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SAM JOHNSON, CPA

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Notable Achievements:

  • Credited with the introduction of operating margin analysis by item, contributing to a reduction of inventory levels by 29% on a 2% increase in sales.

  • Streamlined the merchandise planning process and increased inventory-buying opportunities through the development and implementation of data warehouse and data mining tools.

  • Developed Analysis Team, implemented Hyperion Essbase data analysis tools for merchandise performance and inventory management and shortened data updating from 7 days to 2.

  • Implemented inventory buying strategies to focus on “never out of stock” programs for key merchandise collections.

VICE PRESIDENT – CONTROLLER 1995 – 1997

Top financial position reporting to the CFO, responsible for a department of 100 individuals overseeing all financial reporting, general accounting, inventory accounting, sales auditing, and special handling. Recognized for integrating finance function into daily operations. Took leadership role and worked closely with department heads to drive process and cost improvements throughout the organization.

Notable Achievements:

  • Streamlined shipping to Canada by leading project that involved directing IT, Distribution, Customer Service teams, and negotiating third party contacts. Built alliances for bulk shipments, worked with Canadian government to ensure compliance, and grew market from $10M to $20M. Efforts were subsequently leveraged to the Japanese marketplace.

  • Identified and led effort to recapture US Duty on parcels shipped out of the United States resulting in annual savings of $125K.

DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING OPERATIONS 1994 – 1995 DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL REPORTING 1990 – 1994

Reporting to the CFO, hired and directed team of 3 individuals responsible for the Division’s budgeting, forecasting, reporting, and regulatory compliance.

Notable Achievements:

  • Designed and led implementation of new financial systems including General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Catalogue Cost Accounting, and Financial Reporting for multiple companies within the Division.

  • Analyzed corporate tax structure and taxes paid producing first year savings of $70K for workers compensation expense, $80K in property taxes, and $350K in sales and use taxes.

KPMG PEAT MARWICK COLUMBUS, OH One of the world’s leading providers of assurance, tax, legal, and financial advisory services.

MANAGER AND SUPERVISING SENIOR 1986 – 1990 Led and participated in numerous financial audits for organizations of various sizes.

  • Served as Office Computer Controls Specialist; audited Change Controls, Access Controls, and Physical Controls to financial and non-financial systems.

  • Recognized as Statistical Audit Specialist providing assurance and verification of auditing sample sizes to ensure statistically valid results.

  • Selected to be National Instructor in accounting and reporting standards for government services.

EDUCATION

BA, Accounting Walsh University, Ohio Certified Public Accountant, Ohio

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