Future of Finance Series - Part 1 
Operational Transformation in Finance

28 April, 2021| Online Event | Free-to-Attend 
9:00 AM - 10:35 AM Australian Eastern Standard Time

Agenda Day 1

9:00 am - 9:05 am Conference Opening – Remarks from the Conference Chairperson

9:05 am - 9:45 am The Target Finance Operating Model: How to Move Back to Long-Term Planning From Reactionary Mode after the Disruption of COVID-19

Connie Killey (Mogg) - Group Manager, Research Accounting Office of the CFO, Deakin University
Stephannie (Popcheff) Jonovska - Manager Finance Transformation and Non Executive Director, BlueScope
  • Strategies for progressing back from reactionary planning to longer-term, 2-3 year plan mode
  • How risk appetite can impact scenario planning and growth mode
  • The need for improved processes and forecasting
  • Tips for having those ‘difficult conversations’ and working with leadership to balance innovation with immediate priorities
  • Diversifying current models to align with strategic business goals
  • Cultural alignment and capability building to influence sustainable change
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Connie Killey (Mogg)

Group Manager, Research Accounting Office of the CFO
Deakin University

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Stephannie (Popcheff) Jonovska

Manager Finance Transformation and Non Executive Director
BlueScope

While there’s still much uncertainty, the economy has shown great resilience. For many CFOs, a crisis like COVID-19 has supercharged the transformation agenda and has been the trigger to explore new directions and/or bring forward some of the process improvements that may have been previously scheduled for ‘sometime in the future’.

 

CFOs are now looking to the post-Covid future. For many, the vision is a changed workplace which will be a driving factor for reconsidering business operating models and finance processes moving forward. What is working? What isn’t, and what will continue to be a pain point? Where are the gaps that need fixing in current finance processes, and how can your employees and finance teams do their jobs with greater efficiency?


During this session we will share and discuss practical advice and insights based on recent experience


•                    How much has changed in the past 12 months? How different is your organisation and the role of the CFO?

•                    Identifying obstacles with current finance processes. What’s working. What’s not?

•                    How can you bring forward digital transformation? Positioning this internally, maximising the opportunity and adapting to change quickly

•                    Transforming the finance team into a solutions provider and business enabler - How can CFOs be true business partners?

•                    Reducing costs and driving efficiencies through process improvements

•                    Become a data driven organisation, engage and retain and develop staff and deliver better data and cash flow insights

•                    Technology as the saviour - How having the right technology in place now can help navigate future uncertainty

•                    How can CFOs Drive Change? Getting started and practical advice on the next steps…


Within this presentation, Andrew Chapman will talk about How Finance Teams Can Reduce Costs and Drive Efficiencies In Times of Uncertainty? and then will break off into a panel discussion alongside Kerri-Anne Loring & Tom Marland and together they will discuss the following points:

·        Focus on what people are doing to prepare for the future (accelerated evolution of business process)

·        Replacing temporary solutions with permanent fixes

·        Leveraging technology to help

·        Using this time to encourage change (eg travel authorisation process). 

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Andrew Chapman

Head of Solutions Consulting (ANZ)
SAP Concur

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Kerri-Anne Loring

Executive General Manager, Business Services,
Downer

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Tom Marland

Senior Consultant
SAP Concur

10:30 am - 10:35 am Conference Closing Remarks by Chairperson & IQPC Australia