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Frank Szalai

Frank Szalai

Finance Manager

Saint John Police Force | Canada


My Portfolio Highlights

My New Course

Introduction to Python

My New Project

Dr. Semmelweis and the Discovery of Handwashing

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Data Scientist

Insights architect, constructing bridges between data and actionable strategies.

My Work

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Competition - Supply Chain Analytics


Introduction to Python


Bee friendly plants - Analysis by FS


My Certifications

These are the industry credentials that I’ve earned.

Other Certificates

Association of Certified Chartered Accountants, UK FCCA

Chartered Professional Accountants CPA

Datacamp Data Scientist with R

IIA Certified Internal Auditor

Datacamp Data Scientist with Python

DataCamp Course Completion

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My Work Experience

Where I've interned and worked during my career.

Saint John Police Force | Jan 2023 - Present

Senior Financial Manager


Lobsterboys | May 2022 - Jan 2023

Controller - Canada


Sæplast Americas Inc. | Mar 2019 - May 2022

Finance Director


Agropur | May 2018 - Mar 2019

Operations Analyst


Brunswick News Inc. | Jul 2015 - May 2018

Finance Manager

I lead a team of 5 at this digital-first media company and oversee all financial collateral from budgets to payroll, forecasts, annual reports, analyse and ensure the financial health of the company by assisting the directors, GM and VP in strategic decision making. My main functions have included building a finance group at the company, proactively working with the company's shared services partner to streamline processes, improving communications, reducing reporting times, and improving reporting accuracy. Some of my notable achievements include creating a user-friendly reporting system, streamlining and simplifying the budgeting process, and developing standard financial reports using Domo. I have also implemented a forecasting method that facilitates insights into results before closing, enabling quicker closes every period. Apart from mentoring my team, I recently mentored 2 MBA students from the University of New Brunswick on a 90-day internship and mini projects.
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Canada Bread Company, Ltd. | Jun 2011 - Jun 2015

Senior Financial Analyst


Passion4Fashion.ca | Jan 2013 - Dec 2014


I started Passion4Fashion as an e-business concentrated on women shoppers to offer them the latest collections of European fashion tights and leggings online at affordable prices. As sole proprietor, I conducted feasibility studies and market research, and drew up business plans to set periodic goals. I worked with design consultants, stylists and manufacturers to source the latest fashion designs.

Select Wines | Jan 2009 - Jun 2011

Business and Financial Analyst

I coordinated with senior-level managers and executives of sales, marketing, services, logistics, and finance teams to identify and pursue business development opportunities. Additionally, I actively gathered and translated user requirements, and collaborated with the programmers to implement appropriate systems. I assisted senior management in strategic decision- making by creating several financial models (what-if / variance analysis) and reports. I played a key role in enhancing reporting efficiencies by implementing new sales and financial reporting systems, and improving standardization tools. Due to my cross-functional duties, I took on the additional responsibility of supervising and training staff, upgrading their skill sets, and directing them to implement company strategies effectively.

Bell Canada | Sep 2008 - Jan 2009

Financial analyst

In this 5-month team assignment at Bell Canada, I worked as a data mining specialist, gathering data from different accounting platforms and month- end reports while maintaining data integrity. I carried out financial and data consolidation, and prepared financial reports for management decisions. At the end of the project, I was even offered a full-time position.

William Cook Europe | Sep 2006 - Sep 2008

Manager, Financial Analyst

I supported the SBU leader on strategic financial and business decision- making by conducting and drafting comprehensive analyses of product lines and sales, as well as assisting with forensic auditing to identify anomalies. I also played a key role in driving sales and marketing efforts, assessing profitability of sales negotiations, and approving promotional spending. In this role, I grabbed the opportunity to mentor the direct sales team, design and implement a reward system, and enhance overall performance.

PwC | Jun 2004 - Aug 2006

Senior Assistant Financial Auditor

I joined PwC as a Bank Mortgage Trainee Auditor, and was promoted to Assistant Financial Auditor within just 3 months. Initially, I audited bank mortgages to ensure loans were granted in accordance with the banks’ risk management guidelines, and provided support to real estate value estimation projects for larger and specialized industrial buildings. After being promoted, I planned and executed audits to examine and establish financial discipline for several financial institutes, banks, insurance companies, leasing firms and manufacturing companies. This role also involved leading and coaching junior team members on financial audits of international business units.

My Education

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MBA, Accounting and Business/ManagementOxford Brookes University | 2012
BSc, Applied AccountingOxford Brookes University | 2008
Diploma, Communications; Marketing Scholarship StudiesKemi-Tornio Polytechnic | 2000
BA, CommunicationKodolanyi Janos University College | 2000

About Me

Frank Szalai

Here to learn more about Python, R, statistics, analytics, graphs etc. I love this stuff!

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