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Which key figures are at present crucial for your company?
For scaleups key figures such as sales development and burn rate are essential, while startups need to focus on the acquisition cost. More matured companies need to consider EIBTDA and free cashflow development. Having a firm grip on your cost structure is crucial, regardless of the type of company and in which stage you are.
These performance indicators or key figures are crucial to know when to make minor or major changes to the strategy, based on the information at hand. By having rigorous processes around critical parts of the value chain within the company, the performance can be forecasted, leading to a better financial and investment planning.
Having a good knowledge of key business processes within a company that have an impact on the bottom line, combined with professional skills to see beyond the numbers, is a must for any finance professional who wants to become a real finance business partner.
A clear focus on critical business processes is essential to be able to see beyond the numbers. Any future-ready finance professional must fully understand the basic principles, for example order to cash, procure to pay and the pre-sales process.
This is the only way you can push back on the business on unrealistic budgets and forecasts. This knowledge of key processes also allows any management team to run continuous improvement projects, leading to higher profitability.
That is why finance needs to provide key decision makers with a clear cockpit of key figures, impacting the profitability or any other key figures deemed critical in the organisation.
Operational finance remains important, but it is clear finance needs to grow into the role of business partner, regardless of the specialism of the finance professional. The biggest pressure on the finance function today is the increasing need to demonstrate value to the business, moving away from traditional finance tasks – such as collecting and reporting business figures – and thriving for a broader range of responsibilities.
Regardless of the key figures en processes at hand, it all falls on the ability of the people within finance to help implement and challenge the business, unbiased. You need Key People to run your business profitably.
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Jürgen is een creatieveling met focus op ondernemen! Naast het ondernemen is hij ook een spreker en schrijver.
Jan is voorzitter van ADM, partner bij BDO en bestuurder bij verscheidene organisaties. Jan is de auteur van het boek "ConneXion"
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