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Business performance professional

What is a business performance professional and what do they do?

Business performance professionals ensure performance and business management activities are aligned to the wider company strategic agenda and provide reliable insight to decision makers as to the progress of the business against its objectives. They will establish routine reporting structures and analyse data from multiple sources to deliver regular, insightful reports to senior management regarding the performance of the business or certain projects against KPI's.

As a result of their findings, these professionals may recommend business improvement initiatives, liaise with divisional business heads on areas that need attention, or identify group wide trends that need addressing in order that performance targets and strategic objectives of the organisation are met. The business performance professional may also track the performance of the company versus the competition.


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.

units 11

Online course

Performance management and financial modelling 10 course pack

This ten course pack from BPP will provide you with the skills needed to ensure you can comprehensively inform your organisation when decision making for the future, based on facts and data. Learn about metrics, using data to inform strategy and decision-making, analysing your success, and how to create high-quality financial models so you can confidently communicate this information back to your business. 

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

  • how data can inform an organisation’s strategy
  • how to use data to turn the strategic vision into a reality, and the role you can play
  • the balanced scorecard
  • how to use Excel for financial modelling and the rules to follow for success.
units 25

Online course

Advanced financial modeler

Financial modeling plays an integral part in business decision making, with modelers informing key transactions and critical business decisions. Being able to validate your learning with an accreditation allows you to demonstrate technical modeling skills most valued by employers.

The Financial Modelling Institute (FMI) is the only financial modeling accreditation body in the world. The FMI exists to create and uphold international industry best practices with respect to financial modeling skills. Through its exams and accreditations, the FMI allows candidates, employers and the broader community to recognise true ability in financial modeling.

The Advanced Financial Modeler (AFM) is the FMI’s first level of accreditation. Only candidates who demonstrate the required level of proficiency in the AFM exam can successfully achieve the AFM accreditation, and show validated expertise in financial modeling. 

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units 10

Online course

Certificate in global business services

When you choose the industry-leading Certificate in Global Business Services, you’ll give your finance staff the skills and confidence to drive your business forward. You’ll enhance your global reputation for excellence and stay fit to face the future.

This course will give your GBS employees the skills and expertise to process accounting and produce reports, and to understand shared services, processes and standards. Through five key modules delivered over 10 hours of expert online tuition, they’ll:

  • discover the principles and practice that define the best shared services teams
  • gain the skills and expertise to design better processes and manage change
  • discover how to harness innovative tech – and deliver truly outstanding service
  • realise the benefits of online learning through the ACCA Learning platform
  • receive a recognised qualification – the Certificate in global business services.
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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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The view from Eva Nassaazi ACCA

Manager, business performance and analytics, Orient Bank, Kampala, Uganda