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Strategy manager

What is a strategy manager and what do they do?

Strategy professionals are responsible for developing high priority strategic initiatives, working directly with the business’s leadership, executives, and stakeholders - both internal and external. They lead cross-functional teams in the development of operational strategies that will influence business growth and profitability as well as helping to ensure that the day-to-day activities of the company support these initiatives. Strategy consultants can work in major strategy advisory firms in practice, or can be found working in industry in larger, multi-national organisations.


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.

Further qualification

Certificate in sustainability for finance (Cert SF)

This course aims to equip you with the knowledge and understanding you need to help your organisation measure, analyse and report on sustainability and ESG-related matters. These skills will help you provide greater stakeholder insights to support business and investment decisions as well as regulatory disclosures.

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • define sustainability and sustainable development
  • explain why sustainability is important to society, to organisations, and to finance professionals
  • understand the global challenges of sustainable development and how business organisations can help meet these challenges 
  • evaluate business value chains, business models and business practices for sustainability and related issues
  • understand sustainability reporting frameworks
  • understand how the science based targets initiative, and big data, contribute to sustainability
  • understand responsible investment principles. 
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Strategic accounting 5 course pack

This five-course pack from BPP has been designed to enable accountants to develop their strategic thinking and analytical skills. Simply meeting month-end goals are not enough for today's finance professional. Raise your profile and increase your employability by having a strong grasp of strategic thinking.

By completing this pack, you will gain a better understanding of: 

  • how to identify change and develop a strategy for your organisation
  • formal strategic development models
  • how to align core functions with strategic business objectives, improving your organisation's productivity and effectiveness
  • how to use analytics to measure your strategic success
  • how to include working capital in the strategic approach for your business.
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How does the ACCA qualification prepare you for 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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Case study for this role

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The view from Mat Dawson FCCA

Strategic finance manager, treasury and pensions, at the Tri-borough councils