Fundamentals of Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers

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In today's business world, when every manager is held accountable for the bottom line, you have to be finance savvy!Finance...for non-financial managers. It’s a topic you must understand—especially during challenging economic times when financial acumen is expected at every organizational level. You’ve got to know how to justify a request, quantify your contributions to the company and spot profit drains immediately. Because whether you're a wizard of finance or a nonfinancial manager, performance is measured the same way—in dollars and cents!
Offering an accessible overview of finance for non-financial managers, this seminar features exactly what you need to further your career and build yo…

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In today's business world, when every manager is held accountable for the bottom line, you have to be finance savvy!Finance...for non-financial managers. It’s a topic you must understand—especially during challenging economic times when financial acumen is expected at every organizational level. You’ve got to know how to justify a request, quantify your contributions to the company and spot profit drains immediately. Because whether you're a wizard of finance or a nonfinancial manager, performance is measured the same way—in dollars and cents!
Offering an accessible overview of finance for non-financial managers, this seminar features exactly what you need to further your career and build your future. From accruals to write-offs to receivables and payables, this workshop shows nonfinancial managers the concepts, tools and techniques that can help make each decision pay off—on the job and on the bottom line.

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How You Will Benefit

  • Get a firm grasp of the numbers side of your job
  • Gain greater confidence with a working knowledge of business financials
  • Learn how to “think finance” and translate performance into financial terms
  • Cultivate proactive working relationships with finance professionals and enhance your value to the organization
  • Understand the business dynamics of dollars and cents—and take initiatives that meet your short- and long-term goals
  • Take the guesswork out of your decision making and deliver a better bottom line
  • Expand your professional expertise—and your career opportunities

What You Will Cover

  • Key finance terms: assets, liabilities, capital, depreciation, capitalization, current ratio and others
  • The accounting process: journals and ledgers, how debits and credits work
  • Mastering the mind-set: see business in terms of dollars-and-cents decision options that pay off—short- and long-term
  • Basic accounting principles
  • Applying accounting conventions and guidelines
  • Developing working rules regarding your corporate financial statements
  • Using the balance sheet to examine assets and liabilities
  • Analyzing the income statement to assess revenues and expenses
  • The statement of cash flow: sources and uses of funds
  • Content and format of the annual report
  • Understanding the footnotes
  • Debt vs. equity financing
  • How leveraging can increase return to shareholders
  • Keeping your plan on target with budgetary controls
  • Using profit-planning tools, break-even analysis, financial forecasting
  • Cash flow: where cash comes from and how it's applied
  • Elements of cost accounting
  • Analyzing payback method, discounted cash flow, present value and present value index in making profitable capital investment decisions
  • Criteria for examining the performance of divisions and product lines
  • Understanding the cost of capital

Extended Seminar Outline

Print this page Extended Seminar Outline Seminar #2218 Learning Objectives
  • Make Better Bottom-Line Decisions with a Working Knowledge of the Numbers End of Business
  • Gain a New Sense of Confidence When Dealing with Financial Professionals
  • Expand Your Professional Expertise...Add Value to Your Future Career
  • Understand the Business Dynamics of Dollars and Cents—and Take Initiatives That Optimize Results in Line with Short- and Long-term Goals
  • Take the Guesswork Out of Your Decision Making and Deliver the Results You Need
  • Cultivate Proactive Working Relationships with Financial Professionals and Enhance Your Value to the Organization
  • Learn How to "Think Finance" and Translate Various Measures of Performance into Financial Terms

Basic Accounting Concepts

  • The Importance of the Accounting Equation
  • The Significance of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • The Accrual Process
  • The Difference Between Accounting Profit and Cash Flow

Understanding Financial Statements

  • Understand the Purpose of and Terminology Associated with the Following Financial Statements:
    —Income Statement or Profit and Loss Statement (P&L)
    —Balance Sheet
    —Statement of Retained Earnings
    —Cash Flow Statement
  • Prepare a Set of Simple Financial Statements
  • Understand the Accounting Process, from the Recording of Business Transactions to the Preparation of Financial Statements
  • Understand How Various Business Transactions Affect the Financial Statements

Reviewing an Annual Report

  • Various Components of an Annual Report
  • Importance of Notes in Evaluating Financial Statements
  • External Auditor’s Role and the Significance of the Opinion Letter

Evaluating a Company’s Financial Statements

  • Calculate the Key Financial Ratios Using the Financial Statements
  • Use Financial Ratios to Evaluate:
—An Organization’s Liquidity, Leverage and Profitability
—The Performance of an Organization as Compared to Its Competitors’
—An Organization’s Performance Compared with Budgeted Goals
  • Identify Sources of Financial Information beyond the Financial Statements
  • Use the Dupont Formula to Evaluate Management Performance
  • Use the Concept of Economic Value Added (EVA(R)) and Cash Flow Return on Investment (CFROI) to Determine if a Segment of an Organization Is Adding Value to the Business

Improving Profitability through Cost Analysis and Profit Planning

  • Differentiate between Fixed and Variable Costs
  • Help Your Organization Improve Profitability through the Use Of:
—Break-even Analysis
—Contribution Margin Analysis
—Direct Costing in Appropriate Situations
  • Understand Traditional Cost Accounting and Its Limitations
  • Understand the Relevance of Activity-Based Costing in Today’s Business Environment

Capital Expenditure Analysis

  • Distinguish between Capital Expenditure Budgets and Operating Budgets and Understand the Function of the Capital Budget
  • Understand Why Cash Has a Time Value
  • Recognize and Apply Different Methods of Evaluating Capital Expenditure and Monitoring Project Performance

Budgeting More Effectively

  • Understand the Role of Budgeting and Issues That Budgets Can Solve
  • Understand the Budgeting Process
  • Identify Different Types of Budgeting Systems in Use Today
  • Analyze Budgets for Different Purposes
  • Recognize and Apply Different Methods of Evaluating and Monitoring Operating Performance

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Who Should Attend

This program is designed for non-financial managers in every functional area of responsibility in all industries.

Note: Please bring a calculator and a copy of your annual report (if available).

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