Introduction to Finance Business Partnering

A one day, interactive training course introducing the concept of Finance Business Partnering

All CIPFA members are entitled to a 10% discount.

How to book

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About the programme

Finance departments are re-designing themselves to incorporate finance business partnering as the front-line of their efforts to demonstrate that they add value to decision-makers. This one day training course sets out the thinking behind finance business partnering as well as the practical steps involved in becoming a trusted adviser and creating real impact on the strategic decisions and direction of your organisation.

You may also be interested in our introductory e-learning, which covers similar content.

Who is it for?

The course is ideal for those wanting to understand the concept of Finance Business Partnering ahead of planning to adopt a business partnering approach, or who have implemented business partnering and want to sense-check their approach.

Format and duration

The course includes facilitated group discussions and exercises using case studies and examples. The day normally begins at 09:30 and ends at 16:00 with breaks for lunch and refreshments. This can be adjusted, depending on your needs.

Extend your learning

If you are interested in developing your knowledge further, the course naturally leads to CIPFA's Diploma in Finance Business Partnering.

Course content

Below is the typical course outline, which can be tailored to meet your and your team's needs.

Partnering and the skills and behaviours of effective business advisers

  • Definitions of business partnering and its importance in adding value
  • What business partners do, how they behave and the attitudes, skills and behaviours needed

Overcoming barriers to change

  • The challenges to the idea of business partnering and to implementing business partnering
  • Ways to overcome the challenges at an organisational, departmental and individual level

The partnering process

  • The 'operating model' of business partnering, who is involved and their roles
  • Lessons for business partnering from trusted internal advisers and consultants

Strategies for making the transition to effective business partner

  • Changing the priorities and strategies for the finance department
  • Personal strategies for implementing changes in the workplace, personal action plans and areas for further development

This course carries seven CPD hours

All CIPFA training counts towards your continuing professional development (CPD). If you are a CIPFA Chartered Member, you are required to undertake a minimum of 20 hours of relevant CPD activity each year as part of maintaining your professional competence and to develop skills and knowledge.

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