10 - 12 February, 2020 | Hilton Syon Park, London, United Kingdom

Future of Finance & CFO Summit, Pre-Conference Workshop Day

8:00 am - 8:30 am Registration & Welcome Coffee Break

Workshop A

8:30 am - 10:30 am Transforming the finance function from a cost centre to a profit centre through strategic business partnering
Chris Ling - Director Finance, Drax Group
The involvement of finance professionals in business decision-making, strategy-development and driving performance is nothing new. But with little opportunity to increase staffing levels, carrying the weight of transactional accounting and ensuring strong compliance and controls in an increasing regulatory environment has effectively acted as a ball and chain to kick-starting or sustaining transformation efforts. However, as the pace of business accelerates, the simple fact is that executives are looking to finance—as stewards of data and business support—to deliver more strategic value.
In this workshop, you will uncover:
o Why strategic business partnering is so critical for today’s finance leader
o Business partnering as an attitude of mind – business-oriented and commercial
o Finding the right balance between minimizing risk and maximizing opportunities
o Should finance business partners be detached providers of analysis?
o Liaising with internal and external stakeholders – language, asking the right questions and managing expectations

Chris Ling

Director Finance
Drax Group

Workshop B

8:00 am - 10:30 am The AI-augmented CFO: Becoming the digital pilot of today’s data-driven organisation
While AI technologies will inevitably completely replace associated skills in some standardised jobs within a few years, many finance roles and responsibilities will become much more “intelligent” in terms of data-driven. This leads to entirely new roles and knowledge structures in corporate finance. CFOs will have to explore and implement new ways in designing their organisations and managing talent in a way they are not prepared to deliver today.
In this workshop, you will explore:
o How AI is augmenting decision-making for CFOs and finance departments and expanding their role
o Using AI to provide tailored forecasting: finding patterns in the way unique internal data changes with external trends
o Putting customer negatives, as well as positives, to competitive advantage
o The ways CFOs can ensure their team have the skillsets they need to provide modern business intelligence

10:30 am - 11:00 am Morning refreshments

Workshop C

11:00 am - 1:00 pm Change management amidst transformation – making change and communications practical, relevant and actionable
Claire Paul - Director Finance, Dell
The use of data and technology is often the first way finance looks to add strategic value to the company, but the key to success may actually lie in how effective finance leaders are at implementing the change with finance teams who are doing that work.
Effective people management in any transformation must look beyond the moment and toward a defined ideal future state.
In this workshop, you will discuss:
o Evolve slowly or ‘big bang’ transformation?
o Why is your change management not sticking?
o Delivering well-planned, consistent communications that go both ways
o Dealing with the aftermath: What happens when communications fall apart?
o Getting the right sponsorship and keeping the transformation on the corporate ‘radar’

Claire Paul

Director Finance

Workshop D

11:00 am - 1:30 pm Maximising the ROI of your digital transformation
Overhauling finance operations is one of the biggest challenges that a ompany can take on. The pressure on finance to reduce cost while driving enterprise value dictates the finance technology agenda. Finance organisations need to review new technology deployment models to determine whether existing applications, infrastructure and system-integration solutions provide the functionality they need to meet future business requirements. But what are the best practices for doing this?
In this workshop, you will explore:
o Why do transformations fail? And how to avoid roadblocks?
o Reviewing your finance IT architecture
- Which elements of the ERP system should be maintained as core ERP processes?
- Which add-on tools or point solutions in transactional processes, reporting and analysis may provide better support for your team?
- Having a ‘cloud-first’ mentality, and considering how your existing architecture can be modified or changed to take advantage of new
o Driving meaningful change with analytics
o Providing clarity of task ownership and instilling a continuous improvement mindset

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Networking Lunch

Workshop E

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Closing the digital skills gap in finance to avoid setbacks on your digital transformation efforts
Digitization is reshaping the finance talent profile. To get the most out of modernised systems and new tools, finance needs to provide appropriate training, so staff can develop strong data and technology acumen. But how can you help team’s transition to the new digital operating model, and how do you make sure they have the skills and competencies to be successful in the future?
In this workshop, you will discuss:
o Why are so many finance leaders struggling to find top digital talent?
o Develop a vision for the digital finance organization and build an explicit talent strategy to enable it.
o Augmenting your strategic workforce-planning capabilities by working closely with HR
o What are the most popular and most successful upskilling strategies?

Workshop F

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Embedding a culture of analytics for data-driven insights
well-established culture of analytics can accelerate application, amplify its power, and steer away from risky outcomes. Today’s fast-moving business landscape requires that all decisions big and small are backed by thoughtful analytics, and there’s a tremendous opportunity for the CFO to spearhead this transformation and guide the company through an imperative organizational challenge. But where should you, as a finance leader, focus in order to make this happen? How can you take a leading role in building a culture of data-driven decision-making?
In this workshop, you will cover the following:
o Why data culture matters in finance
o Infusing analytics into the decision-making process and instilling an ‘analytics-first’ mentality
o Organising and governing analytics capabilities across the organization
o Sourcing and deploying analytics talent

4:00 pm - 4:00 pm END OF WORKSHOP DAY