Iain Harrison - Barrie, Ontario

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Iain Harrison is currently living in Barrie, Ontario, and is interested in Accounting, Call Centers, Communications, Consulting, Financial Services, Food, Bev, Tobacco, Human Resources, Insurance, Internet / IT, Manufacturing, Marketing, Non-profit/Association, Other, Retail, Security, Services, Transportation, Wholesale, Work from Home.
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Barrie, Ontario

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Accounting, Call Centers, Communications, Consulting, Financial Services, Food, Bev, Tobacco, Human Resources, Insurance, Internet / IT, Manufacturing, Marketing, Non-profit/Association, Other, Retail, Security, Services, Transportation, Wholesale, Work from Home

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Change Management Project work

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Iain Harrison has joined on Apr 10, 2013

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Iain Harrison ACMA
Currently living in Barrie, Ontario, Canada

A dedicated, responsible and competent professional interim manager, capable of innovating new techniques in addition to applying proven and practiced Change, Finance and managerial skills, with particular experience in:

• Positive and proactive manager with solid Prince2 skills • Proven record to deliver high-quality project solutions
• Directing Change in Business and Finance Directorate • Transitioning change into the Business
• Managing projects and initiatives • Engagement with Business Change managers
• Project and transition team Board Member • Management Information and reporting
• Budget setting, planning and monitoring • IT system role out and go-live support
• Process re-engineering and design • Stakeholder engagement workshops
• Setting the Passport Fee (ABC model) • Completion of change and project documentation
• Completion of testing scripts and testing scenarios • Strong planning and organisation skills

and is a full, qualified Member of The Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA), and qualified Prince 2 Practitioner.

 Full Member of The Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA)
 Prince 2 (Foundation and Practitioner)
 Association of Project management (APM) Introductory Certificate
 Association of Project management (APMP) Pragmatic Approach (Full qualification)


BAGUETTE EXPRESS (Franchise Metro Centre, Gateshead) March 2011 to date
After being made redundant I looked at investing my money in a franchise and I am the owner andused to manage at baguette Express in the Metro Centre, Gateshead, England , a catering outlet for customers where we offer take away service for baguettes, Panini, jacket potato, pasta, salads, wraps and drinks

 Assessed different franchise opportunities and bought a franchise in Baguette Express
 Used my change management skills to work with suppliers, project team and master franchisor from initial discussions to a smooth implementation of the shop. Setting up supplier accounts, direct debits, ordering and delivery process, shop set up and a recruitment process to put all staff in place
 Assessed management accounts undertaking financial analysis and planning financial requirements
 Excellent customer service and customer care delivered to customers
 Completion of management reports, VAT tax returns, Profit and loss account, cash flow and assessing variances to enable continue growth of the business
 Trained up staff on the products, how to prepare and serve, hygiene requirements, how to use machinery, till system and end of day cash reconciliation

Made Redundant October 2010 to April 2011
After nearly 25 years in the Public Sector due to the current economic climate and the National debt my job as Finance Change Manager for IPS was removed from the organisation structure, the job I was employed to do was stopped with nobody else replacing it. I was subsequently made redundant

IDENTITY AND PASSPORT SERVICE (IPS) January 2002 to September 2010
The Identity and Passport Services (IPS – formerly UKPS) is an Executive Agency of the Home Office, and is responsible for the issue of UK passports.

Finance Change Manger and Project Management April 2005 to Present
 Taking the finance lead on development and implementation for a new IT system, leading the change, transitioning in a procurement on-line purchasing system. Engaging with stakeholders, completion of project documentation using Prince 2 methodology, lead transition and implementation manager in ION, project board member. Consulted with 7 regional offices on a regular basis making several visits to the office to assist in the planning and implementation
 Engaging with Business Change Managers to assess the impacts of project and initiatives in the business, completion of Business Change documentation, including implementation plans, deliverable and acceptance matrix
 Completion of project documents using Prince 2 methodology, completion of Project Initiation documents, transition plans, action plans, communication plans, risk register, impact and mitigation plans and many more
 Worked on the National Identity scheme to issue Identity cards. Assessing finance impacts, completion of process maps, processes design and writing testing scripts. Project managing the Finance requirements for the first stage of the National Identity Card, Critical Workers Identity Cards, engaging with stakeholders and other areas within the project to deliver an effective and efficient solution
 Finance project manager and responsible for delivering finance processes to the Interview Office Network (ION), 69 offices and 11 Area Offices across the UK, responsible for completion of process mapping, testing scripts, and User Acceptance Testing (UAT) process testing for Finance Directorate. Setting up processes, systems and supporting arrangements for finance to support the ION initiative in IPS. Assessing the readiness in the business and the appetite for change, meeting stakeholders to ‘win hearts and minds’ to enable buy in
 Arranging workshops to design new processes and complete process maps to support ION – I arranged and took the lead on 16 workshops to bring in the finance supporting arrangements for ION, working closely on stakeholder engagement with a successful roll out and smooth implementation across the business
 Prioritising and managing several projects and initiatives in the Finance Directorate at the same time, working to deliver a successful implementation and smooth transition into the business
 Development and implementation for Governance, assurance and risk control framework in IPS
 Project managed the development and transition for operational improvement implementing an electronic travel and subsistence (ET&S) claiming process in IPS, for 7 regional offices, 69 interview offices, Headquarters, Programme office and the General Registrars office (GRO)
 Finance project lead for the integration of GRO into IPS, leading on transitioning the ET&S process, Eclipse on-line procurement system and Government Procurement Cards (GPC)
 To act as a focal point and part of the IPS change network for all projects to communicate and work with stakeholders to assess and deliver change to the finance directorate
 Talking to key stakeholder in IPS to assess the change and impact in the Finance Directorate
 Finance communication manager, publishing and developing documents for the intranet site and developing finance Directorate pages, using Red Dot Publishing software

