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Financial Management Program

This expands your knowledge even further about financial management of a company and its business units. Seeing financial management as a main executive task. For executives with responsibility for financial objective-achievement. 4 days.


We know how hard it is to deliver your company's results on a regular basis. This 4-day seminar is for managers like you who want to update their skill set with even more knowledge about vital aspects of financial controlling as seen from the standpoint of executive management.


Strategic financial controlling is the responsibility of executives and upper management. Men and women who lead a company or subsidiary, who head a business division or a profit center, constantly make financial decisions with far-reaching implications.
Here are some examples:

  • You expand your business by offering not 
only products but problem solutions, a full service package or system integration, which requires financing and drives company costs. How can I avoid eroding my cost positioning? 

  • Your company decides to insource or outsource, and this changes its presence in the overall value-added chain, and changes capital intensity. This can have grave consequences for profitability. How can I meet profit objectives in this situation? 

  • Tough competition in a stagnating market is eroding profit margins, which forces your company to make price concessions. This puts pressure on earnings and makes the 
profit situation worse. What can you do to avoid this?
  • Focusing more on the core business has caused partial divestment, and parts of the company are to be sold. How can you determine what the optimal price is here?
  • The Controlling department writes reports for management with highly compressed data. How can you derive and implement measures from this information to ensure positive results and increase cash flow?
  • Top management sets fiscal objectives that are very ambitious. What can you do to achieve these objects anyway?

These are only a few examples of questions that executives ask. They show that it's not always the Finance or Controlling departments alone who handle company finances. In fact, strategic financial controlling is tightly integrated with strategic management. The holistic St.Gallen approach to management helps you identify synergies here, and to reach even ambitious objectives by creating:

  • Above-average profitability and a healthy financial position, with sustainable growth and value enhancement.


This seminar teaches you how to lay down the right fiscal foundation for your company. This demands comprehensive understanding and the ability to assume financial management tasks. It offers instruments and methods to help you better achieve the financial objectives of your company. Our experienced lecturers demonstrate how to manage the finances of a company, a business division or profit center in a way that optimizes performance and financial results.


  • Executives with responsibility for financial results
  • Managing directors and their deputies

  • Members of management boards and board of directors

  • CEO’s and executives

  • Men and women who head a department, and specialists who bear more and more responsibility for financial results

  • Profit Center directors who make financial decisions alone or with others.


Strategic Financial Management at a Glance

  • Financial management tasks as a central skill of the holistic management approach
  • Making strategic decisions about financial management using the St.Gallen management approach

Strategy and Finance

  • Effects of strategic changes on financial management
  • Changes of cost structures and cost position 

  • A change in participation in the value- 
added chain 

  • Consequences for capital intensity and 

  • Effects on financial feasibility of strategic 

Focusing, Innovating and Growing 

  • Consequences of these 3 different strategic variants on financial management 

  • Effects on liquidity, profitability, cash flow and corporate value

Holistic Control of Company Results 

  • The vital «adjustment buttons» that allow you to consistently improve and control cash flow, EBIT, company success and Profit Center marginal return 

  • Instruments and methods for an effective control of financial results

The Informative Value of Annual Financial Statements 

  • Analyzing and interpreting balance sheets, 
income statements, profit and loss statements
  • Reading between the lines of financial 
statements to recognize trends and changes
  • Understanding key performance indicators 

  • Intervening in a controlled way, and early 
enough, to counteract negative development 

Financing and Capital

  • Kinds of financing
  • Strategies for financing, financial engineering

  • Lowering financial costs
  • Calculating financial needs
  • Providing a liquidity reserve

  • Raising capital – externally or from within the company?

  • Costs of raising capital externally or from within the company

  • The advantages and disadvantages of a seasoned equity offering

The Logic of the Financial Market

  • What investors expect

  • How to handle analysts, investor relations
  • The requirements for achieving credit-worthiness

A Look at Corporate Value

  • Shareholder value concept. What remains?
  • Why does corporate value have to be controlled despite such concepts?
  • Achieving sustainable value enhancement
  • Value drivers

  • Targeted use of value generators

Acquisition of Companies or Parts of Companies

  • External growth through acquisitions

  • Determining the value of your company
  • A real-world evaluation of synergies. Where can they be used, where should they probably not be used?

  • Real-world experiences in realizing synergies
  • Sales negotiations and due diligence.


  • Selling your company or parts of it

  • Streamlining your portfolio
  • Spin-offs with or without management buy-out

  • Requirements for getting a good selling price


  • The merger of two businesses

  • Strengthening your market position
  • Reducing costs
  • Adapting too-high production capacities to market demand
  • Avoiding duplication
  • Enhancing the talent pool and core competencies

  • The attempt to create a single corporate culture out of two

Management Information System (MIS)

  • Financial early-warning system
  • Developing an effective MIS


  • Modern reporting systems

  • Meaningful and informative presentation of results
Navigation instruments


1. Session 2018

Number: N5018

Dates: June 11 - 14, 2018
Flims, Switzerland

CHF 4'900.- excl. VAT Invoice on request in EUR, at current exchange rate

2. Session 2018

Number: N5028

Dates: October 22 - 25, 2018
Brunnen, Switzerland

CHF 4'900.- excl. VAT Invoice on request in EUR, at current exchange rate

Additional Services

Call us for a telephone consultation: +41 (0) 44 913 15 80

Seminar + Individual Coaching

Seminar + Individual Coaching

Book an individual coaching session in addition to a seminar.

My Sparring Partner

My Sparring Partner

Book this 2-day workshop and profit from a deep-dive into company-specific content, with insights especially relevant to your work. For you and a max. of 4 other colleagues from your company.

Learn & Perform

Learn & Perform

First you attend an open seminar. After completion, a St. Gallen management consultant visits you at your company to support implementing what your learned.

A Second Opinion

A Second Opinion

You need to make an important decision that will determine the course your company will take. To make sure you get it right, you need a second opinion.

Implementation Project

You attend an open seminar, and those things you learned that are especially vital to your company are then implemented with this project, tailor-made for your company with external support.

The Mental Option

Management top-performance requires mental preparation. Our "Human Tuning" service is an additional day of mental training for executives.

Company Teams

Two or more participants from a single company take part in the same seminar – and implement what they learned immediately upon return.

Bosses Promoting High-Potentials

When you promote men and women of your staff, it will help if you approve their participation in our junior program first. In a briefing, you tell us what exactly your employee needs to develop. We meet with the participant and give you feedback about this. We then give you a promotion proposal and the St. Gallen talent-promotion tool for implementing your own talent management.

Small-Group Seminar

Small-Group Seminar

A seminar with a max. of 6 participants. Small groups allow a deep-dive into subjects of special interest to you.



After learning the latest management insights at your seminar, you want to use them. You have ideas, maybe even a concept. Or you want to practice what you learned and your conduct as an executive.

Bring your Customer

Bring your customers with you to a seminar. Here you'll be inspired for collaboration, joint development, open innovation. During off-time, you can work with your customer on ideas for future collaboration.

Compressed Learning

Compressed Learning

Management knowledge compressed into a 1-day seminar, with content conceived especially for your company.

Certification of your Advanced Training

Certification of your Advanced Training

You can book an additional 4-day workshop for certifying your advance training.

Career Support

Career Support

You are pursuing a specific management position. We'll help you in your career.

St. Gallen Tools

St. Gallen Tools

We develop management and leadership instruments that are tailor-made for use at your company.

St. Gallen Inhouse

St. Gallen Inhouse

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