As I am a big advocate of a real shift of the role of finance – I am in love with this job title “Chief Performance tracker”. In the article below the role of finance as a gatekeeper of financial metrics and nonfinancial measurements is rightly described. This role asks for hard analytical skills but also soft skills balancing out tensions across measures and departments.
Interesting article or an “old hat” (as commented below the article)? Business partnering is still a topic, either we assume it is established or there is still the lack of partnership between business management and finance. In my opinion there is still work to be undertaken by Finance. According to research undertaken by Robert Half UK, 81% of UK companies are looking to form stronger partnerships between the finance department and other parts of the business. What stops it from happening? I believe that there is still no real paradigm swift within Finance. The focus is still around recording and reporting, a real new positioning needs to happen. Because Business Partnering as being part of the company that doesn’t sound rocket science?