Category Archives: Finance for Curious Managers

Hacking the CFO Profile

In my professional network, I know about a dozen CFOs, and as my ambitions after my MBA also go into that direction, I thought it would be a good idea to have a good look at their CVs. And…what better place … Continue reading

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How to manage Net Working Capital

Any manager, financial or not, will have heard the term ‘Net Working Capital’ and its impact on cash flow. More and more, this metric is narrowed down to ‘Working Capital Requirement’, the operational brother of NWC. Many people often confuse the two. … Continue reading

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5 pitfalls of outsourcing financial tasks

More and more, outsourcing financial tasks is becoming standard among companies. It allows for cost savings and FTE reductions. Sourcing from experienced service providers often increases the quality of work, helps complying with international accounting standards and focuses the company on its core … Continue reading

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Corporate treasurer: the real job description

Recently I got a question about the function of a treasurer. So let’s take 5 minutes to have a closer look at the typical task list of this financial officer. The main task of a treasurer will be to manage … Continue reading

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Business valuation – theory vs practice

Lately the writer of this blog has been asked to value a number of businesses. The parties I did it for were interested in a correct valuation of the shares, and I decided to use the Discounted Future Cash Flow method as these … Continue reading

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The most common pitfalls when implementing a new ERP

Over the past few years I have been heavily involved in the implementation of Oracle, SAP and Salesforce in my roles as financial analyst and financial controller. And from what I saw, it is safe to say that these ERP implementations … Continue reading

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Task list of a controller – part 2

Monthly reporting: a basic component of any controller will be to assemble a ‘monthly pack’ that shows an easy and brief overview of the main P&L items and the highlights the non-financial management will be interested in. VAT return – intrastat: … Continue reading

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