledger entries, CIS , Fixed asset and bank account reconciliation
• Payroll reconciliation for 248 staff (full year)
• Assist in production of statutory accounts and liaise with external auditors

Mosscare Housing Ltd Dec 08 - Feb 09
Interim Accountant - Temp
Mosscare is a charitable, not for profit housing association with around 4500 properties in management through the Greater Manchester area.
• Bank reconciliation’s for two group companies and Housing for change co-operative
• Registered Social Landlord Statutory Accounts complete for audit (SORP 2008)
• Fixed asset (housing) reconciliation for 1132 stock transfer properties including major works
• Identify and implementing ways to steamline processes
• Calculating and reconciling RCGF, DPF, loan issue costs/ Premiums and amortising
• Collating Freehold/ Leasehold information for NROSH submission
• Reconciliation balance sheet and payroll accounts (118 staff) and updating of ledger
MAN Truck and Bus UK Ltd Feb 97 - Nov 08
MAN Truck and Bus UK ltd offers a comprehensive range of commercial vehicles, buses, coaches and industrial engines. I have spent my career within the local dealer network
MAN Truck and Bus UK is a wholly owned subsidiary of MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG
2007 - 2008 Regional Financial Controller Manchester (£16 Mill)
2006 - 2007 Regional Financial Controller Midlands (Temporary) (£10 Mill)
2005 - 2006 Management Accountant – Middlewich (£4mill)
2004 - 2005 Management Accountant – MAN ERF Manchester (£41mill)
2002 - 2004 Branch Finance & Admin Manager – MAN Central
1999 - 2002 Management Accountant – MAN Manchester
1997 - 1999 Branch Finance & admin. Manager – MAN Manchester

• Introduction of processes for scanning and electronic authorisation of invoices
• Regional information for statutory accounts to IFRS
• Assist in introduction of composite program (branch comparison tool)
• Meet customers and suppliers to resolve old account issues
• Production of accounts to 3 day deadline managing AR, PR, GL & Payroll
• Responsible for VAT and INTRASTAT
• Assist management in understanding result
• Working with operational staff (including shop floor) to understand production cycle and introduce new controls to reduce costing errors
• Manage up to 7 staff (including appraisals, mentoring / training)
• Production of budgets and forecasts as required by head office
• Liaise with internal (UK & German) and external auditors
• Involved in upgrade of Kalamazoo computer system and the successful implementation of new Kerridge computer system
• Ad hoc training of financial and non financial staff on new computer system
• Reconcile balance sheet accounts, Implement & record fixed asset purchases
• Ensure company policies are adhered to
• Responsible for warranty sub-contract and contract maintenance accounts
• Responsible for ensuring stock & WIP is reflected accurately including running stock checks
• Clear up off work backlog due to implementation of new computer system and reintroduction of controls, which had fallen during the merger (Manchester)
• Oversaw the merging of the West Midlands and Central region into one reporting structure
• Quality manager (ISO 9001:2000) for region

CVS(North West) Ltd – New Company Dec 95 - Feb 97
Accounts Manager
Responsible for the controls and the accounting function for the new company. This also included production of budgets/reports that where presented by the Group Secretary to the bank.

CWS Ltd T/a Hammonds Motor Group Jul 90 – Dec 95
Accounts Assistant
I oversaw the computerisation of the vehicle ledgers and was responsible for the retail shop accounts from 1992 –1994 until this was moved of site.
Late 1993 – 1994 I was responsible for the smooth addition of two new franchises in the vehicle accounting system and received a reward for the controlling of debts. Also undertook cashier duties, purchase/ sales ledger work

Education/System skills
2007 Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) ACMA 2008
1994 The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
1992 BTEC National Certificate Business and Finance
1990 8 Gcse’s
Open Accounts, SAGE, ArcHouse, Kypera Financials, SAP rev 3,SUN, Word / Excel tailored (Pivot tables lookups etc), Access, Kerridge Report writer and in house module training, Assertiveness at work, ISO Auditor, Kalamazoo Accounts, Problem solving

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