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CFO Program Overview

Our CFO Program is designed for passionate finance leaders who are keen to develop a well-respected finance function that provides vital support, influence and value creation across your business.
Alongside your peers, you will become the best version of yourself and act as a positive role model who challenges the status quo. You will learn how to develop a mindset for success, whilst living by your values and demonstrating a willingness to expand your perspectives.
To lead you to CFO success, we provide a tailored approach that emphasizes three key areas:

Catalyst for Change

You will transform your team into an essential business function that creates value and transforms operations.

Strategic Business Partner

You will deliver data-driven strategic insights to challenge the Board, influence strategy and drive key decision-making.

Inspirational Leader

You will develop into an externally-facing leader, a vital Board member and become the co-pilot to your CEO.

The next Cohorts start on:

Monday 11th September
4:00 PM BST / 11:00 AM ET / 5:00 PM CET
Monday 6th November
4:00 PM GMT / 12:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM CET

Who is the CFO Program for?

Individuals who are leading a finance function and reporting to the board (e.g. CFO, Head of Finance, Finance Director, VP of Finance).

New CFOs aiming to adapt quickly, hone leadership skills, and efficiently manage the finance function.

Experienced finance leaders seeking to stay current with trends, maintain leadership effectiveness, and invest in reaching their full potential.

The Benefits of a Cohort Group

CFO course live online workshop

Peer Learning: Participating in a cohort group allows finance leaders to learn from and interact with their peers, who may have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. This collaborative learning environment fosters a sense of community that enables participants to expand their knowledge and skills in a supportive and engaging setting.

Networking: The cohort group environment provides finance leaders with an opportunity to network and build relationships with other professionals who share similar career goals and aspirations. These connections can be valuable in terms of knowledge-sharing, job referrals, and future collaborations.

Enhanced Accountability: Being part of a cohort group also enhances accountability for finance leaders. The group provides a level of support and motivation to help participants stay on track with their development goals and commitments. Peer accountability can also be an effective way to ensure that participants are making progress towards their career objectives.

Meet the CFO Program Mentors

Each program cohort group is delivered by our experienced CFOs and professional mentors:

Catherine Clark

GrowCFO UK & Europe Lead Mentor | Experienced CFO | Executive Coach

James O'Brien

GrowCFO APAC Lead Mentor | Experienced CFO | Executive Coach

Join one of our online preview events to learn more about this exciting program

Modules Overview

Our nine modules will help transform you from a back office function leader into the co-pilot to your CEO.


Embed finance across the company

During this Module, participants will learn to build a financial culture that aligns your employees with the financial objectives of your company; implement policies, procedures and controls across the business; and capture the appropriate data to analyse performance drivers. This will help to transform your finance team from being regarded as a back office function to being seen as an essential business function.


Identify profit and cash initiatives

Within Module 2, participants will learn to build up strong relationships across the business; identify cost drivers and determine opportunities to create value. These will support a range of activities including embedding cost reduction initiatives, optimising cash flows and driving business transformation. This Module will help your finance team to change from being regarded as a results provider to being seen as a business value creator.


Oversee and drive business change

During this Module, participants will learn to oversee business operations outside of your finance function, drive efficiencies across your organisation and implement change management initiatives including finance transformations. This will support the alignment of financial and commercial strategies. This Module will help to transform you from being seen as an internal contributor to becoming an operational transformer.


Deliver data-driven strategic insights

Within Module 4, participants will understand how to create relevant insights from data, how to quantify the impact of different scenarios and how to write high quality board papers. This will allow you to communicate your analysis effectively, tell the financial story and determine the questions to be answered at Board level. This Module will help to transform you from a transactions processor into a forward-looking innovator.


Challenge your Board and influence strategy

During this Module, participants will learn how to challenge your Board during difficult conversations, deal with Board room dynamics and conflicts of interest, plus provide your unique financial and risk management perspective. You will also learn how to influence strategy by identifying significant business opportunities and determining funding options. This will help to transform you into a Strategic Business Partner.


