Forget classroom learning and theories. We hold the mirror up in as real-to-life situations as possible in a development environment in our new 8 month NEXTFD® programme.

Imagine The Apprentice meets Dragon’s Den and you’ll get an idea of the stretch we’ll give your people.

The corporate language is deep experiential development. We like to call it chucking them in at the deep end, just with us there as life guards.

 

Andy Shambrook FCA | FD, Sales Director

finance business partner training

When you're the FD the buck stops with you...

There's no safety once you've got the big job. The buck stops with you, and not just financially.

None of the training and experience we've had through our finance career can prepare us for that.

If you're a FD or CFO yourself, you'll know this. And if you're not, take it from us - we've all been there. Leaders at the highest level in large businesses both in and out of finance.

Our public and in-house NEXTFD® programmes will get you ready.

 

How it works…

We run our flagship NEXTFD® public programme annually, starting in September for 8 months, learning with others from a range of companies. For larger teams we’ll take our proven NEXTFD® programme and tailor every part to meet your exact needs.

INSIGHTS®

Unlike MBTI or Belbin we don’t put you in a box.

INSIGHTS® is about your communication preferences – fiery red, cool blue, sunshine yellow, or earth green.

We’ll show you how to activate them all, and how to use them together for influence you never imagined possible.

THE APPRENTICE

Just like the TV-show it’s time for some serious but fun experiences. Across 7 challenges you’ll learn the most important skills you’ll need to be a commercial FD.

None of the lessons will be financial. This is a fast-track masters in sales, marketing, and much more.

DRAGON’S DEN

Time for a real business idea and a real business plan.  You’ll need funding, and the Dragon’s are waiting.

You’ll be pitching your business idea to a panel of real business investors, and they won’t pull thier punches.

THE SCALE-UP

You’ve got your business plan and you’ve got your funding. Now the rubber hits the road.

Everyone has a plan until they’re punched in the face, and in this simulation you’re going to have to recover fast!

Are you ready to step into the Dragon’s Den…

No-one holds back their punches when you’re the FD, and why should they.

You’ve got to be able to land your message quickly and clearly, with zero ambiguity. And you’ve got to be able to talk about the numbers without using the P&L account.

Every day is a bit like pitching to the dragons. And we’ll show you how to smash it every time!

finance business partner training

Forget classroom learning and theories. We hold the mirror up in as real-to-life situations as possible in a development environment in our new NEXTFD® programme.

Imagine Dragon's Den meets the Apprentice and you'll get an idea of the stretch we'll give your people.

The corporate language is deep experiential development. We like to call it chucking them in at the deep end, just with us there as life guards. And it's all online, with optional in-person.

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With our NEXTFD® programme your people will get to know themselves like never before. Because if you can't first lead yourself, you've got no chance leading others. Sure we'll start with the our INSIGHTS® communication and influence psychometrics, but it doesn't end there.

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Empotional intelligence is the buzz phrase, but we like to call it being human. The key to inspiring others is to get to know them, finding out what makes them tick, and showing them what's in it for them to get on the bus, start driving, and picking up others. And that doesn't happen with a few slides on strategy & vision, however slick.

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Everyone wants to be commercial, but what does it really mean? Your people will learn, not from theories and models, but from being put in a position where they have to live and die financially by their commercial decisions. They'll soon learn that nothing is black and white, and that there are no 'right' decisions.

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And they'll learn all this not through slides and group discussions. They learn it the single best way to learn anything. By doing it, for real. I mean you don't learn to ride a bike by watching a Powerpoint presentation on how to ride a bike and disucssing with your friends what they think do you?

Get good at communicating, and get good quick…

The big difference between an accountant and a leader is simply communication.

If you can make the complex simple, and talk to people’s hearts as well as their mind, you will be amazing.

Steve Jobs, JFK, MLK, Oprah, Obama, Thatcher and every great influencer in history knew this. And we’ll show you exactly how they did it with our Insights® add-on to your Academy.

finance business partner training
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We’ll start with INSIGHTS®, our fully accredited and highly respected psychometic communication tool. Think MBTI and Belbin on steroids and you start to get close.

