Surrey, BC Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To provide financial leadership for a progressive international organization. To utilize and share my financial expertise in areas including P&L, Balance Sheet, Financial Control responsibility, Cash Flow, Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis, Forecasting, Business Analysis, Evaluation of Growth Alternatives, and Acquisitions and Integration to further the objectives of the business.
- 17 years of international professional experience as a success-oriented leader of major initiatives across numerous industry sectors
- Highly mobile with a great adaptability to foreign cultures
- Leader of successful 2010 SAP implementation with significant ERP experience
- Managed large, global finance organizations with record of developing strong teams and transforming financial functions
- Extensive international experience; particularly focused throughout Europeand America
- Specialties include ERP implementations/upgrades, International/globalfinancial management, Driving change/process improvement, Internal control/SOX
Professional Work Experience
Challenge – This candidate has a wide range of experience; however, the resume does not indicate that they will be familiar with Canadian accounting practices and principles. Should I screen this candidate out?
Solution – For many occupations, skills are transferable across industries. The experience of the candidate indicates that they have worked for companies that maintain operations in a number of locations; therefore it may be observed that the candidate has had exposure to the practices of a number of countries. Further, the accounting designation held by the candidate is internationally recognized.
Investigation during the interview can provide you with insight into the candidate’s familiarity with Canadian practices and / or ability to learn and apply new practices.
Professional Development Courses
Institution: Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
Courses: A Variety of Mastercourses Annually
Challenge – Unfamiliarity with an institution can result in pre-judgments or questioning of the credibility of the education. I’m nervous about these credentials. Should I screen the candidate out?
Solution – First, determine if the educational credential is essential to the role. If it is and the resume appears to be that of an otherwise qualified candidate, ask the individual to have his / her credentials evaluated. There are a variety of services that can be accessed for this purpose, and they are listed on the Assessing Academic Credentials page.
If you would like suggestions about how to make the request of this candidate, see the Assessing Academic Credentials page, under the challenge heading: Can I request that a candidate has his / her academic credentials assessed? Who pays for a candidate’s academic credential assessment?
Volunteer Work Experience
Global Business Challenge Group Moderator - 01/2011 - Present
Chartered Insitute of Management Accountants - CIMAspere Community Online
- Facilitate group discussions in the Global Business Challenge Group
- Provide content resources
- Recruit group members
Other Work Experience
Finance Planning Manger – 06/1995 – 06/2001 Abbott Inc.
Financial Analyst – 05/1993 – 06/1995 PeopleSoft / Oracle
Challenge – Overall the candidate’s use of the English language appears strong and they indicate that they are proficient in English. Should I check language proficiency?
Solution – In addition to the actual resume and the stated level of language proficiency, the experience outlined in the resume can also provide an indication as to English proficiency. This candidate has worked for international companies in senior positions; which typically requires English proficiency. There is ample evidence to indicate that this candidate is proficient in English. Proceed with the assumption that he or she is proficient.
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
Driving Down Costs - Financial Management Magazine (Fall 2010)
- Microsoft Office Suite - Intermediate
- Computer Operations - Intermediate
- SAP - Advanced
- Paycor Software - Intermediate
- PeopleSoft/Oracle - Advanced
- Leadership Skills - Advanced
- Communication Skills – Advanced
- Financial Analysis & Planning – Advanced
- Confidentiality - Advanced
- Detail Orientation - Advanced
Challenge – We have asked that the candidate for this role hold a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation. Is a CIMA equivalent; the names sound similar? How can I find out?
Solution – Finance is not a regulated profession so a designation is not required by law for a person to practice. The requirement for a CMA is likely intended to ensure that the candidate is able to lead a practice within Canadian GAAP and countries of other operations as applicable. The question becomes, does the CIMA fit this requirement?
The overview on the CIMA website will allow you to see that the CIMA designation is recognized internationally. To find out how it compares to the designation you are seeking, you can speak with both the CMA and CIMA to determine the equivalence.