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Chartered Institute of Management Accountants recruitment - Jo Monkman


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Presentation for HEA-funded workshop 'The employable accounting and finance graduate – Make your work experience count'

The event was a practical workshop which focused on the employability skills looked for within graduate accounting market. Although, it was not grounded in academic research, the event was an opportunity for students to hear first-hand what employers recruiting accounting and finance professionals are looking for.

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Chartered Institute of Management Accountants recruitment - Jo Monkman

  1. 1. Jo Monkman Student Recruitment Manager
  2. 2. CIMA at a glance * * * 218,000 members and students in 177 countries CIMA members hold 111 board positions at 91 different FTSE 350 companies – 42 within 37 FTSE 100 companies – 69 within 54 FTSE 250 companies Largest worldwide growth of total students and members from 2012 to 2013 when compared to all other POB members (ACCA, CIPFA, ICAEW, CAI, ICAS) * * * Presence in 100% of the global top 100 brands CIMA has entered a joint venture with the AICPA which now opens doors in the USA for CIMA members CIMA has overtaken ICAEW in Industry and Commerce, capturing 27% of the market growth of accountants in this sector in the last five years.
  3. 3. What is management accounting? Who in the business is qualified to make decisions like these? The price per song on iTunes What and when films are shown on Sky movies Why festival tickets work out more expensive for one day than for the whole weekend The prices for the 2012 London Olympic Games Why there are ‘buy one get one free’ offers
  4. 4. Types of roles CIMA people work in Information management roles Business Analysis Manager Head of Programme Management Director of Information Technology Finance roles Commercial roles Finance Director Commercial Director Finance Business Partner Marketing Manager Management Accountant Management Consultant Executive roles Operations roles Chief Executive Human Resources Manager Managing Director Project Manager Chief Financial Officer Operations Director Role Assistant Financial Analyst, Sky “People assume accountancy is boring; my role is anything but boring!”
  5. 5. The range of companies we work with Professional services and consulting Retail Financial services Media and publishing Public sector and not-for-profit Telecomms and IT FMCG Transport, travel and leisure Engineering and manufacturing
  6. 6. Where can CIMA take me?
  7. 7. CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting C01 Fundamentals of Management Accounting Basic costing Budgets Accounting and cost systems C02 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting Regulatory framework Preparing accounts Accounting systems and controls C03 Fundamentals of Business Mathematics Basic maths Probability Financial maths Forecasting C04 Fundamentals of Business Economics Economic environment Analysis for business decisions Market economy and role of government C05 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law Elements of contract Company law Administration and finance Applying legal knowledge
  8. 8. Syllabus diagram Enterprise pillar How do we develop strategy and plan for its effective implementation? Performance pillar How do we ensure that our strategy is realistic and that we are implementing it effectively? Financial pillar How do we prepare and interpret financial statements to show how well we are doing and to help us make decisions?
  9. 9. CIMA Global Business Challenge 2014 Sponsored by
  10. 10. GBC Overview Once in a lifetime opportunity International business competition for undergraduates compete against 23 other countries worldwide Three great reasons to enter: 1. Win an all expenses paid trip to the global final in India, and other great prizes 2. Meet top graduate employers 3. A great addition to your CV Sponsored by
  11. 11. How it works The GBC 2014 competition is run in three stages. Stage one – case study analysis You will be required to demonstrate your understanding of a case study by analysing it using the given scenario and submitting a 3,000 word report Stage two – synopsis and presentation (UK final) Four teams will be shortlisted to present their report to a panel of judges. Stage three – presentation (global final) The winning UK team will represent their university and the UK at the global final. Sponsored by
  12. 12. Companies that attended the GBC in 2013
  13. 13. Key Dates Team registration deadline – 7th March 2014 Report submission – 31st March 2014 Announcement of finalists – 9th May 2014 UK final – 13th June 2014 Global Final in India – 9th August Sponsored by
  14. 14. Becoming a CIMA member CIMA student to member at a glance: Three years’ work based practical experience Can be gained before registering as a CIMA student Demonstrate highest standard of conduct and integrity Can be gained through more than one employer Preparing and maintaining accounting records Preparation of management accounts Statutory and regulatory reporting Management reporting for decision making IT desktop skills Systems and procedure development Planning, budgeting and forecasting Product and service costing Information management Financial strategy Corporate finance Treasury management Taxation Project appraisal Business evaluation and appraisal Project management Business strategy Working capital content External relationships Risk management and business assurance
  15. 15. Keep Me In The Loop Title Title Role Finance Analyst, British Airways Register to become a CIMA student today: T. +44(0)20 8849 2251 E. “I chose to study CIMA as it is a dynamic, forward-thinking and commercially-focused qualification that provides the skills and knowledge required to meet the requirements of modern business.”