Translators between data/finance and operations, commercial, strategic, anticipating the business needs, future thinking yet logical minded, actively influence, good communicator, can see the possibilities in the numbers…
Did you think of all these words when you saw the word “finance” in the title?
The age-old image of the “bookkeeper”, “number cruncher” with their head in excel files seems to still be the perception or misperception of finance for so many people. While this is one of the crucial functions of finance in the broader sense, it is not the only function.
Yes, the numbers will be accurate and correct, business will run efficiently but there is so much more potential if you leverage what a great finance person can offer. Although running an efficient FP&A cycle is an important aspect (GOOD) not every financial person is a business partner (GREAT). The latter can be defined as: