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Suzanne O'Donnell

Co-operative Group

Location
Bury, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Industry
Accounting
Current
  1. The Co-operative Group
Previous
  1. Pearson VUE,
  2. Trackcars Services UK Ltd, Warrington,
  3. Airbus
Education
  1. University of Central Lancashire
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The Co-operative Group

The Co-operative Group

Assistant Accountant

– Present

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Background

Summary

Self motivated, enthusiastic and confident Accounting and Business Graduate with ambition to become an Accountant. Hard working individual who enjoys challenges, holding down a full time job whilst studying towards her CIMA qualification. Excellent team player with the ability to work on her own. A Distinction in a 12 month Industrial placement has shown she is an extremely focused person who retains a positive attitude even in difficult situations. Experience using Accounting software SAP and Oracle.

Experience

Assistant Accountant

The Co-operative Group
– Present (1 year 5 months)Manchester, United Kingdom

Produce period end and weekly flash petrol margin reports. Monitor and analyse petrol sales receipts and stockholding information ensuring all required data is received from operations

Produce period end and weekly wastage and leakage analysis. Continually look for reporting improvements, and implement changes that will add value for customers and benefit working practices of the team

Provide financial analysis and support to Operations colleagues. Offer advice and develop relevant ad hoc reports if needed so that productive relationships are in place

Process all wastage and freezer loss adjustments and investigate any discrepancies. Liaise with operations so that all wastage is correctly processed and errors are adjusted within the relevant time period

Develop both self and team to improve performance and meet business objectives. Ensure training is up to date in key reports / models & analytical tools. Actively assist line management in the training and development of management accounts team

Assistant Accountant

Pearson VUE
(1 year)Manchester, United Kingdom

Balance sheet reconciliations
This includes balance sheet reconciliations for property and revenue, prepayments and accruals.

Client Billing
Invoicing clients on a monthly basis. I work alongside the clients and solve any queries that may arise.

Oracle report writing
Experience using oracle to write reports to assist with the month end process.

Recording and accounting of revenue
Including monthly reconciliation of revenue, unbilled and debtors

Analysis of nominal codes for the monthly management accounts including comparison to the latest forecast.

Forecasting and budgeting
Involving participating in the annual operating plan and quarterly forecasts; holding meetings and collating information and requirements from budget holders and senior managers across the business. Consolidating the information within the given time scales. This work often means advising budget holders how they can mitigate any risks which may provide a variance to the plan.

Recording and posting of bank account transactions

Preparation of the business development pack
Liaising with the business development team to provide KPI’s and commentary on any variances in revenue to plan. This involves investigating external factors which may affect test delivery for the UK, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Monthly bank reconciliations

Payment of property costs
Manage 140 properties in the UK, liaise with landlords to agree rent reviews and ensure all queries are dealt with in a timely manner. Also includes set up of standing orders and direct debits

Accounts Assistant

Trackcars Services UK Ltd, Warrington
(3 months)

Raising invoices at the end of each month
Paying the suppliers
Bank reconciliations, accruals and prepayments
Reconciling payments and receipts
Preparation of VAT returns

Finance Intern

Airbus
(1 year 1 month)

Duties Included:
Evaluating Capital Projects

Controlling and managing recurring and non-recurring costs

Preparation and distribution of expenditure and commitment reports

Accruals and prepayments

Variance analysis

Forecasting and budgeting

Graphical representation of main key performance indicators

Work in progress reports and KPIs

Achievements
As part of my final year at university I have completed a project for Airbus, I approached one of the senior managers of the Finance team and he identified a project for me to complete as part of my degree course.
The project required me to work with various senior managers across different departments. The project deliverable was to produce a financial model to accurately calculate internal costs of production to benchmark against external bids.

In order to complete the project I had to understand how the internal costs were being calculated and why the current system was not working. After speaking to various project managers I established that there was not a common approach. Each project manager was calculating costs using his/her own method. This often resulted in costs being missed. I organised a group meeting so that I could better understand what information was required. I produced a list of all the information required and established where the data would come from.

I used a number of excel functions in order to design and produce a user friendly spreadsheet which automatically calculated labour costs and gave the user the ability to include non-recurring costs. Once the model was produced I asked some project managers to trial the spreadsheet, I received positive feedback and presented the model to the senior finance manager.

The model was well received by the senior finance manager and he decided to use the document throughout the company.

Skills

  • Course Representative...
  • Full Clean UK Driving...
  • Team Work
  • Communication skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Problem solving
  • Adaptable
  • IT Skills in Microsoft...
  • Skills with Accounting...
  • CIMA Student
  • Time Management
  • Forecasting
  • Accounting
  • Budgets
  • Variance Analysis
  • Financial Reporting
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Analysis
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Accruals
  • Process Improvement
  • Analytical Skills
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Education

University of Central Lancashire

Bachelor's Degree, Accounting and Business, First Class Honours with a Distinction in an Industrial Placement

Modules Studied: Advanced Financial Accounting, Advanced Management Accounting, Corporate Finance. Information systems and Business environments, Accounting Information Systems and Control Issues, Business Strategy

Activities and Societies: Course Representative A course representative acts as a formal channel of communication between the students, and the course management. I became a course representative as it gave me the opportunity to identify and counter any problems that may inhibit learning development. Being a course representative has been very beneficial as my ability to constructively criticise and be objective has improved .The meetings require a professional attitude to communicate with different levels of management

Holy Cross College, Manchester

Activities and Societies: A Level: Mathematics D, English Language C, Psychology B, General Studies B AS Level: Biology C UCAS points: 380

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