Olivia C. Kessler 118 Rollins Way Yorktown, VA 23692 757-243-1006 (H), 303-881-0655 (M) Olivia_Kessler@hotmail.com Objective: Freelance Writing and Translating professional with business/finance background seeking to further career with a growing and dynamic company. Profile: Highly detailed, self-motivated and organized Track record of meeting assigned deadlines on-time Excellent communication and interpersonal skills both company-wide and with external customers Act independently with minimal need for interaction from management to accomplish objectives while delivering very high quality products Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with co-workers, all levels of management, and external agencies to maximize performance, creativity, problem solving and resulting deliverables Education/professional development: BA, Economics (Magna Cum Laude), 5/03, Univ. of Colorado Certificate, Understanding Financial Statements, 3/06, Rockhurst Univ. Continuing Ed. Center Advanced Excel training Technical and Other Skills: ERP: SAP (All FI and CO modules) Accounting apps: Peachtree Software Desktop apps: Access, Excel (advanced user), Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, WIN XP & Vista BI & Stats: Crystal Reports, SPSS 5 years experience with GAAP and 1.5 years experience with SOX standards Foreign language skills: German, written & spoken Employment: 3/08 – present, stay at home mother 4/06 – 2/08, Staff Accountant, Transmontaigne, Inc., Denver, CO ($8.5 billion dollar petroleum distribution co, subsidiary of Morgan Stanley) Completed monthly close including inventory and exchange contract reconciliations in accordance with SOX standards Solved G/L account discrepancies with primary customers that include DFAS (Defense Finance & Accounting Services), Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise Lines, and Carnival Cruise Lines. Analyzed terminal margins for proper monthly financial reporting to senior management. Assisted with regular financial audits, daily/weekly P&L reporting/forecasting. Formulated new financial reporting process as a result of merger with Morgan Stanley Prepared G/L journal entries in SAP for inter-company revenue/cost postings, 3rd party invoicing, monthly accruals, and other multi-million dollar terminal charges. Completed multi-million dollar A/R effort for bunker customers such as DFAS. 6/04 – 3/06, Variance Purchasing Coord, Keller Homes, Colorado Springs, CO (Single family home builder, $25-$50 M in annual revenue, 70 employees) Prepared company financial reports depicting weekly variance costs for management, maintained internal price/bid files and processed Variance POs (VPO). Worked across dept’s to develop strategies to reduce and/or eliminate cost variances incurred during home construction process. Analyzed source of cost variance and compared estimated job costs w/ actuals in order to ultimately work variances into budgets. Provided process-improvement solutions to AP processes to increase clarity, accuracy, and efficiency. Developed new procedure for variance POs to be submitted from superintendents in the field and developed new VPO's. Reduced variance costs 50% by incorporating costs into estimates or eliminating them through production control, passing costs to customers, fixing construction errors, etc Developed new long-lasting relationships with vendors. Assisted with “ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” when Keller Homes joined forces with ABC to build a house for the Barrett family in one week 8/03 – 5/04, Accounting Assistant, ISF Contract Mfg, Colorado Springs, CO (Colorado-based hospitality contract manufacturer of all major FF&E items used in today’s hotel suites, and extended stay properties, $1,400,000 annual sales, 10 employees) Assisted with project coordination from the beginning of a new sales order to final shipment delivery for new construction projects by well-known clients such as Embassy Suites, Marriott Suites & Best Western. Corresponded with corporate vendors, interacted with sales personnel and customers on project orders, status, and shipment delivery. Assisted with all accounting functions including inventory, revenue, G/L accounting, cash disbursement journals, and state taxes using Peachtree. Successfully coordinated several hotel renovation projects from start to finish. 12/02 – 5/03, Research Assist. (Contract, PT), Adduce Consulting International Assisted nation-wide renowned brand marketing expert Stuart Agres (author of “Emotion in Advertising”) with research in disciplines covering brand marketing, and the differing relationships between economic theory, brand equity and financial profit. 11/01 – 11/02, Grad. Research Assistant, (PT) Univ. of Colorado College of Business Maintained project management DB of statewide companies depicting cost and schedule information for company contracts focused on detecting overruns. Recoded and transformed project management data using statistical software packages (SPSS) for research purposes. 9/02 – 12/02, Marketing Assist (contract, PT). Global Business Partners Successfully translated monthly European economic newsletter (German to English). Assisted with the development of Internet marketing strategies intended to attract American investors to European investment markets and promote European economic newsletter. 6/02 – 8/02, Legislative Assistant, US Senator Wayne Allard, Washington, DC Prepared for Banking/Housing/Urban Affairs committee meetings. Prepared for briefings. Researched issues/topics surrounding committee meetings.