Finance for non-finance managers - advanced
SPECIAL OFFER PRICE: £806 + VAT
Timing: 9.30am-4.30pm on both days
Online Live, 10 & 11 November 2020
This course will build on the basics of accounting and progressive skills that can add commercial value in your career. It will cut through the jargon and help you work effectively with finance colleagues in your organisation, with use of worked examples and pro-active guidance to aid understanding rather than test prior knowledge.
What you will learn
You will gain a deeper understanding of the key principles, rather than testing prior knowledge, across the following:
- The key concepts that underpin accounting, including the ‘matching’ or ‘accruals’ principle and why this means cash and profit are typically different.
- Appreciation of the need to plan ahead and have control systems through corporate plans, budgets and forecasts.
- An understanding, and calculation, of the key ratios used by management and analysts to interpret a set of accounts. These ratios include profit margins, return on capital employed (ROCE/ROA), asset turnover, stock/inventory days, debtor/receivable days (days sales outstanding or DSO), creditor/payable days, gearing and interest cover. Alternative measures of profitability are considered including the widely used EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization).
- A presenter-led example of double entry bookkeeping using debits and credits. The objective is for delegates to understand the concepts and terminology, and the process by which the majority of companies worldwide prepare their accounts. It is not expected that delegates will become proficient in double entry bookkeeping (this is more the focus of the four-day course ‘Introduction to accounting’).
- A walk through some of the key aspects of published accounts (an actual report and accounts is used as a reference point). This allows an overview and explanation of some of the terminology used in accounting that covers concepts such as accruals, prepayments, depreciation, amortisation, debtors/receivables, creditors/payables, stock/inventory, bad debts, stock/inventory write downs, fixed/non-current assets, and capital expenditure.
- A review of the profit and loss account (the income statement), the balance sheet (the statement of financial position) and the cash flow statement (the statement of cash flows). This includes an appreciation of how these three ‘primary’ statements interact with each other.
- Reference will be made throughout the course to the judgements required in preparing a set of accounts – and the associated risk of the manipulation of profits.
Who should attend
This course is tailored for non-finance professionals who don’t have a background in finance, but who want to develop a greater understanding of accounting basics. Suitable for managers at all levels. It will also develop skills gained through attending our Finance for non-finance managers – essentials course.
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Note: A similar course is available for those delegates based in Scotland.
Financial awareness for non-finance Managers - advanced