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Finance for Non-Finance Professionals
Enhance your financial acumen for professional growth

A strong foundation of finance is critical to succeed at any employment level and position. The course transforms accounting and finance concepts into decision making tools that participants can use in their workplace. Developed by PwC's Academy, the education and training business of one of the largest accounting firms in the world, it will help participants apply the fundamentals of finance to improve budget management, increase potential profits, and assess the financial performance of business activities.

Finance for Non-Finance Professionals

This two day course taught by finance experts with practical industry and training experience covers fundamental concepts of finance and helps participants understand how these concepts are useful for decision making.

Participants will gain an understanding of key financial statements and learn practical application of the most important and widely used financial techniques.

Finance for Non-Finance Professionals

Using practical examples and case studies, this course enhances the participants’ confidence to engage with finance professionals and understand better the impact of their role on the finance function and the financial performance of the organisation.

Finance for Non-Finance Professionals

This course is ideal for professionals from a non-finance background who want to develop their financial understanding, understand how their decisions affect an organisation’s financial performance and improve their organisation’s financial performance.

The course will also be useful for new managers, existing managers as well as anyone looking to refresh their finance knowledge.

PwC’s Academy is the learning and education business of PwC operating across the Middle East and is part of a growing network of PwC Academies present in over 35 countries worldwide. We have been developing our own people for over 100 years and it is this deep experience of helping professionals become business leaders that is embedded into all PwC’s Academy programmes.

As a business ourselves, we recognise that our Management Development Programme must lead to improved performance and be a profitable investment of time and money. To ensure we deliver on this commitment, we develop talent through building on not just what people know, but how they think and what they do – not as separate components but as an integrated process to create impact and deliver change.

  • To understand the link between corporate and financial strategy
  • To understand how finance works within an organisation
  • To understand published financial information
  • To understand published financial information (contd)
  • To understand how financial decisions are made within an organisation

We have three discount options available, however please check with us directly for details as discounts are limited to certain cities.

  • 5% early bird discount for registrations completed one month before session date
  • 10% corporate discount for a minimum of 3 registrations : Contact us directly
  • 15% discount for groups of 4 or more delegates

The discounts cannot be combined.

Course structure


  • The nature and need for organisational strategy
  • The link between organisational strategy and the need for financial planning
  • The elements of financial planning
  • The role and activities of  the finance function


  • What is accounting? Is it an art or a science?
  • The users, uses and different types of financial information
  • Financial terminology and jargon busting

The business model

  • The need for finance
  • The sources of finance, the costs and the benefits
  • Capital and operating expenditure:
    • Fixed assets
    • Working capital and the operating cycle
  • Making and measuring profits
    • The difference between profits and cash
  • Fundamental principles and their impact
    • Accruals concept
    • Going concern concept

Financial statements

  • What is within published financial information
    • Balance sheet / Statement of financial position
    • Profit or loss / Income statement / Statement of comprehensive income
    • Cash flow statement

Interpretation of financial statements

  • How to read financial information
  • Ratio analysis covering
    • Profitability and return, long term solvency and stability, short term solvency and liquidity, efficiency, techniques for improving working capital management and investor ratios
  • Limitations and pitfalls of numerical analysis
  • Qualitative measures of performance

Financial decision making

  • How financial decisions are made
    • Net present value, internal rate of return, payback period
  • Relevant cash flows
  • Opportunity costs
  • Time value of money

Cost behaviours and management

  • Different types of costs
    • Direct and indirect costs
    • Fixed, variable costs, semi variable and stepped costs
  • How much does something cost?
    • Absorption costing
    • Activity based costing
  • Impact on pricing
  • Break even analysis

Budgeting and forecasting

  • Perceptions around budgeting
  • Planning, budgeting and forecasting – what is the difference?
  • The budget cycle and how to prepare a budget
  • Monitoring performance against budget

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