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Financial Management For Non-Financial Managers

As a Managers who understand the financial side of their business,you are much more effective than those who don’t.

This high Impact training will demystify the language of finance to enable you to contribute more effectively to business success.

This course adopts a common sense, layman’s approach to enable delegates to understand and interpret financial statements, improve their ability to forecast and manage costs and understand key accounting concepts.

By the end of the workshop, delegates will be able to:


  • Understand the importance of finance and of controlling costs
  • Appreciate how budgets are constructed and utilised
  • Make sense of financial jargon related to published business accounts and management accounting reports
  • Demonstrate their understanding of cost management, the budgeting process and the need for effective budgetary forecasts and control
  • Demonstrate their understanding of financial techniques associated with capital expenditure and the concept of risk management


Lesson 1: Basis of the accounting system
• The different functions of accounting
• How does the accounting system work?
• What is the chart of accounts?

Lesson 2: Major accounting terms, principles and concepts
• Assets and how they are valued
• Liabilities and how they are valued
• Equity and how it’s disclosed
• Revenue and expenditure
• What are the provisions, accruals and prepayments?
• Depreciation and other non-cash items
• What is accrual accounting?
• Profit versus cash

Lesson 3: The financial statements
• Understanding the connection between the financial statements
• The Balance Sheet – the financial “snapshot” of the business
• The Profit and Loss Statement – the historical record of trading
• Internal versus external reporting
• What are the more important items should look for?
• What the financial statements will not disclose

Lesson 4: Analysis of financial statements
• How ratios are used to measure financial performance
• The more important financial ratios you should know
• What is Economic Value Added (EVA) and why you should understand it
• How you can use ratios to better manage you business unit

Lesson 5: Costs, volume and prices
• Different types of cost behaviour
• How overheads are allocated or recovered
• How you can use break-even analysis to better plan
• How costs, volumes and prices affect profit
• Costing and pricing products and services

Lesson 6: Improving your management of working capital
• Why is working capital important for a business?
• How would you impact on your organisation’s working capital
• How much working capital does your business need?
• Elements of good working capital management

Lesson 7: Improving your capital budgeting
• Planning for capital expenditure
• What is the importance of the cost of capital?
• Overview of major capital budgeting techniques

Lesson 8: Improving your planning and budgeting

• Business planning and budgeting
• Why is budgeting necessary?
• Budget preparations methods
• How budgets can go wrong
• Budget variances analysis
Lesson 9;Putting all together…