Finance for Operations Directors

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Overview

If you want to effectively head any business operation, you need to understand the numbers underlying your team’s work. Financial skills are essential for operations directors looking to improve their project management efficiency, leadership skills, and problem-solving acumen.

This finance for operations directors training course online starts with an overview of basics such as cost and investment, then proceeds to more advanced concepts like earned value analysis to solidify your mastery of operations-focused finance principles.

Highlights:

  • 46 lessons
  • Understand the fundamental financial concepts in business and their uses.
  • Interpret data on financial reports and how these reports impact each other.
  • Understand how budgets and estimates are used to plan and control costs.
  • Utilize ratios and measures to gain insight into profitability and performance.
  • Analyze cost behavior, track operational expenses, report on cost variance and forecast expenses.
  • Delve into operations finance principles: product cost, inventory cost management, make versus buy
  • Employ Earned Value analysis and forecasting for planning, scheduling and resource management.
  • Earn 18.5 contact hours or PDUs toward your project management education for certification with PMI.

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Summary

Skill level: Intermediate
Certificate: Yes
Lessons: 46
Accredited by: CPD
Pre-requisites: None
Video duration: 3h 56m
Estimated study time: 23h for all materials

Accreditations and approvals

CPD - The CPD Certification Service. PMI - Project Management Institute


Syllabus

1

Amount and Timing

There are two equally important attributes of every financial transaction, the amount and the date it occurred.  Both are required for financial reporting and analysis.

Video time: 05m 12s

2

Revenues and Profits

Revenue is the amount of money that a company receives for selling its goods and services.  Profit is the amount of money that a company earns after it has paid all its expenses.

Video time: 04m 01s

3

Cost and Investment

Both costs and investments result in spending money.  Costs are spending money to run the business and investments are spending money to prepare for the future.

Video time: 04m 10s

4

Operations and Ownership

Operating managers are responsible for managing the day to day business operations.  Owners are ultimately responsible for success or failure of the business.  Ideally these two groups are working closely together.

Video time: 04m 54s

5

Taxes and Currency

Taxes and Currency reflect the business operation's financial interactions with governments.

Video time: 04m 55s

1

Earnings Statement Part 1

The Earnings Statement is a financial report that shows business profitability over some time period.

Video time: 04m 04s

2

Earnings Statement Part 2

The Earnings Statement is a financial report that shows business profitability over some time period.  This lesson will focus on the revenue portion of the Earnings Statement.

Video time: 05m 19s

3

Earnings Statement Part 3

The Earnings Statement is a financial report that shows business profitability over some time period.  This lesson will focus on the expense portion of the Earnings Statement.

Video time: 05m 53s

4

Balance Sheet Part 1

The Balance Sheet is the financial report that shows what the business is worth at some instant in time.

Video time: 06m 08s

5

Balance Sheet Part 2

The Balance Sheet is the financial report that shows what the business is worth at some instant in time.  This lesson will focus on the Asset side of the Balance Sheet.

Video time: 04m 50s

6

Balance Sheet Part 3

The Balance Sheet is the financial report that shows what the business is worth at some instant in time.  This lesson will focus on the Liabilities and Equity side of the Balance Sheet.

Video time: 04m 41s

7

Cash Flow Statement Part 1

The Cash Flow Statement is a financial report that shows how well the company was able to convert business activity into cash over some time period.

Video time: 05m 00s

8

Cash Flow Statement Part 2

The Cash Flow Statement is a financial report that shows how well the company was able to convert business activity into cash over some time period.  This lesson will focus on sources of cash.

Video time: 05m 09s

9

Cash Flow Statement Part 3

The Cash Flow Statement is a financial report that shows how well the company was able to convert business activity into cash over some time period.  This lesson will focus on uses of cash.

Video time: 05m 07s

10

Relationships Between Financial Statements

Each of the financial statements provides insight on an aspect of the business financial status and structure. These accounts across the statements are related, and changes to values will likely impact multiple statements.

Video time: 04m 50s

1

Profit Measures

When calculating profitability, the different profit measures provide insight into the most significant factors that are creating corporate profit or loss. 

Video time: 04m 33s

2

Return on … Ratios

Return ratios are normally used for comparing companies or comparing the past performance of a company with its present performance.

Video time: 04m 15s

3

Working Capital Measurements

The working capital and turnover measurements are used by operations managers to track the efficiency of the operations. 

Video time: 04m 58s

4

Leverage and Liquidity Ratios and Measures

There are several calculated values based upon data found on the Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Statement that provide insights on leverage and liquidity. 

Video time: 04m 13s

1

Cost Account Characteristics

It is important to know what category of account you are working with when budgeting and tracking spending.  The different categories of accounts behave differently so knowing which category you are working with will provide insight into the budgeting and tracking process.

