Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education

Finance & Accounting for Non-Financial Managers

Available dates

Mar 4—6, 2020
3 days
Cambridge, United Kingdom
GBP 3594 ≈USD 4643
GBP 1198 per day
Jun 10—12, 2020
3 days
Cambridge, United Kingdom
GBP 3594 ≈USD 4643
GBP 1198 per day
Dec 2—4, 2020
3 days
Cambridge, United Kingdom
GBP 3594 ≈USD 4643
GBP 1198 per day


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About the course

As a manager you need to be adept not just in your specific area of expertise, but in the way you communicate.

You have to use the language of finance and accounting effectively, and understand the context in job descriptions, annual employee reviews, and when talking to international partners.

A good grasp of key finance and accounting concepts is also often seen by employers as essential for career progression. It means team members can better assess risks and benefits, making better quality decisions that support the organisation's overall success.

Using lectures, worked examples, and class discussions drawn from real-life business experiences, this programme demystifies the language of finance and accounting for managers with very little or no prior knowledge of the subjects.


  • Interpreting company accounts and financial disclosures
  • Use accounting for management decisions
  • Activity-based costing, cost allocation
  • Performance measures
  • Budgeting and forecasting
  • Perform project and investment appraisals using discounted cash-flows, internal rate of return (IRR) and net present value (NPV) techniques
  • Capital structure: understanding financial strategies to achieve the optimal financing mix
  • Foundations of business valuation
  • Sustainable growth versus acquisitions-based growth
  • Executive compensation, corporate governance and value creation
  • Value-based management


Studying at a top 10 global centre of teaching excellence, upon completing this programme you will be able to:

  • communicate more effectively with colleagues, senior management and other stakeholders using finance and accounting terms
  • understand how annual reports and financial information are used to make better business decisions
  • interpret a company's profitability, solvency and liquidity
  • comprehend the economics of corporate investment decisions
  • understand the metrics used to assess performance and decision making
  • explore alternative business valuation principles and understand how you can impact the value drivers of your firm

Who should attend

  • Professionals and emerging managers with P&L responsibilities
  • You have experienced success and promotion in your career, but need to better understand the language of finance and accounting to progress further

The programme gives you a thorough, fundamental overview of finance and financial accounting which you need to manage and discuss budgets, financial reports and different performance indicators.

You may be moving into a financial management role, and feel the need for more breadth and knowledge before your take on the new duties. Or you maybe you simply need to refresh your financial acumen.

The programme will be of particular appeal if you enjoy learning using practical examples that you can immediately relate to your own business experience.

This focus on real-life situations involving finance and accounting for non-financial managers is one of the main features of the programme.

Note: This course is not for you if you are an expert or seasoned practitioner in finance or accounting.

Trust the experts

Jenny Chu

University Lecturer in Accounting BBA (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), MBA (University of California, Berkeley), PhD (University of California, Berkeley) Research interests Stock markets and financial information: earnings quality, capital market reactions to accounting information, sell...


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