Interim Director of Financial Planning & Analysis – Power ERP User

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This interim director of FP&A is a senior finance leader who has extensive experience in manufacturing with both large and small companies. He is adept at working with cross-functional leaders to translate data information into clear and usable information for decision-making. By using his skills in ERP systems and financial analysis, he is able to obtain relevant data, analyze that data and create easily understood and actionable reports. Michael’s varied background in accounting serves him well when it comes to working with manufacturing plants. He is also experienced in forecasting and planning activities in terms of operational logistics and financial outcomes. A high energy leader, Michael strives at coaching and empowering those around him to help them better serve the organization’s stakeholders. Sees his role as “helping to run the company.”

• 25+ years of experience
• Seasoned finance leader
• Adaptable ERP system user
• Variety of manufacturing experiences
• Proactive in planning and executing
• Keen eye for process improvement

Relevant Accomplishments

  • Oversaw the creation of all financial management and HR functions of a start-up 55 MGPY ethanol plant. Keys to the successful operation of the company included a pervasive safety first attitude and careful monitoring of the manufacturing processes and inventories. Played a key role in the management of the plant until it was sold after 5 1/2 years netting the investors 4X of their original investments.
  • Streamlined creation of multiple manually created monthly (fill in the blanks) financial reports from the general ledger trial balance via models incorporating complex pivot tables and lookups. Reduced the accountant’s time to create the reports from three days to half a day per month.
  • Implemented the conversion from QuickBooks to MS Dynamics Great Plains ERP for a mid-sized manufacturer. Encompassed the usual general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll functions plus raw materials and parts purchasing, product bills of materials and perpetual inventory.
  • Developed a sales order Excel workbook that replicated four different product order sheets incorporating customer, customer stores and the four product data bases. Enabled sales reps to create orders (previously hand written) using customer account codes and scanning product bar codes and entering quantities. Completed orders could be emailed to the company for automatic uploading into the sales and inventory ERP.
  • Developed a complex budgeting, cash flow and warehouse needs model for a rapidly growing international internet retail company. Model encompassed four warehouse/fulfillment locations costs and over 20 marketplace cost algorithms. Of particular concern was optimizing the usage of the local (owned) warehouse.


    • Chief Financial Officer
    • Senior Financial Analyst
    • ERP Installation Consultant
    • Controller


    • MBA in Finance from the University of Wisconsin
    • BBA in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin
    • Certified Public Accountant

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