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.”
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.”
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
This intensive, practically focused programme prepares mid-career finance professionals to step into a CFO role.
Refreshed programme for 2020 is here!
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.
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?
- 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.
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.
4 August (online)
Decision making in uncertain times
Aligning strategy to deliver value
Collaboration and change
Communicating across all levels
Roadmap for the future
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.
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)
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.