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Andrea Wilson-Messam

director of finance - RJR COMMUNICATIONS GROUP

Miramar, FL

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◆ General Management - Finance Management - Financial Analyst ◆ 
 
An experienced certified accountant with two fellowship designations (FCCA & FCA) and twenty six years of strategic, tactical and operational management experience. A rigorous analyst with a dynamic and result oriented approach to all tasks. Proven excellence in motivational and team building skills. Experienced in creative revenue generation, budget preparation, company law, the implementation of organisational change, business process improvement and information technology implementations. High calibre general management skills. Internet savvy. International work experience. Studied in Jamaica and the United Kingdom.

Work Experience

director of finance

RJR COMMUNICATIONS GROUP
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August 2009 to Present

Key Responsibilities 
• Oversight responsibility for the Accounts, Credit, Traffic and Administration Department 
• Manage the Group's treasury functions 
• Manage the Group's internal and external reporting requirements 
• Manage the Group's Credit and Revenue functions 
• manage the Group's security, Front Desk reception, facilities maintenance and Fleet 
• Attend monthly board, finance committee and Audit Committee meetings 
• Act for the group's managing director in his absence 
 
Key Achievements 
• Unearth petrol fraud 
• DISCOVERED UNDER BILLING WHICH RESULTED IN THE REVENUE RECOVERY OF OVER $50MILLION 
• DISCOVERED AND CHALLENGED AUDIT INTERPRETATION OF TAX TREATMENT WHICH SAVED THE COMPANY OVER $37M IN TAXES 
• WROTE THE GROUP'S ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Director of business & Commercial Strategy

RJR COMMUNICATIONS GROUP
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May 2008 to August 2009

Key Responsibilities: 
• Carry out a comprehensive process and process review of divisions and companies within the RJR Communications Group and make recommendations for approval to implement towards changing business processes and improving profitability; 
 
• Consistently review and examine the operations of the companies within the Group with a view to establishing and attaining international industry standards for good corporate governance, acceptable internal controls, transparency and efficiency of operations; 
 
• Review and re-establish purchasing and procurement procedures and practices; develop procedures to efficiently manage budget controls at management and departmental levels; 
 
• Re-structure and re-engineer operations within the Group to achieve agreed cost reduction targets, protect revenues, prevent leakage and maximise profitability. 
 
• Consult and elicit input and support from Group Officers and managers on ways to improve departmental processes, procedures and operations; 
 
• Review staff and company tax activities and devise strategies to improve tax efficiency; 
 
• Review insurance arrangements and policies to optimize coverage and achieve most cost-effective arrangements; 
 
• Review department by department expenses, re-design processes and approaches to achieve savings and optimal efficiency; 
 
• Review programming and production costing approaches with a view to making pricing more competitive; 
 
• Research and establish costing and pricing benchmarks for departments and divisions; 
 
• Develop with the marketing division a flexibility pricing strategy that does not compromise the rate card but creates an avenue to develop new non-traditional clients and business based on the peculiar needs of those businesses; 
 
• Establish and Supervise a Commercial Affairs Unit to include - traffic processes, traffic monitoring, pricing policies, contra deals and discounting policies as well as export pricing models; 
 
• Establishing policies and procedures manual to cover the areas under supervision; 
 
• Undertaking and presenting project by project cost benefit analyses; 
 
• Review the company's working hour policies with a view to examining the feasibility of introducing flexi-time, telecommuting, and similar contemporary arrangements. 
 
Professional Experience and Significant Achievements

Chief Financial Officer

AIR JAMAICA LIMITED
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August 2007 to January 2008

Responsibilities

Financial Consultant

Nationwide News Network (Media)
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2005 to 2007

Mnfg & Distribution) 
• The Sunday Herald (Media) CPTC (media) 
• Blue Mahoe (Manufacturing) Manpower Maintenance (Maintenance) 
• Hilton Kingston (Hotel) Red Stripe (Manufacturing) 
• Lannaman & Morris ( Shipping) First Global (Financial Institution) 
• SPARCOM ( Community Development) Group 7 Traders (Retail) 
• Air Link (Domestic Airline) 
 
Responsibilities 
• Productivity evaluation of Organisations 
• Company reorganisation for improved productivity and efficiencies 
• Restructuring of debts 
• Write and implement policy and procedures manual 
• Financial reporting 
• General management 
• Business setup 
• Goodwill evaluation 
• Management evaluation 
• Business Plan 
• Retreat Facilitation 
 
Key Achievements: 
• Negotiated debt restructuring with yields of over 300% in interest savings over the term of the loan agreements. 
• Manage and balance the expectations of the stakeholders and various reporting requirements including the government bodies and agencies. 
• Implemented effective management and staff structures which significantly aided communication and processes. 
• Managed the reduction of overall expenditure to 20%. 
 
