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Strategic CFO programme

James Irvine
Group Manager Finance
Mitre 10 New Zealand

“I particularly appreciated the opportunity to build a working relationship with a business mentor for my long-term career success. The programme also encouraged networking with peers across industries and a deepening knowledge across the breadth of finance and the business.”

Mandy Tomkins
CFO, Villa Maria Estate

“Being able to leverage my programme mentor’s knowledge and experience was incredibly beneficial. Another benefit I hadn’t expected was the relationships I built with other participants, creating an informal forum to discuss the issues and challenges we all face.”

Guenther Stenzel
Business Unit Controller, Finance and Control, Nestlé New Zealand

“The blend of relevant and high-calibre industry speakers, current research and practical tools were so valuable. The programme has benefited my own development and the company, and my mentor and my cohort will help to guide me for years to come.”

Strategic CFO Programme:
Preparing Business Leaders for the C-Suite

This intensive, practically focused programme prepares mid-career finance professionals to step into a CFO role.

C-Suite Programmes Information Session CFO, CIO, Supply Chain & Strategic People

The University of Auckland Business School
Thursday 17 December
Online 1:00- 2:00pm

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Apply now for May 2021 start!

Opportunities and challenges for 2021 and beyond from a New Zealand perspective

In this webinar C-Suite Advisory Group senior leaders from Finance, Information Technology, Supply Chain and Human Resources speak on what they see as the critical challenges and opportunities for New Zealand organizations. The second part of the session will allow the leaders an opportunity for cross industry and functional discussion and questions from attendees.

About the programme

As the world of work changes rapidly, today’s CFO role is more complex than ever before. The cross-functional nature of the role sees CFOs driving transformation and being more proactive in influencing and leading change across the organisation. They act as catalysts, instilling a financial approach and mindset to not only equip their function with the right tools but collaborate across the business to drive success.

This experiential programme seeks to equip mid-career finance professionals with the skills to contribute at a strategic level, leading across their organisation to drive performance and make value-driven decisions. It is designed to be practical and relevant, and give finance leaders the tools to contribute at C-Suite level, both functionally and across business.


Time commitment

This programme is designed for busy working professionals. It is a ten-day programme set across five modules, held over five months. The majority of the programme will be held on-site at the University of Auckland Business School Campus.

The expected time commitment outside of the module components involves work on a strategic project, mentoring sessions, peer coaching, reflection on learning and pre and post readings.


Am I eligible?

You should:

  • Currently be in a senior finance role and report to the CFO or CEO, or a newly appointed CFO
  • Have a minimum of five years’ experience in financial management
  • Have been identified as having the potential to progress to a CFO or equivalent role within the next five years

*please note applications outside of the above criteria will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


2021 schedule and programme content

To encourage you to think beyond finance and develop the strategic, whole-of-business mindset, some parts of Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5 will be delivered in a combined cohort of all C-Suite programme participants. The remaining time will be spent in your CFO cohort.

Module 1
26-27 May

Decision making in uncertain times

  • Defining the disruptive influences in your industry.
  • Learning approaches for decision making in different environments.
  • Beginning your learning journey.
Module 2
30 June & 1 July

Aligning strategy to deliver value

  • Exploring the challenges of the CFO role.
  • Building a network of supportive leaders to sustain development.
  • How organisations create value. Where and how do they compete?
Module 3
10- 12 August

Collaboration and change

  • Increasing business value through collaboration.
  • Your role as finance leader, managing risks and leveraging new technologies.
  • Managing change – interpreting the effects through power and influence.
Module 4
15-16 September

Communicating across all levels

  • Communicating and persuading at the executive level.
  • Writing and presenting to the Board.
  • Developing the key components of a communications strategy.
Module 5
3-4 November

Roadmap for the future

  • Continuing to deliver value as a senior leader.
  • Bringing it all together.



Strategic Project

In addition to the modular content and with the support of your mentor and your organisational sponsor, you will identify a project of strategic value to your organisation. This project work aims to build leadership capability across the organisation – in particular thinking strategically, influencing and working successfully across the business.

The action learning project delivers immediate value and ensures your programme learning is embedded by applying it to real issues in your own organisation.


Advisory group

This programme is co-designed and supported by senior University faculty in conjunction with an Advisory Group of experienced business leaders who also feature as mentors and guest speakers.

  • Mary-Jane Daly (Non Executive Director, Kiwi Property Group)
  • Anna Davis (Deputy CFO, Tower Insurance)
  • Angela Dixon (CFO Synlait)
  • Roger France (Non-Executive Director, Multiple Boards)
  • Rob Hamilton (CFO, SkyCity Entertainment Group)
  • Nigel Harrison (Experienced Board Executive)
  • Chris Jewell (CFO, Genesis Energy)
  • Stefan Knight (GM Finance, Spark)
  • Rob McDonald (Chairman, Contact Energy)
  • William Meek (CFO, Mercury NZ)
  • Kate Parsons (CFO, Rush Digital, Non-Executive Director, Mainfreight)
  • Mandy Tomkins (CCO Yellow)


Our facilitators

Jonathan Mason

Adjunct Professor of Management


Our facilitators


Daniel Vidal

Professor Elizabeth George


Jonathan Mason

Adjunct Professor of Management


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Participant Fee

The fee for participation in the programme is $15,000 + GST.

This includes attendance at all of the modules, peer coaching, mentoring support for projects, materials and required reading. It also includes coffee, tea breaks and lunches on all class days,  programme dinners and receptions for each participant and their organisational sponsor.

Discounts are available for self-sponsored participants, organizations sponsoring multiple students and University of Auckland staff.


More information

To talk to us about the Strategic CFO Programme, please contact:

Stephanie Collier

Ph: (09) 923 4862
E: s.collier@auckland.ac.nz


Dave EversDave Evers
Ph: (09) 923 1859
E: dave.evers@auckland.ac.nz



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