SME’s often mis-understand the purpose of a Finance Director and the value they can bring to a business.
The job of a finance director is not just about producing regular accounts: they can help your company with strategy and development. If you want a small, stable business, then you can settle for a risk-averse book-keeper. But a good FD is key if you are growing your business because FDs develop future financial forecasts and push business growth. [Smarta]
So what should your Finance Director be doing for your business…..
- The FD should be able to look into to future to see what the future financial needs of the business will be
- He/She should negotiate funding facilities to ensure the business can manage its cash flow needs
- The FD should be able to foresee the future tax consequences and risks of decisions
- He/She should help the business to achieve the best possible credit scores
- Identify ways to reduce costs and improve profitability
- Understand the business owners objective and focus the business on achieving those objectives
- Ensure financial and regulatory compliance
- Ensure accurate and timely reporting of management information
- Evaluate growth opportunities
- Apply corporate governance