Finance for Non-Financial Managers Training

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  • Duration: 2 Days
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Upcoming Training

02 December 2021

2 Days

'Rule No.1: never lose money. Rule No.2: never forget rule No.1.'

Warren Buffett – American Buinessman and Investor

In a recent Ernst and Young Survey of 669 UK/European companies, 65% stated that the main business priority was ‘managing costs’; closely followed by ‘improving financial controls’ (57%).

Common concerns we hear include:

  • I don’t understand the financial jargon
  • How can I get a better understanding of financial terms and principles?
  • How can I better understand how finance works in my organisation?
  • How can I feel more in control of the financial aspects of my role?

Managers today are increasingly expected to understand and manage the finances in their area and often participate in financial decisions such as business cases and budget reviews. However Finance, like most professions, has its own jargon and terminology together with some processes and principles which often seem at odds to how we would manage our personal finances. This makes it confusing for non-finance people to understand how finance operates within organisations and prevents them from engaging in financial discussions and activities.

This course is designed to ‘de-mystify’ the world of finance and provide you with the confidence and competence to engage in financial activities in a way which demonstrates an understanding of the way finance is measured, the documents and statements which communicate it and the business conditions which drive financial decisions.

This course is for all non-financial managers, as well as people in other roles, who want to develop a better understanding of how finance operates in their and other organisations, for example to:

  • ‘Talk finance’ with finance specialists, finance teams and the CFO
  • Better understand the costs and finance of your team and organisation
  • Better understand financial reports and statements
  • Manage a budget with greater understanding
  • Prepare better business cases and carry out investment appraisal
  • Make better decisions, informed by the figures


Delegates should come with a clear idea of how they want to use their financial knowledge back in the workplace and with copies of any documents they regularly use, for reference and discussion.

Day 1:

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Financial Principles and Terminology
    • Financial principles – how finance works in organisations
    • Terminology – making sense of the language
    • Business cycles – Operational and Capital Investment
    • Financial statements - Income and Expenditure (P&L) and Balance sheets
  • Financial Ratios – measuring financial performance
    • Liquidity
    • Performance and profitability
    • Investment
    • Productivity
  • Cash and Cash Flow
    • Distinction between profit and cash
    • Cash flow statement
    • Cash flow forecasting

Day 2:

  • Understanding costs
    • Importance of managing costs
    • Fixed vs variable
    • Direct and Indirect
    • Breakeven
  • Budget awareness
    • Types of budget
    • Organisation’s budgeting process
    • Reviewing budgets
  • Business Case and Investment Appraisal
    • Purpose and content
    • Financial justification including payback, payback period, NPV and IRR
  • Review, Action Planning and Close

Contact us for more detail about our trainings and for all other enquiries!

Upcoming Trainings

Join our public courses in our Istanbul, London and Ankara facilities. Private class trainings will be organized at the location of your preference, according to your schedule.

02 December 2021

Classroom / Virtual Classroom

Istanbul, Ankara, London
06 December 2021

Classroom / Virtual Classroom

Istanbul, Ankara, London
07 December 2021

Classroom / Virtual Classroom

Istanbul, Ankara, London
16 December 2021

Classroom / Virtual Classroom

Istanbul, Ankara, London
21 January 2022

Classroom / Virtual Classroom

Istanbul, Ankara, London
27 January 2022


Istanbul, Ankara, London
28 February 2022


Istanbul, Ankara, London
30 March 2022

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Istanbul, Ankara, London

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