Drive key decision-making

Within Module 6, participants will learn how to build trusted relationships across your business, provide the necessary information to help people make decisions and generate strong evidence to support your opinions. You will also learn strategies for chasing people to make decisions. This Module will help you to transform from somebody with a unique financial perspective into a truly valued Strategic Business Partner.


Represent your business externally

During this Module, participants will learn how to improve your gravitas, present your story effectively and generate confidence towards your business. This will help you with a range of external responsibilities including fundraising, investor relations, customer and supplier negotiations, dealing with authorities and becoming a leading voice in your marketplace. Participants will transform a department head into an external-facing leader.


Become a critical and influential voice

Within Module 8, participants will learn how to provide support to your colleagues, build strong relationships with each board member and impress your executives or NEDs during challenges situations. This will help to elevate your personal brand, add value during your Board interactions and consistently produce high quality output. This Module will support you towards becoming a vital board member.


Deliver the business plan

During this Module, participants will learn how to build a strong working relationship with your CEO, determine your complementary skill sets and work out the best way to support one another. You will also learn how to communicate effectively to your workforce and deliver the business plan across your organisation. This will help make you the first person that people will turn to for support and to become the co-pilot to your CEO.

Join a CFO Preview Event

Find out more about the CFO Program in one of our upcoming informational sessions.

Competency framework

The CFO Program offers the following activities during a 6-month period
1. Competency Framework: Rank yourself against the 45 CFO skills within The GrowCFO Competency Framework.
2. Online Program: Complete the nine CFO program online modules.
3. Competency Workshops: Attend live workshops led by GrowCFO’s professional mentors to address your biggest skills gaps.
4. Competency Courses: Complete a selection of 45 online courses to address priority areas identified in your Competency Framework.
5. Cohort Group Workshops: Attend nine two-hour CFO program mentoring workshops delivered in a cohort of 6-8 peers.
6. Fundraising Simulator: Lead an entire virtual fundraising process as the CFO based on a real-life $12 million fundraise.
7. Virtual Boardroom: Play the role of the CFO in a live boardroom discussion chaired by a professional mentor to navigate challenging real-life case studies.
8. Professional Mentoring: Six months of one-to-one professional mentoring from an experienced CFO with at least ten years of board-level experience (this is optional and should be purchased separately).
9. Learning Plan: Document your quarterly progress against your GrowCFO learning plan for at least 12 months.

Graduating participants will receive a signed GrowCFO certificate to showcase within your CV and LinkedIn profile. This clearly demonstrates your commitment towards developing your skills and growing your network, making you a successful CFO.


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The next Cohorts start on:

Monday 11th September

4:00 PM BST / 11:00 AM ET / 5:00 PM CET

Monday 6th November

4:00 PM GMT / 12:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM CET

Buy CFO Program

All prices are exclusive of sales tax

$5,495 / £3,995 / €4,995

Frequently Asked Questions

While attending live sessions is recommended for optimal training experience, we understand that sometimes unexpected situations may arise. If you are unable to attend a live session, a recording of the session will be made available to you. However, please note that for certain sessions, you may still be required to submit preparatory work even if you are unable to attend the live session, so please review the course material carefully and make arrangements accordingly to ensure you can keep up with the program requirements.

The live online workshops run approximately every three weeks lasting two hours each. There is typically no preparation required.

At GrowCFO, we pride ourselves on building strong and supportive cohorts for each intake. Once a participant has committed to a cohort, we do not offer a refund, to ensure a strong community of like-minded individuals who will serve as a valuable support network throughout the training journey is built.
There is no expected knowledge or preparation in advance of the program, although most people find it beneficial to register for a Preview Event in advance, (this is not compulsory). There is a bonus one-hour introductory group session prior to the Module 1 workshop for people to meet the program delivery team and start building relationships with their cohort group members.

Do you have any questions about the CFO Program?

Once the form is submitted, you'll also get the option to book a call with CFO founder Dan Wells.