Professional Experience and Significant Achievements

VICE PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER

CVM COMMUNICATIONS GROUP
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1999 to 2005

FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION MANAGER 
 
Responsibilities (Vice President & General Manager Print and Radio) 
• Supporting the President 
• Monthly reporting to Board of Directors 
• Business process reengineering of Radio and Print 
• The implementation and regulating of best practices in organisations 
• Budget performance oversight 
• Preparation and participation in management meetings 
• Staff training and development 
• Annual statutory audit compliance 
 
Key Achievements: 
• Radio received the 2004 Chairman's productivity and performance award from a field of 12 companies 
• Returned Radio and Print to profitability in eighteen months 
• Increased annual Radio sales by 75% in eighteen months 
• Increased annual advertising sales of Print by 50% in fourteen months 
• Successfully negotiated twelve radio agreements with influential Jamaican radio personalities 
• Identified and negotiated three international distribution agents for Print 
• Unearth two major fraud incidents and implementing measures to reduce similar risks 
• Significantly improved staff morale 
 
Responsibilities (Finance & Administration Manager) 
• Supporting the General Manager 
• Monthly reporting to Board of Directors 
• Acting as General Manager from time to time 
• Manager day to day activities of the Finance and Administration Departments 
• The implementation and regulating of best financial practices in the organisation 
• Budget preparation and performance oversight 
• Departmental and Management meetings 
• Staff training and development 
• Annual statutory audit compliance 
• Monthly financial reporting 
 
Key Achievements: 
• Designed implemented and managed systems and controls which improved operating and reporting efficiencies 
• Improved the profitability of the company by over 300% in 2001 
• Part of the team that returned the television station to the number one position in the industry 
• Reduced the accumulated deficit by 80% 
• Reduced operating expenses by 20% in 2001 and 2002 
• Favourable negotiations with Trade Unions 
• Met all internal and external reporting deadlines 
• Unearth one major incident of fraud 
• Significantly improved staff morale 
 
Turks and Caicos Government's Development Bank 
(2 year contract)

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER AND BOARD SECRETARY

TCInvest
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1997 to 1999

Grand Turk 
Responsibilities 
• Supporting the General Manager 
• Monthly reporting to Board of Directors on financial matters 
• Manage day to day activities of the Finance Department 
• Train local incumbent to assume all my responsibilities 
• The implementation and regulating of best financial practices in the government entity. 
• Budget preparation and performance oversight 
• Finance staff training and development 
• Annual statutory audit compliance 
• Public Accounts committee reporting and attendance 
• Monthly preparation of Board Minutes 
• Other Board Secretary duties. 
 
Key Achievements: 
• Designed and implemented training programmes for the staff in the use of Loan systems 
• Project Leader for the implementation of the computer based loan system 
• Edited and implemented Staff, Loan and Financial procedures manuals. 
• Reduced annual statutory audit completion from ninety days to 30 days 
• Designed and conducted training courses for Board Members on their duties and responsibilities. 
Conceptualized and coordinated the inaugural marketing oriented TCInvest Softball Tournament. An event that is now held annually. 
 
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Early Career Summary

Manager Finance & Operations

Horizon Merchant Bank
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1995 to 1997

Financial Controller

Palace Amusement Co. Ltd
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1993 to 1994

Senior Accountant

Industrial Commercial Development Group
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1991 to 1993

Chief Accountant

ICWI Group
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1984 to 1991

Accounting Clerk

Ministry of Health
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1982 to 1984

Schools attended

Education

Business Environment Concepts

Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica

1995

Accounting

Accountancy Tutors -
London

1994 to 1994

Skills

Certified Accountant

Additional Information

Areas of Expertise 
 
• Strategic planning • Team Leadership/development • Result based reporting 
• General Management Development • Business process improvement • Business Development 
• Revenue Generation • Budget preparation/controls • Auditing 
• Performance Management • Financial Controls • Financial Analyst 
• Forecasting and planning Acquisitions • Negotiations • Financial Reporting