The accountant as strategic influencer and adviser - the role of business partner (ICAS)


As the world changes and finance becomes an ever increasing priority for most organsations, there is a recognised need for the role of the finance professional to change. No longer can the finance professional sit behind a spreadsheet or spend hours simply playing with a chart of accounts. There is now a need, and in a lot of cases a pull from the business, for a finance professional to play a greater part in the strategic decision making and planning within a business. This has created the developing role of the finance business partner.

This course explains what that role looks like and briefly considers how the finance professional might get more involved in ensuring the strategy of an organisation gets implemented.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this course you will have a better understanding of:

  • What is meant by the term business partner.
  • What makes for a good business partnering relationship.
  • The role and risks of systems and shared service centres.
  • The challenges to the organisation of Business Partners.
  • The development challenges to finance professionals.

Authored by: Andy Wilkes
Andy is a CIMA qualified accountant with over 17 years in management and senior management positions, helping the public sector move from cash to more commercial style accounting. He has worked with numerous project based teams to oversee the development, and in some cases implementation of large Oracle based finance systems. Andy has also been Team Leader for Change Management and Budgeting during the implementation of three resource accounting systems across Government.

A CPD certificate of completion will be provided by BPP Professional Education Limited upon successful completion of the online course.

CPD Points: 1.5

CPD Duration (hours): 1.5

Access: 12 months from purchase date

Price: £50.00 (excludes VAT)