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Andy Young

Financial Controller EMEA @ Guidewire Software

Financial Controller EMEA at Guidewire Software

St Albans, United Kingdom

Ranked #913 out of 18,260 for Financial Controller EMEA in United States

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Andy Young's Work Experience

Guidewire Software

Financial Controller EMEA

September 2015 to Present

London, United Kingdom

Financial Controller

April 2009 to September 2015

London, United Kingdom


Financial Controller (Projects)

June 2008 to April 2009

London, United Kingdom

Andy Young's Education

London South Bank University

FCCA Accountancy

1982 to 1985

University College School

A and O Levels A and O Levels

1975 to 1982

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Guidewire Software

• Month end reporting • Maintaining financial & statutory compliance across EMEA • Build and streamline agile and scaleable processes and structures • Ensure that global initiatives are rolled out successfully to EMEA subsidiaries • Implementation and ongoing maintenance of SOX controls and compliance. • Pan-EMEA Control • Group audits across entities

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About Andy Young

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A dynamic, motivated & accomplished finance professional (FCCA first time passes), with a proven track record of achieving in senior management. Successful in delivering results in diverse and rapidly developing business sectors during difficult trading times. A proactive and highly commercial, hands-on and adaptable self-starter with first class IT and analytical problem solving skills. Experienced at working independently or as part of a team, and acknowledged for possessing strong technical skills and creativity alongside a desire to succeed. KEY SKILL SET • Experienced at change management - halving and doubling department sizes • Commercially astute at controlling tight cash flows and growing businesses • Customer focussed in negotiating cost reductions • Energetic and highly motivated in finding new solutions to old problems • Strong interpersonal skills that enable other departments to be brought on side • Using sound financial information to influence and persuade business partners • Rapid relationship development with business partners to work towards mutual goals • Highly computer literate including advanced macro-driven Excel and report writersFinancial Controller EMEA @ • Month end reporting • Maintaining financial & statutory compliance across EMEA • Build and streamline agile and scaleable processes and structures • Ensure that global initiatives are rolled out successfully to EMEA subsidiaries • Implementation and ongoing maintenance of SOX controls and compliance. • Pan-EMEA Control • Group audits across entities From September 2015 to Present (4 months) London, United KingdomFinancial Controller @ • Management of Finance Department for internet short term, small value, loan company in a period of unprecedented growth from start-up (total of 28 global staff) to maturity (1,000 staff). • Reduction of management accounts reporting timescale by 10 days. • Consolidated reporting for 26 group companies within 2 days. • Day to day management of complex treasury structure. • Automation of reporting. • Implementation of new multi-currency global accounting system. • Discovery and prevention of fraud. • New levels of departmental analysis. • Complete group audits and year end accounts within 90 days. • Investor reporting From April 2009 to September 2015 (6 years 6 months) London, United KingdomFinancial Controller (Projects) @ • Financial control of all property development projects • Produced new appraisal model for investments and developments • Took control of separate Property Fund, which nobody had any previous knowledge of • Integrated disparate reporting between development, acquisition and finance departments • Investigated and reported on potential covenant breaches • Prepared and managed due diligence exercise in preparation for an acquisition (due to complete shortly) From June 2008 to April 2009 (11 months) London, United KingdomGroup Financial Controller @ • Financial trouble shooter for the group • Control of tax, forecasting and budgeting • Integration of disparate companies into new fund structure • Wrote new Excel model to significantly reduce month end cycle by 3 days for 4 companies • Introduced previously lacking financial controls across rest of the fund • Separated parent company’s accounting from subsidiary • Took over accounting for 3 further related entities, introducing new Sage systems and staff • Introduced previously missing group function to private equity fund • Oversaw the integration of 2 acquisitions From January 2007 to May 2008 (1 year 5 months) London, United KingdomFinancial Controller @ • Aided private equity house to get banking, letters of credit and stock financing facilities • Implemented new reporting systems to issue management accounts in 50% less time • Managed 60% reduction in department size through redundancy consultation process • Tightly controlled daily cash outgoings to avoid overdrafts in periods of increasing stock • Led an acquisition, two disposals and regular rounds of funding due diligence • Successfully implemented systemised and detailed weekly cash flow management forecasting to the satisfaction of bankers • Fully integrated new subsidiary (£35m turnover) in house to existing software systems • Management of projects to dispose of 2 subsidiaries and provide finance support to new owners • Introduced strong financial controls discovering and solving £2m of historical balance sheet issues • Investigated historical VAT issues and eliminated a surcharge of £80k • Reduced annual electricity charge by £60k and insurance by £80k From March 2003 to January 2007 (3 years 11 months) Oxford, United KingdomFinancial Controller @ • Amalgamated two finance departments into one department of 10 • Unearthed and solved historical accounting issues • Implemented single system of controls and reconciliations • Introduced benchmarking system for franchisees • Amalgamated and managed single warehouse for both brands • 50% increase in profit over 2 years by improving systems, outsourcing IT support and reducing staff costs • Reduced sales ledger debt by £250k through increased focus • Instrumental in setting up a new support company (ODC) and the consequential merger • Cleared historical departmental issues and developed stronger working relationships with other departments • Produced all information required to sell Kall Kwik to Irish quoted company in a 6 week timeframe • Created a detailed 5 year cashflow model for franchisee operational business planning and franchise sales • Removed double-keying of data by automating uploads of data. Reducing headcount and month end cycle (by 2 days) in the process From October 1997 to February 2003 (5 years 5 months) London, United KingdomSystems Accountant @ • Ran the accounts for all UK, German and French subsidiaries during a period of 50% annualised growth • Treasury management of nine bank accounts in four currencies and three countries • System administration for Novell, Unix, e-Mail system and Sun Accounts • Reduced month end reporting cycle from 5 days in Sterling to 1½ days in Sterling and US Dollars • Single-handedly created system to automatically run and distribute 30 management reports by e-mail nightly • Developed and implemented stock control system for newly purchased subsidiary • Created detailed forecast and budgeting system using Hyperion Pillar • Leading role in transferring all UK reporting to new head office in France after take-over From December 1992 to October 1997 (4 years 11 months) Milton Keynes, United KingdomUK Financial Controller @ From 1997 to 1997 (less than a year) UK Financial Controller @ From 1997 to 1997 (less than a year) Group Management Accountant @ • Automated production of statutory accounts for seven companies in division of a quoted group • Produced management accounts, budgets and forecasts • Successfully implemented new accounting system to replace semi-manual system • Due diligence for the take-over of a £5m subsidiary within a 4 week timescale • Tightened month end close by three days to seven days • Produced information required to allow for the disposal of the company over a 2 month period • Discovered, investigated and resolved a £125k fraud • Wrote, implemented and maintained a database managed fixed asset register • Created and introduced a time management solution for 600 rechargeable staff • Designed and produced a consolidation model for quoted parent company From June 1985 to December 1992 (7 years 7 months) London, United KingdomFCCA, Accountancy @ London South Bank University From 1982 to 1985 A and O Levels, A and O Levels @ University College School From 1975 to 1982 Andy Young is skilled in: Financial Control, Management Accounting, Treasury Management, VAT, Financial Audits, Forecasting, Financial Modeling, Mergers, Due Diligence, Treasury, Managerial Finance, Accounting, Business Planning, Financial Analysis, Strategic Financial Planning

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