Controller and Director of Other Things at Science Buddies
- San Francisco Bay Area
Sabine Dukes's Overview
- Controller and Director of Other Things (Job title in progress...) at Science Buddies
Sabine Dukes' Summary
Creative, curious, and strategic thinker with proven process improvement drive and capabilities. Brings a balance of technical accounting expertise, software systems understanding, effective writing and communication skills, and an innate motivational managerial style.
Experience in founding, volunteering and executive leadership in non profit organizations.
Deep experience in design, implementation and management of eCommerce solutions.
Specialties: Design new accounting policies and procedures and implement efficient systems for growing companies. Develop banking and finance relationships. Determine and develop key reports and metrics. Management of full accounting functions and accounting teams, to include monthly close, A/R, A/P, and all general ledger departments. GAAP, treasury and risk management, financial analysis, credit policies, multi state sales tax, property tax, internal control design and documentation, Tier 1 ERP implementations (SAP and JD Edwards), SaaS, Salesforce design and custom object creation, process innovations, international/multi company closing coordination and consolidation, payment processing and fraud control in CNP environment, staff mentoring and motivation.
Industries: Technology, retail, action sports, non profit and construction.
Sabine Dukes' Certifications
Certified Public Accountant
- California Board of Accountancy
- License 72259
- November 1996
Sabine Dukes' Experience
Controller and Director of Other Things (Job title in progress...)
Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Internet industry
March 2012 – Present (2 years 7 months)
Science Buddies mission is to help students from all walks of life to build their literacy in science and technology so they can become productive and engaged citizens in the 21st century. We have created personalized learning tools, over 15,000 pages of scientist-developed subject matter (including experiments based on the latest academic research), and an online community of science professionals who volunteer to advise students
I am fortunate to work with some very smart people in a swift moving, technology embracing charitable organization.
In my role at Science Buddies, I have the usual responsibilities of Controller, but because Science Buddies is small, and run like a start up, I get to take part in many of our activities. I help the company to stay organized and efficient and constantly look for better ways of getting things done. I am a self taught Salesforce.com systems administrator ad have created custom objects and relationships to expand the benefits of the database. I helped to set up and oversee our eCommerce business. I help to provide HR compliance and look for HR solutions, and I even get to use my photography and other creative skills.
Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Apparel & Fashion industry
January 2006 – March 2012 (6 years 3 months) Morgan Hill, CA
Responsible for all accounting functions and risk management of privately held athletic gear and clothing company.
*Created and documented accounting policies, internal controls and closing schedule for fast growing company.
*Researched and implemented security features for eCommerce credit card processing, reducing fraud costs by 90% within one year.
*Led SAP implementation team for FI.
*Researched and implemented new sales tax solution to handle mutlistate nexus and compliance.
*Led accounting portion of new eCommerce implementation.
*Member of team for Point of Sales software implementation for growing retail presence. Worked with owners of Point of Sales solution to design financial and sales tax reports.
Founder - Volunteer
2002 – 2009 (7 years)
Co-Founded non profit cycling group for women and grew it from a small local cycling team into the largest women's cycling team in the US. Velo Bella was featured in numerous magazines and sports articles about its unique approach to encouraging women to participate in the sport of bicycle racing.
*Established non profit status and grew organization to over 500 members.
*Developed website and internet forum.
*Coordinated projects and large volunteer base.
*Wrote press releases and worked with media.
*Coordinated sponsors and managed annual budget.
General Accounting Manager
Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; GVA; Construction industry
August 1999 – December 2005 (6 years 5 months)
*Responsible for accuracy and timeliness of accounting information in the general ledger for $2.0 billion publicly traded company.
*Review cost accounting and work in process estimates.
*Oversee staff of 10 staff accountants to include Fixed Assets, Revenue Recognition, Cash, Accounts Receivable, and Financial Analysts.
*Coordinate monthly, quarterly and annual close process.
*Work with Financial Reporting Department in preparation of press release tables, conference call notes, 10Q/10K.
*Establish, monitor and report on budgets and forecasts.
*Interpret, document and implement internal control procedures.
*Prepare monthly financial review package for management.
*Comply with GAAP, SEC and all other accounting authorities.
*Meet all financial reporting deadlines.
Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Medical Devices industry
1998 – 1999 (1 year)
Responsible for all aspects of financial reporting, preparation of GAAP financial statements, financial statement analysis, bank covenant and borrowing base calculations.
*Responsible for treasury functions and daily analysis of cash requirements.
*Worked with bank to ensure credit facilities were available as needed for cash flow.
• Assumed responsibility of credit department in absence of credit manager. Reduced DSO from 51 to 37 days within 5 months.
• Assumed responsibility as company’s Year 2000 coordinator. Successfully developed Year 2000 plan and disclosure statement.
• Successfully disputed Sales Tax Audit
Partnership; 51-200 employees; Accounting industry
1994 – 1996 (2 years)
Plan and perform audits of various governmental, non-profit, manufacturing and agricultural entities.
Prepare individual, corporate, non-profit, partnership and fiduciary tax returns.
In absence of a Big 4 (then 8) auditing firm in Monterey County.
Sabine Dukes' Volunteer Experience & Causes
January 2002 – December 2009 (8 years)
Co-Founded Velo Bella and grew it from a small local cycling team into the largest women's cycling team in the US. Velo Bella was featured in numerous magazines and sports articles about its unique approach to encouraging women to participate in the sport of bicycle racing. As part of secession planning, the leadership of Velo Bella has since been handed over to a Board of Directors.
Velo Bella is a non-profit, grassroots, multidiscipline cycling team.
The Velo Bella mission is to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle through cycling and laughter. We inspire women to get out and ride a bike, race a bike, and to eventually grow the pool of talent and have a lot of fun along the way.
The Wahine Project
January 2010 – January 2012 (2 years 1 month)
Coordinate development of logo for newly formed non profit. Develop new website that communicated non profit mission, calendar of events, and provided for donation methods. Build website such that non HTML users can easily add updated content.
The Wahine Project is an organization that was created in an effort to reach young girls who would otherwise not have access to the resources that would allow them to surf. Whether geographical, financial or lack of opportunity, The Wahine Project seeks to break down the barriers that prevent the participation of young girls in the sport of surfing and provide them the opportunity to not only become proficient surfers but as a result of surfing, increase their awareness to their global citizenship.
Sabine Dukes' Honors and Awards
First Ascent AwardOutdoor Industries Women's Coalition
- October 2007
The First Ascent Award recognizes a woman new to the outdoor industry who demonstrates strong potential for leadership.
Sabine Dukes' Languages
Sabine Dukes' Skills & Expertise
- Cost Accounting
- JD Edwards
- Financial Analysis
- Fixed Assets
- Microsoft Excel
- Sarbanes-Oxley Act
- Action Sports
- ERP Implementations
- Crystal Reports
- SAP FICO
- Microsoft Dynamics
- Software Documentation
- ADP Payroll
- Advanced Excel
- SAP - SD
- SAP - MM
- Non-profit Leadership
- Human Resources
- Payment Card Processing
- Google Analytics
Sabine Dukes' Education
B.S., Business with a concentration in Accounting
1988 – 1994
Grade: Magna Cum Laude
Also completed significant coursework in Photography at SJSU
Activities and Societies: Dean's List honors President's list honors
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