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Finance & Accounting for Non-Financial Managers


An understanding of accounting and finance is essential for any executive seeking to evaluate the success and potential financial stability of an organisation.

Designed for those looking for an introduction to the basics of accounting terminology and financial analysis, the programme explores how these concepts are integrated into your organisation's strategies and performance. You will learn how to address and communicate financial problems more effectively, how to identify relevant financial information, and how to apply the financial analytical skills needed to make more informed business decisions.

This programme uses a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, worked examples and class discussion, to demystify the language of accounting and finance for non-financial managers.

This course demystified the common terms and concepts regularly used in today's business environment, and laid the foundation for a proper understanding of more complex financial issues.

Topics covered include:

  • Who uses accounting information and why?
  • Financial reporting and standardised disclosures
  • Underlying accounting assumptions
  • Performance measures
  • Economic value added
  • Ratio analysis
  • Sources and use of funds
  • Financial strategies
  • Cash flow
  • Capital budgeting
  • Value-based management

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You'll learn from outstanding faculty and associates of Cambridge Judge Business School and gain a truly international experience from your global peer group.

On completion of this practical and fast-paced two day programme you will be able to:

  • Communicate more effectively with accounting and finance colleagues within your organisation
  • Review, interpret and utilise annual reports and financial information to make better business decisions
  • Interpret a company's profitability, solvency, and liquidity
  • Comprehend the economics of corporate investment decisions
  • Understand the performance metrics by which you are being measured
  • Explore alternative business valuation principles and how you can impact the value drivers of your firm

This programme counts as one course for those completing the Cambridge Judge Business School General Management Certificate of Achievement. On completing the GMCA you will be eligible to become an associate member of Cambridge Judge Business School's global network of graduates and business-focused University of Cambridge alumni, faculty and staff.

Who should attend

This programme is essential for anyone seeking to better understand the language of finance and accounting. Executives wishing to improve their confidence in managing budgets, their knowledge of financial reports, and different performance indicators should attend.

Faculty & speakers

Jenny Chu

University Lecturer in Accounting
PhD (University of California, Berkeley)

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Dates & fees

Dates Duration Fees *
4-5 May 2017 2 days £2,300 + VAT
30 November-1 December 2017 2 days £2,300 + VAT

VAT is charged at the prevailing rate, which is currently 20%; e.g. £2,300 + 20% = £2,760.

* Fees include instruction, materials, lunch and breaks. Preferential rates may be available for groups, University of Cambridge alumni and members of the School's Alumni Association. Please note prices pre-registration are subject to change.

For information regarding payment terms, cancellation rights, transfer policies and fees, please see our terms & conditions documents:

Terms & Conditions for Self-funded Applicants (pdf, 226KB) (updated 27 October 2015)
Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (pdf, 243KB) (updated 27 October 2015)

Registration closes at midday two working days before the programme start date.

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

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Just wanted to say thanks for a fantastic two-day session last week. I found it challenging but extremely rewarding.
Peter Hills-Jones, Institute of Fundraising
"It has been a while since I've attended a proper university-type course and attending this programme in Cambridge brought some memories from back then. I thought both lecturers were excellent and I picked up some useful information and got myself re-engaged with this type of material.
Geoff Langham, COO, Europe, FXCM