Chief Financial Officer
Develop the skills, knowledge and authority required to provide financial leadership and drive improvement in the finance function and across your organisation.
The CFO is one of the most prestigious roles in business – the partner and natural deputy to the CEO. As a senior leadership position, it calls for a credible and trusted professional who can look beyond the traditional accounting perspective to meet the needs of key internal and external stakeholders.
This pathway will help you to develop an understanding of the evolving finance function of the future and the role of the CFO in driving business improvement and success. You will look both outwards to the needs of stakeholders, and inwards to the effective performance management of the organisation. As you go, you will learn from our panel of experienced CFOs, who share the secrets of their success in extended video interviews.
- Explores core areas in the future skillset of the CFO as identified by ACCA and CIMA in "The CFO of the Future"
- Discusses the key skills and capabilities identified in the CA ANZ "CFO Recruitment Guide"
- Addresses the four drivers of the CFO role as identified by ICAEW
- Offers a progression onwards from our Finance Leader pathway, covering similar topics at a higher level, with a wider business viewpoint
In this pathway
Supporting your journey to the next stage of your career
The tools, techniques, and skills you need to provide strategic finance leadership and drive business performance
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Certificate of Achievement
21 verifiable hours of CPD, an assessment and a Certificate of Achievement
Immerse yourself in the rich variety of articles, videos, activities, quizzes, discussions, and more, to develop your understanding and skills.
Video interviews with experienced CFOs, enabling you to learn first-hand the secrets of their success.
Build up a practical plan of how you will put your new skills into action, and download a convenient summary of all the learning to take away.
Achieving 75% on the multiple choice assessment is required to complete the career progression pathway. The assessment features two questions on each topic that has been covered.
Once you've finished the programme, you will receive a unique and secure Certificate of Achievement as evidence of your new understanding and capabilities.
This Career Progression Pathway is divided into six sections corresponding to the key skills and expertise you will need to develop as a CFO. Complete all six to unlock the end of pathway assessment and access your Certificate of Achievement.
We start by looking inwards at the CFO’s role leading the finance function. You should anticipate change and drive improvement, shaping the team’s role as an integral part of the organisation.
- The future of finance
- Alignment and objectives
Here the focus is on you as an individual in your role as a leader. This section will support you in developing your leadership style and your authoritative voice, as an ethical professional adviser.
- What stakeholders want
- Your leadership
- The voice of authority
- Professionalism under pressure
In this section we begin to turn our view outwards, towards the role of the CFO in the wider business. We cover some key aspects in maintaining and driving business development.
- Staying ahead
- Managing risk
- Corporate decision making
- Scenario analysis
The CPO is at the heart of driving business performance to achieve objectives and maximise profits. This section considers how, as CFO, you can play a central role in organisational strategy.
- Driving the strategic process
- Finding the key profit drivers
- World class performance management
- Building corporate resilience
In this section we return to one of the CFO’s core responsibilities. The topics here will help to future proof your reporting and stay on top of changes and trends in standards, approaches and expectations.
- Financial reporting trends
- Trends in audit standards
- Reporting on other matters
- Annual reports that tell your story
Most businesses are facing both opportunities and threats from increased digitisation. As CFO you should be proactive in managing the risks and rewards involved in adopting new technologies.
- Digital transformation strategy
- Digital innovation
Once you have completed all the elements of the pathway, you can take the assessment to access your Certificate of Achievement.