CFO Programme

Euromoney Learning Solutions

Euromoney Learning Solutions


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Who should attend

  • CFOs from listed and unlisted organisations representing the commercial, financial services, privately-owned and not-for-profit sectors.
  • Aspiring finance directors, senior finance executives, controllers as well as non-finance board directors would also benefit from attending this programme.

About the course

Become a successful CFO with our 3 day virtual course geared to enhancing performance

Success as a CFO is rarely determined by technical ability. Mastery of the technical aspects of finance is a given - what makes the difference is the ability to lead and operate in areas where there is no right answer.

Today’s CFOs are expected to play diverse and challenging roles and have the ability to influence and persuade when required. Beyond the traditional role of being a steward and running a tight and efficient finance operation, CFOs now need to help shape overall strategy and direction, instilling a partnering approach and mindset to help other parts of the business perform better. This requires softer skills of dealing with conflicts between stakeholders pragmatically and energising talent within finance to deliver high performance.

For the newly appointed or aspiring CFO, the CFO Programme will empower you to succeed by helping you to map out your future with confidence and expose you to a full range of skills and proven tactics. For the established CFO, it offers a refresher in current best practices, an opportunity to network and interact with peers, and provides valuable insights into a a range of initiatives being deployed to enhance the value they bring to their organisation.

Attend this programme and elevate your understanding of:

  • Financial leadership in action that embraces personal and wider risks of the role
  • Fostering a winning relationship with the CEO/Board
  • Strategic engagement, alignment, goal congruence, delivering concrete outcomes
  • Acquiring commercial insights, perspectives that feed into decisions making
  • Leading through change, business transformation and performance optimisation
  • Communicating business insights, decision choices more succinctly and intelligently
  • Embracing the power of digital and associated risks
  • Nurturing finance talent and leadership pipeline


Day 1:

*Session 1: *

Introduction and Course Objectives

  • Context of the global crisis and the ever increasing demands made on the CFO role
  • Course Director and delegates (call out who’s in the virtual room)
  • Reasons for attending call out as far as known in advance at time of booking)

Strategic Development and the CFO

  • Setting priorities / Communicating strategy to non-financial colleagues
  • Aligning finance strategy to organization’s strategy, operating plans and performance
  • Making Strategy Work - Improving communication, tracking implementation, adapting

Financial Strategy

  • Setting a strategy for the finance function
  • Addressing key components (e.g. capital structure, gearing)
  • Communicating and delivering the Finance vision

Discussion or Task: CFO at the heart of strategic development / Formulating financial strategy

*Session 2: *

Financial Leadership in Action

  • Definition in practice
  • Good CFO, Poor CFO
  • Secret of successful CFO

Discussion or Task: What does financial leadership mean, how can you demonstrate this?

Hazards in the Boardroom

  • Board behaviours
  • Group Think
  • When the board disagrees

Reflections on Case Study- Discussion: Working harmoniously alongside fellow board members

Session 3:

Performance Reporting and Analytics

  • Advanced analytic tools and executive dashboard
  • Addressing sustainability issues
  • Digitising the finance function: Information architecture, legacy systems and manual interfaces

Reflections on Case Study- Discussion: Enhancing presentation of reports / Tackling digital

Reporting with Clarity and Purpose

  • Relevant key performance measures
  • Communication in fewer words to non-financial audience
  • Report formats

Reflections on Case Study- Discussion: Pulling it all together – stakeholder expectations

Day 2

Session 1:

Building Relationships and Influence

  • Working alongside the CEO and handling conflict or issues calling for judgment
  • The Influential CFO - personal effectiveness, presence and credibility - Holding centre stage
  • Managing a business discontinuity event

Case Study and Discussion: Developing professional relations with CEO and stakeholders

Beyond Budgeting

Strategic Budgeting (Incls Outcome Driven Budgeting & Event Driven Forecasting) * Linking planning, budgets and rolling forecasts to strategy * Level of connection and challenge * Periodic business review meetings

Discussion: Obtaining ownership, accountability and buy-in from the budget holder

Session 2:

Finance Business Partnering

  • Barriers and limitations
  • Measuring success

Business and Economic Environment

  • Managing the complex needs of all stakeholders
  • Tackling volatility and uncertainty
  • Scenario modelling

Talent Management

  • Developing strategy to attract, motivate and retain talent

Discussion or Task: Tackling future challenges

Session 3:

Corporate Risk Management and Risk Reporting

  • Identifying and assessing risks (current and emerging risks)
  • Risk Heat Maps
  • Articulating risk appetite and risk tolerance

Leading Corporate Treasury

  • Profit centre vs. value-added centre vs. cost centre
  • Working capital and the Cash Conversion Cycle
  • Managing risks (liquidity, funding, interest & currency rates) / Derivatives (swaps, forwards)

Discussions of recent cases where controls were weak or collapsed / Rationale for hedging

Crisis Management

  • Assessing situation, identify biggest problems
  • Knowing your stakeholders, rebuilding credibility
  • Scenario planning and risk assessments / Plan B

Discussion: Why first few days are most critical?

Recap of Days 1 & 2

Day 3:

Session 1:

Capital Allocation, Corporate Finance and Capital Structure

Capital Requirements

  • Establishing cash needs in an uncertain world
  • Capital structure- debt, equity, dividends and liquidity
  • Linking capital to profitability

Discussion or Case: Deciding on capital structure under different types of ownership

Capital Allocation

  • Forecasting returns
  • Methods of capital allocation
  • Dealing with uncertainty and future options

Discussion: Capital investment in practice

*Session 2: *

Mergers, Acquisitions and Valuations

Making an acquisition

  • The reasons to make acquisitions
  • Organising for due diligence
  • Negotiating the deal

Discussion or case: Deciding what matters in a deal


  • Valuing the target
  • Structuring the deal
  • Negotiating the deall

Discussion: Why do deals go wrong?

Session 3:

Organisational Purpose, governance and ethics: Making decisions

To whom are organisations accountable? * Why does your firm exist? * Looking beyond shareholders * Systems of governance

Discussion or Case: What does governance mean in your organisation and what happens when it goes wrong?

Business ethics and the links to governance

  • Understanding ethical frameworks
  • Dealing with ethical conflicts
  • Embedding governance within the organisation

Discussion: Linking governance back to strategy Recap of Day 3 and linking it all together


Lance Moir

The Course Instructor has over 30 years financial experience as CFO, Corporate Financier and Treasurer in international companies. He had been CFO of WIN plc and Executive Director of IMImobile, Group Finance Director of First Choice Holidays PLC, Director of Corporate Finance at Bass PLC and Hea...

Raj Gandhi

Raj Gandhi - days 1-3:GGV London works with clients in the UK and internationally focusing entirely on solutions and knowledge transfer. It has also forged relationships with prominent institutions such as Euromoney, ACT, ACCA, ICAEW and the IoD to deliver executive training that empowers partici...

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