Intensive Program in Finance & Accounting

This is our advanced training for finance and controlling. A management course for finance and accounting, planning and realization of financial objectives, and for the most important subjects affecting controlling. 4 + 4 days.


The 2-part Finance and Controlling Program gives you comprehensive insight into finance and accounting, and demonstrates how they are related.


This course is perfect if you're looking to learn fundamentals that you can use at work, but also if you need to refresh and update your current level of knowledge. In addition, you'll learn how to create a business plan for a company and where to get the money to finance it.
At the heart of this course are the following topics:

  • Corporate accounting
  • Financial management
  • Controlling
  • Economic assessment of business models 
and business plans


  • Managers of product lines and service centers with responsibility for performance-achievement, sales, profit margins or costs, or managers who want to assume these types of positions.
  • Directors of business divisions, Profit Centers, business units or departments and groups who are being given more financial responsibility.
  • Specialists and implementers from all areas of business who would like a systematic course about the fundamentals of finance and accounting.
  • Junior staff
  • Technicians, life scientists, engineers, lawyers and other specialists seeking to expand their skill set.


Finance and Accounting – a General Overview

  • How modern finance and accounting are interrelated
  • The instruments of corporate accounting and a general overview of financial management

The Fundamentals of Corporate Accounting

  • What executives must know about the structures and logic of corporate accounting

Cost Accounting, Calculations, Pricing

  • Cost categories, cost centers
  • Full costs, partial costs, marginal costs, legal costs
  • Cost and performance accounting systems
  • Calculation systems with marginal costs and profit margins
  • Pricing – the market versus calculation
  • Flexible lower-price limits

Profit Center Account

  • Expenses and income
  • Internal transfer pricing
  • Imputed costs, cost allocation, cost distribution
  • Direct and indirect costs
  • The Profit Center account

Planning and Budgeting

  • Planning and budgeting as an important part of company success
  • Structure, content and use of an effective planning and budgeting system
  • Flexible budgeting?

Investment and Profitability Calculation

  • Calculating the profitability of investments
  • The profitability of investments in projects, calculating new business ideas about rationalization or expansion
  • Make or buy – outsourcing, insourcing


  • The relationship between strategic changes – like portfolio expansion, new market-cultivation concepts, investments in manufacturing processes, etc. – and a broadening of financial needs
  • Cash flow statement, capital requirements and fund sourcing
  • Types of financing, financial costs

Liquidity/Cash Management

  • Liquidity controlling
  • Avoiding liquidity shortfalls

Profit and Performance Objectives

  • Setting ambitious profit and performance objectives
  • Measures and effective mechanisms of profit management
  • Achieving profit, cash flow, performance and profit margin objectives

Cost Management

  • Budgeting and controlling costs
  • Deliberately shaping the break-even point
  • Lowering fixed costs or not allowing them 
to rise
  • Cost variation
  • Lowering costs – how to approach this?

Profitable Growth

  • The financial consequences of an expansion strategy
  • Growth and its consequences on return and liquidity
  • The challenge of achieving profitable growth

New Business Ideas

  • Conceiving a new business idea that is results-driven
  • Designing new business units to profit, new Profit Centers or projects

Business Plan

  • Out of ideas a business plan is created
  • Content, structure and substance of a business plan

Controlling Instruments

  • The "management success report"
  • Interpreting and assessing monthly controlling reports
  • The "balanced scorecard" as navigation instrument

Managing your Key Performance Indicators (KPI)

  • Knowing and using a KPI matrix
  • Linking of sales, margins, costs and results
  • Management using the right KPIs

Using a Target-Performance Comparison

  • Target-performance comparison as a way for early identification of deviations
  • Optimal use of decision-relevant management information

Eliminating Sources of Loss

  • How sources of loss are discovered
  • Are losses an «investment in the future» or an «unnecessary recourse consumer»?
  • Reducing unwanted losses

Scrutinizing Business Strategies from a Financial Standpoint

  • Developing precise business strategies
  • Recognizing the profit potential behind strategic considerations
  • Assessing the financial feasibility of a business strategy
  • Understanding the investment required to implement a business strategy

Scrutinizing Marketing Concepts from a Financial Standpoint

  • The relationship between customer benefits and company profitability
  • The perceived value of a service and its pricing
  • Discount or premium – market logic should dictate pricing
Part 1: 23.09.2019 - 26.09.2019, Davos, Switzerland
Part 2: 21.10.2019 - 24.10.2019, Flims Waldhaus, Switzerland
CHF 6'900.- / EUR 6'400.- excl. VAT
Invoice on request in EUR, at current exchange rate
Part 1: 23.09.2019 - 26.09.2019, Davos, Switzerland
Part 2: 21.10.2019 - 24.10.2019, Flims Waldhaus, Switzerland
CHF 6'900.- / EUR 6'400.- excl. VAT
Invoice on request in EUR, at current exchange rate
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