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Commercial roles add up to future success

By Rachelle Peard. Published on 24 December 2014

Now is the perfect time to put your CIMA skills to good use in the employment market, says Mark Craddock, who specialises in senior finance and CFO appointments at Eton Bridge Partners.

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As the UK economy continues to strengthen, we’re seeing a real trend towards the creation of more commercially-focused roles within major organisations. That’s excellent news for CIMA-qualified accountants and sets up the opportunity for some very positive career moves in 2015.

Traditionally, the end of one year and the start of another is the time when individuals consider new challenges. The future is already looking brighter but it will always be slightly sector-dependent. Warm autumn weather in the UK has wrought havoc on the fashion retail giants, for example, while the woes of Tesco and some other supermarkets have been well documented.

Commercial skills

Elsewhere however, the future looks much more positive, with a lot of companies doing particularly well and eyeing up future growth and expansion plans. To do so they need to ensure they have the right people on board. That’s where those commercially-focused skills are especially in demand.

Today’s focus is not simply on collecting the numbers, it is how to get the most out of them and help drive the business forward by making more informed decisions. The ability to analyse figures, to look in depth at the potential for return on investment, to apply your knowledge to problems and become a commercially-supportive business partner. All these are essential ingredients that major organisations are looking for.

Armed with your CIMA qualifications and commercial knowledge, you have the opportunity to make a real difference, and that’s a very exciting prospect.

Key tips

If you’re looking for a new challenge in 2015, here are some key reminders to help you prepare for a possible move:

  • Review your CV – is it up to date? Does it really showcase your talents?
  • Contact specialist recruiters who understand your marketplace.
  • Be seen – use professional networking groups to meet your peers.
  • Be heard – social media such as LinkedIn can be a great way to add your voice to the conversation.
  • Talk to your contacts and ask them to help you make new introductions.
  • Make the commitment to invest your time in the process – only you can make it happen.
  • Don’t be afraid to take new opportunities: now is the ideal time to make a difference.