2800 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60657   Email: RLawrencei@aol.com   Tel: 773-388-1772    Cell: 773-255-7888

Resume: Very experienced audit and internal control accountant for Chicago, Metro New York City NY, New Jersey NJ, and Connecticut CT. Curriculum vitae for senior policy and procedure manager.  Job wanted as senior financial and compliance auditor with KPMG or Big 4 experience, MBA masters degree in business administration, accounting, CPA. Compliance testing job seeker experienced in contract compliance, risk analysis and assurance, internal controls, accounting.

OBJECTIVE

Seeking an audit-related role with Fortune 1000 companies to provide operational, financial, and SOX compliance and provide business process improvement.  Willing to relocate and/or travel.


SUMMARY

Experience includes managing risk and improving processes. Successfully directed strategic planning, audited, and improved results for public and private organizations, for-profit and not-for-profit. Skilled at developing innovative solutions to improve revenue, ensure compliance and cut costs. My strong operational understanding establishes standardized processes to ensure efficiency and productivity during major changes.


SELECTED ACHIEVEMENTS
  • Identified $2 million in cost savings and lowered purchasing card limits 75%, effectively reducing risk.
  • Produced $30 million in reduced risk on trucks by identifying possible temporary transfer a station and combustible materials.
  • Identified changes needed for Sarbanes-Oxley testing for international division, despite challenges of differing processes and computer systems.
  • Improved communication processes between client, advertising firm and their international offices by developing standardization for communication and reporting.  Decreased time to write audit reports by 10%, thus keeping the client with our firm. 
  • Created accounting records and audit trail for two years for CBOE member; also created audit work papers (PBCs) for use by Big 4 firms.

SPECIAL SKILLS
  • Execution
Ensure completion of projects inside and outside the workplace.
  • Consulting
Design to post-implementation of customer-focused solutions.
  • Leadership
Mentored/coached up to 7 personnel, many without internal audit skills.
  • Reporting
To all members of the organization, including internal control improvements, compliance and cost savings.
  • Organizing
Strong time management and creative problem-solving ability.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
Independent Consultant, Chicago IL 2007 - Present

Audit, financial consulting, operating procedures and political advising for various individuals, profit and not-for-profit clients.

Equity LifeStyle Properties, Chicago, IL 2005 - 2007

Senior Corporate Auditor  

Performed risk analysis and internal audits for new Internal Audit Department of the REIT which owns Manufactured Housing Parks and Campgrounds. Performed business process improvement and compliance audits and special projects from a corporate rather than a property perspective.

  • Reduced risk by researching and developing Rent Collection policy for mobile home and campground rent spanning laws in 23 states.
  • Decreased risk by $400K for legal services by estimating costs for each line item in invoice vs. lump sum costs associated with services provided.
  • Created a Excel-based model to calculate the average cost to build a new home by components per geographic location.  Used model to analyze  $900M of costs over 3 years with 90K individual invoices.
© Robert Lawrence

 


Sarbanes-Oxley, SOX, SOX 404, SAP Financials, SAP Controlling, SAP Business Warehouse, CPA, Internal Auditor, Senior Auditor, Audit, Assurance, Big 4, KPMG, Risk Analysis, Compliance Testing, Contract Compliance, Internal Controls, Consulting, Professional Services, Financial Statement Analysis, research, Master’s degree, Business Process Improvement, Financial Auditing, Operational Auditing, MBA, Excel, Office, Oracle, Spanish speaking, Mathematics, Accounting, Negotiations, International, Consumer Goods, Manufacturing, Service Corporations, Not-For-Profit


Experienced job candidate seeking position as CPA, Internal Auditor, Senior Auditor, Audit, or Assurance. Job wanted using Big 4 KPMG, experience with Risk Analysis, Compliance Testing, Contract Compliance, Internal Controls, and Business Process Improvement. Position wanted in Financial Auditing, Operational Auditing, Sarbanes-Oxley, SOX, SOX 404, Consulting, or Professional Services. Seeking employment as accountant in Financial Statement Analysis, SAP Financials, SAP Controlling, SAP Business Warehouse, research. Job candidate with Master’s degree, MBA, Excel, Office, Oracle, Spanish speaking, Mathematics, Accounting, Negotiations, International, Consumer Goods, Manufacturing, Service Corporations, and Not-For-Profit experience.

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