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Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Programme

Become a successful CFO with our 5 day school geared to enhancing performance
  • This course is being offered as a hybrid course with delegates able to attend virtually via Zoom or in-person in London. If you would like to book on to the in-person course, you can do so here 


    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

    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.



    Note - A good level of spoken and written English is required to attend this course. Delegates should be of an intermediate standard in English at a minimum. Please refer to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - as a guide the level required is B2. 

  • Day One

    Session 1: 09:30 – 11:00

    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

    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: 11:30 – 13:00

    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: 14:00 – 15:30

    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 Two

    Session 1: 09:30 – 11:00

    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: 11:30 – 13:00

    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: 14:00 – 15:30

    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 Three

    Session 1: 09:30 – 11:00

    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: 11:30 – 13:00

    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 deal

    Discussion: Why do deals go wrong?

    Session 3: 14:00 – 15:30

    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
  • Our Tailored Learning Offering

    Do you have five or more people interested in attending this course? Do you want to tailor it to meet your company’s exact requirements? If you’d like to do either of these, we can bring this course to your company’s office. You could even save up to 50% on the cost of sending delegates to a public course and dramatically increase your ROI.

    If you want to run this course at a location convenient to you or if you want a completely customised learning solution, we can help.

    We produce learning solutions that are completely unique to your business. We’ll guide you through the whole process, from the initial consultancy to evaluating the success of the full learning experience. Our learning specialists ensure you get the maximum return on your training investment.

  • We have a combined experience of over 60 years providing learning solutions to the world’s major organisations and are privileged to have contributed to their success. We view our clients as partners and focus on understanding the needs of each organisation we work with to tailor learning solutions to specific requirements.

    We are proud of our record of customer satisfaction. Here is why you should choose us to help you achieve your goals and accelerate your career:

    • Quality – our clients consistently rate our performance ‘excellent’ or ‘outstanding’. Our average overall score awarded to us by our clients is nine out of ten.
    • Track record – 10/10 of the world’s largest banks have chosen us as there training provider and we have delivered training across the largest banks and have trained over 25,000 professionals.
    • Knowledge – our 100+ strong team of industry specialist trainers are world leading financial leaders and commentators, ensuring our knowledge base is second to none.
    • Reliability – if we promise it, we deliver it. We have delivered over 25,000 events both in person and online, using simultaneous translation to delegates from over 99 countries.
    • Recognition – we are accredited by the British Accreditation Council and the CPD Certification Service. In an independent review by Feefo we scored 4.2/5 on service and 4.7/5 on Coursecheck
This course can be run as an In-house or Tailored Learning programme


  • Raj Gandhi

    I have 25 years’ experience in the financial services, energy and retail sector and have built up expertise in finance, treasury, internal audit, risk and governance.


    Raj Gandhi works with clients in the UK and internationally focusing entirely on solutions and knowledge transfer. He has forged a relationship with Euromoney Learning to deliver executive training that empowers participants to tackle challenges.Raj is a fellow of the ACCA (accountancy) and the ACT (Treasury). In a career that spans 25 years, he has held board and senior positions specialising in finance, treasury, governance and risk. Formerly CFO of London Capital Group plc, Raj’s other roles include member of group reporting team and treasury audit manager for Royal Dutch Shell plc, business unit director for Man Group plc, and group treasurer of Empire Stores Group Plc. In 2011, Raj founded GGV London to deliver in-demand leadership training to senior executives and to provide distinct consulting and mentoring services.