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Finance & Accounting for Non-Financial Managers – Live Online

Finance and accounting can feel a bit like learning a foreign language, but if you don’t know your assets from your reserves, why your working capital isn’t, or what goodwill means on a balance sheet, you’re not alone.

Don’t despair if you’ve never had the opportunity to learn the lingo, and you feel like you have been left in the dark. Finance & Accounting for Non-Financial Managers sheds light on finance and accounting for managers with very little or no prior knowledge.

Gain new skills, fast-track your career progression, make money talk, and make better business decisions.

The Cambridge experience = 3 days + 20 participants + maximum interaction time with faculty.

Become fluent in the language of finance and accounting. What are you waiting for?


As a manager, it is essential that you use the language of finance and accounting effectively.

A good grasp of key finance and accounting concepts is often seen by employers as essential for career progression.

This programme, in its new Live Online format, gives you a thorough overview of finance and financial accounting which you need to manage and discuss budgets, financial reports and key performance indicators.

This highly interactive programme uses live sessions, worked examples, breakout sessions and small group work drawn from real-life business experiences, to demystify the language of finance and accounting for managers with very little or no prior knowledge of the subjects.

The Live Online format offers the unique opportunity to network with a diverse group of peers, from different regions, industries and sectors, allowing you to get a Cambridge learning experience from anywhere in the world, without the need to travel or be wholly away from the office.

Our Live Online programmes offer the same quality and academic rigour associated with all Cambridge education:

  • Delivered by Cambridge Judge Business School’s world-class faculty – Cambridge Judge is a strong research-oriented business school with 19 research centres. All programmes are designed and led by an Academic Programme Director who is a member of Cambridge Judge faculty.
  • Drawing upon the strengths and resources of the wider University of Cambridge and the Cambridge ecosystem, including accessing global alumni and specialists as guest speakers
  • Small class sizes (maximum 30) and high levels of interaction with world-class faculty.
  • Emphasis on quality outcomes – we seek to monitor our delivery against the individual needs of participants. It is no accident that a little over half of our open programme participants come back to Cambridge Judge at least once, often multiple times.
The programme gave a very good baseline of understanding for finance and accounting – I'm not, nor intend to become a finance person – but as a Director it certainly provided me with a fresh understanding of models/concepts and principles used in many a board room.
Richard Hennessy, Director of Operations, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)
The Finance & Accounting for Non-Financial Managers programme is great for anyone looking for a refresh on the basics of finance and accounting or for a solid introduction to the subjects. Jenny Chu, the professor, illustrates the programme with plenty of examples from real companies and news articles, making it easy to grasp and remember the key concepts. The CJBS team have created a pleasant virtual learning experience by creating a six-morning format, combined with a supporting platform that provides participants with all the resources you need for the course.
Kimberly van Tongeren, Regional Manager – Italy & the emerging markets, Mulesoft


  • Interpreting company accounts and financial disclosures
  • Using accounting for management decisions
  • Performance measures
  • Budgeting and forecasting
  • Performing project and investment appraisals using discounted cash-flows, internal rate of return (IRR) and net present value (NPV) techniques
  • Capital structure: understanding financial strategies to achieve the optimal financing mix
  • Foundations of business valuation
  • Sustainable growth versus acquisitions-based growth
  • Executive compensation, corporate governance and value creation
  • Value-based management.
I am very happy I attended this course. It has been a wonderful experience not only from a learning perspective but also from a more personal one as I have finally taken the courage to approach these subjects. I am sure I will be able to understand more about my job, my clients and how the business operates. Dr Chu (Academic Programme Director) has been absolutely fantastic, very clear, professional and also funny, which is a big plus when the subject is initially perceived as difficult. Despite being in a virtual class, I felt a great connection with all the participants. I strongly recommend this course to people like me who have always thought that finance and accounting were impossible subjects to understand.
Camilla Bin, Post-Sale Coordinator (Operation), Christie's
It was the best programme in the whole GMCA (Cambridge Judge Business School General Management Certificate of Achievement) , I was really impressed and surprised as finances were not my first choice. Exceptional course and exceptional teacher!
Alicja Małysiak, Vice President of Business Development, Selvita UK

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  • Learn to communicate more effectively with colleagues, senior management and other stakeholders using finance and accounting terms
  • Understand how annual reports and financial information are used to make better business decisions
  • Learn how to interpret a company’s profitability, solvency and liquidity
  • Understand the economics of corporate investment decisions
  • Understand the metrics used to assess performance and decision making
  • Explore alternative business valuation principles and understand how you can impact the value drivers of your organisation.
Icon: Executive Education Certificates of Achievement.

This programme counts towards 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.

I desired a greater understanding of finance, accounting and investment going into the programme – this goal was achieved and exceeded. Dr Jenny Chu was an excellent teacher, engaging, informative and very good at pitching the right level to a class of mixed experiences and capabilities.
Simon Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, Paragraf
Two businessmen discussing a document.

Who should attend

  • Professionals and emerging managers with P&L responsibilities
  • Those moving into financial management roles
  • Those wishing to refresh their financial acumen
  • You have experienced success and promotion in your career, but need to better understand the language of finance and accounting to progress further.

The programme will be of particular appeal if you enjoy learning using practical examples that you can immediately relate to your own business experience.

Note: This course is not for you if you are an expert or seasoned practitioner in finance or accounting.

I attended as somebody who was from an operational background and had no financial training. I was keen to further my on the job obtained knowledge and chose this course because having read the portfolio I felt it would be pitched at the right level for me. We learnt about the differences between accounting and finance which for a novice like me was a good starting point even if not an obvious one. Jenny Chu (Academic Programme Director) who has an impressive industrial and academic background brought what may appear mundane topics to life with real and relevant worked examples. I learnt lots from other cohort members as well, who brought a wide range of knowledge and real issues to the table.
Alec Townley, Rig Manager – Irish Sea Pioneer, Petrofac Facilities Management

Faculty & speakers

Jenny Chu

Associate Professor in Accounting

PhD (University of California, Berkeley)

Dates & fees



Fees *

16-18 and 23-25 March 2022

6 half-day sessions (mornings, UK time)

£2,475 + VAT

29 June-1 July and 6-8 July 2022

6 half-day sessions (mornings, UK time)

£2,475 + VAT

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

Terms & Conditions for Self-funded Applicants (pdf, 277KB) (updated 25 August 2021)
Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (pdf, 295KB) (updated 25 August 2021)

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

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

Please ensure that you have read our Frequently Asked Questions, which provide important additional information about our face-to-face and Live Online programmes, in particular during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about this programme and how it could benefit you or your organisation, please get in touch with the programme advisor:

Jasmin Abdel-Moneim

Sales & Business Development Manager
Open Programmes
Tel: +44 (0)7850 949628

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6 half-day sessions
(mornings, UK time)


16-18 and 23-25 March 2022
29 June-1 July and 6-8 July 2022

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