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Finance business partnering – overcoming challenges

How can interim managers act as finance business partners and ensure partnering continues after the assignment is over?

Experienced interim managers can no doubt teach finance professionals a thing or two about how to partner with business managers. This is partly because unlike an incumbent finance director you’re not a monopoly supplier and need to be able to sell yourself and your services. While ICAEW’s Finance business partnering: a guide should still be of value, this article aims to help with some of the specific business partnering challenges for interim managers.

Finance business partnering is a term which some love and some loathe. For us it’s useful shorthand for finance staff that want to work more closely with line managers on commercial decision making, strategy development, and improving business performance.