He is also an expert at using data to drive business improvement.
Mr. Cooper has worked on engagements in the U.K., Europe and the Middle East and across a wide range of industries, including retail, insurance, real estate, manufacturing and financial services.
Due to his data driven insights, projects include: building a forecast-integrated P&L, balance-sheet, cash flow model for a multibillion-dollar property developer in Dubai to model business scenarios and peak working capital reporting to convey viability going forward and help prioritize future projects.
Mr. Cooper assisted the European arm of a multinational chemical company while its U.S. operations were in Chapter 11. This involved developing cash flow forecasting and actual cash reporting templates to enable the gathering, consolidation and reporting of liquidity for the European region (40 entities), and creating a process to extract from the treasury systems, summaries and report actual cash balances and daily cash movements across multiple bank accounts in various currencies. Previously incorrect balances were being reported to the U.S. on a daily basis.
He implemented numerous bespoke data analysis, including developing “Quickcash” system for rapid AP and AR analysis of late payments and discounts and “Quickstock” for inventory reduction, product profitability and SKU rationalization; conducted a sales and SKU analysis, interrogating millions of data records for a large U.K. retailer as part of an inventory rationalization and reduction project, resulting in reducing inventory by half.
Mr. Cooper conducted data analysis on client systems, working with finance teams and database administrators to establish data sources, design logical relationships to cross-match multi-sourced data and develop an off-system database to perform the required analysis of millions of records. He also worked with a multinational oil industry service provider to extract relevant data from different legacy systems, across 12 countries, to conduct a full accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger and payroll financial analysis as part of an FCPA investigation.
He designed post-restructuring Manufacturing Footprint Optimization models for a major European adhesives supplier, a multimillion dollar global packaging leader and a European frozen food maker; implemented a labor cost reduction model using productivity targets for an international restaurant chain. This identified a 15 percent labor cost savings target. He also designed an end-to-end PPI repayment process for an Irish bank.
Before A&M, he worked for AlixPartners, Deloitte and Western Geophysical.
Mr. Cooper earned a bachelor's degree in geology from the University of Manchester and a master's degree in basin evolution and dynamics from Royal Holloway University.