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Lesley Younie

Lesley Younie

Decision Support Manager

Location
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Industry
Accounting
Current
  1. The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (RBS Group)
Previous
  1. Agilent Technologies,
  2. Telewest Communications PLC (Virgin Media),
  3. Dawson International PLC
Education
  1. The Open University
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The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (RBS Group)

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (RBS Group)

Decision Support Manager, Chief Administration Office (CAO)

– Present

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A highly respected Decision Support Manager and Senior Business Partner.

Finance Lead accountable for the financial control and financial decision making for significant group-wide strategic change project initiatives, with total investment c. £130m and operations and management implementation teams with headcount c. 110.

Expert in the analysis, synthesis, structuring and effective communication of financial and operational information, to enable and support intelligent, informed and effective business decision making. Delivered through a highly structured and analytical process of deep data analysis; resource analysis, cost driver analysis, historic data analysis, comparative data analysis, tests for internal data consistency and trend exception reporting and monitoring framework, to drive business change, demonstrable performance improvement and cost reduction.

Energetic, delivery focused, value adding finance professional with a proven track record of successfully delivering business case development, business case analysis, benefits management, cost reduction and generating incremental revenue; absolute cost reduction of £2.6m and £0.550m incremental revenue delivered via change management and gross margin improvement programmes.

I have travelled and worked internationally, visiting the following countries :

• Argentina
• Austria
• Australia
• Belgium
• Brazil
• Canada
• France
• Germany
• Norway
• Russia
• Thailand
• USA

I have appreciated the benefits of the many unique cultural experiences explored.

Specialties:• Strategy planning
• Budgeting
• Management information and reporting
• Project planning
• Cost reduction
• Gross margin improvement
• Strengthening business controls
• Forecast accuracy of +/-2%
• Relationship building
• Decision support
• Dashboard design / visual analytics
• Balanced scorecard
• Revenue performance management
• Designing performance management systems
• Project accounting
• Process improvement
• Change management
• Governance and oversight

Experience

Decision Support Manager, Chief Administration Office (CAO)

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (RBS Group)
– Present (4 years 3 months)

Decision Support Manager and Senior Finance Business Partner specialising in decision support, financial control of project execution and delivery, cost management, cost reduction, business case review, analysis and challenge, and budgeting and forecasting.

Finance Lead accountable for the financial control and financial decision making for six significant Group strategic change project initiatives, with total investment c. £130m and operations and management implementation teams with headcount c. 110.

Project and Commercial Finance Lead for a high performance value adding professional service function, engaging with an internal client base comprising the senior Leadership Team within the Chief Operating Office, responsible for Strategy, Change Management, Programme Management, Prioritisation & Governance and Technology implementation.

Senior Business Analyst

Agilent Technologies
(9 years 2 months)

Senior Business Analyst specialising in driving gross margin improvement, reporting to the Divisional Finance Director for Electronic Measurement Devices, with sales revenue of £160m pa, focused on delivering outstanding Customer and Network Assurance Solutions to the mobile and fixed line telecommunications sector.

Pivotal Finance Lead for a high performance value adding professional service function, serving an internal client base comprising senior management within Manufacturing, Procurement, Marketing and Field Technical Support functions across Europe, North America and Asia regions. Primarily focused on identifying, driving and monitoring gross margin improvement, cost reduction, relationship building and restructuring activities through identifying process weaknesses and implementing strengthened business controls. Demonstrably delivered an absolute cost reduction of £2.6m and £0.550m incremental revenue.

Management Accountant

Telewest Communications PLC (Virgin Media)
(5 years 2 months)

Management Accountant specialising in designing performance management systems, reporting to the Budgeting and Planning Manager for Telewest Scotland and North East Region, with sales revenue of £140m pa, focused on delivering digital TV and fixed line telecommunication services to a consumer subscriber base of. c. 40,000.

An influential member of a newly created finance team, serving an internal client base comprising management within Customer Services, Sales, Telesales, Marketing, IT and Customer Accounts; focused on designing and developing the management accounting systems, cost centre reporting and marketing analysis. Demonstrably delivered a responsive professional service function for management accounting.

Accounts Assistant

Dawson International PLC
(3 years 9 months)

Accounts Assistant reporting to the Group Finance Director of Pringle, a subsidiary of Dawson International PLC, the group holding company for a number of internationally recognised Scottish knitwear brands, with sales revenue of £100m pa.

Key Achievements :

Won a six month secondment to KPMG Audit Practice. Seconded to New York Office to deliver year-end accounts and ensure audit compliance

Key member of internal consulting team; objective to drive cost base reduction and improve operational efficiencies

Education

The Open University

MBA (Open)

ACMA - Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

Management Accounting

University of Aberdeen

MA Hons, Accountancy

Skills

  • Change Management
  • Forecasting
  • Process Improvement
  • Business Intelligence
  • Strategy Planning
  • Accounting
  • Project Finance
  • Business Strategy
  • Cost Reduction
  • Cost Management
  • Cost Control
  • Gross Margin Improvement
  • Business Process...
  • Business Case...
  • Decision Support
  • Budgeting
  • Capital Budgeting
  • Expense Budgeting
  • Relationship Building
  • Financial Reporting
  • Business Partnering
  • Management Information...
  • Balanced Scorecard
  • KPI
  • Dashboards
  • Dashboard Design
  • Dashboard / Visual...
  • Project Planning
  • Financial Analysis
  • Performance Management
  • Revenue Performance...
  • Risk Management
  • Project Accounting
  • Team Building
  • Planning
  • Governance and Oversight
  • Finance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Strategic Business...
  • Business Analytics
  • Expense Management
  • Cost Reduction...
  • Cost Reduction...
  • Budgets
  • Strategy
  • Management
  • Analysis
  • Managerial Finance
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