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Okan Yildiz

Location: Hamburg, Germany

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/okan-yildiz

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Professional Summary

I am a finance executive with extensive experience, deeply committed to steering organizations towards long-term growth and stability, even amid economic fluctuations. I am passionate about leveraging cutting-edge technologies like Business Intelligence, Robotic Process Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and Big Data to drive digital transformation in finance. This includes an emphasis on data analytics and financial modeling to support decision-making and strategic scenario planning. Additionally, I prioritize talent development within my team, fostering a culture of continuous learning and adaptability. My approach is centered around building trust and transparency with stakeholders, guiding fiscal strategies that resonate with both business and societal values. I am dedicated to bringing finance to the forefront of business, leveraging advanced analytics to uncover insights and drive success.

Expertise / Core Competencies

  • Strategic leadership & team management
  • Performance management
  • Financial planning & budgeting
  • Cash management
  • Project management
  • Big data and data analytics
  • Digital transformation
  • Technology trends
  • Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)

Professional Resume Summary

Initial Career Phase (2008-2015, Turkey and Russia):

  • Began career in auditing and financial reporting with a focus on IFRS and German GAAP compliance in Turkey. Roles included External Auditor and Financial Controlling Specialist, where responsibilities encompassed auditing, financial statement preparation, and financial management support.
  • Progressed to Chief of Management Accounting and Financial Controlling in Russia, focusing on aviation and tourism industries. Key responsibilities included management reporting, budgeting, cash flow management, and establishing finance and accounting systems.

Mid-Career Development (2016-2018, Turkey and Russia):

  • Served as Accounting Manager in Turkey for a travel and aviation group, handling management reporting, budgeting, and finance system management.
  • Advanced to Financial Reporting Manager in Russia, responsible for financial information preparation, cash-flow monitoring, and vendor analysis.

Executive Leadership (2018-Present, Germany):

  • Transitioned to Head of Finance roles in Germany, first with an air cargo handling company (2018-2022) and then with a warehouse optimization services group (2022-Present).
  • Oversaw financial, accounting, and tax management across multiple countries, including the implementation of various financial systems and company establishment in new regions.

Education and Skills:

  • Master of International Business from Russia and Bachelor in Business Administration from Turkey.
  • Multilingual proficiency in 🇹🇷 Turkish, 🇬🇧 English, 🇩🇪 German, 🇷🇺 Russian, and currently learning 🇪🇸 Spanish.

  • Expertise in various financial software and systems, with certifications in accounting and auditing.

Additional Information:

  • Demonstrates adaptability with experience in diverse international environments and a willingness to relocate and travel for professional opportunities. Engages in a range of personal interests and continuous learning, including web design and Spanish language studies.