Every manager has financial responsibilities. This includes budgeting, costing, forecasting and understanding financial reports from outside entities such as stakeholders, suppliers or partners.
In this course, managers will explore how to align budgets with an operational or strategic plan. Managers will gain insights on how budget analysis reveals opportunities and pressures, including the telltale warning signs when budgets may be off track and how variances can be managed.
Most managers also manage capital budgets. We will use case studies to gain insight into measuring long term costs and benefits and the time value of money. We will also cover forecasting and links to key performance indicators for both capital and operating budgets.
Many managers are also expected to understand unit costing or activity-based accounting. For example, what should be a standard or expected cost to process an application for a government program? We will explore how unit costs can be established, monitored and managed.