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An intensive professional development training course

The Comprehensive Course on
Strategic Financial Management
and Leadership

Why Choose this Training Course?

This training course comprising three modules, offers managers the opportunity to develop skills required at senior level to run successful businesses. Module 1 focuses on financial management, including risks and governance. Module 2 addresses leadership from strategy development to leading change across different cultures. Module 3 is focused on project finance for every stage from appraisal to evaluation. Delegates may choose between attending all modules or selecting those most relevant to their development needs.

This training course will feature:

  • Using financial statements
  • Making effective investment decisions
  • Running business with sound governance and management of risk
  • Leading change
  • The economics of project finance


The Structure

This comprehensive training course consists of three modules which can be booked as a 15 Day Training event, or as individual, 5 Day training courses.

Module 1 - Finance, Risk Management & Corporate Governance

Module 2 - Strategic Leadership

Module 3 - Project Finance & Financial Analysis Techniques for Infrastructure Projects

What are the Goals?

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

  • Understanding the financial statements
  • Understanding strategic, financial and project risk
  • Developing sound governance structures
  • Developing plans to deliver efficient and effective outcomes
  • Understanding finance for new infrastructure projects

Who is this Training Course for?

This AZTech training course is suitable for a wide range of professionals, but will greatly benefit:

  • Managers wanting to gain confidence in finance
  • Senior managers responsible for corporate governance
  • Managers responsible for managing and mitigating risks
  • All those wanting to develop leadership capabilities
  • Managers responsible for project finance

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. All modules of this course offer an interactive mixture of lecture, discussion groups, activities and practice on various exercises, and video sequences. The latest instructional technologies are used to enable delegates to learn and then to apply the skills and techniques on return to the workplace.

The Course Content

Module 1: Finance, Risk Management & Corporate Governance

Day One: Finance and Financial Information

  • The meaning and importance of finance in business
  • The importance of financial information – internal and external
  • The corporate annual report and the financial statements                              
  • Capital employed: long – term assets and working capital
  • Analysing financial statements for profitability, liquidity, efficiency & financial structure
  • Investment ratios and market data sources              


Day Two: Financing the Business and Capital Structure

  • Sources and types of long term finance
  • Sources and types of short term finance
  • Calculating the Cost of Equity – what your shareholders expect
  • Calculating the Cost of Debt – it depends on your credit rating
  • The weighted average cost of capital (WACC)
  • Choosing the best mix of equity and debt


Day Three: CAPEX - Analysis of Investment Decisions

  • Growing your business with new investment projects
  • Preparing spreadsheet forecasts for investment appraisal
  • Basic appraisal techniques: Accounting Rate of Return (ARR) and Payback
  • Discounted cash flow appraisal techniques:  NPV and IRR
  • Capital Rationing and the Profitability Index (PI)
  • Dealing with risk in investment appraisal

Day Four: Financial Risk Management

  • Risk and uncertainty in business
  • How to manage risk – the four Ts
  • Financing risk and operating risk
  • Foreign currency risk management
  • Interest rate risk management
  • Role of Internal Audit, Audit Committee, and Chief Risk Officer


Day Five: Corporate Governance

  • Recognising the needs of stakeholders
  • The origins and development of corporate governance
  • Corporate governance codes and regulation
  • The role of the Board of Directors
  • International corporate governance and the OECD
  • Emerging trends in corporate governance


Module 2: Strategic Leadership

Day Six: Advanced Strategic Planning

  • Understand the building blocks of a planning process
  • Understand the difference between Strategic Thinking and Planning
  • Gain confidence in analysing the external environment
  • Identify which key capabilities can be developed to achieve current and future objectives
  • Learn about the difference between incremental and innovation strategies
  • Recognise the leadership qualities needed for delivering change 


Day Seven: The Elements of Good Governance

  • Understand what is meant by good governance
  • Recognise the influence of group attitudes and power on decision making
  • Understand what risk and risk appetite represent: what’s acceptable and who decides
  • Understand the effect of how information is presented on decisions, options and choices
  • Understand the importance of compliance: rules, processes and checklists
  • Explore business ethics, moral DNA and resulting performance


Day Eight: Managing for Efficiency & Effectiveness

  • Understand what managers and leaders do and how they handle stress
  • Understand the key elements of managing people & performance
  • Review operational planning, allocating tasks, roles & responsibilities on productivity
  • Review the role of support functions: HR, IT, Procurement in delivering positive customer outcomes
  • Understand how service quality standards are determined and communicated
  • Gain confidence in budget setting and monitoring 


Day Nine: Leaders as Change Agents

  • Understand organizational culture and how to use the cultural web
  • Understand how different leadership styles impact culture and climate
  • Learn how managers inspire and motivate people
  • Develop skills in questioning and listening
  • Recognise the value of organizational story telling
  • Review the best approaches for leading change


Day Ten: Integrating Culture, Climate and Alignment

  • Reflect on the challenges of strategy implementation in a fast changing world
  • Understand the importance of employee engagement in delivering good performance
  • Recognise how different forms of power have influence on networks and relationships
  • Discover how servant leadership delivers added value to employees and customers
  • Understand how leaders, culture and practice deliver learning organisations
  • Review and reflect on your leadership profile and prepare a development plan 


Module 3: Project Finance & Financial Analysis Techniques for Infrastructure Projects

Day Eleven: Infrastructure Projects & Project Finance

  • Major Infrastructure Projects
  • Selecting Projects to meet National and Organisational Objectives
  • What is Project Finance?
  • Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) & Parties to Project Finance Schemes
  • The Investment Criteria & The Investment Planning Process


Day Twelve: Infrastructure Project Appraisal

  • Technical, Feasibility & Environmental Analysis
  • Economic Analysis & Sustainability
  • Financial Analysis
  • Risk Analysis
  • Cost–Benefit Analysis – Finance V Economic Value Added


Day Thirteen: Estimating Cash Flows - Income; Costs and Activity Duration

  • Forecasting Project Cashflows
  • PERT – dealing with Uncertainties
  • Probabilistic/Statistical Analysis
  • Correlation & Regression to estimate costs
  • Evaluation & Analysis of Cashflows using Spreadsheet Skills


Day Fourteen: Financing the Project

  • The Structure of Project Finance Schemes for Infrastructure Projects
  • Equity & Debt Financing
  • Recourse & Non-recourse Finance
  • Bonds; Guarantees and Letters of Credit
  • Calculating the Cost of Finance


Day Fifteen Financial Analysis & Evaluation

  • Return on Equity ROE; Debt Service Coverage Ratios (DSCRs); Governments and Value for Money (VfM)
  • Capital Investment Appraisal Techniques - Payback; ARR, NPV, IRR etc.
  • Economic NPV & Economic Value Added
  • Sensitivity Analysis & Simulation Analysis
  • Financial Risk Management


The Certificate

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


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