UQ Business School

Finance for Non-Finance Managers

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About the course

Team Leaders, operations managers, senior executives and board members experience how important finance is as a performance indicator and identify their need to speak ‘the language of business’.

Finance for Non-Finance Managers is a two-day course for managers and aspiring managers with no formal finance qualifications.

The course demystifies accounting and finance by providing practical understanding of financial management including tools, techniques and terminology. Content includes accounting conventions, interpreting financial statements, cost and target costing, pricing, budgeting, discounting, margin management, variance analysis, ratios, ROI, variance analysis and financial decision-making.

Real world business anecdotes and examples make the accounting and finance theory more relevant by engaging participants in case studies, group activities, and practical exercises to develop their learning and reinforce how to apply their learning in the workplace and other settings where financial skills are required.

What you will learn

  • Better understanding accounting and finance terminology and conventions
  • Being better placed to make informed financial decisions
  • Being more effective at developing and managing your budget
  • Knowing what to look for when analysing financial statements and determining performance
  • Being able to apply tools, techniques and methodologies to improve financial outcomes
  • Appreciating the value of variance analysis and target costing in financial management

Who should attend

Finance for Non-Finance Managers is designed for non-finance executives, including operational managers, functional managers, general managers and board members, or anyone who wants to develop their understanding of cost management, accounting, and finance, and to integrate finance into their decision-making process.

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Sandra Lazzarini

Sandra Lazzarini is a lecturer in the Accounting and Accountability Cluster within the UQ Business School and is Program Director for the Bachelor of Commerce. Sandra’s primary interests lie in the field of managerial accounting, particularly costing, and performance evaluation and improvement as...

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