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Real Business : Issue 3 2008
Shawn Pearson CPA Project manager for the chief financial officer Experience working in defence contracting and in commercial management, along with an enthusiastic “let’s get it done” leadership approach helped Shawn Pearson CPA walk into a position as the corporate pricing manager at Boeing Australia. It was a role that saw him get stuck into the company from the word go. “I worked across all company financial and business management functions and started the process of establishing a unified, consistent and executable pricing approach,” he says. “This involved identifying and implementing improvements in Boeing Australia’s pricing capability through processes, tools and providing training and career development for employees.” Right now, though, Pearson’s day-to-day work involves him in commercial management on tenders; competitor strategy and market analysis; risk review and valuation; and participation in tender review teams for complex, high-value defence procurement projects. He also assists Boeing Australia’s CFO in tasks ranging from providing business reporting to employee engagement initiatives. “Successfully completing the CPA Program has significantly advanced my career prospects,” he says. “The CPA Australia continuing professional development, working groups and networking opportunities keeps me up to date and in touch with new laws, regulations and commercial and financial management trends. And, finally, in working for a multinational company such as Boeing, the international recognition of the CPA designation is very important.” REAL BUSINESS ISSUE 3, 2008 25 >
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