Head of Management Accounting June 2003 to April 2005
 I developed and implemented a passport fee model to include additional passport service to distribute and apportion £243m of expenditure across the business mix (Adult, child, renewals, new applications) and the service type (Postal, partner, Fast track, Fast track collect and premium services). I put a recommendation to the IPS board and to HM Treasury, for ultimate remit to the Privy Council.
 I developed budget guidance and templates for budget managers and finance mangers to adhere to when setting budgets. I communicated the budget guidance and templates and controlled the budget process to tight timescales.
 On return of the budgets I carried out an analytical review and compared key expenditure items in the budget between offices. I consolidated the budget and assessed for affordability and what type of fee increased would be required to achieve the budget submissions. I then made recommendation to a budget committee on areas in the budget I thought were to high and action they would require to achieve value for money and affordability – the total budget was £300m
 Each month I completed monthly performance reports and wrote board papers on the financial performance of IPS. This included monthly and year to date positions, areas of concerns and risks, and what corrective action would be required. I also developed and implemented monthly reports for external stakeholders. This included reports for Foreign and commonwealth and Home Office, where I monitored and communicated IPS financial performance

HQ Finance manager January 2002 to May 2003
 I lead auditing of 7 regional offices and trained a team of 4 staff on how to conduct an audit, giving them training in audit processes such as predictive and reasonableness checks. I also trained the staff on the paperwork requirements for each field of work that they were to undertake and some common areas of bad practice to look at.
 I was a lead focal point for IPS Finance Directorate and very limited information was available to finance staff. I therefore wrote approximately 30 different guides, procedures and other useful documentation to assist finance teams with their every day job. I had these signed of by key finance stakeholders and placed them onto the intranet, prior to this there was no finance information available on the intranet.
 I set up a training strategy for Finance Directorate which included setting up professional training and mentoring for qualified and trainee accountants, also setting up and facilitating a workshop to introduce the guidance.

INALND REVENUE September 1998 to January 2002
Recruited onto the trainee accountancy scheme within the Inland Revenue, to work in many areas to gain full finance and management skills to enable the progression to a senior manager’s post within the Finance Directorate.

Tax Office December 2001 to January 2002
 Worked as a compliance accountant at the Middlesborough Tax office.
 Assessed company accounts, looking through back up information and documents, such as petty cash books, receipts, chequebook stubs and identified any irregularities in the accounting process. I also identified areas I thought the Income tax officers should spend most of their time on the assessment of the company. I identified areas where I thought personnel usage had been passed through the books, which translates to fraud. Also any areas within the accounts that looked out of line with the business the company worked in.
 I only undertook this position for three months, as the UK Passport Agency asked me to return and work for them on a full time basis. Therefore, I transferred permanently to work in the Durham office, but worked for headquarters.

Secondment to UK Passport Service (UKPS now IPS) March 2001 to December 2001
 Recruited for a 9 month period to UKPS to lead on the Finance delegation process, redeploying finance work from central HQ in London to 7 regional offices
 Set up a model for capacity planning for the regional offices to assess the staffing needs and passport producing capacity during the year and rolled this model out
 Devised new finance structure, revised processes and work plans to delegate work from HQ to regions, reporting regular to the project board


 Football Association (FA) Level 2 Coaching Badge
 5 O’levels (including Maths and English)


Date of Birth: 23 May 1965

Nationality: British

Driving Licence: Full unendorsed licence for car

I.T. Skills: Intermediate to advanced use of MS Office applications.
On-line procurement tool Marrakech
Visio Software
Internet and E-mail
SUN accounting system
Red Dot Publishing

Traveling: Frequent Traveler as required

Health: Non-smoker

Notice Period: Immediate start

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Iain Harrison
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Location: Barrie,Ontario,Canada

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