There is no doubt that the accounting and finance functions are critical to the health and well being of any organization. Timely, accurate information is essential to manage the business today as well as to plan for the future. A gap in this key management function could potentially undermine the viability of a business, run it afoul of reporting requirements and contribute to a loss of control.
In today’s world of cloud-based accounting and real-time field intelligence, the amount of data available is expansive and the ability to generate, present, and interpret it is highly valued and an expectation of ownership, senior leadership, boards and stakeholders/shareholders.
Osborne can provide a no obligation assessment and advice on how to strengthen the Finance function as well as add capacity on a part-time, contract basis.
Whether your need is at the CFO, Controller or General Accountant level, we can access the resources you require and scale the support to suit your budget.
Critical areas where Osborne can be of benefit:
Develop a relationship with key bank personnel, share information about your business, keep the bank fully updated, and provide credible forecasts taking into account historic debt and cash flow history.
Identify future risk areas across the business, include significant risk areas in the business plan, evaluate alternative scenarios and approaches which may lead to improved outcomes, consider contingency plans, provide forecasts based on risk analysis, and liaise with funders when circumstances change.
Key part of the fabric of the business, requiring a systematic approach to provide long-term stability. Important considerations include a review of the scope of cash flow challenges, creation of internal and external communication plans, ensure that the bank is reconciled and accounts are up to date, limit and consolidate payments to simplify cash flow management, prepare a short term cash flow visibility plan to allow decision makers to see the impact of their spending decisions in advance, review payments owed, and devise strategies to accelerate cash receipts.
On time review, completion and required filings of statutory accounts, annual returns, payroll and employee related, bank/invoice finance covenants and insurance.
Implement in a measured and methodical manner including delegation of duties and responsibilities, creation of systems across the business for managing various procedures, systems for monthly control accounts, monthly KPIs (Key Performance Indicators), processes for creating monthly management accounts and establish systems for expenditure and associated authorization/sign-off.
An ongoing project as it takes time to establish systems which enable a business to maximize its profitability. Key considerations include analysis of every area of gross profit to understand where the biggest opportunities lie. Analyze profitability by isolating data by customer, product and revenue to gain full visibility and analysis of return on investment on capital and product development expenditure.
Recording all important data in your business and presenting that data in a range of different ways to allow for effective analysis. Key facets include KPI indicators that drive the business, monthly management accounts/reports within a reasonable period of month end, reporting processes for sales and marketing so that there is clear visibility over what’s working and what is not, reporting processes for business “operations” so that activity can be monitored and improvements can be made periodically, create back office systems and processes to operate the business efficiently, introduce budgets and targets by department and allocate responsibilities to managers and analyze trends within the business and market and move to more predictable and considered forecasting to avoid panic and fighting last minute fires.
Key considerations include utilizing the work of tax specialists to solve complex issues as/when required, devise a tax planning strategy to removing the fear of the unknown, implement processes to ensure tax deadlines are met, discuss the most efficient ways for the business owner and employees to be remunerated and establish systems to record data in an effective manner for tax purposes.
Who Can Help
Areas of Specialty
- Accounts Payable and Receivable
- Institutional Relationship Management
- Management Reporting
- Audit File Preparation
- Production Accounting
- Financial Modelling
- Compensation (Payroll and Benefits)
- Asset and Fund Management
- Tax Saving Strategies
- Unrestricted and Restricted Revenue Management
- Corporate Compliance
- Risk Management
- Cost Management
- Internal Controls and Tracking Mechanisms
- Key Performance Indicator Measurement
Representative Case Studies
I want to express our gratitude and my gratitude for how Mark Olson of Osborne Interim Management has led us through the last six months. There is no denying his expertise is exactly what we needed and has us on the even footing we needed to pass the baton to our first ever Alberta Grains Executive Director. Thank you isn’t enough but I say it most sincerely.
Tara Sawyer – Chair, Interim Board of Directors, Alberta Grains
Osborne brought both expertise and capability to help us validate and plan some significant organization changes which we felt we needed to meet operational challenges and position the business for the future. Osborne helped us communicate the changes to our wider leadership team and then fielded an Interim Executive to help us deliver them. The Interim Executive adapted well to our organization and successfully stabilized and improved our hospitality operation so that we are entering the winter 22/23 season with much-improved capability and confidence. He also ran a successful recruitment process for us to fill the role on a permanent basis with a strong candidate joining us in time for the start of the winter season. I would highly recommend the services of Osborne Interim Management for both consultancy projects and provision of interim executives.
Darcy Alexander – Vice President & General Manager, Sun Peaks Resort LP and Sun Peaks Grand Hotel LLP
Osborne Interim Management was able to provide us with interim leadership during a period of significant transition and organizational rejuvenation. In addition to the Principal who acted as Interim Executive Director, they provided resources as required to facilitate a strategic planning session and update our Personnel Policy manual. The Interim then led the recruitment process that helped us find and onboard our new CEO. I would highly recommend the services of Osborne Interim Management.
