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FP&A Business Partnering

The New World FP&A Business Partners: Who are they?

By Larysa Melnychuk, Managing Director at FP&A Trends group

On 16th May 2017, 35 senior finance practitioners joined the fourth meeting of the Geneva FP&A Board. The representatives from such leading companies as Duracell, DXC, General Mills, Honeywell, Medtronic, Newell Brands, Nissan, PepsiCo, Procter and Gamble, The Economist, Tesco PLC, etc., gathered to discuss the latest trends in FP&A Business Partnering

FP&A Within The Economist

In this episode of the FP&A Trends Series, Toby Burton, CFO  (Global Circulation) at The Economist Group and a member of the London FP&A Board, shares his insights on how FP&A helps to drive the profits of The Economist’s Circulation business. 

This is a great example of how flexible and dynamic FP&A can help organisations to succeed in such quick and competitive business environment.

Toby's personal professional journey and experience as a CFO are the tremendous and very inspirational story: it shows how diversity, great leadership and incredible professional passion can help to excel. On the top of his professional responsibilities at The Economist, Toby is  Chair of Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD) in the UK.

FP&A Soft Skills: the Differentiator between a Good  and an Effective Business Partner

FP&A Soft Skills: the Differentiator between a Good  and an Effective Business Partner

--Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • In this episode of the FP&A Trends Video Series Hyder Hasan, Global Finance Director at PureCircle and a member of the FP&A Board in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), shares his thoughts on the importance FP&A soft skills. The soft skills are the differentiating factor between a good business partner and an effective business partner. 

  • The core point which most of the finance people miss out in a Finance Business Partnering assignment is to take off their FINANCE HAT and wear their BUSINESS PARTNER’S HAT. In a Finance Business Partnering assignment finance people should not consider themselves as part of the Finance department, but part of their business partner’s department. Finance people should take their business partner’s agenda, as their own agenda and their business partner’s targets as their own targets.

FP&A: Technology, Trends & Empowerment

A groundbreaking survey designed to benchmark current and emerging trends relative to how companies are leveraging technology and empowering FP&A professionals to unlock the strategic value of FP&A.

The role of the CFO is changing: It’s moving away from compliance and optimization, towards a more strategic; customer facing disruptive role. But how empowered are their FP&A teams to support them in this new world?
The goals of this survey are to identify and analyze current and emerging trends in modern Financial Planning and Analytics.

FP&A Business Partnering

by Antony Parker, AECOM

Introduction

One important skill finance professionals are never taught during their formal education is the power of personal engagement with operations and using these relationships to deliver bottom line value. There is too much focus on models, processes, procedures and systems without regard to the fact that all these have to be developed, operated and interpreted by people.

I never cease to  be amazed by the number of job ads that contain the title “Business Partner” without the candidate or employer knowing what the term means or understanding the behaviors and competencies  associated with effective business partnering. Many organizations also fail to understand the powerful linkage between partnering and organization performance.  They simply see business partnering as an attempt to convince themselves that by  following latest trends the organization will achieve success.

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