Aspiring managers shouldn't leave numbers to the experts

Aspiring managers shouldn't leave numbers to the experts

Financial literacy is an essential skill that all professional managers need in order to excel in their careers and make an impact in their organisations. It can be easy to leave the numbers and spreadsheets to the accountants but Matt Davies, senior teaching fellow at Aston Business School, explains financial literacy really does matter to all managers.

An emerging manager with the knowledge and confidence to interpret, evaluate and communicate financial figures will fast track their career through enhanced leadership capability. Matt delivers the financial management workshop of Aston Business School’s professional development programme the Professional Managers Award (PMA). He has seen first-hand the impact improved financial confidence, global perspective and responsiveness has on career progression.

Matt has spent over 25 years as an accountant, trainer, university lecturer and consultant working with managers in a wide variety of organisations. He is passionate that professionals can fast track their management careers with the commercial acumen and strategic thinking to enable them to make more informed and therefore better decisions.

Enabling managers to communicate more effectively in order to gain approval from senior management, external funders and to steer their own teams, will help take their career to the next level.

The third cohort of the highly-recommended PMA programme begins in October 2016 and consists of six 2-day application based workshops, running over 12 months. The programme offers insight based on practical research and applicable strategic thinking in the key areas of finance, strategy, operations, people, marketing and project management.

Matt’s workshop, the first in the Programme, dispels common myths of financial management and provides practical advice for managers from organisations of all sizes and across all sectors, for a variety of business decisions and scenarios. As with each workshop facilitator, Matt applies his broad range of management expertise, cultural knowledge and real-world experience along with a selection of tools and techniques that can be applied immediately back into the workplace.

Nigel Attwood, sales & marketing manager, H&R Chempharm (UK) Ltd, praised the modules impact on his role when he completed the 2014 programme, “The finance workshop gave me a real world view of finance, broke down a lot of concepts to give me the confidence to participate and contribute to areas of our business I previously steered clear of.”

Aston Business School looks forward to welcoming applications for 201617 and to giving managers the chance to step outside their day to day routines, move out of their comfort zone and deliver new insight and impetus back into their organisation.

Matt urges all aspiring managers to up-skill through professional development training. “The path to career success is like climbing up the ladder – step by step. You need to have short-term and long-term goals. Set your short term goal to gain the skills to accelerate your career and show your manager and organisation you know where you want to be and then they can help you to get there.”

For further information and to apply for the 2016 Professional Managers’ Award please visit the website, or contact the programme director Paul Butler on