Jerry DeFord- Certified Public Accountant

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Jerry DeFord
Certified Public Accountant
Oviedo, FL. 32765
JDeFord68@gmail.com
www.linkedin.com/in/Jerry-Deford

SUMMARY
Proven experience as an Accounting / Financial Professional in industry with diverse knowledge of information
systems, standard cost accounting, budgeting, cost control, percentage of completion accounting, insurance, payroll
systems and warehousing. Creatively applies advanced systems to business in financial and functional areas.
Possesses excellent business collaborations skills with senior management and all other team members.
 ERP System Integration
 Cost Control
 Process Simplification
 Budgets – O/H Pool Application

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Siemens Energy Inc., Orlando, Florida 2007-2018
A German company that develops, engineers, manufactures and builds combined cycle gas turbine power plants
and power generating components.
Financial Analyst reporting to the Director of Site Execution
 Created SAP project accounting statements for newly formed business unit – project capacity increased by
100%, 24 projects by team increased to ~48 for 12-36 month domestic / international projects.
 Established equipment installation project budgets for power projects valued up to $250,000,000.
 Prepared $28,000,000 annual operating budget for Site Execution department.
 Scheduled Technical Field Advisors (TFA) to worldwide projects utilizing Primavera software.
 Supported TFA through the procurement of work visas, living accommodations, local medical options,
local banking arrangements, and purchasing of indirect materials.

O’Donnell Corporation, Orlando, Florida 2000-2006
Full service, large format printing company specializing in the point of purchase market. Capabilities which
include prepress, screen printing, digital printing, finishing and drop shipments to retail stores.
Accounting Manager reporting to Owner.
 Increased profitability by 400% through a recommendation to close photo lab and move into a digital
printing environment.
 Entrusted to manage accounts payable, accounts receivable, financial statement preparation, cash flow,
banking relationships and payroll systems.
 Negotiated and procured workers compensation and commercial insurance policies per business needs
resulting in a 6% premium reduction. Accomplished by adjusting worker classification and eliminating
unnecessary coverage.
 Directed and implemented a system of fixed asset accounting and inventory resulting in significant sales,
use and property tax savings.

Fiskars, Apopka, Florida (AKA Bloem Living) 1991-2000
A Finish company that develops, manufactures and distributes gardening and yard care tools and accessories.
Cost Accounting Manager reporting to CFO.
 Key team member of successful implementation of PRMS ERP system and Warehouse BOSS radio
frequency directed warehouse management system.
 Leader of cross-functional team that reduced inventory levels by 14%, manufacturing variances by 53%,
and inventory shrink by 26%. Accomplished through education, information development and the creation
and implementation of policies and procedures.
 Had full inventory responsibilities for finished goods in an automated radio frequency environment.
Performed at 98% accuracy precluding requirements for physical inventory. This eliminated 3
unproductive days each year for a staff of 43.
 Reduced packaging, factory production reporting, shipping, and cycle counting workforce by 20% while
maintaining accurate on-time shipments.
 Implemented a system of fixed asset accounting resulting in the avoidance of $800,000 in use tax
assessments.
 Established yearly hourly machine overhead rates, outside operation, inbound freight & duties, direct
material and finished goods cost resulting in increased accuracy of product cost.
 Conducted cost and price estimation for competitive reasons.

EDUCATION
MBA – University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
Bachelor of Science (B. S.) in Accounting – Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois
Certified Public Accountant – State of Illinois – Certificate 47,407

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