Becoming a Successful CFO Just Got Easier

The Future CFO Programme equips you with the different skills you need to step up to the CFO role, work strategically with your new C-suite colleagues and lead your own finance function.

Programme Overview

Future CFO is a flexible nine-module development programme, written and delivered by finance leaders within a peer group format. We take you through the whole journey from the back office to the boardroom.

This is the perfect programme for anybody who aspires to become a CFO within the next five years, including those who are currently performing the number one role in startups and scaleup companies.

To become a successful CFO, we will help you focus on three key areas:

The Future CFO Programme offers the following activities during a 12-month period:

  1. Competency Framework: Rank yourself against the 45 CFO skills within The GrowCFO Competency Framework.
  2. Online Programme: Complete the nine Future CFO programme online modules.
  3. Competency Workshops: Attend nine one hour Competency Workshops led by GrowCFO’s professional mentors.
  4. Competency Courses: Complete a selection of 45 online lessons to address priority areas identified in your Competency Framework.
  5. Cohort Group Workshops: Attend nine two-hour Future CFO programme mentoring workshops delivered in a cohort of 8-12 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.
  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 the ideal candidate for your first CFO role. 

Modules Overview

Our nine modules will help transform you from a senior finance professional into an impactful CFO.

  • 01
    Identify your skills gaps
    Join your Module 1 launch event to meet your CFO mentors and peer group buddies. Receive a guided tour of your CFO Readiness Toolkit and online course lessons. Your Module 1 lessons outline the typical roles and responsibilities of a CFO, including potential variations across different businesses. Participants work through guidance narrative and videos to rate yourself across each competency area within your CFO Readiness Toolkit.
  • 02
    Create your tailored development plan
    Within Module 2, participants create objectives, actions and deadlines to address each identified development area within your CFO Readiness Toolkit. Our online lessons provide significant guidance and examples from experienced CFOs to help determine your action plans and timetables. During your Module 2 session, our CFO mentors will help you to prioritise them against your existing role and future career aspirations.
  • 03
    Fast track your development
    Address each of your priority development areas through regular prompts inside GrowCFO’s automated Learning Centre. Participants will be notified of relevant courses, video recordings and blogs. You will also be invited to attend live webinar events and listen to specified podcasts. Update your competency ratings and priorities on a regular basis to further develop your achievement levels and to reflect your continued career progression.
  • 04
    Build your own brand
    During this Module, participants will gain valuable insights to help develop your profile and build your personal brand. These include top tips for writing your CV, building your LinkedIn brand and reviewing your overall digital profile. You will be invited to join regular webinars and will be prompted to complete a range of online lessons to transform you from being one of the crowd into the stand out candidate.
  • 05
    Grow your network
    This module consists of regular webinars, event recordings and online lessons to take you through the journey from being an unconnected top performer to becoming a highly recommended leader. During this module, participants will identify your influential contacts, determine your personal ambassadors and create an action plan for developing strong relationships with these individuals.
  • 06
    Engage with the top table
    Module 6 will help you to engage with the top table in order to take you through the journey from being a respected finance leader to becoming a trusted board member. Participants will understand what your CEO and Board really want from their CFO, learn how to manage these critical relationships and master the challenges of stepping up to support your CEO and Board.
  • 07
    Win your dream finance job
    This Module will help you to win your dream job in order to take you through the journey from being a “CFO ready” candidate to becoming a newly-appointed CFO. During this module, participants will identify potential routes into a new CFO role, learn different ways to identify new opportunities, understand how to position yourself for an internal promotion and hear top tips for passing the external hire recruitment process.
  • 08
    Take over the finance function
    Participants will study how to take over the finance function to make the journey from inheriting the finance function towards creating a blueprint for your own team. You will learn how to determine your finance function objectives, which type of finance function would best suit your company, how to create a blueprint for your future finance function and what factors to consider when selecting your optimal team.
  • 09
    Create your identity – the first 100 days
    This module is designed to help you to create your identity by building your 100-day plan to make the journey from your first day as the CFO to becoming an impactful CFO within your organisation. During this module, participants will learn the key priorities when starting your new CFO role, the importance of a 100-day plan, how to implement your plan and top tips for making a big impact early on!

The GrowCFO Competency Framework

The GrowCFO Competency Framework is foundational to assessing your strengths and opportunities for development. You will receive a tailored benchmarking report to guide your learning plan over the course of the programme. Find out more.

Industry Leading Certificate

Upon completion of the programme, you will receive a verifiable digital certificate to demonstrate your qualifications.


Chose from three comprehensive plans based on your goals.


Included at no extra cost for all GrowCFO Premium members
Included in Premium
  • Premium membership benefits
  • Competency Framework
  • Online Programme
  • Competency Workshops
  • Competency Courses
  • Learning Plan
  • Completion Certificate

Fast Track

Additional courses and peer cohort workshops led by professional mentors
  • Everything in Essentials
  • Cohort Workshops
  • Fundraising Simulator
  • Virtual Boardroom


Tailored guidance and support from professional CFO mentors
  • Everything in Fast Track
  • Professional Mentoring

Join a Launch Event

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