New Postgraduate Finance courses to specialise in Financial Markets and Business Controlling
EADA has launched a Postgraduate in Finance with two specialisations: financial markets and business controlling. The aim is to give participants the skills to be able to take on any position within a finance department but with the added extra of being able to choose an area in which to focus their professional career. According to Àlex Font, Director of EADA’s Finance Department, “this course has been designed for our participants to gain the basic foundations in finance as well as specialise in an area of professional career development right from the start. They will acquire the skills sought after by the market which will guarantee their employability once they have completed the programme”.
Participants will also receive an official certification for their area of specialisation. The Postgraduate in Finance – Specialisation in Financial Markets will help those participants who wish to prepare for the professional certification of Certified European Financial Analyst (CEFA), which is awarded by the European Federation of Financial Analyst Societies (EFFAS), and which is aimed at those professionals who would like to pursue a career as a financial advisor. Àlex explains that “this certification will qualify its holder to provide financial advice as well as manage the buying and selling of shares.” It is also recognised in 22 European Union countries “which will offer its holder more opportunities outside of Spain and a competitive advantage as not many professionals hold it.”
The Postgraduate in Finance – Specialisation in Business Controlling will prepare participants for the prestigious Chartered Controller Analyst (CCA) certification, which is awarded by EADA’s partner Global Chartered Controller Institutee. This certification accredits the training and skills obtained to be able to successfully take on the role of business controller, which is currently a position in great demand.
Specialisation in Financial Markets
The Postgraduate in Finance – Specialisation in Financial Markets is aimed at those professionals who would like to apply for financial market analyst roles in sectors such as banking, insurance and reinsurance, brokerage firms and agencies, portfolio management, independent financial advice companies or law firms.
At the end of the programme, the participants will understand the key economic variables which define each of the phases of the economy as well as be able to accurately examine and analyse financial statements which will aid the decision-making processes by the heads of department. They will also learn how to draw up treasury budgets, how to purchase raw materials, how to recognise the needs of the company with regards to short or long-term loans. They will also learn about the best banking products and be able to analyse investment options which could generate value in the company.
Specialisation in Business Controlling
The Postgraduate in Finance – Specialisation in Business Controlling is aimed at professionals who would like to have a strategic role within the company not only in the Finance department. Font says that “it is a position which must interact with other departments to add value and align itself with the global strategy of the organisation”. He adds that, “this type of role is highly sought after by companies which demand professionals with analytical skills and a strategic perspective who are results-oriented, adaptable to change (as companies operate in an increasingly changing environment) and who is ultimately a strategic partner for all areas of the business”.
The Director of EADA’s Finance Department affirms that this profile has acquired more relevance in companies since the financial crisis of 2008. “The position of accountant has become a key transversal figure who acts as a link between the different departments of the company and finds solutions from a financial point of view”.
This postgraduate course has therefore been designed from a multifaceted and transversal perspective of management control. Its main objectives include: analysing and improving the management of divisions, business units or product lines, collecting and analysing financial and non-financial information (relevant to the management of the company), identifying activities and risks for the company and participating in the evaluation and selection process of investments which generate value for the company.