Every year thousands of ambitious individuals embark on a career in finance, attracted by its potential to offer meaningful work, good remuneration and professional advancement. Yet finance is also a highly competitive profession, so it is tough to reach the top.
Those who make it to the most senior positions in the finance sector have roles that extend far beyond number-crunching: they often fill the right-hand position to the CEO and are expected to advise on strategy, manage relationships with investors and other stakeholders, and oversee change management and IT projects. This range of responsibilities calls for a unique skill set.
Reach the Top in Finance is the definitive guide to career success for finance professionals who want to know how they can succeed as trusted advisors, business partners, senior leaders and innovators, regardless of whether they work in industry, not-for-profit or public practice.
Sally Percy explains how you can acquire the range of skills that underpin personal and professional growth in the finance sector. Featuring interviews with current and former CFOs in the UK and overseas, as well as commentary from recruiters and headhunters, Reach the Top in Finance provides the ambitious finance professional of today with the guidance, insight and knowledge they need to become the respected CFO or senior partner of tomorrow.
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About the Author
Sally Percy is a journalist with over 10 years of experience, mostly in writing on the finance sector. She has edited two journals, Accountancy and The Treasurer, and produced numerous white papers for businesses such as EY and Hays. She has written stories that have been covered by the Financial Times and has also contributed to The Telegraph and business supplements in The Times. She now runs her own financial content agency, Love Letters Publishing.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 – Building your personal brand
Chapter 2 – Skills and capabilities
Chapter 3 - Career management
Chapter 4 – Being the business partner
Chapter 5 – Leadership and Management
Chapter 6 – Women in Finance
Chapter 7 – Beyond finance
Chapter 8 – The accountant as an entrepreneur
Chapter 9 – Conclusion