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Performance-driven Accountant with several years of progressive experience; Master of Accounting pending (2017) backed by earlier BBA in Accounting
Expertise in broad areas of accounting ranging from A/R, A/P, reconciliation, GL, journal entries, accruals, and payroll to month-end/quarterly/annual closings, auditing and financial/management reporting along with comprehensive analyses of variances, discrepancies, GL, GM, GP, revenue, and related financial benchmarks
Excel in strategically prioritizing, coordinating and managing projects/multiple tasks to optimize productivity and meet critical deadlines
Decisive, motivating leader adept in building and directing top-performing accounting/support teams
Dynamic communication and interpersonal relation skills crucial to effectively interfacing with all business stakeholders including customers, vendors, corporate/senior management, and staff
Technology savvy, with proficiency in MS Office Suite, PeopleSoft, Cognos, Nvision, JD Edwards, Essbase, Oracle ERP, Menulink, Shiftnotes, Aloha Enterprise, AuditWorks, and ADI
Staff Accountant, Carnival Cruise Line - Doral, FL 2016-Present
Have rapidly progressed to manage senior accounting responsibilities in support of staffing needs, taking over complex fuel process as well as assuming accountability for varied senior-level functions.
Steer fuel process, with fuel costs often largest expense on P&L; have successfully improved fuel accounts reconciliation processes by effectively cleaning fuel inventory accounts.
Accurately calculate monthly fuel consumption of 25-ship fleet as well as calculate month-end remaining inventory through use of Fuel Reporting File; maintain ongoing contact with Director of Fuel Budget and Management, each ship Chief Engineer, Fuel Procurement Team, Fleet Performance Analyst, and Fuel Invoice Coordinator to generate pertinent information.
Proficiently use information to record fuel results for each ship voyage and fuel brought on throughout month as well as estimate fuel results for pending voyages not finalized at month end, record fuel consumed, calculate remaining inventory and month-end fuel accrual, and record each ship nautical miles traveled monthly; requires managing expenses of 2 separate fuel grades.
Perform month-end journal entries of calculations, upload and post in Oracle; subsequently reconcile all fuel inventory and liability accounts prior to consolidations for quality assurance.
Advise FRA management on fuel inventory/liability accounts during monthly balance sheet meetings.
Concurrently assist Fixed Assets Supervisor by entering fixed assets, including monthly OCI accretion of Dream and Magic ship in order to define gain/loss of cash hedge in line with related ship acquired.
Efficiently post entries to reclass shipbuilding fees of different currencies from New Build company number in Oracle to Company number; after postings, reclass entries and run trial balance confirming New Build company is $0; record entry to capitalize interest on ship builds in progress.
Record miscellaneous journal entries to accrue expense/expense prepaid for various departments.
Reconcile and finalize monthly Deposit of Cash file, including monthly reporting package.
Proficiently prepare monthly P&L and B/S variance file; notify Finance Department Directors and Managers on variances flagged for month prior to Variance Flux meeting; refresh files as new entries are posted and finalize prior to close.
Update Monthly Equity Rollforward with changes occurring in Shareholders and provide Equity Rollforward to Carnival Corp.
In charge of MTD reporting packages presented to executives/senior management and committees and consisting of bridging difference between Forecast and Actual amounts along with supporting bar graph, MTD Summary P&L and MTD Detailed P&L; previously managed QTD and MTD packages.
Efficiently administrate monthly Balance Sheet Meetings; create list of balance sheet accounts selected for monthly review along with list of journal entries greater than $2.5M for review as well as create and coordinate agenda and prepare space/equipment for meeting.
Expertly complete 18 balance sheet reconciliations; perform monthly tie out between CCL financial statements and Carnival Corporate financial statements.
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Prepare PWC Quarterly variance reports for QTD and YTD P&L along with YOY B/S as well as maintain contract log/update and provide PWC with significant agreements valued at over $5M; explain account variances and notify Finance Department on flagged accounts assigned to team.
Provide Controller with current quarter claims report file comparison against prior quarter, highlighting changes and/or updates on current file for efficient review
Additionally provide Controller with PowerPoint presentation with charts and graphs illustrating key Finance Department metrics; includes completion date of monthly reconciliations, total number of B/S accounts selected vs. amount of follow-ups, total reduction of B/S reconciliations, and amount of manual journal entries eliminated through process improvements.
Staff Accountant, Randstad - Fort Lauderdale, FL 2014-2016
As Staff Accountant to Randstad Technologies (RT) Solutions operating company within corporation, specialized in project accounting for temporary/temporary-to-permanent staffing for major countrywide customers including Kellogg s, JP Morgan Chase, AT&T, and Verizon.
Proficiently prepared month-end journal entries and accruals; spanned AMEX travel/expense charges, independent contractor costs accruals and employee PTO allocations for all projects from past 3-month period, including accruing 2% discount from AT&T for all bills paid within 45 days of invoice date.
Effectively reviewed customer rebates monthly to determine eligibility as well as periodically processed payments based on contractual agreements.
Efficiently prepared monthly analyses of all customer revenue and gross profits in RT Solutions; used pivot tables to create files and explain month-over-month changes in GM% and GP% within scope of over 3% positive or negative change for all customers over $150K in revenue as well as provided explanations for any negative revenue.
Thoroughly analyzed revenue and GP within range of 3% positive or negative change of all strategic customers defined by use of multiple operating companies services.
Expertly prepared monthly analyses of general ledger against information reported in internal Cognos information system; researched discrepancies/variances and advised senior management on causes.
Productively reconciled sales information in Cognos database used by accounting team with Access database information used by financial analysts for accuracy/quality assurance.
Audited prior week revenues over $15K weekly on all RT Solutions projects and confirmed validity along with compliance with revenue recognition principle.
Optimized productivity and efficiency employing advanced technology skills spanning MS Excel, including pivot tables and vlookups, and MS Office Suite through PeopleSoft, Cognos, Nvision, JD Edwards, and Essbase systems; collaborated in PeopleSoft/JD Edwards accounting systems integration project, including conducting various tests confirming accuracy of JD Edwards information.
Restaurant Accountant, Landrys Inc. - Houston, TX 2008-2012 / 2013-2014
Steered accounting operations of 8-9 restaurants, contributing dynamic leadership skills toward assigning responsibilities and overseeing performance of A/P Assistants and Unit Accountants as well as General Managers and Assistant Managers.
Proficiently managed broad-scope accounting functions, from reconciling A/R, cash, expense accounts, balance sheet accounts, and payroll and completing month-end/quarterly/year-end closings to performing monthly audits of stores safe counts against GL and verifying tax accountant sales tax spreadsheets prior to submitting to IRS.
Presented senior management with detailed monthly statistical and summary reports, providing crucial tools for evaluating individual stores performance and defining future business plans.
Conducted weekly verifications of bank receipts of cash deposits and credit card payments; performed bank reconciliations for all cash accounts, credit cards and manual checks.
Staff Accountant, Heico Corporation - Hollywood, FL 2007-2008
Master of Accounting, Nova Southeastern
University; pending December 2017
Current GPA: 4.0
Bachelors of Business Administration, Major: Accounting, Florida Atlantic University; 2006
Graduated Cum Laude-3.6 GPA ~ Ranked Upper 10% of Class ~ National Dean s List-2003, 2004, 2005
Associate in Arts, Major: Accounting, Miami-Dade Community College; 2003
Graduated Highest Honors with a 3.75 GPA ~ Ranked in Upper 10% of Class
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