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Chief Operating Officer (COO) Programme

Understand how to become a high performing COO with our C-suite programme
  • Most often, the COO’s role is to lead the group’s operation and logistics activities, in ways that transform the business into being a cost-effective financial institution.

    The role of a COO can include all or most of the following responsibilities:

    • Operations management
    • IT operations management
    • Product management
    • Change management
    • Strategy management
    • Financial control

    Key course highlights include:

    • In-depth discussion of the roles and responsibilities of the COO
    • Understand how the role fits into the organisation
    • Introduction of various tools and methods for developing and using the best metrics to measure cost effectiveness, operating risk, profitability, customer service quality etc.
    • How to motivate and retain the right people
    • Guidance in how to address internal political as well as practical challenges in executing the COO role
    • How to communicate and report effectively as a COO

    Who should attend:

    • This course has been specifically designed for the benefit of:
    • Existing and aspiring COOs
    • Head of Operations
    • Risk Managers/Director’s
    • Control Function Managers



    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. 

  • Any questions, please do contact 



    Day One

    Introductions and Objectives

    COO Roles and Responsibilities
    • COO Role and Responsibilities – open to interpretation; kinds of COO, definition is key to success
    • C Suite Interactions
    • Capability framework
    • Leadership and influence

    Exercise: Defining COOs Roles.What makes a good COO?

    Organisation and Governance
    • Corporate Governance – International and UK Corporate Governance Codes
    • Laws vs Governance
    • Directors and Boards of Directors – Effective Boards
    • Directors’ duties and responsibilities
    • Working with non executive directors
    • Diversity in the Boardroom
    • Legal Entity Management
    • Enterprise Risk Management
    • Regional Hub and Spoke Models
    • Parent Subsidiary relationship
    • Joint Ventures – challenges and management
    • Family Firms
    • Private Equity backed firms

    Board Dynamics
    • Why Boards malfunction
    • Why executives fail
    • The Board evaluation and review
    • Role of the COO in working with peers
    • High performing Boards


    Day Two


    COO Role in Strategy and Implementation
    Formulating Strategy
    • The strategy Process
    • What makes a good strategist
    • Involvement
    • Framework for process
    • Delivering value

    Case Study: Strategy Process, good strategy vs bad strategy
    • External analysis. Pestle,5 Forces
    • Probability/ Impact
    • Competitive landscape

    Case Studies: External analysis
    Session Three:
    • Stakeholder Power/Interest
    • Key Success Factors and capabilities, VRIN
    • Developing strategic options
    • Ansoff Grid
    • Numerous other models
    • Innovation, Blue Ocean

    Case Study: Preparation and presentation of a strategic corporate case

    Day Three

    • Joint ventures and alliances
    • Acquisitions and mergers
    • Acquisition strategy
    • Why so many fail
    • Acquisition cases
    • Working on an acquisition
    • Implementation obstacles
    • Integrating businesses
    • Culture alignment
    • Drawing a blueprint for implementation
    • Strategy Implementation
    • Obstacles
    • Aligning Key Success Factors to KPI’s
    • Balanced Scorecard
    • Board Dashboard
    • Review process
    • Having the right strategic conversations

    Day Four

    COO Role in Regulation and Reporting
    • Rationale, types, limitations of regulation
    • Principle Regulators
    • Key Issues and Regulatory Change
    • Regulatory Reporting
    • Compliance Processes
    • Environmental reporting
    • Ethics and social responsibility
    • Partnering with the Regulator

    COO Role in Strategic Risk Evaluation
    • Types of Risk
    • The risk culture
    • Fraud, Bribery and Corruption – Bribery Act 2010, FCPA
    • Operational Risk Three Lines of Defence
    • KRIs and KPIs
    • Control Frameworks
    • Relations with Internal and External Audit
    • Managing a crisis

    Tracking progress, measuring success and reviewing performancе
    Maximising Shared Services Delivery
    • Compliance
    • Finance
    • Management Accounts and Statutory Financial Reports
    • Budgeting
    • Treasury
    • Role in Expense Management
    • Human Capital
    • Learning Organisation
    • Performance Management
    • Role of technology
    • Key takeaways and lessons learnt


  • 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


  • Jean Pousson


    Jean Pousson is a Director and founding shareholder of Board Evaluation Limited, a specialised consultancy practice set up in 2011 which provides board evaluation,strategic health checks,and various training and consultancy services to an international client base.He is a regular contributor to strategy and finance programmes run by The Institute of Directors,where he is one of their senior consultants.  Jean previously held the position of Director of Studies at the TSB Group Management College where he was responsible for overall academic leadership, but with direct responsibility for finance and strategy programmes and consultancy activities.  Jean spent two years in the City of London with DC Gardner & Company(now Euromoney plc) as Assistant Director, Corporate Banking delivering training courses for banks on credit worldwide. His banking career at Barclays Bank spanned 15 years and within the last five years he occupied various management positions within retail and corporate banking and was involved in lending to individuals,small businesses and later to corporates.  For the last 32 years, Jean has lectured and consulted on issues of strategic planning and implementation, governance, operational excellence, credit risk and finance to an international client base consisting of financial services organisations,SME’s, multinationals, charities, housing associations, professional firms and public sector bodies. Some examples of past and present clients include: UK Finance(The body which represents asset based finance)Credit Suisse AG,Lloyds Bank plc,MBNA Europe Limited,Paypal Europe,RBS plc,Worldpay.He has lectured in well over 32 countries.  As well as maintaining his own client base he also speaks regularly at Vistage,the San Diego based, Chief Executive network which is the largest in the world,and to programmes run by The Chartered Institute of Credit Management and was voted UK Finance’s lecturer of the year in 2013 and 2018.In a typical year Jean will work with over 600 directors and about 8 to 10 Boards.  He has a B.Comm degree from the University of Witwatersrand(South Africa),is a Chartered Member of The Institute of Bankers in South Africa(CAIBSA),received a distinction of the joint Barclays/University of Witwatersrand Senior Management Programme(a nine month long executive programme) and obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration from The University of Warwick(1996) A keen sports enthusiast he has run over 20 marathons including 3 ultra marathons.  Loves travel,history and a good comedy.