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Finance business partner

What is a finance business partner and what do they do?

Finance business partners are accountants who work alongside different business departments/units, creating a real and active partnership with both operations and management. They provide financial information, tools, analysis and insight to executives, challenging their thinking, helping them make more informed decisions and driving business strategy. Their role is to provide real-time support and analysis, to be a trusted advisor and to add value that will assist in decision-making. As most unit managers and staff are not finance professionals, it is important that they have an ability to communicate their message, to understand their audience and deliver the information in a clear and user-friendly manner.


While the accountancy profession offers diverse career options and paths, the core capabilities required to perform at the highest standards remain the same - irrespective of skill level or job role.

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Continuing professional development at ACCA

A commitment to life-long learning is a vital part of your ACCA membership; it unlocks the full potential of your career choices - and drives forward the profession.

We deliver a wide range of CPD resources tailored to different areas of expertise - and an ever-changing profession. Our, and your, commitment to quality CPD ensures you will have the most up-to-date skills to perform at the highest standard. 

So, get started (or restarted) and take a look at our curated list of the most relevant CPD resources to secure and succeed in this role.

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Finance business partnering 10 course pack

This 10-course pack from BPP is designed to develop the new skills you need to be an effective and successful finance business partner. Changes and pressures on the economy have meant there is now much more of a relationship between finance and the operational part of the business. This has resulted in the development of the role of the finance business partner, which requires a completely different skill set to those needed by a more traditional financial accountant. 

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Career progression pathway: finance business partner

Today, the expectations on finance professionals are higher than ever. This pathway will teach you what it means to be a successful finance business partner, and how to achieve this goal. Learn how to become a person of influence and a trusted advisor within your organisation or for your clients, and see the benefits of employing a holistic approach to the finance function. You will discover how to improve your strategic awareness and reporting, as well as new approaches to take when making decisions. Find out how you can add value as a finance business partner.

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How does the ACCA qualification support this job role?

From a combination of exams, ethics and experience, the ACCA Qualification will boost your employability and performance at every stage of your career journey.

Here we have listed some elements of the ACCA Qualification that will help you perform at the highest standard in this job role.


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The view from Jon Piggott FCCA

Manager of finance business partner services, corporate services division, New South Wales Department of Communities and Justice, Australia