Video time: 05m 11s

2

Strategic Planning and Budgeting

Most businesses prepare a strategic plan that projects how the company will achieve or maintain a competitive advantage.  It is used to guide the budgeting process.

Video time: 04m 48s

3

Business Budgeting

Business budgets are the financial plan of the business.  They are normally created for one year at a time and allocate the spending and revenue across business units, departments and accounts.

Video time: 05m 23s

4

Estimating

Estimating is used when planning and budgeting business costs or revenues. The estimate needs to include both the amount and the timing of the transaction.

Video time: 05m 21s

5

Capitalization and Amortization

Whenever a company purchases an asset with long term value, it must be capitalized. Every asset that is capitalized is then depreciated, which is special form of amortization. 

Video time: 04m 52s

6

Depreciation

If you capitalize a fixed asset, you are required to depreciate it on the business financial books.

Video time: 05m 35s

7

Financial Reserves

A Financial Reserve is money that has been budgeted for a general purpose (department, project or initiative, but not specifically allocated to a task or activity.

Video time: 05m 27s

8

Budget Baseline

Budget baselines should be used if costs must be controlled within a department or on a project. 

Video time: 04m 47s

1

Developing a Business Case

The business case provides the business rationale, normally in financial terms, of why a project should be done.

Video time: 05m 53s

2

Return on Investment (ROI)

Return on Investment is a financial calculation to determine whether the business benefit of an investment is worth the cost.

Video time: 05m 51s

3

Payback Period

The Payback Period is a Return on Investment analysis that determines the amount of time needed to accumulate enough benefit to pay for the cost of the project.

Video time: 05m 38s

4

Breakeven Point

The Breakeven Point is a Return on Investment analysis that determines the number of units or amount of sales that are needed to accumulate enough benefit to pay for the cost of the project.

Video time: 05m 43s

5

Net Present Value (NPV)

The Net Present Value is a Return on Investment analysis that determines a value in monetary terms for the accumulated cost and benefits of a project over a set time period.

Video time: 05m 49s

6

Internal Rate of Return (IRR)

The Internal Rate of Return is a Return on Investment analysis that determines an “equivalent interest rate” that if applied to the investment would yield a similar return as the project is forecasted to return over a set time period.

Video time: 04m 18s

1

Cost Behavior

The business financial system records costs based upon the cost account type.  The costs are often accrued near the end of fiscal quarter or year.

Video time: 05m 13s

2

Tracking Operational Expenses

Operational expenses are the normal costs of the business and are tracked by function and cost type.  They are either reported as totals on a per unit (unit cost) basis.

Video time: 04m 44s

3

Tracking Project Expenses

Project costs and investments are the business expenses required to complete a project.  Tracking the magnitude and timing of those costs are important indicators of project success.

Video time: 04m 51s

4

Cost Variance Reporting

Cost variance reporting is the calculation and reporting of costs that are different than what was expected by the budget or standard.

Video time: 05m 17s

5

Forecasting Expenses

Financial forecasts for the final cost of activities are created to allow activity managers to make wise business decisions.  The approach used for forecasting should vary based upon the nature of the activities being forecasted.

Video time: 05m 14s

1

Product Cost

The business circumstances will dictate how best to analyse and assess product cost.  Factors to consider are the manufacturing location, material and labor content, and product configurations. 

Video time: 05m 24s

2

Inventory Cost Management

Companies that manufacture products must manage their inventory to keep costs low but availability high.

Video time: 05m 37s

3

Make versus Buy

Make versus Buy is a decision process to determine if a product, or part of a product, should be made by the company or by a supplier.

Video time: 04m 52s

4

Productivity

Productivity is a term used to indicate improved efficiency which results in more output for the same input.

Video time: 05m 10s

1

Earned Value Analysis

Earned Value Management is a comprehensive project management technique that combines scope, schedule and resource management into one set of measures.  It is used for planning, variance analysis and forecasting.

Video time: 04m 21s

2

Determining the Earned Value

Earned Value Management is a comprehensive project management technique that combines scope, schedule and resource management into one set of measures.  The Earned Value analysis rests on task level planning and earned value calculations.

Video time: 06m 12s

3

Earned Value Variance Analysis

Earned Value Management is a comprehensive project management technique that combines scope, schedule and resource management into one set of measures.  The Earned Value variance analysis is an analytical method for separating cost and schedule effects from financial variances.

Video time: 05m 54s

4

Earned Value Forecasting

Earned Value Management is a comprehensive project management technique that combines scope, schedule and resource management into one set of measures.  With these measures a project forecast can be generated.

Video time: 06m 59s

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