Victor Benz – President, Alberta Fish and Game Association
“Osborne Interim Management supported our recruitment efforts for a new CEO from start to finish. They helped us develop the right profile for the individual we needed and then oversaw a process that resulted in a significant number of very qualified applicants. Their engagement in the screening and interview process led us to hiring a terrific new CEO, bringing much needed relief to the Board and invaluable momentum to our Society. I’d highly recommend their services to any other charitable or not-for-profit organization.”
Julie Hamilton – Board Chair, Palliative Care Society of Bow Valley
“Osborne effectively employed a team approach in assisting our company with several significant projects in 2021. Their ability to communicate with stakeholders internally and externally really helped our leadership team validate and focus our needs.”
Bob Wilcox – President, Glacier FarmMedia
“We engaged Osborne Interim Management to redesign our outdated website, wanting to modernize the design and make it easier to read and understand. Working with little direction and with a short time frame, Osborne was able to produce a dynamic, fresh and user-friendly website on time and under budget.”
David Dial – VP Corporate Services, Next Hydrogen
“Osborne Interim Management provided invaluable assistance to us as we merged three different operating entities into the new 4-H Alberta. Mark Olson as Interim CEO of the 4-H Foundation and Judy Williams as communications strategist played a significant role in our transformation and I would highly recommend their/Osborne’s services.”
Kim McConnell – Former Interim CEO, 4-H Alberta
“The Osborne Principals assisted us in identifying areas of improvement, then worked with us to make their recommended changes. Their actions have had a positive impact on the way we operate our business.”
Andy McKnight – Partner, Maskell Plenzik & Partners Eng.
“We engaged Osborne Interim Management to assess the capacity of our Canadian Operations in the wake of ambitious five year growth plans. Not only did the Osborne Principals deliver a thorough report, but they provided us with valuable tools to undertake ongoing analysis and forecasting based on a number of Canadian market variables.”
Elias Partyka – Director of Global Marketing, Gowan Company, Yuma Arizona
“As a young charity, early guidance from the Osborne Interim Management team provided timely direction as we developed the YouQuest service in support of younger families living with dementia. It was energizing to learn from each team member and very rewarding to feel their personal interest in our progress and future success.”
Myrla Burlman – Co-founder, YouQuest
“I would recommend Osborne Interim Management’s approach for any organization looking to add coaching and mentorship into their workplace for senior and mid-management staff.”
Randy Williams – President, Premiere Suites Western
“We engaged Osborne to undertake a thorough assessment of our business and the marketplace which involved interviewing multiple stakeholders in the development of a five year strategic plan. We were more than pleased with the results and wouldn’t hesitate to refer the quality of their work to others.”
Dave Hansen – President & CEO, CANTERRA SEEDS
“For organizations looking for interim executive support, I would highly recommend Osborne Interim Management. They provided us with a quality CFO until we could hire a full-time replacement for this position. It was a seamless, effective process.”
Sandip Lalli – CEO, Calgary Chamber of Commerce
“We contracted Osborne Interim Management to help transition our Foundation into the future with stronger processes, plans and leadership. We were very pleased with the results and would highly recommend their work.”
Reiny Kristel – Board Chair, Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation
“The Osborne Principals our business has engaged have delivered important support to our business in a number of areas and provided excellent value.”
Barry Schmitt – President, Barr-Ag
“On behalf of the Chiniki Nation, I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude for the remarkable work you have done in creating the Chiniki Cultural Centre. Your contribution to bringing our culture to the public, in an authentic and respectful way, has been invaluable. We appreciated your approach and your ability to bring people together in creating this special Centre where our people can celebrate their culture. We take great pride in our traditions, our culture and our history. You have created a place where those traditions can be celebrated and shared.”
Chief Aaron Young – Chiniki First Nation
“The interim management resources we brought in for a short time provided an organized overview of our HR functionality, helped to achieve a couple of senior level executive transitions without disruption and generally helped us to build a stronger organization going forward. We feel better prepared for next steps now.”
Peter Joe – CEO, Sunrise Soya Foods
“Mark Olson has completed his work as Interim CEO for Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation. This is his third assignment as an interim CEO for a not-for-profit organization that I am involved with as a Director, so I am familiar with his work. The fact that I have engaged him twice more after the first speaks volumes. You can count on a good result.”
Andy Crooks – Chairman of the Board, Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation
“I want to convey that Osborne would be a valuable resource for entities looking to engage the types of services they offer. I would not hesitate to refer someone to Osborne in the future.”
Heather Gore-Hickman – Trustee & Chair of Audit Committee, Kisoniyaminaw First Nations Heritage Trust Fund
“Osborne provided us with the interim management and business advisory services we needed at a critical juncture for the company. I would highly recommend them.”
Dr. Kevin Maloney – Board Chair, Line of Fire Inc.