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Results-driven, efficiency-conscious Cost Management Professional with extensive experience in a wide range of financial and business administration functions, including supply chain management, negotiation and procurement, reporting, business analysis, and IT / Facilities budgeting. Proficient in developing and utilizing complex cost management methodologies and financial models to formulate and implement business strategies. In-depth knowledge of a diverse array of core financial and business processes, with demonstrated capacity to successfully improve bottom-line profitability and further corporate objectives. Exceptional relationship builder and negotiator, successfully presenting strategic cost management plans and programs to executive-level decision makers.
Cost Management Supply Chain Management Negotiation and Procurement Communication Skills Management Reporting Business Analysis IT and Facilities Budgeting Management Support
Achieved 50% spend reduction in Geneva Technology budget for two consecutive years, from $24M to $6M, while maintaining zero-growth trend by eliminating subcontractors and renegotiating maintenance contracts. Developed and implemented new travel arrangement policies and re-negotiated travel and accommodation vendors to reduce annual travel expenses by $500K. Led vendor negotiations with Temenos (Core banking), Oracle (Mainframe hardware) and MicroStrategy (Business Intelligence) to secure global discount programs in order to improve technology budget by $5M. Received commendations for excellence achieved in financial analysis, budgeting and forecasting.
BANCO SANTANDER (SUISSE) S.A – GENEVA – SWITZERLAND BANCO SANTANDER (SUISSE) S.A. Geneva, Switzerland 08/2014 to Current AVP – Global Cost Control Hold responsibility for management / corporate reporting as well as overseeing budgeting, planning and forecasting for all areas. Direct major global initiatives with objective of streamlining global business expenses, such as green print culture and paper safe, resulting in savings of $200K. Lead major facilities projects, including automation of mail service to control costs and increase efficiency. Managed regulatory compliance market data collection, avoiding risk and reputation penalties of $2.5M. 04/2011 to 07/2014 AVP – ITOP Global Cost Control Planned and executed $20M technology and operations budget. Led projects with market data contractors to optimise data collection and avoid extra cost. Saved $400K. Spearheaded initiative to change telecoms providers’ service plan for coverage and fees. Saved $200K. Supported business strategies in major projects; improved integration of quality, operational, and financial information. 10/2008 to 03/2011 AVP – IT Cost Control Consolidated activities of three technology budget teams in improving unified process; managed each team while initiating planning, elaborating, controlling, and closing budget. Developed, delivered and introduced forecasting and budgeting tools and processes. Worked closely with other department heads to provide business analysis and ensure adequate budgeting for operating needs. Initiated and implemented corporate procurement policies.