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Finance & Accounting for Non-Financial Managers – Live Online

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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.
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


  • Interpreting company accounts and financial disclosures
  • Using accounting for management decisions
  • Activity-based costing and cost allocation
  • 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 thoroughly enjoyed this course. It was insightful and entertaining in equal measure. Dr Chu (Academic Programme Director) was extremely engaging and the topics covered were thought-provoking for everyone involved. We were regularly challenged and the full cohort bought into the programme – ensuring that there was a genuine energy and pace to the discussions. Participants came from a variety of sectors and travelled from all around the world to be involved (from throughout Europe and Africa and even Australia and the USA) which also added additional elements to the debate.
Ben Sedgemore, Head of Commercial, MM Flowers

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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.
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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.

Excellent, engaging teacher, with a clear sense of purpose and a real understanding of how managers work and think. The programme introduced me to new concepts, helped identify solutions to challenges, and boosted my confidence in the finance arena.
Adrian Mills, General Manager, BBC North
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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 found the programme extremely useful – interesting, challenging and thought-provoking. I will scrutinise Cognizant’s financials with a new level of insight from now on!
Simon Drury, Head of Marketing, Cognizant Worldwide

Faculty & speakers

Jenny Chu

University Senior Lecturer in Accounting

PhD (University of California, Berkeley)

Dr Chu is a clear and energetic professor. She is extremely knowledgeable about the material and imparts it in an engaging and up-to-date way. She was fantastic.
Rachel Yeates, Attorney, Moye White LLP

Dates & fees



Fees *

3-5 and 10-12 March 2021

6 half-day sessions (morning, 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 4 September 2019)
Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (pdf, 295KB) (updated 4 September 2019)

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 Live Online programmes.

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

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

[email protected]

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6 half-day sessions
(mornings, UK time)


3-5 and 10-12 March 2021

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