Finance for Non-Financial Managers
This practical two-day course will help managers develop their financial understanding, understand how their decisions affect an organisation’s financial performance and improve their organisation’s financial performance.
We will demystify the jargon, explore key ratios, and examine key trends and areas for concern. Then we change the emphasis to identifying the future key issues, and threats and opportunities and how to plan and budget for them.
By the end of the Finance for Non-financial Managers course the participants will:
- understand and analyse Balance Sheets and Income & Expenditure Accounts for key issues and financial Strengths and Weaknesses
- understand the importance and relevance of financial principles such as Expected Return and Return on Investment (amongst others)
- analyse, understand and manage their own Income and Expenditure accounts more effectively
- understand the importance of Cashflow and Cash management
- use internal Management Accounts to monitor and improve performance against Budget
- recognise areas of concern and recommend ideas for improving financial performance and productivity
- contribute more effectively to Budgeting negotiations
- recognise at least 3 different methods of preparing Operating budgets, and the strengths and weaknesses of each method
- feel much more confident about their understanding of financial terms and jargon
PLEASE NOTE: You’ll need to bring along a calculator. Extensive use is made of case studies to consider key concepts if possible your own organisation’s figures/examples can also be considered.
Tutor support will be available to you after the course via email.
- Introductions and course objectives
- Participants’ own needs and wants from the course
- An overview of financial principles such as Return on Investment and Resource Allocation
The Balance Sheet
- Understanding different Assets and Liabilities
- About Fixed Assets
- Current Assets – what they are and how to improve
- Current Liabilities – what they are and how to improve them
- Benchmarking and comparators
- Key Ratios and trends
- About Gearing
The Income and Expenditure Account (or Profit and Loss Account)
- The key components of the Income and Expenditure Account
- Analysing Key ratios and trends
- Managing different types of Costs and their behaviour
- Analysing income streams
- Improving Profitability and Productivity
- The Power of 1%
- Benchmarking and comparators
- Profit/Surplus and Cashflow are different things!
- What Management Accounts should tell us
- How these figures contribute to overall performance
- Managing the cashflow as well as the costs
- Managing variances and making any necessary improvement
Using ratios to benchmark our performance
- How to use the key ratios to benchmark our performance
- Recognising areas where performance is slipping and which need management attention
Generating ideas to improve financial performance, including people’s productivity
- Identifying and investing more in high performing assets and activities
- Identifying and improving underperforming assets and costs
Moving from Analysis to Forecasting
- The principles of Forecasting and Budgeting
- Revenue Budgets
- The strengths and problems of traditional budgeting methods
- 2 other approaches which can complement and improve traditional budgeting methods
- Budgeting for Projects – how to do a Cost-Benefit Analysis
- Capital expenditure
- Cost of Capital issues and the time value of money
- Where budgeting can go wrong and how to avoid the principal problems
Understanding the jargon
- A free discussion clarifying any remaining questions about terminology and jargon
- What does this all mean for my organisation and my team?
- What areas do we need to work on?
- Action plans for when I get back to work
Who should attend
Finance for Non-financial Managers is a two-day course for managers who want to develop their financial understanding, understand how their decisions affect an organisation’s financial performance and improve their organisation’s financial performance. Whether you’re a new manager or an existing manager wanting a refresher this workshop will be useful. Relevant to public, private and not-for-profit sectors.