Vlerick Business School Executive Education

The Finance Function as A Business Partner

Available dates

Mar 25—28, 2020
4 days
Brussels, Belgium
EUR 3995 ≈USD 4408
EUR 998 per day


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About the course


The role of the finance function is evolving. To drive value in today’s rapidly-changing world, finance professionals must become strategic business partners: sounding boards, communications specialists and analysts, all rolled into one. Making this transition is the most important challenge facing finance teams today – which is what makes this programme essential. It offers a powerful mix of theory and practice, delivered by top academics and industry experts.


What is the added value of following the programme 'The Finance Function as a Business Partner'?

The world is changing rapidly – and it’s more important than ever for financial strategy to be implemented quickly across the whole business. This is why it’s essential that finance teams make the transition from “controller” to business partner, helping their colleagues across the organisation drive value creation.

You will:

  • Learn to track and measure progress as corporate strategy is implemented
  • Develop and implement systems for corporate finance management
  • Get a toolkit of ready-to-use models and techniques
  • Develop a business partner mindset that will allow you to drive value creation across your organization


The intensive, practical four-day programme 'The Finance Function as a Business Partner' covers two main areas and starts with an introductory webinar:


Strategic performance management

  • The performance measurement framework
  • Budgeting for and measuring business drivers
  • Linking organisational structure to financial performance measurement
  • Business unit evaluation and incentive schemes
  • Strategy mapping and balanced scorecards


Strategic cost and profitability analysis

  • Traditional costing systems and performance analysis
  • Strategic cost management – the role of activity-based costing
  • Time-driven activity-based costing and its impact on capacity
  • Cost to serve models for making better marketing and sales decisions

Who should attend

The programme 'The Finance Function as a Business Partner' is designed for professionals who are already in, or who are transitioning to, a financial business partnering role. You will be working – or aiming to work – with non-financial professionals to create value in your company.

Trust the experts

Filip Roodhooft

Filip shows you how the finance function can act as a real business partner for your organisation by using accounting information for decision making and strategy execution. Filip Roodhooft obtained a PhD in Accounting at University of Antwerp in 1994. He is now Full Professor of Accounting at K...


Kristof Stouthuysen

Kristof knows “how to be in control” by showing when and how strategic management accounting systems may assist suppliers in improving their performance. Kristof Stouthuysen is Doctor in Applied Economic Sciences (KU Leuven, Belgium). He currently works as Associate Professor of Accounting and Co...


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