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FP&A Business Partnering

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.

FP&A Team Building in Focus of the London FP&A Board

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

On 20th April 2017,  20 FP&A professionals from such companies as Barclays, Coats, the Economist Group, Kraft Heinz, NetApp, Starbucks, Visa, etc., participated in the London FP&A Board meeting. 

The main focus of the interactive discussion in London was Effective FP&A Team Building.  

It is hardly arguable that there are so many requirements to a modern FP&A professional that are difficult to be met by one person, that building effective FP&A teams with complementary skills are seen as the easiest solution under the circumstances. 

How Controlling departments will Evolve in the Digital Age. SBB Cargo Case Study.

By Stefan Spiegel, CFO SBB Cargo AG

Today's controller is confronted with two developments: On the one hand, an increasing usage of mobile applications for all employees, a steady growth of IT-supported operational resource planning systems and the hype towards Big Data result in an increasing volume of direct business information. On the other hand, more and more detailed accounting standards and higher requirements for compliance and governance enforce heavier control activities. In order not to miss the step into an effective business partnering and to be able to co-decide with line managers, however, a new form of tools based on IT developments should focus on business decision-making and deliver direct proposals for taking measures to line managers. It therefore requires new "decision-delivering" instruments as well as customized profiles for the future "Performance Manager".

FP&A Trends TV Series: FP&A Business Partner

FP&A Trends TV Series: 

The Evolution  of FP&A Business Partnering

Interview with Gemma Davie, Senior FP&A Director at CA Technologies, a member of London FP&A Board. 

We only need to look at the evolution of the mobile phone to understand why the role of the FP&A business partner has changed.

As technology has continued to evolve at an increasing speed and the business environment has become so complex and volatile, decisions have to be made quickly and the demand for timely, flexible, forward-looking analysis has transformed the role of the FP&A business partner.

FP&A Business Partnering in Focus of the Dubai FP&A Board

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

The second meeting of the Dubai FP&A Board, launched in October 2016, took place at the stunning InterContinental Dubai Marina on 15th February 2017. 
The mission of the International FP&A Board is to guide the development and promotion of best practices in global FP&A, identify and support new trends, skillsets and innovations. Almost 30 FP&A professionals from such international and local Middle Eastern companies as Abu Dhabi Ship Building, Al Jaber Group, Applus, Barclays Bank, Colas, Emirates NBD, Landmark, Panalpina, Siemens, TGI Group, to name but a few, gathered to discuss an essential subject of FP&A Business Partnering.

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