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Finance Controller of the Future

Become a Strategic, Data-Driven Business Partner


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To drive value in today’s fast-changing world, finance professionals must transition from the role of “controller” to strategic business partner - and know how to reap the benefits of digitisation.

If you’re ready to make this transition, this five-day programme is for you. You’ll live and learn how to drive growth across your whole organisation – and be a sounding board, communications specialist and data analyst, all rolled into one. And you’ll leave with the tools to leap into tackling the challenges facing cross-functional teams.

Detailed programme

This five-day programme is made up of two modules, each offering a powerful mix of theory and practice. 

Module 1: Strategic performance management (3 days)
  • Understand the performance measurement framework
  • Discover how to link organisational structure to financial performance measurement and incentive schemes
  • Dive into strategy mapping and balanced scorecards
  • Explore strategic cost management and the role of activity-based costing
  • Dive into traditional costing systems and performance analysis
  • Learn how cost-to-serve models can help you make better marketing and sales decisions
  • Understand time-driven activity-based costing and its impact on capacity
  • Discover or deepen your knowledge of the theory of constraints
Module 2: Digitisation of the finance controller function (2 days + intro webinar) – 2,795 Euro (excl. VAT)
  • Discover the potential benefits of controllership analytics
  • Learn various budgeting and variance analysis techniques - and the methodologies for automating them
  • Learn how to use artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) techniques for predictive modelling, forecasting and KPI dashboarding
  • Explore advanced analytics in an applied way, and use data to diagnose problems and predict the future
  • Become more data-driven by using case studies to work with complex data sets and data visualisation tools 

If you only need to brush up on your digitisation skills, you can take module 2 on its own. Simply tick the box on the registration form.

Why this programme

  • Track and measure the progress of your corporate strategy
  • Develop and implement systems for corporate finance management
  • Get a toolkit of ready-to-use performance models and techniques
  • Develop a business partner mindset that will help you drive, measure and communicate value creation across your organisation

Who should attend

  • Professionals who are already in, or are transitioning to, a financial business partner role
  • Finance controllers and managers who want to become strategic partners to the leadership team or C-suite
  • Professionals who want to work with non-finance colleagues to create value in their organisation

In previous editions, we had the pleasure of welcoming participants from companies like:

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Success stories

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In finance, we sometimes speak a different language to the rest of the business – the programme emphasised the need to translate models into clear messages. For me, a real highlight was our analysis of metric models for decision-making, because of the strong focus on actionable outcomes.


Filip Roodhooft

Filip Roodhooft

Professor of Management Accounting

Filip Roodhooft shows you how the finance function can be a valuable business partner for your organisation. 

Kristof Stouthuysen

Kristof Stouthuysen

Professor of Management Accounting & Digital Finance

Kristof Stouthuysen drives sustainable value creation with management accountancy – and leverages technology to make better financial decisions.

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