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An intensive professional development training course on

Accounting, Budgeting

& Performance Measurement

The Structure

This comprehensive training course consists of two modules which can be booked as a 10-Day Training event, or as individual, 5-Day training courses.

Module 1 - Financial Bootcamp for Non-Financial Professionals

Module 2 - The Essentials of Budgeting & Cost Control

The Course Content

Module 1: Financial Bootcamp for Non-Financial Professionals

Day One: Business Organizations, Sources of Finance, the Finance Function

  • The development of business organizations
  • The role of Finance and the Finance Function
  • Sources and types of finance for business organizations

Teamwork exercise: preparing a business plan to present to potential investors

  • The structure of the financial accounting system
  • The Income Statement and Statement of Financial Position

Teamwork exercise:  Financial accounting and reporting case study


Day Two: The Annual Financial Report

  • The purpose and format of the Annual Financial Report (AFR), prepared according to IFRS.
  • The financial and non-financial elements of the AFR

Teamwork exercise: Assessing the effectiveness of the AFR as a means of communicating with our key stakeholders

  • The difference between cash flow and profit

Teamwork exercise: Preparing and presenting a Cash Flow Statement

  • How to analyse and interpret the AFR

Teamwork exercise and presentation: Assessing a company’s performance and position by analyzing their AFR


Day Three: Management Accounting

  • Understanding the difference between management accounting and financial accounting
  • Calculating the cost of our products and the problem of overheads (indirect costs)
  • Overhead apportionment – absorption costing versus Activity Based Costing

Teamwork exercise: Preparing cost estimates for a contract bid

  • Cost-Volume-Profit and break-even analysis
  • Budgeting – objectives and process

Teamwork exercise: preparing next year’s budgets for a manufacturing business

  • Analysing the differences between budget and actual, using Variance Analysis


Day Four: Investment Appraisal

  • The time value of money – future values and present values, perpetuities and growth

Group discussion: Identifying new investment opportunities for your business: 

Teamwork exercise: Basic appraisal methods – Accounting Rate of Return and Payback

  • The cost of capital - Equity and Debt

Teamwork exercise: Calculating the Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC)

Teamwork exercise: Advanced appraisal methods – Net Present Value (NPV) and Internal Rate of Return (IRR):

  • Dealing with capital rationing using the Profitability Index method
  • Dealing with forecasting uncertainty using Sensitivity Analysis

Teamwork exercise: Comprehensive investment appraisal mini-case


Day Five: Treasury and Risk Management

  • Interest rate risk

Group discussion: The role of Treasury

  • Managing interest rate risk using options and swaps

Teamwork exercise: Devising an effective interest rate swap

  • Foreign currency risk
  • Managing foreign currency risk using natural techniques
  • Managing foreign currency risk using transactional techniques

Teamwork exercise: Hedging the risks of a foreign currency transaction


Module 2: The Essentials of Budgeting & Cost Control

Day Six: The Role of Budgeting & Cost Control

  • The complexity of managing contemporary organizations
  • Strategic planning, budgeting and management control systems
  • The key elements of budgeting: objectives, initiatives and resources
  • Understanding the context for budgeting & the role of the controller
  • What are the advantages and the disadvantages of budgeting
  • What is it the situation in your organization? How to improve it?


Day Seven: Budgeting and Cost Control

  • What are the essential inputs of the budgeting process?
  • What is zero-based budgeting?
  • Costing for budgeting: key terms and concepts
  • Variable vs. Fixed costs
  • The important role of contribution margin
  • Cases, problems and examples


Day Eight: Costing: From Traditional to Activity-Based

  • Complementing traditional costing with activity-based costing
  • Direct vs. indirect cost
  • Cost allocation: traditional costing and activity-based costing (ABC)
  • From traditional budgeting to Activity-based budgeting (ABB)
  • The importance of costs analysis
  • Cases, problems and exercises


Day Nine: Capital Budgeting

  • Capitalized vs. period costs
  • Capital budgeting
  • Payback period
  • Net-present value
  • Internal rate of return
  • What is it the situation in your organization?


Day Ten: Beyond the Budgets: linking financial and non-financial KPIs

  • What are the limits of budgeting and financial reporting?
  • What are the drivers of the business model?
  • What are the trades-off in place?
  • Beyond budgeting: integrating financial and non-financial issues
  • The balanced scorecard and KPIs
  • Case, problems and examples

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