Running a finance team in a business requires you to be an expert in many different areas such as accounting, finance, systems, technology, process design and operations. This is what we call Financial Operations (FinOps), which is what you will be learning throughout the programme.
It is not enough just to be an expert in those areas. An effective FinOps expert has to be a team player, working closely with other departments in the business. Soft skills are just as important as the technical skills you will be learning. You will be able to practice your presentation, communication and persuasion skills - all paramount skills for any expert in business.
2) Building an accounting system
Accounting is the language of business. At its simplest, it’s a way of transmitting business information in a standardised format.
Most businesses now rely on accounting systems to maintain records to generate financial reports like profit and loss and balance sheets due to the volume and complexity. You may be familiar with the basics of posting entries using an accounting system but do you really know what’s under the hood?
Given raw inputs, you will learn how to build a simple accounting system on a database to produce financial reports.
After the completion of the project, you will have a better appreciation of how double accounting entries work in an accounting system, learn how data flows in an accounting system and be introduced to relational databases.
3) Process design
Running a finance team means you will be interacting with other teams in the company. Every interaction also means that there could be a bottleneck unless the process is properly designed and communicated.
You will be introduced to best in class processes around standard finance team processes such as expenses reimbursement, payments, month end reporting and many more.
You will also learn how to review and tear down current processes in your day to day and design a much more efficient process.
4) Problem solving like a programmer
It’s not enough to only learn how to use VLOOKUPS, SUMIFS and pivot tables anymore. The problems you are going to have to solve are bigger than the tools a spreadsheet can provide.
In this module, you will be introduced to the principles of programming and data analysis using SQL.
You will be introduced to ‘no code’ tools to build an automatic deferred revenue schedule and learn how to analyse data using SQL to build a revenue forecasting model.
5) Implementing new systems
Change is the only constant in a finance team especially as the company scales. Systems and processes that used to work will no longer work as efficiently.
You will learn to ask the right questions to identify pain points for expense management, payment collection and reporting and propose a solution that will convince the management team of the value in terms of time savings and error mitigation.
You will then put together a project plan to roll out the new solution.
As this is part of the launch series, we are constantly iterating to ensure we are helping students achieve their leaning outcomes. We will be continuously optimising these modules based on feedback we receive.
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