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The Fast Route to a Faster Financial Close

Created by Blair Cook, Last Updated 26-Dec-2019, Language:English

The Fast Route to a Faster Financial Close

This course explores ideas for shortening the financial close process

Created by Blair Cook, Last Updated 26-Dec-2019, Language:English

What Will I Get ?

  • Identify factors that slow down the financial close process.
  • Discover how to develop strategies for speeding up the financial close process.
  • Discover how to develop a plan for implementing improvements to the financial close process using change management principles.

Requirements

  • An understanding of accounting, Exposure to the financial close process.

Description

The pressure on the finance function has never been higher to deliver financial results as soon as possible after the period.  Managers, analysts, boards, and investors are digesting market information in real time and are beginning to expect the same of financial results. To meet these high expectations, the CFO and controller need to find ways to speed up their financial close processes to report the financial results before they become perceived as old news in the new world.

In this course Blair Cook, a many-time CFO, explores ideas for shortening the financial close process. Leading companies have found ways to close their books in as little as one day and see the benefit of almost real-time analysis (in addition to the actual period financial data) that can be performed with a shorter close.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone in Accounting or Finance or related fields.

Course Content

Blair Cook

Thought Leaders in the Field of Executive Finance

A financial executive and corporate director with a broad base of experience working as a financial leader, catalyst, operator and steward in a number of public and private companies operating in a broad array of industries, with a deep background as a financial, consulting, and accounting educator providing professional development services to Big 4 Public Accounting Firms, universities, and professional institutes.

Specialties:Leadership, finance, accounting, mergers and acquisitions, auditing, instructional design, facilitation and instruction, authoring, decision analysis