Gartner Expert

Vimala Jayaraman

Sr Director Analyst

Vimala Jayaraman is a Senior Director with the Finance practice with 20+ years of senior finance experience. She advises clients on sustainable transformation of organisations. She brings particular focus on financial and commercial strategies driving cost base optimisation, profit improvements, and aligning financial performance with organisational strategy. She also advises senior leaders on finance and associated operational process-automation leading towards digitalisation strategies, organisational strategy to sustain financial performance, and financial resilience.

Previous experience

A qualified finance professional with over 20 years of experience spearheading finance and commercial functions, with strong IT skills to drive the business ahead of technologies, experience of risk management, and financial strategies to drive growth and turnaround.

Strategy & Delivery: Demonstrable achievements in shaping both short and long-term strategies at Board level, experienced in implementing balanced scorecards, KPIs to manage operational delivery, investment decisions and successful financial transformation programs.

Provide finance stewardship to deliver business plans; Joint Ventures, and divestment to meet strategic objectives; experienced in inverting underperforming business units. Extensive business partnering experience in providing purposeful actions and financial advice to achieve revenue growth targets and maximise margins.

Commercial Focus: Sharp business leader with legal and commercial acumen to lead new business bids and tenders, supplier management and corporate negotiations. Experienced in achieving challenging operational and financial KPIs; improved processes to improve working capital and advised Boards on viability of projects and profit protection initiatives. Instrumental in identifying value propositions for contract proposals and successfully winning new business; reneg and restructure supplier contracts to drive major savings and optimise value for money, particularly in public sector contracts.

Change Management and Business Transformation: Track record in championing improvements to finance processes and systems capability; process improvement and driving results across the organisation. Consistently seek to drive cost efficiency through data driven strategic growth and operational improvement, automation and Business Intelligence, detailed analysis, robust budgeting, and development of digitalisation strategies.

Professional background

International Education Organisation

Director of Finance


Director of Finance and Commercial

FTSE Private Sector in Healthcare, Public Sector

Head of Finance

Areas of coverage

Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting

Profitable Growth Strategies

World Class CFOs


Bachelors Degree in Commerce

MBA - University of Westminster

FCMA - Fellow, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

CGMA - Chartered Global Management Accountant

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Profitability and Growth

2CFO Effectiveness


4Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting