DR MICHAEL R ALMOND The Old Forge, Long Lane Village, Dalbury Lees, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 5BJ, England. Telephone/Facsimile: Mobile: E-mail/Website: +44 (0)1332 824576 +44 (0)7740 844659 firstname.lastname@example.org www.almondassociatesltd.co.uk PERSONAL PROFILE International experience of financial management consultancy both in the private and public sectors. Experienced manager with multitasking capabilities in finance, business development and human resources gained in both multinational and small companies in the life sciences sector. Expert in project management (PRINCE2™ Registered Practitioner), corporate governance, risk management and internal control. Computer literate, fluent in German and business level French. Chartered Accountant, Certified Management Consultant and Sloan Fellow of London Business School, seeking to apply leading edge competences, skills and experience. PERSONAL STRENGTHS Excellent trouble-shooter. Builds good relationships. Tough minded with high drive. Ability to look for the logical solutions and to think outside the box. Primary Belbin team roles are: Shaper and implementer. Secondary team role is completer finisher. FUNCTIONAL SKILLS AND ACHIEVEMENTS STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT Developed Powergen Retail corporate governance and Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) year 2 strategies. Awarded a distinction for international strategic consulting assignment in clinical development, Glaxo Wellcome Australia and New Zealand. Recommended changing the paradigm of clinical development from the “last of the cottage industries” to that of efficient clinical networks. Led development of a biotech company business plan seeking second round financing of £2m. MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCY Provision of financial management consultancy support to the Future Rotorcraft Capability Study at the Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO). To establish the baseline costs for the do nothing option, a whole life costing model was constructed for the material stakeholders, the first in the air environment. Delivery of restructuring proposals to the DLO Restructuring Finance Workstream as member of a team of three consultants. My brief was to review the financial management processes to identify efficiency savings and to make a benchmarking proposal for accounting operations and the integrated project team (IPT) finance functions. Programme managed, as lead consultant of a team of three, the roll out of the Financial Management Data and Process Improvement Project across 20 DLO IPTs, over 2,000 staff split across two sites 200 miles apart. Redesigned the in year management processes. For each of the processes and activities, the inputs, outputs, internal controls and mechanisms using the IDEF0 methodology were documented. The “as is” and “to be” internal controls were identified. Ran help desk and workshops. Advised on transition management under resource accounting and budgeting (RAB) as a senior member of a team of five PwC Consulting consultants at the DLO. Project sponsors, champions and teams were nominated in each IPT to facilitate the necessary changes. The project plans were based on that of a big fixed wing IPT that had pioneered the transition to RAB successfully. The project plans were tailored to the specific requirements of each IPT. The consulting team facilitated the implementation of these plans and mentored senior management in the differences between managing under RAB and cash. DR MICHAEL R ALMOND Identified at Ciba-Geigy AG a total of 273 separate opportunities with a cumulative annual savings potential in excess of SFr 58m, over 12% of the overhead cost base of SFr 474m. CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, RISK MANAGEMENT AND INTERNAL CONTROL As Governance Project Manager for Powergen Retail, developed the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) year 1 testing plan. Helped recruit experienced testers and project manage the testing. Wrote part of the Retail Corporate Governance Framework and assisted in its launch by developing and presenting corporate governance workshops. Specified, developed and piloted a control and risk self-assessment (CRSA) workshop. Updated control documentation and conducted management testing. Performed a balance sheet and account reconciliation review of a Cendant subsidiary as a member of a team of two, checking compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) requirements. Performed an internal audit of the London Branch of Wachovia Bank NA and Wachovia Securities International Limited as a member of teams of twelve and six respectively. My audit areas were financial governance including regulatory reporting to the Financial Services Authority and cheque processing. The audit methodology required use of a Lotus Notes database. Performed a balance sheet review of the European subsidiaries of Cendant as a member of a project team of five. Recommended financial management process improvements using “as is” and “to be” Microsoft Visio process maps, which were SOX compliant. The project recommendations led to a remediation project which involved extensive staff training. Performed a detailed payroll audit at DS Smith, a listed paper and packaging group. Mapped the payroll process using the IDEF0 methodology and tested the key internal controls. Turned around Sandoz Group Auditing, with a staff of 28, at the Chairman’s request to work in compliance with the Charter in three years instead of the anticipated five. Crucial to the achievement of this objective was compliance with the international internal auditing standards. Performed financial and operational audits of Sandoz Pharma Research and Development and Group Treasury for the first time, thereby increasing both the efficiency and effectiveness of the operations. MARKETING AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Established own consultancy company with six-figure fee income in the first year. Provided financial and commercial input into business development of a biotech company. As a result, insecticides research proposals requested by two major life sciences companies, Aventis and Dow Agrosciences. Awarded distinction for master’s thesis on marketing entry strategy for novel fungicide, Monsanto Germany. Novel pricing model introduced, sharing value created between supplier and customer. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT Provided a completion statement of IT costs and assets in the operating companies (opcos) in the UK and France, which were transferred to Kingfisher plc as part of the IT Transformation Project to implement the business model of an IT services company, charging out to the opcos. A prerequisite was the ability to work in French. Implemented and managed effective internal management control systems for a biotech company. Gained merger and acquisition experience in an attempted trade sale. Restored the management accounting and reporting of Monsanto plc Agricultural Sector to a professional standard thus enabling the reintroduction of sector cost control. Prepared an opening balance sheet in compliance with both US and UK Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for a joint venture of Du Pont and Fuji. Introduced divisionalised management accounts for a Roche Group subsidiary. Radically improved the costing system of a Roche Group subsidiary for use of standards in customer quotations and labour variance analysis. Identified the loss making accounts on a full costing basis for the first time, recommending remedial action. PROJECT MANAGEMENT Played a leading role in the Novartis integration of the Sandoz and Ciba internal auditing departments halving the combined headcount to 55. Turned around failing finance departments of up to 45 staff. Project managed the achievement of a clean audit report for a Granada Group division, starting from a virtual accounting breakdown. DR MICHAEL R ALMOND Project led the implementation of the Business Planning and Control System (BPCS) manufacturing suite at a Roche subsidiary on time and within budget. HUMAN RESOURCES Broad international experience gained in managing departments of up to 45 staff. Maintained staff morale during a challenging period for a biotech company. CAREER SUMMARY Almond Associates Limited* Financial Management Consultant 2000 - present Neuropa Limited Finance Director and Company Secretary 1999 - 2000 Monsanto plc Business Analyst (Interim) 1998 - 1999 Novartis Inc (Sandoz/Ciba merger) Regional Audit Manager Europe and Africa 1996 - 1997 Sandoz International Ltd Head of Group Auditing 1993 - 1996 Price Waterhouse MCS Senior Financial Management Consultant 1990 - 1993 Colborn-Dawes Nutrition Ltd (Roche) Finance Director and Company Secretary 1987 - 1990 F Hoffmann-La Roche and Co Internal Audit Supervisor 1984 - 1986 KPMG Audit Supervisor 1978 - 1984 Roche Products Ltd Chemist 1973 - 1974 *Associate of Resources Global Professionals 2005 - present EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS PRINCE2™ Registered Practitioner 2006 Certified Management Consultant (CMC) 2004 London Business School Sloan Fellowship Masters Programme - 1997 - 1998 MSc in Management Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) Honourable Mention 1995 Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA) 1993 Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA) 1983 Imperial College, London PhD in Virology 1974 - 1978 MSc in Physiological Biochemistry, DIC Pembroke College, Cambridge MA in Natural Sciences 1970 - 1973 LANGUAGES German (fluent), French (business level) and Spanish (everyday usage).