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Edwin Petersen

Finance & Accounting Expert

Can work in or around Maastricht, Amsterdam

  • 50.850165
  • 5.69251
  • Suggested rate 680 € / day
  • Experience 7+ years
  • Response rate 100%
  • Response time 1 hour
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Location and workplace preferences

Maastricht, LB, Netherlands
Can work onsite in your office in
  • around Maastricht and 50km
  • Around Amsterdam and 100km


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  • Dutch

    Native or bilingual

  • English


  • German



Skills (8)

Edwin in a few words

I have 20+ years of international finance experience across industries including over a decade of experience as a CFO. I managed teams and used my financial and operational skills to restructure a subsidiary of Amadeus ITG, resulting in savings of €2.5 million per annum. A recognized top performer, I leverage my FP&A, modeling and accounting expertise to support the optimization and growth of client businesses as a freelancer.



Consulting & Audits

Freelance Toptal Finance expert  - As a freelancer

Maastricht, Netherlands

September 2018 - Today (4 years)

Natural Sweet


Owner & founder

Heerlen, Netherlands

May 2016 - Today (6 years and 4 months)

• Manage accounting, annual reports and taxes.
• Market & advertise business through various networking sites and other marketing outlets.
• Contract negotiations with vendors and customers.
• Developed a distribution model for a newly launched product line in The Netherlands.
• Traffic, conversion, trends, customer lifetime value, and cohort analysis.
• Conducted feasibility study and business plan to determine the potential of the company. Performed valuation studies, financial reviews, projected revenue streams, competitive analysis and overall profitability.

Petersen Finance & Control

Consulting & Audits

Owner & founder

Heerlen, Netherlands

May 2015 - Today (7 years and 4 months)

• Implementation of a Financial Planning & Analysis model for an international organization.
• Prepared a financial incentive model to structure employee financial incentives by matching company and individual performance.
• Implemented accounting system and chart of accounts for newly created entities.
• Annual accounts and tax returns for various companies.
• Part of the exclusive Toptal freelance network, limited to the top 3% talent.


Travel & Tourism

Head of Finance, Member of Management Board

52146 Würselen, Germany

December 2010 - March 2015 (4 years and 3 months)

• Rebuilt the finance function, implemented formal budgeting, forecasting and reporting systems to measure and communicate performance results to local management and corporate leadership.
• Manage all treasury and financial accounts for several entities, including the monthly consolidation of the financials. Responsible for company internal control and compliance with all local regulations.
• Modeling and forecast reporting used for decision making regarding pricing changes, changes in cost structures and effects of volatility on net income.
• Implemented KPI reporting, providing financial and operational key metrics in consolidated, actionable format, ensuring performance improvement transparency for management and operations.
• Act as the liaison for external auditors, tax authorities, banks and insurance agents ensuring that all deliverables are prepared timely and accurately.
• Prepare and present Board presentations as needed.
• Successful implementation of SAP FI/CO/SD/MM with minimal business interruption.
• Initiated cost saving actions and increased efficiencies to ensure profitability at current activity levels.
• Partnered with IT Dev and Operations VP to structure department forecasting, enhance ROI analysis, capital & financial processes.
• Prepared contracts and transfer pricing agreements for newly established development center in Kiev.
• Performed financial analysis, due diligence and integration by the acquisition of Travelaudience GmbH.
• Initiated project cost control process, for all phases of software developments, with investments of 10M€+.

Fort Dodge Animal Health

Pharmaceuticals industry

Director of Finance and Administration

52146 Würselen, Germany

March 2005 - November 2010 (5 years and 8 months)

• Direct management of the accounting, business controlling, IT, logistics and customer service functions.
• Held ultimate responsibility for US GAAP and statutory reporting, as well as SOX compliance.
• Management of the company's forward growth planning.
• Prepare, analyze and present 3-year business plan, annual budget and forecasts.
• Support the commercial department with Financial analysis and profitability analysis.
• Created complex financial models to structure employee financial incentives and thereby efficiently matching company and individual performance.

Fort Dodge Animal Health

Finance Manager Emerging Markets

Naarden, Netherlands

July 1999 - February 2005 (5 years and 7 months)

• Developed detailed forecast models against budgets based on key indicators, increasing accuracy of short- and long-term earnings estimates.
• Prepared ad hoc analysis and performance reports to assist management and commercial teams in decision making.
• Manage the customer service and supply chain department.
• Reviewed contracts, documents and financial records to determine compliance with transfer pricing regulation.
• Increased year-on-year cash flow by $3.5 million by reducing accounts receivable days by 25.
• Led deal negotiations with distributors around the world, tracked KPI metrics and targets, established and enforced pricing controls, analyzed risks, evaluated revenue recognition, and assessed contract compliance.
- Reduced distribution expenses with 20% by developing and implementing new distribution policies and procedures, ensuring defined controls.

Fort Dodge Animal Health

Financial Analyst EMEA

Naarden, Netherlands

September 1998 - June 1999 (9 months)

• Monitored and improved controls and accounting procedures where weaknesses are identified.
• Provided sound financial advice on budgeting decisions that support business strategies.
• Actively involved in implementing and roll out of new resale minus transfer pricing policy.