An intensive professional development training course on

Adapting the Corporate Budget
in the Wake of Unknowns

Strategic Planning and Managing
Performance for Organisational Success

Classroom Sessions

02-06 Sep 2024
Dubai - UAE
16-20 Dec 2024
London - UK
28 Apr-02 May 2025
London - UK
01-05 Sep 2025
Dubai - UAE
15-19 Dec 2025
London - UK

Online Sessions

21-25 Oct 2024
24-28 Feb 2025
16-20 Jun 2025
20-24 Oct 2025
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Why Choose this Training Course?

The effective management of budgeting and cost control is crucial for contemporary organizations. Nowadays, if companies want to stay competitive, they are urged to think in terms of process-value added to customers / shareholders. This Adapting the Corporate Budget in the Wake of Unknowns training course will help to get your business budget back on track after any crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, which might require you to make some modifications.

Companies across the business world halted operations and saw a decrease in cash flow thanks to the COVID-19. As states lift stay-at-home orders and day-to-day operations return to normal, businesses will need to adapt their budgets to account for the new normal under extreme unknown.

Thus, this Adapting the Corporate Budget in the Wake of Unknowns training course helps you within the volatile and challenging times brought about by COVID-19, to change your thinking on traditional budget and make planning ahead easier.

This training course will feature:

  • Improving the budgeting and financial knowledge required for better decision-making within extremely uncertain context
  • Identifying sources of financial and operational data to support the budgeting process
  • Traditional and innovative tools for budgeting and cost control to cope with various unknowns
  • Identifying the interrelationship, the financial and non-financial information in the wake of unknowns

What are the Goals?

By the end of this AZTech training course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the key successful driver indicators in the wake of unknowns
  • Successfully build integrated planning, budgeting and reporting process
  • Explain and use activity based budgeting and other budgeting methods
  • Develop and effectively control budgets
  • Provide budgeting knowledge that can be shared for the benefit of your company
  • Understand capital budgeting
  • Identify & manage key financial indicators for the business
  • Think proactively beyond budgeting

Who is this Training Course for?

This AZTech training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit those with direct or indirect budget responsibilities within a Team, Department or Division. who have to run budgetary plans, and who are responsible for cost and strategic analysis, including:

  • Financial Planning and Control Staff
  • Those with direct or indirect financial responsibilities
  • The Staff Person who will be responsible for entering data into the budget system or training others how to enter information
  • Those who want to gain control of the firm's financial standing and obtain a firm grasp on the numbers side of their job
  • Those from all sectors of industry, irrespective of functional responsibilities, but particularly those involved in manufacturing, production, engineering or sales
  • Those working in a project management environment

How will this Training Course be Presented?

This AZTech training course will utilise a variety of proven adult learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension, and retention of the information presented. This will be conducted along workshop principles with formal lectures, case studies and interactive worked examples. Relevant case studies will be provided to illustrate the application of each tool in an operations environment. Each learning point will be reinforced with practical exercises. Difficult mathematical concepts are minimised and handled in a visual way that is easy to understand with examples demonstrated.

The Course Content

Day One: Budgeting & Cost Control in the Management System: Link with Strategic Planning
  • Budgeting and the Management System of Contemporary Organizations
  • Why Strategy comes before the Budget
  • The Strategic Planning Process
  • Financial vs. Managerial accounting (for Decision Making)
  • Strategic Planning, Budgeting and Management Control Measuring and Managing the Performance – KPIs and targets
  • Understand your processes: Integrating financial and non-financial aspects
Day Two: Budgeting and COVID-19
  • What is a Budget?
  • The Benefits of Budgets
  • The Shortcomings of the Budgeting Process - How to improve them?
  • The economic implications of COVID-19
  • Understand the new figures within COVID-19 Context
  • Budget Methods – incremental, zero-based, rolling budgets and Activity Based Budgeting
  • In the Wake of COVID-19 – Moving to bottom-up budget and Adopt flexible budget – rolling budget
  • Preparing Departmental Budgets from Forecasts
Day Three: Using a Budget as a Management Tool
  • Re-understand The Cost Figures in the Wake of COVID-19
  • Budget Cost, Volume, Profit (CVP) and Break-Even Analysis
  • Managing Fixed and Variable Costs
  • Sensitivity & What-If Analysis
  • Budgetary Control
  • Variance Analysis
Day Four: Day Five: Understanding Capital Budgeting (CAPEX) in The Wake COVID-19
  • Capital Budgeting Principles
  • Raising Finance
  • Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC)
  • Methods of Evaluating Capital Investment Projects
  • Comparing Different Projects and Their Returns
Day Five: Beyond Budgeting- Broadening Performance Measurement Systems in The Wake of COVID-19
  • Redefine the corporate objectives and targets- short-term focus
  • Shortcomings of Traditional approaches to Budgeting and Measurement
  • Adopt a flexible performance evaluation method
  • The Balanced Scorecard
  • Financial & Customer Perspective
  • Internal Business Process Perspective
  • Learning and Growth Perspective
  • Developing and Adapting the Scorecard
  • Reconsider the corporate Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Re-evaluate the emergency fund options

The Certificate

  • AZTech Certificate of Completion for delegates who attend and complete the training course

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