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Finance for the Non-financial Manager

Develop your people skills and your management style to become a dynamic people manager and leader

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  • Format: Bespoke training
  • CPD: 12 hours for your records (depending on your requirements)
  • Certificate of completion

Introduction from the Course Leader


Course overview

Managers must be conversant with the terminology and statements that accountants use. Technical expertise in projects, service delivery, production or other areas can only really be harnessed if you understand the accounting and reporting that drives your business. This programme will provide you with the practical financial skills and techniques to ensure business success and profitability for you, your department and your business.

Who should attend

  • Managers, technical managers and all those from non-financial disciplines
  • Newly appointed managers, supervisors and team leaders
  • New members of the management team
  • Senior managers with expertise in areas other than finance

Programme at a glance...

Day one

What do accountants do?

The basic financial statements

The accounting process

Why be in business – from a financial perspective

Accounting rules – accounting standards


Day two



Reading financial statements

Performance measurement – analytical reviews and ratio analysis

Action planning and close of course

Ralph Tiffin

Ralph Tiffin BSc, FCA, AMIMechE is principal of McLachlan+Tiffin, chartered accountants and statutory auditors, and principal consultant at Tiffins.consultancy Ltd. Ralph has a wealth of experience with companies of all sizes in the UK, the EU, Asia and the Middle East. With his background in engineering and day to day work with diverse businesses, Ralph spends the majority of his time consulting and lecturing on accounting topics, project appraisal, budgeting, project appraisal IFRS, ethics and fraud prevention management issues for the energy, telecoms, rail, shipping and other sectors. His firm and associated consultancy has many clients in the transport, construction, manufacturing, engineering, food, retail and ship-owning and ship management companies.

Ralph is the author of a range of books on financial management, IFRS, project appraisal, accounting and auditing. All his books are aimed at understanding finance and the practical implementation of techniques for better business management.

More details

Run Finance for the Non-financial Manager Bespoke training for your team

2 days

Typical duration

Pricing from:

  • GBP 800
  • Per attendee
  • Course tailored to your requirements
  • At your choice of location, or online


We don't have any currently scheduled dates for this course but we can customise it to your requirements and deliver it on an in-house basis for any number of your staff or colleagues.

Contact our in-house training expert Aleksandra Beer to discuss your requirements:

Reviews of IPI's Finance for the Non-financial Manager training course

Very happy - Complex subject. Presented in a presentable way. Very interpretive. Small group was great.

Oct 13 2016

Justina Kutkauskaite
Legal Counsel Europe, Aptargroup UK Holdings Limited

Oct 12 2015

Speaker was fantastic, really engaging and supportive. There were varying levels of knowledge in the room and he tried to cater for all.

Katherine Beard
Independent Lives

Mar 12 2015

Very knowledgeable speaker. Programme very well tailored for busy professional who need to quickly grasp financial issues in real-life business context.

Anh Luu
Senior Legal Counsel, Evonik Specialty Organics Ltd

Oct 12 2015

Good, clear, useful

Glyn Richards
Senior Legal Advisor, Bupa

Mar 12 2015

Good level of information and the right pace

Jacqui Tribe
Manager, Legal & Regulatory, The UK Cards Association Limited

Oct 15 2014

Very good, although I think a very basic understanding of accounts is required beforehand. Maybe the opportunity to read the notes prior to the course would be helpful to get to grips with the terminology.

Emily Sheldrake Taylor
Product Manager, Green People

Oct 15 2014

Enjoyable and interesting despite of the subject!

Holly Heath
COLP & Personal and Commercial Services Manager, DAS Law

Oct 15 2014

Professional, educated and informative. Relevant to managers across all industries.

Toby Shephard
Senior Director, EMEA Regional Medical Lead, Pfizer Ltd

Oct 15 2014

Good course, interesting speaker.

Jane Eaglen
Solicitor, Hannover Re UK Life Branch

Oct 16 2013

Course content was good, delivered clearly ensuring and giving students the chance to ask questions if not understanding.

Andrew S. Mayne
Managing Director, Milbank Concrete Products Ltd

Oct 16 2013

I thought the course and speaker were excellent and I succeeded in getting what I hoped out of it

Gareth Hart
Surveying Manager, Newland Homes Ltd

Mar 13 2013

I found the course content and presentation style very helpful to my job. However as someone who struggles with finance I still found some of it difficult to understand.

Kate Spencer
Operations Director, York Housing Association Ltd

Mar 13 2013

Backed up information to be looked at/used as a reference is very useful. Coverage was in-depth enough, not too much detail.

Phillipa Candy
Director, Alison Price and Company Limited

Oct 17 2012

The overall course was most helpful for my particular requirement. The content and presentation of the course was excellent and the speaker was superb and made the course very interesting and easy to follow. Thank you.

Jane Harwood
PA to Head of Human Resources , The IET


  • Accenture
  • Alison Price and Company Limited
  • Apteco Ltd
  • Archant Ltd
  • Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd
  • Atlas Copco CMT
  • Bupa
  • DAS Law
  • Deloitte LLP
  • Evonik Specialty Organics Ltd
  • Falconbury Ltd
  • Genting Casinos Ltd
  • Green People
  • Hannover Re UK Life Branch
  • Incisive Media
  • Independent Lives
  • Inmarsat
  • Kings Road Publishing
  • L-3 Communications MSUK Ltd
  • Marie Curie Hospice
  • Milbank Concrete Products Ltd
  • MJL Limited
  • Newland Homes Ltd
  • Papa John's (GB) Ltd
  • Police Federation of England and Wales
  • ScotAsh Ltd
  • Sigma Aldrich Company Ltd
  • TDSi Ltd
  • The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
  • The IET
  • The Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • The UK Cards Association Limited
  • Total E & P UK
  • Virginia Hayward Ltd
  • Vita (Europe) Ltd
  • Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (UK)
  • York Housing Association Ltd


  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals
  • Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals
  • Pfizer Ltd


  • Aptargroup UK Holdings Limited
  • Marlink Enterprise




  • Linklaters LLP

Isle of Man

  • MMD GPHC Ltd


  • Amadeus IT Group SA


  • Tactical IPR AB


  • Vifor Pharma

Multiple colleagues?
Talk to one of our training experts to discuss how to:

Run this course conveniently and cost-effectively in-house for your staff and colleagues

Aleksandra BEER
Training expert

+44 (0)20 7749 4749