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The Need for Visibility and Control of Software Assets

Posted on October 28, 2015

BY LEAPROS® Finance & Accounting · Budgeting · Leadership

U.S. companies are overspending an estimated $12 billion on commercial software each year. Here is how software license optimization programs and solutions can significantly change that scenario.

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Americans’ financial well-being reaches 8-year high

Posted on July 16, 2015

BY LEAPROS® Finance & Accounting · Budgeting · Financial Planning

Americans’ financial happiness has reached its highest levels since the recession, according to the second quarter Personal Financial Satisfaction Index (PFSi), which was released July 16, 2015.

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Benchmark: The average employee’s workweek is 46.7 hours

Posted on October 16, 2014

BY LEAPROS® Human Resources · Budgeting · Performance

How many hours a week do you work? According to a recent survey by Gallup, the average full time American works just under 47 hours a week. This article provides great insight on full time and hourly employee wages.

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Building a Risk Culture

Posted on October 1, 2014

BY LEAPROS® Finance & Accounting · Analytics · Budgeting · Financial Planning

Building a strong risk culture entails educating up and down and interchangeable roles to achieve organizational goals and objectives. Warren Buffett states, “Culture, Not Rules, Determines Organizational Behavior” (2011). A robust risk culture equates to a sustained competitive advantage as a company must address protecting the safety and security of employees and guests/products, drive operational and financial efficiencies, preserve brand reputation, and proactive risk planning and response. Additionally, changing risk culture and behaviors involves reinforcement and monitoring. Therefore, today’s risk practitioner is a key strategic business and industry, embodying a broad-based operational perspective.

In summer of 2012 David joined California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) as Senior Director of Risk Management, implementing and directing enterprise/strategic risk management program after several years of an operational risk management only department function. Oversees policy and procedure development and implementations for all corporate insurance program exposures,

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Heinz Implementing Zero Based Budgeting

Posted on August 27, 2014

BY LEAPROS® Finance & Accounting · Analytics · Budgeting · Financial Planning

Zero Based Budgeting (ZBB) is more than just a cost cutting exercise. In its purest form it is about introducing a culture of ownership across the organisation where individuals are asked act and think like owners of the company – treating every dollar as if it were their own  3G Capital have successfully implemented ZBB in a variety of different companies and have increased margins to such a level that they outstrip their peers by a considerable distance. In this presentation you will be taken through the concepts of ZBB, how to engage you organisation to successfully implement ZBB and some of the mistakes to avoid.

Chris Winter is currently the Europe Zone Lead for Zero Based Budgeting (ZBB) and Capex at Heinz, the well-known food manufacturer of Beans, Soups and Tomato Ketchup.   Heinz was recently taken over by 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway and Chris has been charged with bringing ZBB into Heinz Europe. Chris has worked at Heinz for 13 years and has held roles in FP&A, Financial Reporting, Demand Planning and Commercial Finance.  Prior to working at Heinz Chris Worked at British Airways for 3 years implementing a European Shared Service Centre.

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An Evolution in Financial Reporting

Posted on June 24, 2014

BY LEAPROS® Finance & Accounting · Budgeting · Financial Planning · FP&A · Management

Efficiencies gained and lessons learned from sustained investment in enterprise-wide consolidation, budgeting and planning tools. Chris will take us through the Life Technologies journey of management reporting, as the company grew from $500M in sales to greater than $4B in sales in less than a decade. For over seven years, Life Technologies steadily invested in ERP consolidation, shared services centers of excellence, and enterprise-wide consolidation and management reporting tools. It wasn’t always smooth, but the process efficiencies and organizational scalability gained will not only drive the operating leverage you need, but create a confidence in your numbers that can transform your finance organization from a tactical team to strategic business partners.

Chris Pattinson is the Vice President of Group FP&A and Accounting in Carlsbad, CA for the $4B Life Sciences Group of Thermo Fisher Scientific. In this role, he is responsible for global management reporting & accounting, as well as the development of enterprise wide consolidation & management reporting systems. Prior to joining Thermo Fisher Scientific in 2014, Chris spent eight years at Life Technologies in various business controllership roles. For the past 4 years he led Corporate FP&A at Life Technologies which concluded with a strategic options review process and public sale of the company earlier this year. In addition to his tenure in finance, Chris’s has a background in GMP manufacturing including seven years with Merck & Co. in vaccine operations.

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