English for Chief Financial Officers

English for Financial Officers

Duration: 5 days Monday – Friday 09.00 – 17.15

Location: Linguarama London - Non-residential Hotel or Host Family accommodation available

Address: 101 Finsbury Pavement, London EC2A 1RS

Turning Theory into Practice

Fluency and accuracy in the English language is now a basic requirement, especially for senior partners, directors, managers and upwardly mobile staff in any internationally focussed company.

In addition, CFOs must be capable of performing extremely well in a number of internal and external settings. Boardlevel interactions, handling senior colleagues, dealing with shareholder questions, learning to tell convincing stories about your company’s successes and the challenges of the sector in which it operates, dealing with the media – these can now all be essential functions for the CFO.

Practical language skills will be developed in the following contexts .

Understanding the role of the CFO

  • The role of the CFO, and the relationship with the CEO, the Board and shareholders
  • Presenting to investors and other stakeholders
  • Supporting the management team in the development of strategy
  • Managing company processes
  • Financial management
  • Risk: identifying, recording and mitigating risk
  • The relationship with government and regulators
  • The changing role of the CFO

Buying and selling companies

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Post‐merger integration: common pitfalls
  • The role of banks and other professional institutions
  • Valuation methods
  • Writing your Information Memorandum

Company start‐ups

  • Raising finance
  • Dealing with the entrepreneur
  • Sources of finance: angel investors, Private Equity, bank loans
  • Writing your prospectus

Pure finance functions

  • Reporting: management accounting/financial accounting
  • Annual reports including company statements: P&L account (income statement); balance sheet; cash‐flow statement
  •  The annual budget round
  • Managing the budgeting process (internal negotiation)
  • Internal reporting
  • Capital expenditure

Commercial functions

  • Supplier/Supply chain management
  • Contracting specialist functions
  • Outsourcing company operations
  • Project appraisal: break‐even models, IRR models,hurdle rates

Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Understanding national and international requirements
  • Trends in legislation

Media relations

  • Handling a press or TV interview
  • Telling a convincing story of your company’s successes

Location: London

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Call +44 (0) 207 614 1900
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