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Take an online survey and get an in-depth and almost freakily accurate 40-page insight into your communication and influence preferences. This isn’t a character assasination, quite the opposite. It’ll show you how to ignite the real you and round off the edges you didn’t even know you had.

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Unlike MBTI or Belbin we don’t put you in a box. INSIGHTS® is about your communication preferences – fiery red, cool blue, sunshine yellow or earth green. We’ll show you how to activate them all, and how to use them together for influence you never imagined possible.

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You’ll need this deep insight into you and others to navigate the challenges you’re about to face. No classroom theories, you’ll be thrown into the deep end with as real-to-life experiences as we can create in a development environment.

Check out the video content

Your NEXTFD® programme comes with 7 hours of on-demand video lessons giving you the core skills and tools you’ll need for the rest of the programme. Here’s a taster, but remember this is only the foundation. From here on in the real work starts.

 

What is FBP?

Explore our Calculator to Coach model, the QUIET approach to FBP, and create your personalised development plan.

 

Bring Numbers To Life

Learn how to take dull, boring tables of numbers and turn them into an interesting, engaging and fun dashboard in just 10 minutes.

 

Turn Data into Insights

Learn how to turn data into genuine insights. Explore Insights Mountain and how to use the 5 WHYs to uncover root cause.

 

Relationships & Challenge

Learn how to build fast-track rapport, challenge elegantly, and deal with any conflict. You’ll map out your relationships and make a plan to improve them.

 

Super Hero Influence

Learn the 5 step universal sales process used by professional sales people and how to apply it to your role.

 

Tell Stories With Data

Learn how to tell the story behind your numbers using 3 storyline structures, the top 10 finance charts, and the 5 charts not to use!

 

Present & Communicate

Learn how to engage your audience, and feel more confident presenting face-to-face, remotely and…virtually.

We’ve all been senior finance leaders, but our unique approach to finance business partner training comes from our direct experience working outside of finance and being partnered by finance. When you work with us you get us, no-one else.

Andy Shambrook FCA

Andy Shambrook FCA

Founder

I used to be a finance director, then I became a sales director.  I’ll show you everything I learned in sales that I wish I’d known when I worked in finance. I founded this business, and also a VC-backed payments business with my best friend where I still lead the marketing and sales effort.

Andrew Jepson CA

Andrew Jepson CA

Founder

I’ve been a senior finance leader but it was when I became a general manager that I really got what finance business partnering is all about. Based in Sydney, I designed and run Australia’s most popular public finance business partner training course, plus I wrote the book ‘Compliance to Commercial’.

Iain Dewson FCA

Iain Dewson FCA

Associate Partner

I’ve been a finance leader and run a global finance academy for 2,000 people across 28 countries from the L&D function. Andy used to be a supplier of mine and I saw first-hand the positive impact on people and teams his work had. So much so that in 2019 I joined as a full-time partner to help spread the message.

Shelly Adams CGMA

Shelly Adams CGMA

Speaker

Hi, I’m Shelly and I have over 15 years experience working in commercially-focussed finance business partner roles across FMCG and retail. My last role was outside of finance as revenue growth controller for a large UK brand. I’ll show you what I learned and how I handled it.

Let’s talk!

I’d really like to talk to you about exactly what you’re looking for.

Please get in touch and I’ll call you. Messages come direct to me. Sometimes things can go wrong, so if you don’t hear back within 24 hours please text me on +44 (0) 7572 053 062.

Andy Shambrook FCA, Founder

+44 (0) 7572 053 062

+44 (0) 1978 75 55 27

andy@thefinancebusinesspartner.com

A family company

We work globally with big companies, but you're working with a family company.

Andy Shambrook is based in the UK and Andrew Jepson is in Australia. After many years of working alone delivering finance business partner training on different sides of the World, our shared passion brought us together.

Since then we've become business partners and friends. We are proud of what we do, and we never forget why we are doing it.