The CFO'S Perspective

The Habits of Highly Effective Manufacturing CFOs

Manufacturing CFOs are a unique breed. These financial leaders must not only encompass the typical traits of highly successful CFOs but also thrive in a quickly changing environment. The fast-paced, innovation-centric nature of manufacturing requires a distinct skillset from its leadership. As a result, even CFOs that thrive in other industries can find the role at a manufacturer more challenging because manufacturing has its own financial nuances and requires a commitment to continuous learning.

So, how do you find a CFO that will succeed in the role? Look for the following characteristics:

Topics: Manufacturing

How are Inflationary Pressures Affecting Manufacturers?

With US inflation rates rising rapidly small and large manufacturers alike are being affected by inflationary pressures in much the same way, although small manufacturers will undoubtedly feel the sting of rising inflation more deeply than their larger counterparts. These pressures are being further exacerbated by:

Knowing that a recession may be coming does not tell us when, why, or how it may occur. However, paired with dropping small business and consumer confidence, a looming recession is only going to worsen the effects of rising inflation rates on US manufacturers.

Topics: Economic Trends Manufacturing COVID-19

Is On-Site Necessary Anymore? Examining Today’s Most Effective Workforce Structure

When talking with colleagues these days it is common to hear people discussing the effectiveness of remote work, especially regarding consulting work. We hear partners and clients saying things like, “I just don’t think we can replicate the kind of interpersonal relationships we used to have virtually.” Yet, at the same time, we hear their employees expressing little desire ever to return to the office full-time, opting instead for fully remote or hybrid work arrangements. This dichotomy begs the question, “Which is better, in-person or remote?”

Topics: Trends Planning Leadership Company Culture

Faster or Better? How to Truly Improve your Accounting Processes

The last decade has seen an unparalleled push for greater efficiency. Increased automation across all business sectors has ushered in a focus on “faster” and “cheaper.” And while these are certainly important pursuits amidst rising labor and materials costs, they certainly should not be a company’s only focus. Chasing faster and cheaper almost always comes at the expense of “better,” which is a shame because “better” can actually go a long way in achieving both.

Topics: Accounting Bookkeeping Financial Process Accounting Software

A True Story About Accounting Cybersecurity and “Acme’s” Narrow Escape

Since we work with many companies across industries, we have an opportunity to get an inside view of hundreds of accounting departments along with other operational areas, including IT.  We see that with our clients, as with many other businesses, it can be really challenging to find time to improve the security of computing systems – there always seems to be something more urgent.

Topics: Security Success Story Cybersecurity

Debt Restructuring or Debt Consolidation – Which is Right for You?

Obviously, you cannot simply make business debt disappear. (Wouldn’t that be nice?!) But what you can do is make it more manageable, so it is easier to pay off.

Debt restructuring and debt consolidation are two debt management strategies that companies can use when they need help getting out from under their debt. There is a lot of confusion around these two financial debt management tools, which is why we have decided to put together a quick resource to help business owners and CEOs understand their options.

Topics: Debt Management

How does Uncertainty affect a CFO’s Role?

It is being mentioned on the news, among coworkers in team chats, and over dinner with family day after day. It is keeping Americans (especially business leaders) up at night. In fact, every client meeting we have these days has some discussion around it. What is it? Uncertainty.

Today’s culture is wrought with uncertainty that is absolutely sweeping through every industry. Rising inflation, COVID surges, interest rate hikes, a dramatic increase in the cost of living, the war in Ukraine, and a potential recession all have business leadership mired in a constant state of uncertainty. From professional services and hospitality to tech and manufacturing, uncertainty is taking a toll. And unfortunately, it does not show any signs of dissipating any time soon.

In response, many organizations have begun leaning even more heavily on their CEOs and CFOs to guide them through these tumultuous waters. Consumption patterns have changed, new buying trends have emerged, and supply chains have become murky, reducing confidence levels in business forecasts. And amid it all, CFOs are being asked to manage cash flow, oversee new business priorities, and aid in constantly shifting strategic planning initiatives.

Topics: CFO Planning Leadership CFO Responsibilities Change Management

Why Tech Skills are Essential for Today’s CFOs

Today’s top CFOs are vastly different than their predecessors because the CFO role itself has changed so dramatically over the last few decades. What used to be a strictly numbers-based executive financial role, has now evolved into a pivotal leadership position that touches numerous areas of the company including HR, IT, operations, manufacturing, sales, and marketing. And this sweeping change has ushered in a shift in what is expected of a CFO’s skillset as well.

The most salient difference is how today’s CFOs are required to utilize technology. CFOs are expected to be well versed in technology options for streamlining operations, meeting business needs, informing strategic decision making, and maximizing growth. As a result, tech proficiency has become the single most newly sought after skill when hiring a new CFO.

Topics: Recruiting Trends CFO Hiring CFO Responsibilities