Graham Seibert - Management Consultant

Objective

I want to work out of Kiev as a management consultant.  Through IBM, Booz, Allen and three of my own firms I have been a consultant to companies involved in most spheres of business activity, including manufacturing, distribution, education, natural resources and printing.  I can be a valuable addition to teams of Ukrainian consultants.  I am a natural teacher, and can help them develop writing, presentation and computer skills as we work  together to solve client problems. 

 My personal objectives are to improve my command of spoken and written Russian, gain exposure to the Ukrainian language, get broader exposure to Ukrainian business and the country of Ukraine, and to gain experience writing on deadline for a business publication.

Summary of Skills

·         Thirty years' experience as a management consultant.  Public and private sector, data processing and pure management consulting,  mid-sized and large clients.

·         Author of four books on business and computing, and of many magazine articles. 

·         Outstanding command of English, fluent in German, French, and Spanish, and adequate knowledge of Russian and Portuguese.  Technical editing experience in English and French.

·         Exceptionally facile with desktop productivity software, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, graphics and statistical packages.  Able to produce high-quality tables, photographs, and graphics to accompany articles which I write.

·         Extensive experience as an investor, business owner, and trustee of private schools.

·         Officer in two Kiev Toastmasters clubs, providing public speaking experience and contacts in the business community.  President and treasurer of professional, social and church associations in Washington D.C.

Experience

Educator, Student and Investor  - 2000 to Present

I arrived in Kiev in September, 2007 to study Russian and decided in January, 2008 to move to Ukraine.  I now have a working knowledge of the language and am looking for a position which will help me improve it.  While in Kiev I have taught English and become very active in the Toastmasters organization.

During the years 2000 through 2007 I taught and substitute taught in Washington, DC area schools.  My subjects were math, science, French, and Spanish.

In 2004 through 2006 I completed my coursework for a Ph.D. in statistics at the University of Maryland.  I took several courses in education, including teaching math and second language education.

I have been an active stock market investor since 1968.  My primary holdings are in technology and energy companies.  I plan to become an investor in Ukraine as well.

Oracle Applications Consulting (1993 to 2000)

Founder and chief executive of Oracle Applications consulting business:  I grew my startup to ten people with contracts for financials systems at Mitre Corporation and Black & Decker, then manufacturing projects at several more companies.  I assembled and led the consultant teams in these engagements.

Team Leader and Problem Solver: Watkins Johnson , a $200M electronics manufacturer, needed to restructure their bills of material as they converted to Oracle.  Several attempts at automated conversion had failed.  The company estimated a 40 man-year manual effort.  I devised a semi-automated scheme that enabled them to convert to Oracle Manufacturing in six months.  The young and enthusiastic team I assembled designed and implemented other subsystems to handle EDI, mechanical drawing references, reference designators, inventory moves and other requirements.

Team Leader and Problem Solver:  Micros Systems, a $350M manufacturer, had converted to Oracle Order Entry and Purchasing while continuing to manufacture under a legacy system.  The automated material requirements planning (MRP) functions no longer worked because it was unable to compare on-hand inventory, orders and materials due-in.  Manufacturing operations were approaching a standstill. 

 

Within a week I designed an implemented a system that allowed the legacy system to perform the complete MRP function.  Within two months I had designed and implemented a more comprehensive system that gave both legacy and Oracle Manufacturing the ability to transact the full inventory.  The innovative negative-balance scheme not only kept accurate item balances but convinced the Comptroller that inventories and work-in-process were counted only once in the asset accounts of the ledger.  Our young team went on to solve several other problems.  The most significant was a system to update item attributes by retroactively applying inventory item templates so they items would behave properly in manufacturing and shipping.

Oracle Systems Design and Development (1987 to 1998)

Systems Designer and team leader for Oracle development projects:  Impressed by the cost modeling system I had implemented for IBM in 1979, Honeywell Federal Systems engaged me to design one for them in 1987.  The system was to be implemented in Unix, C and Oracle.  When the design was complete, I taught himself those languages and operating systems, assembled and led my team to a successful implementation.  I led other projects that involved Oracle development and CASE tools.

IBM systems (1966 to 1987)

Overseas with IBM:  I supported the U.S. military and State Department in Vietnam and Germany.  I designed and implemented the military’s first microcomputer-based inventory control and maintenance management systems.  I designed and developed IBM’s Vietnamese language support software.  I developed curriculum for and directed a program to train 40 Vietnamese nationals in COBOL system design and programming. 

As a Consultant: With Booz, Allen and as an independent consultant:  I performed projects in Spain, Argentina, Quebec and Panama where the working languages were French and Spanish.  I led proposal efforts resulting in three contracts with the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Petroleum and Minerals for Computer Sciences Corporation.  When the contract to implement the Millennium accounting system foundered, I rejoined the team, designed the Arabic implementation scheme, and served as technical lead to turn the $10 million project around.

Technology Investing (1966 to present)

I has been an active investor since 1966.  My early moves into Oracle, Cisco and EMC enabled him to spend full time doing investment analysis for all of 1999 and 2000.  My investment research has provided me with a good understanding of telecommunications, data security, ASP operations, voice recognition and other technologies related to Oracle systems.

Civic / Community / Professional

School Boards:  I has been Treasurer of both St. Andrews Episcopal School and St. Patricks School.  I has negotiated construction loans and permanent financing.  In response to a management crisis, I outlined a school policy manual and led the 40-person effort that implemented it.  I has been a leading force in modernizing management practices at both schools.  I has been active in the schools’ personnel committees, where I set up benefits, salary administration and evaluation programs.

Professional Associations:  I is past president of the 1000-member Mid-Atlantic Oracle Professionals association, the DC Oracle Applications Users Group, and the Washington Independent Computer Consultants Association.  I has filled many other offices in these groups and is an active speaker at their meetings.

Church: I has served as Treasurer, vestryman, and in many other lay positions at St. Patrick's Church in Washington D.C.   I is currently a member of the choir and a lay eucharistic minister (serves wine at communion). 

Education

I has completed my coursework for a PhD in Statistics at the University of Maryland.  I received a B.A degree in Mathematics, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of California at Berkeley.  While in Germany I took university coursework in German and Spanish through the University of Maryland, and has taken courses in Arabic and Portuguese at Georgetown University.