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FP&A Business Partnering

Design Thinking Method for The Finance Business Partner - The Five Whys

By Christopher Andrew Heathcote Finance business partner and FP&A Contractor,  

www.christopherandrewheathcote.com

A finance business partner acts as the bridge between the wider business and the financial leadership of the organisation. They work to unite the needs and demands of the group with those of the business with whom they partner, translating the financial strategy into a story they are able to identify and empathize with. They guide their business partners through the various financial constraints and perceived barriers to ensure their business units effectively and efficiently meet their strategic objectives. 

From Scorekeeper to Trusted Advisor: The evolution of the FP&A Business Partner

By Gemma DavieSenior Director, Financial Planning & Analysis at CA Technologies, 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. In 2000, I began my career in FP&A as an analyst at Silicon Graphics, the same year that the iconic Nokia 6210 was launched.  Back then the functionality of the mobile phone was limited to voice calls and simple text messages. Who would have thought that 16 years later, we would be using mobile phones to pay our bills, control our heating, take part in video conferences and monitor our health?  The mobile phone “app” economy has transformed our day to day lives.

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.

Ten Key Considerations for Effective FP&A Communication

By Simone da Silva Collins, Finance Manager, Polycom

Communication is a key soft skill that FP&A professionals should master. Getting it right the first time enables FP&A professionals to be more effective and efficient. Effective communication enhances their integrity and credibility.
Communication is a two way process.  This sounds a cliché but it is true. Communication is not a monologue, even when you are using the written form as I am here. There is the sender and the receiver of the message.

Simone da Silva Collins is an FP&A professional working in Polycom, an industry leader in unified collaboration solutions.

She provides business partnering to various departments of Polycom in EMEA. She was previously the Group Finance Analyst supporting the Executive Team at Intec (now part of CSG), a provider of Business Support System (BSS) software and related services, primarily for the telecommunications industry. She also worked for Telewest (now part of Virgin Media) for over 7 years providing commercial and financial support to the Interconnect team.

Simone is originally from Macau in SE Asia. She gained her Masters at Manchester Business School. She has also recently achieved FP&A accreditation.

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