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Melissa Chenault

Manager, Finance - Centene Corporation

Lexington, KY

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Work Experience

Manager, Finance

Centene Corporation
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Lexington, KY
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2011 to Present

Achievements: 
• Established processes for Inpatient cost tracking ($6M+ monthly expense in CA; $13M+ monthly expense in KY) for new operations 
• 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 role to aid other Business Units within the company that need assistance within their Finance teams or new health plan set-up 
Responsibilities: 
• Plan, direct, supervise and coordinate work activities of Finance staff 
• Produce monthly financial reports and variance analysis to management 
• Evaluate member medical costs and provide expense estimates to Corporate Accounting for monthly accruals 
• Analyze claims data for appropriate payment and expense recognition 
• Monitor business processes and systems to assure integrity in the data produced; develop process improvement strategies such as cost estimate tracking and analysis 
• Generate and review ad-hoc reports related to quality, cost and effectiveness of healthcare services 
• Provide financial and business analysis as requested. Determine appropriate actions and present to upper management; i.e. membership and cost trend analytics 
• Develop monthly/quarterly/annual forecast and budget updates 
• Maintain and monitor G&A expenses; research and explain questionable charges 
• Serve 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
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Lexington, KY
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2004 to 2011

Achievements: 
• Promoted 4 times in 7 years - Progressed from Senior Accountant to Financial Analyst to Financial Reporting Manager to Accounting Manager 
• Developed customer rebate tracking for calculating volume rebates that exceeded $3M per quarter 
• Maintained fixed asset inventory with a NBV of more than $12M 
 
Tempur-Pedic, Inc., Lexington, KY 
2004-2011 
Accounting Manager, . 
Responsibilities: 
• 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 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; i.e. new product set-up, system testing, etc.

Accountant

DRS, Inc
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Lexington, KY
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2003 to 2004

Staff Accountant

Lowe, Humphrey & Co
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Lexington, KY
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2002 to 2003

Education

BBA in Management

University of Kentucky -
Lexington, KY

December 2001

BS in Accounting

University of Kentucky -
Lexington, KY

May 2001

Additional Information

Expertise: 
• Budgeting 
• Forecasting 
• Variance Analytics 
• Talent Development 
 
• Account Reconciliations 
• Journal Entry Review 
• General Ledger Maintenance 
• Cross-functional Team Player