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What duties and responsibilities would a typical CFO be expected to carry out?

Obviously exact Job Descriptions will vary in individual circumstances but a typical one would be similar to the following:

Chief Financial Officer
- sample job description

The CFO will be responsible for:

  • Developing systems, procedures and controls to ensure the efficient and effective management of the company's finances
  • Leadership, recruitment and development of the finance team
  • Partnering with the businesses leadership, acting as confidant, adviser and challenger to ensure the business goals, resources, and processes are appropriate and delivered
  • Development of the business strategy alongside the management team and in line with Board objectives
  • To position the business as a financially attractive and valuable asset for its shareholders
  • Developing, monitoring, reporting and interpretation of business KPIs
  • Ensure there is a robust corporate governance framework in place
  • Ensure adequate cash flow to meet the organization's needs.
  • Attend Board meetings; including being the lead staff on the Audit/Finance Committee.
  • Keep up to date with current financial regulations to ensure the management team are advised of risks and responsibilities

More CFO Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain links with financial / industry analysts
  • Gain in-depth understanding of industry trends from financial / commercial perspective
  • Provide clear advice and guidance to senior management and Board on key trends and market developments and how best to position the organisation in order to maximise market opportunities
  • identification, assessment, deal structuring, negotiation, due diligence and integration of acquisitions, including the preparation and presentation of investment cases
  • Upgrading the sophistication & transparency of the financial structure
  • Building and maintaining all banking and financing relationships 
  • Business development and new client creation
  • Strategic decision making, along with the senior management team
  • Assisting in performing all tasks necessary to achieve the organization's mission and help execute staff succession and growth plans.

See also:  How To Be A Great CFO

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