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Natasha Halford


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Natasha Halford's Work Experience

Smith & Halford Limited


October 2010 to Present

Hyperoptic Ltd.

Finance Controller

2014 to 2015

TalkTalk TV

Finance Manager

April 2014 to September 2014

London, United Kingdom

Natasha Halford's Education

Chartered Institute of Management Accounting

ACMA TOPCIMA Business Strategy Financial Strategy Information Strategy

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Honours in Management Accounting Financial Strategy Business Strategy Information Strategy & Case study

2003 to 2003

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Honours in Finance Corporate Investment International & Professional Finance

2000 to 2000

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Smith & Halford Limited

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About Natasha Halford

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Ambitious, experienced, professionally qualified CIMA Accountant who possesses a great eye for detail yet never loses sight of the ultimate strategic goal to drive decision making for future benefits for all stakeholders. I am hardworking, highly-organized and motivated to take the initiative and be proactive both in a team and independently. Resilient problem solver with the flexibility and skill of persevering to accomplish the task ethically with integrity and honesty. Ability to interact, communicate & present effectively at all levels of business from Sales, Marketing, Trade & Operations through to Executive Board level.Director @ From October 2010 to Present (5 years 3 months) Finance Controller @ From 2014 to 2015 (1 year) Finance Manager @ Finance Business Partner to Head of TV Content and team on weekly & monthly reporting and commercial deals. Reforecast of TV budgets. Financial modelling for key supplier contracts. Ran key supplier audit. Setup campaign model for trading team to show revenue and margin impact. Financial knowledge sharing with TV content team through informal one on one sessions. From April 2014 to September 2014 (6 months) London, United KingdomFinance Manager @ Executive month end reporting ( month end close, accruals etc), weekly reports and budgeting (forecasting with operations teams and finance teams members). Assisted with audit queries and liaised with offshore team. From December 2012 to December 2013 (1 year 1 month) London, United KingdomManagement Accountant Manager @ Monthly management reporting to EMEA management & US reporting. Management of reporting to US headquarters, local operators, and internal and external auditors. Balance sheet reviews, cost centre / department accruals and team management. Capex budget & forecast - implemented a team approach between IT & Finance. First budget process setup & sent out to EMEA Senior Management. From September 2011 to October 2012 (1 year 2 months) Group Sales Commercial Manager @ Business partnering with COO & Head of Operations & Performance on Strategic analysis for business growth. Designing & delivering Executive Management financial reporting for sales merchandising i.e.actuals vs targets/budgets/ forecasts & trend analysis. Monthly reporting for 8 countries including national retail trackers & forecasts. From July 2011 to September 2011 (3 months) Finance Manager @ Monthly management reporting, Implemented more meaningful weekly sales reports for senior management team. • Implemented changes to volume report which shows impact with competitors. From April 2011 to June 2011 (3 months) Actively seeking new opportunities @ From March 2011 to April 2011 (2 months) SENIOR FINANCIAL ANALYST @ Monthly Senior management reporting, Budgets, Interaction and reporting for Sales & Marketing managment with brand analysis. SOX audit. From October 2010 to February 2011 (5 months) Mentor @ From 2011 to 2011 (less than a year) United KingdomFINANCIAL ANALYST @ Financial Management of the Group Information System (GIS) Department. Management reporting to the FD Operations, CIO & GIS Leadership team. I am responsible for the yearly budgets, quarterly forecasting, monthly reporting and IT recharges. Project department - I am responsible for the Global SAP Project recharges methodology, communication & reporting. From December 2009 to October 2010 (11 months) Group Accountant - Temping @ From July 2009 to December 2009 (6 months) Management Trainee to the General Manager ( in training for Executive level management) @ Strategic Project Leader and co-ordinator for the cash elimination project and streamlining process. Areas identified by the General Manager that were key to the business would be my core focus and responsible in delivery of these strategies. From February 2009 to May 2009 (4 months) Project Accountant (Acted as Regional Financial Accountant & Financial Planner) @ Attended and