Strategy is the key for finance directors of tomorrow.

Finance directors are playing an increasing role in the future strategic direction of companies, according to new research commissioned by Deloitte & Touche, writes Lucinda Kemeny. In a survey of more than 2,000 jobs advertisements for finance directors over the last 25 years, Bristol Business School found that FDs are now far more strategy-orientated in sharp contrast to the traditional accountant’s role they might have performed in the past. The survey also found that aspiring directors will require good interpersonal, IT and general management skills in the future. In the mid-1970s, more than two-thirds of companies did not identify any personal attributes for their jobs, but by 1998, this had fallen to a mere 6%.

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