Brussels — FP&A Business Partnering

October 16, 2018

In October, we held the fourth Brussels FP&A Board meeting devoted to FP&A Business Partnering.

32 senior finance practitioners joined the event. They represented international companies in different industries, such as

  • Cargill
  • Cartier
  • FedEx
  • FrieslandCampina
  • Henkel
  • Thomson Reuters
  • UCB
  • and many others.

Agenda

  1. What is FP&A Business Partnering and why is it important?
  2. What are the most critical attributes of an FP&A business partner?
  3. Mini-case studies from the field:
    • A case study from the field: Laurent Claes, Head of Controlling at Cartier, will share his experience on FP&A Business Partnering
    • A case study from the field: Wilna Lindeman-Kunenborg, Head of Corporate Finance Systems at FrieslandCampina, will share her experience on FP&A Business Partnering
  4. Review of the FP&A Business Partnering Maturity. Small groups work
  5. Conclusions and recommendations

The conclusions were the following:

  • The alignment of the FP&A function with business operations in order to acquire business knowledge and influence decision making.
  • The true value of an FP&A professional has shifted away from the “what happened” to “what should happen” and “how to execute change”.
  • FP&A Business Partner's job is both strategic and operational in focus.
  • An FP&A business partner acts as the bridge between the wider business and the board.

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