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AMA’s CFO Workshop
Seminar No: 01106-XNBB
CEU Credits: 1.8
Length: 2 days


Because you share the ultimate financial responsibility for your company, you must be prepared to answer every tough question!

Are you satisfied with your organization’s current financial strategy? Does the CEO share your view? Is this year’s operating plan positively aligned with your company’s strategic vision? Are all your finance people motivated to perform at real-world levels of productivity? Are your financial reporting vehicles in line with required compliance guidelines?

The CFO’s job just may be the toughest and most demanding in the entire organization. You’re the key player in organizational strategy and development, performance management and accountability and compliance management. This workshop will help you understand and excel in both your strategic and tactical roles! Discover how to align finance operations with the company’s strategic vision…partner with line managers for better business results…and enhance your relationship with the CEO, the Board of Directors, line executives and the financial community.

Who Should Attend

Top-level financial executives, including CFOs, vice presidents and directors of finance, controllers, treasurers and board members.

How You Will Benefit

  • Learn how to clearly communicate your company’s vision—and develop metrics that will measure progress toward its achievement
  • Discover how to improve internal controls to ensure sound and timely financial reporting
  • Master proven techniques for managing financial risk
  • Effectively monitor business performance against plan
  • Gain the skills to develop and manage an effective finance organization
  • Inspire your staff to the energetic and successful pursuit of corporate strategic goals
  • Create high-efficiency performance incentive programs
What You Will Cover
  • The job of the chief financial officer: an overview
  • Strategic planning: setting the direction for the company
  • Implementing strategy: establishing processes, policies and procedures
  • Evaluating business strategy: strategic control vs. business reviews
  • The controller’s function: managing the accounting process, internal controls and financial administrative functions
  • Tax planning and compliance
  • Capital project evaluation
  • Overseeing financial reports for the SEC, investors and internal use
  • Corporate treasury management: determining optimum financing options…managing financial risk
  • Employee motivation and performance incentives
  • Working with the CEO and line executives
  • Dealing with banks, underwriters, investors and auditors

Extended Seminar Description

The Job of the Chief Financial Officer

  • The Chief Financial Planner
  • The Chief Creator and Manager of Internal Control
  • The Chief Enforcer of Rules and Regulations
  • The Chief Allocator of Capital
  • The Chief of Capital Structure and Debt Management
  • The Chief Money Finder
  • The Chief Investment Officer
  • The Chief Accounting Officer
  • The Chief Risk Management Officer
  • The Chief Tax Compliance Officer
  • The Chief Communicator to Investors and Security Analysts
  • The Manager of a Large Department of Highly Skilled People
Motivation and Relationships
  • Assess the Motivation Tools You Are Using with the Finance Staff
  • Understand How You Are Dealing with Business Unit Financial Executives
  • Improve Your Relationship with Line Executives
  • Plan Your Relationship with the CEO
  • Plan Your Relationship with the Board, Including the Audit Committee
  • Better Manage the Outside Audit and the Auditor
  • Assess Your Relationship with Outsiders Such as Bankers and Owners
Strategic Planning Introduction
  • Define Strategic Planning and Understand Why It Is Necessary
  • Understand and Define All the Elements of Managing a Company Strategically
  • Form a Vision for the Future of Your Company
  • Craft a Mission Statement for Your Company
  • Define the Different Types of Strategy: Corporate, Business, and Functional
  • Define Appropriate Goals and Objectives for Your Business
  • Assess and Measure the external Environment in Which Your Company Operates
  • Analyze the Internal strengths and Weakness of your Company
  • Understand the Portfolio Management Model for a Strategic Plan
  • Use Effective Tools and Techniques to Implement Your Company’s Strategy
The Controller’s Function—1
  • Understand the Complexity of the Accounting Rules Environment
  • Establish the Necessity of Financial Record Keeping Rules
  • Enable Assessment of the Financial Statement Closing Process
  • Learn What Is Required for a Virtual Close
  • Enable Assessment of the Internal and External Reporting Processes
  • Review the Structure of the Budgeting Process
  • See the Need for Budgeting Automation, and Understand Its Impact
  • Assess the Tax Compliance Processes in the Company
  • Understand the Nature of Tax Planning
Discussion with a Chief Financial Officer
  • Career Path
  • Strategic Planning
  • Controller’s Function
  • Treasurer’s Function
  • Relationships
The Controller’s Function-2
  • List the Different Types of Capital Expenditures and How They Are Analyzed
  • Define the Steps Necessary to Perform a Capital Project Evaluation
  • Understand How to Use the Major Evaluation Techniques: NPV, IRR, EPVI, Payback
  • Create the Evaluation Spreadsheet
  • Choose a Hurdle Rate for a Project
  • Use the Financial Calculator to Substantiate Approval or Disapproval of Capital Expenditure Requests
  • Define Terminal Value
  • Use the Three Major Techniques Used to Estimate a Terminal Value
  • Evaluate the Best Practices in the Management of Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, and Fixed Assets
  • Establish Effective Asset Protection Controls
Treasury Management
  • Understand the Scope and Parameters of the Treasurer’s Job
  • Produce Reasonable Cash Budgets
  • Use Effective Techniques for Managing Cash Processing
  • Know Where to Invest Surplus Cash
  • Decide How Much Debt to Carry
  • Find Sources of Short-Term and Long-Term Cash
  • Understand How to Prepare for Issuance of Equity
  • Manage a Stock Buyback Program
  • Create a Comprehensive Risk Management Policy
  • Keep Appropriate Insurance Records
  • Understand the Risks in Foreign Exchange, Commodity Pricing, Equity Pricing, and Interest Rates
  • Understand Some of the Derivative Tools and Techniques Used to Hedge These Risks
Motivation and Relationships
  • Assess the Motivation Tools You Are Using with the Finance Staff
  • Understand How You Are Dealing with Business Unit Financial Executives
  • Improve Your Relationship with Line Executives
  • Plan Your Relationship with the CEO
  • Plan Your Relationship with the Board, Including the Audit Committee
  • Better Manage the Outside Audit and the Auditor
  • Assess Your Relationship with Outsiders Such as Bankers and Owners
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