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The Role of the Finance Director

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The Role of the Finance Director

The finance director has overall control and responsibility for all financial aspects of company strategy. They are expected to analyse financial information and implement recommendations based on their findings, achieving the most profitable and positive outcomes. Their expertise means they are often called upon for wider strategic matters and play a pivotal role in the leadership of the business. 

The daily challenges faced by finance directors are continually changing and becoming more demanding. A protector of finances and central to organisational strategies, the finance director is a central player at board level and across the whole organisation. 

This course is designed to equip you with the tools and knowledge to carry out this important and challenging position effectively and efficiently. Through attendance, you will learn how to engage with the wider corporate aims of your organisation, ensuring that linked financial strategies are aligned to those aims. 

Course Summary

Duration:

1 Day


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About the Programme

Benefits  

Finance directors require excellent communication skills as they often manage and lead a team through difficult periods including month-end, year-end and annual budgeting. In addition, they work with various departments, helping them plan and manage their budgets. 

An effective finance director is critical to a business, particularly in periods of change and growth, as they coordinate corporate finances and manage company policies on capital requirements, debt, taxation, equity and acquisitions, as appropriate. 

This programme is for you if you want to: 

  • develop a financial strategy 
  • act commercially: balancing risk and reward 
  • learn about crisis management in action 
  • develop the finance director role in a changing digital workplace 
  • work within an evolving regulatory environment 
  • create and deliver an effective finance function 

On successful completion of the module, participants will understand: 

  • The essential elements of a financial strategy 
  • The benefits of leading from the front and how to extract genuine value from your team 
  • How to create value and organisational growth through insight 
  • How to plan, develop and execute successful financial plans 
  • Control the purchasing-decision process and how to protect it 

Learning outcomes of the course will also include: 

    • How to form a close working relationship with the managing director, other senior executives and non-executives
      How to provide leadership of the board’s finance and accounting strategy in order to optimise the company’s financial performance and strategic position 
    • An understanding of how to take overall control of the company’s accounting function 
    • How to contribute fully to the development of company strategy across all areas of the business 
    • How to challenge assumptions and decision-making 
    • An ability to provide financial analysis and guidance on all activities, plans and targets 
    • An ability to ensure that company financial systems are robust, compliant and support current activities and future growth 
    • How to lead and develop finance teams 
    • How to work with senior teams to grow the business, formulating strategies and plans 
    • An ability to ensure corporate budgeting processes are carried out and reviewed 
    • How to take ultimate responsibility for the company’s cash management policies 
    • How to present annual accounts to investors and shareholders 
    • How to ensure the regulatory requirements of all statutory bodies are met 
    • Corporate finance knowledge: manage company policies regarding capital requirements, debt, taxation, equity, disposals and acquisitions 
    • Knowledge of how to establish a high level of credibility and manage strong working relationships with external parties including customers and advisors
 

Session 1

Key themes include: 

  • Financial strategies – the essential elements 
  • Value from planning before execution  
  • Developing effective systems and teams – meeting the challenges  
  • Managing relationships from the board to the administrator 
  • Taking control of the organisation’s accounting function

Session 2

Key themes include: 

  • Managing an evolving regulatory environment 
  • Crisis management in action 
  • The world of finance in a digital age

The agenda below includes an overview of suggested content for the sessions. Content and timings may be subject to change following feedback and session planning.


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Is this course right for you?

  • Developing a financial strategy
  • Acting commercially: balancing risk and reward
  • Crisis management in action
  • The role of the Finance Director in a changing digital workplace
  • Working within an evolving regulatory environment
  • Creating and delivering an effective finance function

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