Finance Business Partnering Training
Transforming finance training
Finance Business Partnering Training
Our Finance Business Partnering training recognises that, in the age of digital transformation, it is becoming increasingly important (if not critical) for all accountants in all roles to develop these skills. We work with our clients to create bespoke courses that suit their culture, ensuring that our Finance Business Partnering training is fit for purpose and not merely theoretical. Developed for maximum business impact and return on training investment, our tailored courses ensure there are real practical takeaways so that staff transfer knowledge and skills from the “classroom” back to their “desk”.
Illustrative Course Outlines
We specialise in bespoke delivery. We create courses specifically tailored to the needs of our clients. To give you an idea of the breadth and depth of topics we frequently cover, we have included some illustrative outlines below.
Finance Business Partnering (FBP) Training
Why do I need Finance Business Partnering skills?
As automation and the drive towards digital transformation accelerates, much of the traditional work of an accountant will be automated. Therefore as the role transforms, accountants will need to evolve and develop additional skills. This is always pertinent no matter what role we are working in: whether a formal “finance business partner ” role, or a role where this skill set would be heavily required (e.g. FP&A) or even a technical role (e.g. financial controller).
We shouldn’t wait for digital transformation to overtake us and then play catch up. Investing in these skills earlier gives us time to develop and improve them – it can also make work a more interesting place!
Our courses will help you and your team to develop the key skills that enable finance professionals to add value to the business by bringing proactive insights rather than mere reporting of the business therefore becoming a valued part of the decision-making management team.
FBP – Learning outcomes
- How to build effective relationships
- How to gain influence
- How to free up time to enable the move to influencer
- How to overcome resistance
- How to better present both yourself and financial information
Note: This is a very high level outline. Finance Business Partnering can encompass many different elements and as part of the development process we would discuss with you what the best topics to cover would be for your organisation. We’ve 20 years’ experience in creating bespoke courses; that combined with our existing library of material means that we can develop a bespoke course very quickly.
Present financial information
Why do I need to Present Financial Information better?
- Understand the difference between data and genuine business insight
- Stakeholder understanding and engagement
- Introduction to psychology
- Examples of powerful story tellers
- How should you really be structuring your reports?
- Why you need to do this in the new world of data and automation
Note: We encourage delegates to bring real life reports (sensitive data removed) with them and during the day they can work on how to improve them based on what they have learnt throughout the day.
Becoming a Commercial Accountant
Why do I need to become more commercial?
- What does being “commercial” mean
- Where do you see yourself and where do you want to get to
- How to be less black and white
- Small modifications to your language
- How to gain influence
- Creating and communicating reasoned opinions
- Turn a negative message into a positive
Note: Often when developing this course it is useful for us to speak to the wider business about their perceptions of the finance function.
T shaped Accountant
Why do I need to become T shaped?
After qualification as an accountant the start of progression is relatively linear (i.e. moving up the “T”). However, at some point this reaches a ceiling, and it is important to not only develop technical skills but also branch out sideways (making the rest of the “T”) by fostering other management skills.
This “T-shaped” phrase is also used by the accountancy bodies and an interesting report by ACCA can be found
discussing the future of learning.
We use the term “T shaped accountant” as an umbrella term for a series of courses that explore the different skill sets that a finance professional will need in the future in order to survive.
A series of courses with interlinked themes covering topics such as:
- How to move from a technical accountant to an influencer
- Moving from manager to leader
- Presentation and communication skills
- How to free up time to invest in relationships
- How to motivate staff
Note: T shaped accountant isn’t really a course title in itself. We have used this as an umbrella term when creating a development programme for a team of accountants.
We are honoured that our clients entrust us with developing their most valuable resource, seeking us out for our expertise. We deliver a wide range of CPD courses to accountants and also specialise in teaching finance skills to other staff within your organisation.
We aim to design, develop and deliver the best finance training courses (whether face to face training, digital learning or blended learning solutions) that will improve individual, team and organisational performance.
We specialise in bespoke delivery. We create courses specifically tailored to the needs of our clients. We are extremely proud that our clients tell us they see the real world business impact of our training, such as performance improvement, enhanced communication and revitalised staff morale.
We are specialists in training for business and finance professionals. Not only do we have both breadth and depth of technical knowledge, we are genuinely passionate about training and development.
With over 20 years’ training experience, we are one of the top finance training providers in the country. This is reflected in the fact that we are the chosen supplier delivering the ICAEW Academy’s Financial Reporting courses.
We love what we do and more importantly, our delegates do too! Our unique training style ensures that technical knowledge and skills are embedded via fun, engaging delivery. We work in a genuine partnership, creating bespoke training to give your staff transferable knowledge and skills resulting in a real business impact. Finance training doesn’t need to be dull – with our unique style we bring it to life, making it fun, practical and applicable to the real world but at the same time maintaining technical rigour.