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Commercial finance professional

What is a commercial finance professional and what do they do?

A commercial finance professional is a finance business partner who supports non-finance functions such as operations, marketing and sales. They provide insightful and influential analysis to assist management in making well-informed commercial decisions. They will challenge the business to make improvements, such as streamlining expenditure, to maximise profit and improve financial performance.

Commercial finance professionals may also provide regular analysis of sales performance against targets to highlight variances and identify areas for improvement. They may support new product development through the preparation of budgets and forecasts and often provide financial input into new contract negotiations.


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 1.5

Online course


Accounting professionals often engage in negotiations, including with partners, vendors, contractors, suppliers, customers, potential employees and hiring managers.

This course will give you the tools you need to effectively prepare, carry out and conclude those negotiations successfully.

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units 40

Online course

Certificate in business valuations (Cert BV)

The Certificate in Business Valuations developed by ACCA and Conseil Superiéur Ordre Des Experts-Comptables (CSOEC) helps you understand how to apply the principles of business valuation in order to better service your clients’ needs with the Certificate in Business Valuations. As the Certificate in Business Valuations takes approximately 20 hours to complete, it could count towards almost a whole year’s worth of verifiable CPD for our members.

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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.