Night Auditor

Samson T Mesfin

10810 Emerald
Club Ct 201, Raleigh, NC 27617 · 919.370.0323 ·


Finance and Operations Manager and

Financial Oversight and
Analysis | Auditing and Project Management | Leadership and Supervision


A top performing Financial
and Operations Manager and Controller with more than 13 years of experience,
credited with combining financial oversight with leadership and management
expertise to deliver substantial results in various domestic and international
settings. Strong expertise in financial planning, budgeting, auditing, and
review, with a proven history developing and completing large scale projects on
time, on budget, and to the satisfaction of all parties involved. A highly
accomplished and visionary leader who is organized, efficient, driven, focused,
and has a natural ability to build and maintain relationships.


Key Skills Assessment


    ü     Financial and Administrative Operations                        ü     Teamwork, Leadership, Supervision, and

    ü     Budgeting, Forecasting, and Budget
Management         ü     Employee and Vendor Relations

    ü     Cash Planning and Risk Management                              ü     Strategic Planning and Analysis

    ü     Control, Process, and Procedure Development               ü     Staff
Supervision and Training

    ü     International Operations / USAID Projects                      ü     Regulatory Compliance

    ü     Grants Management                                                                ü     Documentation and Paperwork


Professional Experience


Research Triangle Institute, Durham, NC                                                                                                                                        1999
– 2013

Manager, International Audit

(2012 – 2013)

Coordinated audit
activities for USAID and other projects. Defined protocols, and prepared and
coordinated audits for operations with more than $700M in revenue. Identified audit findings and communicated
open audit activities to internal and external stakeholders. Updated
corporate finance manuals and Charts of Accounts, and developed training
sessions, guidebooks, and programs to assist international locations and
improve compliance findings. Managed International Field Office checklist
certification, identified internal control weaknesses, and recommended solutions.

  • Improved internal controls by more than 50%.
    Reduced negative compliance findings by 50%.


Regional Finance Controller, based in
Nairobi Kenya

(2007 – 2012)

Corporate Finance and

Built finance structures, including controls and reporting systems,
for 15 countries. Established banking relationships, designed payment processes,
and hired and trained staff. Installed a consolidated global accounting system
and instituted a monthly close for each project office. Improved control
environments, GAAP compliance, and cash conversion cycles. Built financial
controls to monitor expenses, and monitored compliance reviews before expense
billing. Managed four direct reports and hired and trained numerous staff
members. Oversaw $10M annually in local spending.

  • Transitioned field offices from manual to
    standardized accounting systems, reducing billing cycles by 30 days.


Opened corporate bank
accounts in 13 countries. Maintained banking relationships and leveraged
services to facilitate company payments. Standardized cash forecasting
procedures and limited excess project account funds.

International and

Insured correct labor cost booking. Resolved statutory and
operational issues, including taxes, payroll, severance, and VAT, for countries
where the company was not registered. Conducted project reviews, implement
systems and controls, and implemented budgets and work plans. Established
regional offices to serve expanding African book of business, led close out
efforts in 15 countries, and served as Chief of Party for startups in
Madagascar and Ethiopia.


Deputy Controller, assigned to Iraq (2004 – 2007)

Corporate Finance and

Managed day-to-day
financial activities, and maintained cash flow in line with client expectations.
Resolved late reconciliation, transaction processing, and expense reporting
backlogs. Established a compliance unit to review financial transactions, with
average expenditures of more than $4M per month. Trained finance and
procurement staff, managed labor reporting, and trained and mentored Iraqi
staff in USAID rules and regulations and other financial procedures.

  • Processed backlog of field office expenses,
    generating $2M in revenue.

  • Led automation of labor reporting for 50 expat, increasing
    accuracy by 100%.

  • Reduced monthly cash payments by 95% on projects
    with $4M in expenditures.


Forecasted and budgeted
projects, liaised with local banks, controlled expenditures, and ensured
compliance with USAID and company policies and regulations. Expedited on-time
invoice processing and payments, converted labor reporting from manual to
online, and implemented check payments in an environment strongly accustomed to
cash. Managed $242M in large project cash flow.

International and Operations

Led labor reporting efforts for 50+ expatriates, and coordinated
payroll for 1500+ employees. Analyzed budgets, hiring staff, and coordinated
with COP and DCOP in management decision-making. Changed payroll procedures
from outsourced to in house, saving $100K in payroll expenses annually.

  • Developed in house payroll processes, ending
    payroll outsourcing, resulting in $100K in annual savings.

  • Created and trained the staff of four
    compliance teams who successfully reduced compliance errors from 25% to less
    than 5%.


Accounting Supervisor / International
Finance Specialist

(2001 – 2003)

Corporate Finance and

Managed financial portion of electronic procurement
system. Instituted monthly payment reporting, reduced invoice turn-around time,
and developed relationships with the third party vendors. Implemented employee
and vendor wire transfer system for invoice and expense report reimbursement.


Reconciled bank accounts
and verified expenses and documentation complied with FAR regulations.
Monitored field office bank accounts, and initiated fund transfers as needed. Opened
Personal Banking for Overseas Employees for more than 50 international hires.

International and Operations

Implemented Electronic
Imaging System, allowing expense reports to be uploaded into corporate accounting
systems. Train finance staff at international field offices.


Senior Accounts Payable Specialist (1999 – 2000)

Reviewed and approved domestic and international travel expense
reports for 1,000+ employees. Reviewed report accuracy and compliance with
USAID and FAR regulations and RTI policies. Processed high volume invoices for
third party vendors and implemented the corporate version of the Field Office
Accounting System. Trained corporate accounting staff and provided training and
support for field office accounting personnel. 



Education & Credentials


MS: Leadership and
JFK College, London, UK                                                                           Expected
Graduation: 2014

BS: Accounting, Birmingham
University, Binghamton, NY                                                                                                                     2000

AA: Business Administration,
Broom Community College, Binghamton, NY                                                                                   1994

Additional Skills: Microsoft
Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Acc Pac, Deltek Imaging System (IEDMS),
QuickBooks, Cost Point Accounting, e-plus procurement system, ACCPAC, RAMS



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  • Location: Raleigh, NC , 27617

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