Month: April 2018

Countdown to digitalised finance…

Learning from history…

I have worked in the finance function all my career, some 25+ years, and during that time I have had three career phases;

  1. Finance : From FinOps to Core Finance to Divisional CFO
  2. Finance Change : Finance Transformation and Shared Services Programme Lead
  3. Finance BI and Analytics : Reporting, Analysis and Analytics, Finance and Treasury Functional Lead

My 4th Phase, is Generation CFO…

Continue reading “Countdown to digitalised finance…”

We’ve been expecting you, here’s the brief.

We started this journey back in 2009, when Excel was our only friend, and graft was the backbone of finance…

So where have you been, we have Machine Learning and Robotics now!?


The Network

Generation CFO LI group was founded in 2009 by Christopher Argent, at the time a divisional CFO.

Generation CFO LI group is forward thinking and promotes new trends in finance and CFO innovation.

Generation CFO LI group has been grown organically to ensure quality membership and content.

Generation CFO

…is the largest independent group of Finance Professionals (FP) and CFOs on LinkedIn

…is the only significant Europe based FP and CFO group on LinkedIn

…is the 4th largest FP and CFO group in the world, with c.67,000 members (April 2018)

…Chris is very well connected with 6,000+ Finance Professional LI followers (April 2018)


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Financial modelling is a diamond in the rough…

Written by Lance Rubin, group member since June 2017.

Why is it so hard to find Finance staff with good financial modeling skills?

Surely all accountants and professional finance people are good financial modelers?

When I was leading a large team within the Finance function of a major Australian bank it was difficult to find good modeling skills.

This isn’t just a skills gap in banks but across all Finance teams in corporates and small to medium sized entities.

It’s nobody’s fault, we were never trained and everyone just got tips off the resident “Excel expert” in the team. There is always one…Or we used Google and learnt from Chandoo and YouTube videos to solve problems in spreadsheets….just like you solve anything really…YouTube saviour.

When joining a company it was expected that everyone knew how to use Excel with a high degree of competency in Financial Modeling.

But the problem, in my experience, most don’t have this competency, no matter how many years they have been in Finance, even in the largest companies in Australia.

The general level of financial modeling skills in Finance is pretty poor…period.

Most just think having good financial modeling skills means you are good at Excel but its way more than that.

Let’s break it down into 2 key questions:

1)    What does competency actually mean?

2)    How do you solve this skills gap?

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Originally publish on Model Citizn