Maria Smith In 60 Seconds
A commercially orientated FD/CFO with a broad experience in all areas of leadership and financial management. Before joining The CFO Centre in 2021 I worked for over 20 years in an owner managed business which grew into a pan-European Group. As its CFO I have first-hand experience of the challenges faced and the agility required by SME’s that are looking to grow and expand their operations.
Used to problem solving and helping the business move forward.
Managed multi-currency and trade finance facilities.
Developed long term plans along with detailed budgets and cashflows.
Enabling and empowering others to deliver outstanding results.
Systems and Controls
Improving efficiency, reporting and managing risk across the business.
Track Record Highlights
- Successfully helped a business turnaround a negative asset position and manage a complex banking relationship.
- Set up of European group structure and acquired and established businesses across Europe. Including the implementation of transfer pricing policies and group reporting systems.
- Minimised exposure to currency fluctuations through hedging and establishing strong systems of control.
- Implementing systems for importing, exporting and the distribution of material centrally across Europe with a good understanding of European VAT implications.
- Over 25 years of experience heading up the finance function, consistently producing accurate and reliable results.
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