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How to Do Succession Planning: 10 Best Practices You Should Follow

Succession planning helps companies retain top talent and enable a smooth handover when a key person leaves. The process ensures that employees are developed to fill important roles within a business, such as an IT manager or Chief Financial Officer (CFO). By following succession planning best practices, you’ll have groomed a successor with the expertise and management skills to keep the business humming in the event someone departs. Succession planning means you can move staff from role to role as needed, and create a culture of professional development. It can also help achieve better strategic workforce planning. Here’s how to [...]

Attracting and retaining talent after the Great Resignation

Millions of people are leaving their jobs every month, and there is no sign of this epochal movement slowing anytime soon. Dubbed ‘the Great Resignation’, the wave of people who have changed roles or otherwise exited the workforce since the pandemic began could result in one fifth of the global workforce quitting their jobs in 2022, the largest study of its kind recently found. Last year, 47.8 million US workers left their jobs at an average of nearly 4 million each month, while in the first half of 2022 that number rose to an average of almost 4.5 million per [...]

How to lead a digital transformation in 6 steps

Digital transformation fundamentally alters how an organisation operates and delivers value. Get it right and the result can drive new levels of success, but any wrong step, particularly regarding data management, can provoke damaging inefficiency, even dysfunction. “Staff hear about ‘digital transformation’ and wonder what it means for them,” says Julie Downs, interim senior IT director at video game developer Jagex, who has overseen many digital change management projects. “It can mean different things to everyone, but it really relates to the business as a whole and how all the departments inside a company can share information, solutions, processes and [...]

CONTINGENT WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT: A GUIDE TO BEST PRACTICE

Organisations are increasingly relying on contingent workers to fill talent gaps and support their business growth. Fuelled partly by the pandemic,the gig economy has seen a huge

THE 5 SKILLS YOU NEED TO LAND A FINANCE SYSTEMS ROLE

It’s a great time to be searching for finance systems jobs. Global shocks and technological advances that upend workforces are nothing new, but there have been few periods of volatility

EPM AND ERP COMPARED: WHAT ROLE DO THEY PLAY IN FINANCE TRANSFORMATION?

While Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) are both software systems that potentially play a major role in financial transformation

MAKE PART-TIME JOBS BENEFIT YOUR CAREER BY ASKING THESE 3 QUESTIONS

A job for life has been replaced for many with a job for the day. Lifestyles and career choices have changed rapidly with technological advance and societal evolution creating trends

FINDING AND STARTING YOUR NEXT JOB REMOTELY

Remote work job listings are soaring. By February 2022, they accounted for more than half of all employment postings on LinkedIn

HIRING EMPLOYEES VS CONTRACTORS: WHICH YOU SHOULD HIRE AND WHEN

Deciding whether to hire an employee or contractor was once a simple choice: contractors were the go-to hire for shorter sprints and employees were appropriate for longer hauls.

CERTIFICATIONS IN ERP AND EPM

Corporate finance departments are undergoing rapid change. Data-driven technology is enabling them to streamline their traditional accounting roles while

FINANCE TEAM SKILLS

There’s little sign of the talent crunch in finance slowing. The already-problematic shortage of critical skills is growing, and industry groups

CAREER PATHWAY MAPPING

Finance and treasury departments are embracing technology at pace. Data-derived insights are guiding CFO decision-making processes, optimising reporting functions, automating transactions, and making

How to Do Succession Planning: 10 Best Practices You Should Follow

Succession planning helps companies retain top talent and enable a smooth handover when a key person leaves. The process ensures that employees are developed to fill important roles within a business, such as an IT manager or Chief Financial Officer (CFO). By following succession planning best practices, you’ll have groomed a successor with the expertise and management skills to keep the business humming in the event someone departs. Succession planning means you can move staff from role to role as needed, and create a culture of professional development. It can also help achieve better strategic workforce planning. Here’s how to [...]

Attracting and retaining talent after the Great Resignation

Millions of people are leaving their jobs every month, and there is no sign of this epochal movement slowing anytime soon. Dubbed ‘the Great Resignation’, the wave of people who have changed roles or otherwise exited the workforce since the pandemic began could result in one fifth of the global workforce quitting their jobs in 2022, the largest study of its kind recently found. Last year, 47.8 million US workers left their jobs at an average of nearly 4 million each month, while in the first half of 2022 that number rose to an average of almost 4.5 million per [...]

How to lead a digital transformation in 6 steps

Digital transformation fundamentally alters how an organisation operates and delivers value. Get it right and the result can drive new levels of success, but any wrong step, particularly regarding data management, can provoke damaging inefficiency, even dysfunction. “Staff hear about ‘digital transformation’ and wonder what it means for them,” says Julie Downs, interim senior IT director at video game developer Jagex, who has overseen many digital change management projects. “It can mean different things to everyone, but it really relates to the business as a whole and how all the departments inside a company can share information, solutions, processes and [...]

How business intelligence & business analytics give finance leaders a seat at the top table

By using data—rather than, say, guesstimates or hunches—to guide decision-making, corporate leaders can drive performance and gain an edge on their competition. However, raw data rarely suffices. Instead, information needs to be assembled, reviewed, and analysed. That’s where business intelligence software has played a critical role. Companies are now also turning to business analytics, which tends to provide more guidance for the future. In the past, it commonly would have only been the finance and accounting functions using these tools. However, as organisations embrace digital transformation they are increasingly being used to aid decision-making across many departments. Finance leaders who [...]

Why Careers Are Changing for Women in Finance Systems

Women in finance are still underrepresented at every level. In the UK, women comprise 40% of the finance workforce, but although 52% of finance’s entry-level workforce are women, “their representation falls off at every step”. In 2015, the UK government launched the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter with the aim of encouraging the financial services industry “to improve gender balance in senior management.” Despite steady progress in that time, the June 2022 review of the Charter’s progress found the average level of female representation in senior management was 33% in 2021. Why does this matter?  A 2019 study by [...]

Hiring employees vs contractors: Which you should hire and when

Deciding whether to hire an employee or contractor was once a simple choice: contractors were the go-to hire for shorter sprints and employees were appropriate for longer hauls. But it’s not so simple now. The world of work has changed significantly over the past two years, with employees now expecting greater flexibility and employers facing fierce competition for talent in sectors like finance and IT - regardless of whether that talent is a contractor or a full-time employee What’s the difference between employees and contractors? The key differences between employees and contractors are legal. Employees have employment contracts that control [...]

So you consider yourself a Modern CIO?

One of my great passions is understanding what makes a good leader. This is a complex subject. What made Jack Welch great, may not be the same as what makes Richard Branson successful and Alex Ferguson revered across the world. Undoubtedly they had similarities. As a CIO & IT Leadership head-hunter, it’s been both exciting and challenging to see how the CIO role has developed exponentially under the digital revolution. It’s been fascinating to see how so many CIOs have struggled to develop their skills to meet the demand of today’s technology savvy business stakeholders and end user customer. I […]

62% of CIOs are struggling to recruit talent to drive TRANSFORMATION. Here’s why…

Some 62% of CIOs recognised in the annual celebration of the UK’s leading CIOs, CTOs, IT directors and digital executives told CIO UK that they were finding it difficult to recruit the talent they need to drive transformation. Part of the challenge for a CIO/CTO/ITD in hiring talent is they are often hampered by their own internal process. Almost every organisation is currently looking to drive some form of transformation to try and keep up to speed with an ever increasing technology savvy customer base and a truly interconnected world. As a result, there is an ever decreasing talent pool […]

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