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Professional Consultant

Finance, Accounting, Operations & Analytics

Lexington, KY


Willing to relocate to: Lexington, KY - Louisville, KY - Nashville, TN

Authorized to work in the US for any employer

Work Experience

Professional Consultant

Melissa Chenault
Lexington, KY

2015 to Present

• Serving as a full-time management consultant for Centene's Texas operations, a $5B company, providing support for projects where there is a lack of internal resources to focus on projects such as: 
◦ Planning facility space needs for 2400+ employees across 10 locations 
◦ Developing project plan for workforce management system (Workday) clean-up 
◦ LEAN project participant to create a pilot project to represent future state plan for workforce management system (Workday); establishing the who, what, when and where of data flow and ownership 
• Assist with year-end G/L clean-up, account reconciliations and journal entries

Manager, Finance and Interim Controller

Centene Corporation
Lexington, KY

2011 to 2014

• Established new operational processes for inpatient cost tracking ($6M+ monthly expense in CA; $13M+ monthly expense in KY). 
• Developed temporary employee and consultant expense tracker for new operations to track 
professional overhead expenses in excess of $300K monthly. 
• Promoted into a floating Manager, Finance position to support company business units requiring expertise within existing plans as well as initial on-boarding of new health plans. 
• Served as Finance Manager and Interim Controller for two state health plans. 
• Planned, directed, supervised and coordinated work activities of Finance staff. 
• Produced monthly financial reports and variance analysis to management. 
• Evaluated member medical costs and provide expense estimates to Corporate Accounting for monthly accruals. Analyzed claims data for appropriate payment and expense recognition. 
• Monitored business processes and systems to assure integrity in the data produced; developed process improvement strategies such as cost estimate tracking and analysis. 
• Generated and reviewed ad-hoc reports related to quality, cost and effectiveness of healthcare services. 
• Provided financial and business analysis as requested. Determined appropriate actions and present to upper management; i.e. membership and cost trend analytics. 
• Developed monthly/quarterly/annual forecast and budget updates. 
• Reviewed journal entries, managed monthly financial reports and variance analysis to management and provided guidance and oversite of monthly reporting package. 
• Served as liaison between Corporate and Business Unit functions regarding financial matters related to revenue and expense recognition and variance details.

Accounting Manager

Tempur-Pedic, Inc
Lexington, KY

2004 to 2011

• Promoted 4 times in 7 years - Progressed from Senior Accountant to Accounting Manager 
• Developed customer rebate tracker for calculating volume rebates that exceeded $3M per quarter. 
• Maintained fixed asset inventory with a NBV of more than $12M 
• Facilitated and managed the financial reporting and inventory control functions for the North American subsidiary. 
• Managed 7 staff and senior level accountants in addition to the delegation of duties to others within the accounting department; duties included recruitment, hiring, training and performance management of all employees. 
• Coordinated and managed annual audit to ensure expectations were met and audit schedules were completed timely; reviewed all audit schedules and communicated with internal and external auditors on internal controls and procedures. 
• Analyzed monthly financial statements and other reporting documents. 
• Review account details for possible erroneous or unusual transactions. 
• Ensured all financial close and audit deadlines were met. 
• Forecasted end of month results. 
• Managed and monitored inventory transactions flowing from the production plant to end consumers. 
• Maintained appropriate inventory costs in ERP system. 
• Communicated and coordinated with departments throughout the company on special projects and programs that impacted financial results. Examples include: new product set-up, system testing and physical inventory audits.


DRS, Inc
Lexington, KY

2003 to 2004

Staff Accountant

Lowe, Humphrey & Co
Lexington, KY

2002 to 2003


BS in Accounting

University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

May 2001



Additional Information

• Budgeting/Forecasting 
• Modeling/Ad-hoc Analysis 
• Variance Analytics 
• Talent Development 
• Account Reconciliations 
• Journal Entry Review 
• General Ledger Maintenance 
• Cross-Functional Team Player