According to EY, 80% of Financial Controllers say their job is becoming more and more demanding over the past 5 years. Just being good with numbers is not enough. You need to be a reliable business partner, explain “the numbers” to non-financial people while process transactions and manage reports.
The increased pressure from investors and the continuously changing business environment will eventually have a huge impact on the way financial controllers work in the finance function.
Here are 4 areas you should focus on in order to improve your soft and analytical skills and add value to the business.
Get a diverse experience in the business
The theory is not the only option. You need to get deeper into the topic, interact with your peers and explore new trends that you can implement on your organization. During the roundtable discussion at the Controlling Forum, our moderators will suggest the topic and you are free to share your views and compare your strategies with those of your colleagues.
Enhance your business and accounting skills
As said before, NO THEORY! It is time to get your hands dirty. We created a unique platform for you so that you can attend your favorite workshop according to your needs.
- Behavioral Biases by Denis Kotov- Why you should be aware of behavioral biases while collecting, processing and interpreting information (e.g. drawing budget, performing deviation analysis, doing a SWOT analysis
- Mindfulness by Erhan Ali Yilmaz – Demos & Exercises (breathing exercises) that will help you focus, think and work more efficiently
- Communication Skills by Ines Cule – Learn how to communicate with non-financial people
Be an Excel-ent Mastermind
Time to stop googling macro and financial functions whenever you are using Excel. Greg Tzavelopoulos, Head of Corporate Performance Management, Activity Based Costing at Pipelife, will share with you valuable insights, which are not often explained in tutorials, on how to use advanced formulas to solve daily complex problems automatically and on how to develop basic VBA applications.
Invest in continuing professional development
CPD ensures that you maintain and enhance the knowledge and skills you need to deliver a professional service to your customers, clients and the community. Attending the Financial Controlling Toolbox in Prague, you will earn up to 14 points from ACCA.
The Financial Controlling Toolbox will take place in Prague on June 20 and 21 and more than 100 attendees and speakers will come together to discuss hot and important topics about digital and financial transformation, network and have fun!