participated in Financial Manager’s monthly meeting when Financial Manager was on leave for a month. Developed, managed, implemented and entrenched a strategic plan for the roll out of Sarbanes Oxley. Review of this process of key controls and feedback to management. Ensuring policies and procedures in place and adhered to and entrenched. Streamlining and alignment of internal audit controls, development and recommendations with action plans for all 6 depots. Point of contact for Auditors and working on ways to rectify all weak areas with innovate and practical ideas. Stock involvement in setting up processes and procedures, forensic audits and process restructure (incl involved as witness for disciplinary hearings). Run and manage, co-ordinate, prepare minutes and follow up from previous meeting minutes and present regions bi-annual Regional Audit Committee (RAC) meeting for SEC team and head office management (incl Risk Manager, Audit manager and Financial Manager). Manage and deliver 5 year Capital Expenditure Budget for region – i.e. 6 depots Preparing and delivering presentations at various forums and involvement at various committees. Assisted with interviews and disciplinary hearings (when acted as Financial Planner) Regional Financial Accountant (Acted) from June 07 – September 07 Month-end close, month-end analysis, journal postings, Sarbanes Oxley compliance, Implemented reduction in accruals. I managed 3 staff members. Financial Planner (Acted) this was at one of our plants (Vaal Depot). Responsibilities included: month-end, flash, weekly updates on actual vs budget, debtors, cash (cashier & driver cash coming in & management of petty cash), creditors, month-end commentary and forecasting. I interaction with HR, Warehouse, Distribution and Sales staff members to ensure efficient running of the business especially were finance was impacted. I managed 9 staff members (including temps) until appointment of Financial Planner. From April 2007 to January 2009 (1 year 10 months) Cost & Management Accountant @ Responsibilities: • To analyse monthly financial information & provide reliable, timeous feedback to SAPO Executive and Transnet management for 14 Terminals country wide. • Responsible for co-ordination and delivery of the monthly Management pack to Customers, Shareholders, SAPO Executive Team (Flash, Monthly Commentary, KPI Report, CEO – OPCO Report, CFO Report & Executive Financial Manager Operational Report) and Management of Transnet, • Costing and variance analysis, • The compilation of Financial Section of the MIS pack; • Planning and execution of Annual budgeting process - set up budget models to send out to terminals, give training on the models & consolidate all budget information from 14 Business units (or terminals) around the country; • Forecasting Achievements - Transnet Projects – Standardisation of SAP for all divisions of Transnet for Month-end, SAP & BW formats for month end and impact on business, Budgets & KPI’s i.e. mapping current SAP chart of accounts to new Transnet chart of accounts, design of templates, testing & training all Transnet staff including Executive members. SYSTEMS used & TRAINING: SAP & BW, SAP Report Painter Course, Report writing & Communication Skills From 2005 to 2007 (2 years) Assistant Category Accountant @ Brands HAIR (Sunsilk Afro, Sunsilk Caucasian & Organics) & DENTAL (Close–up & Mentadent P) Month-end Ensure that month-end procedures on SAP are applied. Analyse results and consult relevant colleagues for explanations of variances from plan. Report results and variances to Manager. Compile and distribute monthly packs and scorecard to category and brand team. Present monthly results to brand team, Ongoing analysis of margin structure of products/brands/category. MDC tracking, restatement and support. Quarter end Innovation NPS(Turnover) calculation and reporting. Personal Care current liabilities account reconciliation Forecasting Manage, distribute, and track timetable. Review and update SAP master data, Upload and adjust volume forecast. Create and run PCE’s (i.e product cost estimates incl. buying uploads). Ensure brand teams have updated support budgets, Compile and publish forecast packages. Projects & Margin costs Meet key project milestones. Prepare project costings with recommendations. Provide business case support and guidance ACHIEVEMENT: AFRO HAIR all products set up of per unit cost regionally and impacted global markets and restructure of the brand (costings & marketing impact) Budgets Meet key managers to obtain volumes and upcoming events to drive volume, any exceptions or forecasts of competitor invasion into the market. Obtain information from buyers on all commodities that affect my products & get confirmation of uploads of prices. Upload all volumes and verify completeness & accuracy of volumes with reasonability checks. Product cost verification & reasonability of numbers and % changes per quarter. Upload finance and other indirect costs based on recommended split. Provide & prepare budget booklets after each quarter on new volumes, revenue, costs etc. Ad Hoc:Compile and quote transfer pricing & Brand analysis. Worked with Marketing, Sales, Trade, Development and Finance teams. SYSTEMS USED: SAP, SEM, BW, Lotus Notes From 2004 to 2005 (1 year) Assistant Management Accountant @ I managed 11 discounting branches all over South Africa which entailed providing branch support with proactive financial information. A Joint Venture (JV) was in existence and reporting of this was done on a monthly basis. Actively participated in the team to optimise performance. I was responsible for the preparation and presentation of month-end management reports. Joint Venture - preparation of Income Statements and split of JV profit / loss sharing and any other ad-hoc financial administrative activities Budgets • Prepare budget/ forecast for the 11 Discounting branches including JV branches i.e. the Income Statement & Balance Sheet (Income, expenditure, provision, capital expenditure etc). • Attend divisional budget/ forecast meetings to discuss budgets and to review them with Divisional Head, Finance Manager and Asset Based Manager • Co-ordinated all capital expenditure from all 7 Management Accountants within Property & Asset Finance • Assisted with Budget Presentation for Property & Asset Finance & co-ordinated Budget Presentation packs for all Property & Asset Finance Directors. Ad Hoc • Prepare Ad-hoc requests from Head of Discounting, Head of Property & Asset Finance & Finance Manager • Assist with queries • Attend Divisional Strategy Conference to know what are the vision, goal, objectives and way to improve and to add value to the business short term and long term. Projects PROFITABILITY ANALYSIS (PA) – setup of PA in SAP to analyse the 11 discounting branches clients to understand the impact of new clients and whether to keep the division or sell the division off (i.e. setup, review & test PA system and implement). We won 2nd place for the NEDCOR TEAM CHALLENGE for whole of Nedcor. I took the initiative and approached various large corporate companies for donations to help HIV and abandoned children. From 2003 to 2004 (1 year) Graduate Recruitment Program - Assistant Banker @ Graduate recruitment programme This entailed an intense programme, in Sandton, where I was exposed to every position within the Division of BoE Bank. Thus I have knowledge from the back office, teller, branch manager, credit & risk analyst, bad debt recovery to the Commercial Banker as we were trained to be Commercial Bankers for BoE Bank. I was then placed in the Durban branch and went through the practical side of things. I spent two weeks in every department of the bank i.e. Credit, Risk, Bad debt & recoveries, Commercial Assistant, Teller, Back office duties (sometime known as waste clerk and also reconciling all cheques and all deposits that where batched), treasury (where money was accounted for and the correct amount needed to be ordered from the Reserve Bank to hold the correct amount that the branch was allocated). While I was at the branch I also filled in for the receptionist and switchboard personnel. I was chosen to be on the BoE Bank graduate recruitment program where i was taken to all departments of the bank and was placed as a credit analyst and then as an Assistant Banker. Achievements: Implemented: Overdrawn account fee of R1000 when account overdrawn and no prior approval from Relationship Manager and Risk Manager thus reduction of risk to the bank. Customer relationships restored where customers were only dealing with Sales Manager and not Relationship Manager. Based on relationship I created with them they only dealt with me when I was appointed Assistant Banker. From 2001 to 2003 (2 years) Tutor for Corporate & Investment Finance, Post grad student in Honours in Finance @ From 1996 to 2000 (4 years) Student @ From 1996 to 1999 (3 years) ACMA, TOPCIMA, Business Strategy, Financial Strategy, Information Strategy @ Chartered Institute of Management AccountingHonours in Management Accounting, Financial Strategy, Business Strategy, Information Strategy & Case study @ University of KwaZulu-Natal From 2003 to 2003 Honours in Finance, Corporate, Investment, International & Professional Finance @ University of KwaZulu-Natal From 2000 to 2000 BCom, Finance, Economics, Management Accounting @ University of KwaZulu-Natal From 1995 to 1999 Natasha Halford is skilled in: Great People Skills, Software Implementation, Software Implementation Management, Planning, Strategic Planning, Capital Budgeting, Budgeting, Forecasting, SAP, Operations Management, Accounting, Cost Accounting, Vendor, FMCG, BANKING

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Extraversion (E), Sensing (S), Feeling (F), Judging (J)

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