Trying to wrap your head around the financial side of your business can be overwhelming. If you’re an SME, you’ll know how much of your time can be spent doing paperwork. A Chief Finance Officer can help you deal with your finances internally and externally while helping you to strategies for the future. If you’re a growing business with a limited budget, hiring a part-time CFO can be a gamechanger. You can take advantage of their expertise and knowledge to help scale up your business. Read on to find out more about why you should consider hiring a part-time CFO.
What is a Chief Finance Officer?
Your Chief Finance Officer (CFO) is the individual on your leadership team who handles the company’s financial situation, including the management of financial affairs. Their duties are wide reaching, including everything from regular reporting to identifying investment opportunities. They oversee the capital structure within your company, including any debt and equity that you might hold, along with internal financing. Most of their work focuses on this capital structure and ensuring everything runs smoothly.
The Role of a Chief Finance Officer
Your CFO has ‘controllership’ duties within your company. They are responsible for reporting on the previous and current financial information of your organization. They present this information to everyone, from your employees to shareholders, who require an accurate portrayal of the company’s finances for their decision-making process.
They also oversee the financial condition of the company, allowing them to decide how your company should invest money. A CFO will also identify any risks that might come with a potential move within your company. The CFO oversees the capital structure of your company, ensuring a suitable mix of debt, equity, and internal financing to fund your business.
A CFO plays a key strategic role in planning for the future of your business. It’s one of the major advantages that they can bring to any SME with plans for future growth. Your CFO is responsible for economic strategy and forecasting, including identifying areas of potential growth. The forecast reports provided by your CFO should feed into the decision-making process within your leadership team. These reports will contain a degree of economic forecasting and modelling to allow you to decide which aspects of your business are most likely to improve your profit margins.
The role of a CFO is a complex one that requires thorough training and experience. While you might be tempted to oversee some of the day-to-day finances yourself, a CFO is a necessary part of any SMEs expansion plans. Without a CFO – or a Finance Director – you’ll find it virtually impossible to plan for the future of your business, both in the short and long term.
The Benefits of Hiring a Part-Time CFO
If you’re an SME with a limited budget, you might want to hire a CFO to help you grow your business. Whether you want a trial run or only have the budget for three days a week, a part=time CFO can help you scale up your business. You’ll still get all the same benefits of someone who hires a full-time CFO, without the cost eating into your profit margin.
Your time is money. While you might be trying to oversee some of the financial activities yourself, this is eating into your productivity and taking your time away from other operational issues. A CFO is an investment that will help you save and generate more capital in the future, whether it’s through forecasting or implementing financial systems.
A CFO has four pillars to their role – controls, leadership, operations, and strategy. Your CFO should sit as part of your Board of Directors, working with your employees and external organizations like shareholders and potential investors. Their operational activities focus primarily on data analysis and profit improvement, while the control function of their job rotates around identifying, quantifying, and mitigating any risks surrounding your business. The strategy aspect of their job is perhaps the most significant for SMEs, as the CFO will evaluate their forecast reporting and provide support for your company’s growth plans.
You never know if your business plans are too ambitious or if they’re not ambitious enough! Having a CFO on your team can allow you to see an accurate picture of the circumstances surrounding your business, for both now and the future.
Finance is one thing that should be embedded in every aspect of your business. Whether it’s manufacturing or commercial operations, the role of a CFO allows you to evaluate the financial activity of every corner of your business. While a CFO will implement some automated analytics and reporting, most of their work focuses on supporting your leadership team by providing accurate forecasting.
A CFO is a strategic partner to any CEO by helping them to manage external relationships while planning for the future. The Accenture High-Performance Study has identified CFOs as having “taken the right steps” for SMEs, with a “growing influence” within their companies.
Part-Time CFOs Available for Hire
Do you wish that you could have an accurate insight into the finances of your business? Have you been assigning financial activities out to other employees? Are you planning on expanding your business in the future? You need a CFO.
At FD Capital Recruitment, we now offer CFOs, as well as Finance Directors, who are available on a part-time basis. The success of our Portfolio FD scheme has led us to broaden our services to include CFOs. If you need a CFO in London, the South East, or the West Midlands, reach out to us today. We have a growing network of highly skilled CFOs, located from Birmingham to London, who are available to work with your business.
If it’s a Finance Director that you’re looking for, we’re also available to help. You can check out information about our part-time London based FDs and Birmingham based FDs on our website. We’re also available to provide a CFO or FD on an interim basis.
Part-Time CFO Recruitment
If you want to find out more, you can call us on 020 3287 9501 to speak to a member of our team.