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Finance Business Partnering: Is It Really That Different To A Traditional Management Accounting Role?

Look at job descriptions or job adverts for many accounting jobs in industry, commerce or the public sector and chances are you will see Finance Business Partnering mentioned.

There is no doubt in my mind that accounting has changed a lot since I started out in 1980. Back then it was definitely a back office function.

Of course it changed over the years.  Working alongside the business became more common. It was less about score keeping and more about contribution.

It got my wondering about whether Finance Business Partnering was really different to a traditional management accounting role or whether it was radically different.

I reveal my thoughts in the video above.

What's your perspective?  Is the role of the Finance Business Partner radically different or is it just a re-brand of what many accountants have been doing for years?

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 6,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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