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Simplicient Controlling 7 – The CFO Profile to Fall in Love With

Back in September 2014, doitinvest.com published a researched white paper on the perfect profile of a Chief Financial Officer (in Central & Eastern Europe). It was quite well received, so I decided to revisit the topic today in this blog post, with more general notes.

After browsing several articles (see bottom for sources) on the CFO job profiles, I found quite interesting conclusions, even if you are not a boring finance professional trying to make his/her way to the top. Whilst reading them, I had two major surprises:
– The articles on the topic were few and far in between, and quite old (we are in 2014, they were from 2007-2010, when probably the enthusiasm and the PR needed to recruit high-caliber professionals for CFO jobs were substantially higher);
– Surprise surprise – despite their aging, the CFO blogs had some interesting insights which are still valid so far.

What were the key findings of these headhunter blogs related to the ideal CFO?:
– CFO’s need to have superior technical finance knowledge, especially related to the complexity of accounting standards, fiscal requirements, M&A’s and financial analysis (the Western Europe CFO’s who deal with much fewer and more developed countries need paradoxically less of such technical skills);
Communication skills are highly valued for the senior financial leaders, especially in the emerging markets & fast changing sectors such as industry, tech, pharma, IT;Read More »Simplicient Controlling 7 – The CFO Profile to Fall in Love With