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19 May 2020

CFO of the future 4 - flexible planning and rolling forecasts

Category: MASTER COURSE

Fourth of the CFO of the future series of five one day workshops. Learn how to break free from short-term targets and replace them with systems that enable the organisation to be more flexible. Book the series or choose individual workshops - it could be the defining moment in your career.

Who should attend?
These workshops are aimed at existing and aspiring CFOs (including finance directors/controllers/managers, strategic/business planners and anyone responsible for improving the finance and planning operations) who want to improve their knowledge and performance. They are applicable to both the private and public sector.

What you will gain
Based on many insights into how the best CFOs have improved their finance operations, this series provides the opportunity for you to take a career step-change in knowledge and performance. It will cover a wide range of topics including leadership, efficiency, strategy, profitability, planning and measurement.

Programme outline
Flexible planning and rolling forecasts
Many thought leaders believe that the present levels of uncertainty and turbulence are the new ‘normal’. That’s one of the reasons why many leaders are saying that the annual planning and budgeting process no longer makes any sense (it also takes too long, costs too much and adds too little value). So how do you break free from short term targets and budgets and replace them with systems that enable the organisation to be more flexible? This workshop will teach you:

  • the importance of a regular macroeconomic review prior to business planning and forecasting
  • what are the key elements of a well constructed business plan
  • setting goals based on relative performance and realignment of rewards
  • building a more dynamic strategic planning process (including scenario planning)
  • designing and implementing true rolling forecasts
  • alternative budgetary methods – zero based, activity based, output based
  • how to rethink the roles of the executive, support services and front line (value centre) team
  • more advanced forecast capabilities to reduce error using simple statistical and non-statistical techniques

Case examples are drawn from a wide range of organisations.

Visit The CFO of the future for details of the full series.

The course starts at 9.30am. Lunch and refreshments are included.
6 CPD hours (where applicable). 

CIMA work in partnership with BPP Professional Education to offer CPD training courses

Booking Information

Date Location Price
19 May 2020 - 09:30 London Price: GBP 634.00
Member price: £571. Plus VAT on all prices.
11 August 2020 - 09:30 London Price: GBP 634.00
Member price: £571. Plus VAT on all prices.
17 November 2020 - 09:30 London Price: GBP 634.00
Member price: £571. Plus VAT on all prices.


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We can develop tailored training programmes to enhance the finance and business skills of staff across your organisation. To discuss how we can meet your learning and development needs please email us.

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If you have any queries please email cima@bpp.com or phone us on: +44 (0)3300 603400.

The venue for this course will be confirmed 14 days before the scheduled date. 

CIMA work in partnership with BPP Professional Education to offer CPD training courses.  

This course will be delivered by BPP Professional Education Limited (“BPP”).  Accordingly, when you sign up for this course, CIMA will pass on the contact details you have provided to BPP so that they can contact you to complete your booking and process payment.  BPP will process any personal information it collects about you in accordance with its privacy policy, which is available at: https://www.bpp.com/professional-education/privacy

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