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    GURKAN ACAR

    Mobile: +44 (0) 7902995844 London/England

    Email: gurk_acar@yahoo.com

     

    PROFILE

    Experienced Finance Director with 15 years’ experience and a proven track record in financial management and control, independent and internal auditing, and compliance. Specialised in successful turn- around projects for inefficient organisations through strategic prioritisation, control systems and performance measurement. Deep expertise in travel & hospitality industries.

     

    EXPERIENCE

    2010 – 2021   Taksim International Group Hotels, Istanbul Turkey

    Taksim International is a hospitality group owning and operating five hotels with 4/5 star concepts, concentration in resort, spa and city hotels, located in different cities of Turkey, operating 753 guest rooms, generating over $20 million GOP annually, employing 500 staff.

     

    2020 – 2021    Finance Director

    Leading a team of 14 finance professionals responsible for overall financial planning, budgeting and reporting as well as cash management; overseeing operating performance and advising CEO on day-to-day management and longer-term strategic planning; engaging with regulatory bodies including tax authorities.  Highlights of achievements include:

    –       Implemented a series of accounting software, therefore, reduced time spent on handling accounts by 22%.

    –       Developed new and complex spreadsheets to help produce the monthly management accounts much quicker, reducing the preparation time from four days to one.

    –       Increased revenues by 21% by removing low performing client portfolios.

    –       Established a new management reporting system based on department heads budgeting requirements resulting in increased efficiency in budget decision-making process.

    –       Achieved 18% over the budgeted financial income by reorganizing payment, collection and cash management systems.

    –       Achieved 16% decrease in operating expenses by setting up tight expense control system.

    2015 – 2020     Internal Audit Manager

    Responsibilities included leading internal audit work throughout the Group (Head Quarters and Hotels) and overseeing operating performance against plans. Highlights of achievements include:

    –       Established Groups’ first Internal Audit Manual.

    –       Redesigned the content of the Internal Audit Report for more effective and timely usage.

    –       Successfully completed more than 100 internal audit reviews, fraud investigations, inspection tasks, performance evaluation projects and management strategy workshops.

     

    2010 – 2015     Financial Controller

    Responsibilities included monthly controlling, analysis & reporting of financial results & KPIs, executing various financial planning processes such as annual budgeting and rolling forecasts. Highlights of achievements include:

    –       Optimised and established a new annual budgeting format.

    –       Reduced cost of services sold by 37% within my first year compare to the year before, due to detailed cost analysis and correct implementation of efficiency plan.

     

    2007 – 2010     Checkup Center, Operations Manager, Istanbul, Turkey

     

    2003 – 2005     PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Senior Audit Associate, Istanbul, Turkey

     

    EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

    –       Master of Business Administration (MBA), Yeditepe University, Turkey, June 2006. With concentration in Marketing Management, graduated with Honours

    –       Bachelor of Commerce, University of Wollongong, Australia, July 2001. Double degree in marketing and management

    –       Certified Internal Control Professional (CICP), The Internal Control Institute, Aug 2019

    –       Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Union of Chambers of Certified Public Accountants Turkey, Jan 2017

    –       Certificate in International Financial Reporting (CertIFR), The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Aug 2014

    –       Certificate in International Auditing (CertIA), The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), May 2014

    Education
    2004/2006
    Yeditepe University (Turkey) Master of Business Administration (MBA)

    With concentration in Marketing Management, graduated with Honours Degree.

    1999-2001
    University of Wollongong (Australia) Bachelor of Commerce

    Double degree in marketing and management.

    Experience
    2020-2021
    Taksim International Group Hotels Finance Director

    Taksim International is a hospitality group owning and operating five hotels with 4/5 star concepts, concentration in resort, spa and city hotels, located in different cities of Turkey, operating 753 guest rooms, generating over $20 million GOP annually, employing 500 staff.

    Leading a team of 14 finance professionals responsible for overall financial planning, budgeting and reporting as well as cash management; overseeing operating performance and advising CEO on day-to-day management and longer-term strategic planning; engaging with regulatory bodies including tax authorities. Highlights of achievements include:
    – Implemented a series of accounting software, therefore, reduced time spent on handling accounts by 22%.
    – Developed new and complex spreadsheets to help produce the monthly management accounts much quicker, reducing the preparation time from four days to one.
    – Increased revenues by 21% by removing low performing client portfolios.
    – Established a new management reporting system based on department heads budgeting requirements resulting in increased efficiency in budget decision-making process.
    – Achieved 18% over the budgeted financial income by reorganizing payment, collection and cash management systems.
    – Achieved 16% decrease in operating expenses by setting up tight expense control system.

    2015-2020
    Taksim International Group Hotels Internal Audit Manager

    Responsibilities included leading internal audit work throughout the Group (Head Quarters and Hotels) and overseeing operating performance against plans. Highlights of achievements include:
    – Established Groups’ first Internal Audit Manual.
    – Redesigned the content of the Internal Audit Report for more effective and timely usage.
    – Successfully completed more than 100 internal audit reviews, fraud investigations, inspection tasks, performance evaluation projects and management strategy workshops.

    2010-2015
    Taksim International Group Hotels Financial Controller

    Responsibilities included monthly controlling, analysis & reporting of financial results & KPIs, executing various financial planning processes such as annual budgeting and rolling forecasts. Highlights of achievements include:
    – Optimised and established a new annual budgeting format.
    – Reduced cost of services sold by 37% within my first year compare to the year before, due to detailed cost analysis and correct implementation of efficiency plan.

    2007-2010
    Checkup Center Operations Manager

    Checkup Center is a direct marketing company focusing on serving private hospitals’ health check-up packages around Turkey, employing around 40 people. Main duties performed; responsible from all finance and marketing operations, led teams of marketing and finance associates.

    Highlights of achievements include:
     Improved customer satisfaction from 74% to 93% within my first 9 months by providing staff with new tools, skills, knowledge and authority needed to resolve customer enquiries and complaints.
     Increased profits by 18% in my first year by developing a new marketing incentive scheme and reduced cost of customer interaction by adopting new CRM software technologies.

    2003-2005
    PriceWaterhouseCoopers (Turkey) Senior Audit Associate

    Main duties performed: led financial audits and prepared reports in accordance with IFRS.

    Highlights of achievements include:
     Provided audit services to local and multinational companies from various sectors including:
    Koç Holding (I was part of Holding’s financial consolidation team), Arçelik Electronics, Divan Hotels, Ford Automotive, Setur Touristic Services, Tantur Turkey (TUI Group).
     Successfully completed more than 50 audit reviews.

    2001-2002
    1to1 Magic (Poland) CRM Associate

    1to1 Magic is a customer relationship management (CRM) agency focusing on Polish market, employing around 30 people. Main duties performed; planed and designed CRM campaigns for local and multinational companies.

    2000-2001
    Woonona-Bulli RSL Club (Australia) Marketing Associate

    Woonona-Bulli RSL Club is a local sport pub organizing social sport activities, employing around 10 people. Main duties performed; conducted customer research and developed CRM action plans.

    Skills
    Brand PositioningBrandingBudgeting and PlanningBusiness ModelingCompetitor AnalysisDirect MarketingFinancial Analysisfinancial reportingForecastingHospitality ConceptsHotel BudgetingHotel ManagementHotel OperationsHotel Project Feasibility AnalysisInternal AuditInternal ControlMarket ResearchMarketing BudgetMarketing StrategyOperational and Financial ControlProduct developmentProject DevelopmentRevenue ManagementRevenue MaximizingRisk ManagementService Quality & Standards
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