I’m Available for Contract Consulting

I’m going to make the move! Starting March, 2014 I’ll be opening the doors of my new consulting practice. If you think your company may be interested in my services, please contact me.

O’Byrne Consulting Group LLC
Here’s how I could be a valuable asset to your organization:
  • I’m available and ready to work only when you need me, without the complications associated with full-time employees. I’m reliable, a willing and experienced traveler, and flexible. I also have an up-to-date computerized and wired office where I can work remotely.
  • I bring extensive knowledge of the oil and gas industry; with experience in many kinds of companies and their reporting systems, both large and small.
  • I know the oil culture, and the people that work in it, from muddy boots on up to board rooms.
  • I’m fast at comprehending accounting and reporting systems, and seeing the holes in them. This is useful for efficient auditing, system design and implementation, or just fixing accounting messes.
  • I’ve a better than average complement of computer skills including accounting system conversions, migrations, and data mining. I’ll steer you away from a custom software solution as often as I recommend one.
Here are some of my unique skills that can benefit your organization:
Oil and Gas Experience:

  • My most recent position involved accounting reviews in every facet of a publicly traded oil and gas exploration company including general accounting, financial reporting, joint interest, revenue, land, treasury and tax.
  • I recently earned the designation of Accredited Petroleum Accountant (APA), bestowed by the Council of Petroleum Accountants Society (COPAS), after having passed all eight exams based on 2,650 pages of assigned technical study. Less than 200 people have earned this accreditation in the last decade.
  • Our family farm was in the middle of an oil field, I’ve been around this industry all my life.
Audit, SOX 404 compliance:
  • Extensive experience with SOX 404 compliance from its initial origins (pre-AS2) to compliance testing and reviews over the last seven years within an oil and gas company.
  • Documented walk-throughs of key financial reporting processes within an oil and gas company, reducing external audit fees.
  • Performed substantive audit testing relied on by external auditors, further reducing audit fees.
  • Participated in internal audits of segments of the company including a Canadian subsidiary.
  • Vendor audits resulting in substantial refund claims.

Computer Systems

  • Designed, programmed and supported a full featured small business accounting system (GL/AR/AP/PR) with over one hundred implementations.
  • Project management of multiple accounting system implementations including migration of legacy data and design of custom software add-on’s; custom report creation and on-going support. MS-SQL queries and support.
  • Experienced with Bolo Oil and Gas software and related Unidata queries.
  • Created and maintain website www.PetroleumAccountingGuide.com which makes available extensive study guides I created for the Accredited Petroleum Accountants (APA®) exams.
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