The VFD Way 'Roadmap'
Inspiring Accountants to deliver Part-Time FD services with confidence
The VFD Way Process will give you everything needed to deliver your Finance as a Service offering:
- Your step-by-step implementation process: Planning, Forecasting and Management Reporting
- Marketing content for Proposals, Website Content, Email Marketing and Brochures
- Practical support to scope services, quantify the value and prices, and present your proposition
- Hands on support to use and adapt where necessary, the assets in your VFD toolbox
This will be achieved in a combination of in person and online meetings throughout the year:
- We will work with you and your team to master the tools and the entire process so you can apply them on your practice, (walk the talk), and with clients as quickly as possible.
- We will also work individually with you or team members when issues come up that are new to the group or have not yet been covered to ensure everyone feels fully supported every step of the way.
This knowledge and skills transfer process will give you and your team everything you need to confidently and competently market and deliver an exceptional service that over time does not depend on you for delivery allowing you to scale your service and increase the equity value of your practice.
As you work through the process you will learn how to continually identify and realise quick wins, whilst learning a rigorous, repeatable system / process you can apply in yours and your client’s businesses.
Understand the Approach and Mindset required of Your Team and the Client by exploring the Fundamental Principles & Attributes that are needed to implement a Scalable Process.
Your Team should now be aware what skills are required to be able to operate in the capacity of a part-time Finance Director with your Clients.
Your Clients will clearly understand the Approach and the rules of engagement will be clear to your Clients.
Use various Diagnostic Tools and Methodology to define the purpose of the business and understand the Client’s motivation so that strategic objectives can be set.
Your Team should be able to identify issues within the business and highlight opportunities for improvement and growth, focusing the client on high priority tasks and achieve buy in to ensure accountability.
Use Enhanced Performance Reporting Tools to analyse how the business operates and understand the profitability and performance drivers within the business.
Your Team should now understand the process to follow regarding reviewing performance in a systematic way to ensure each Client is treated in a consistent and scalable way.
Use Modelling tools to set high level profitability and basic working capital requirements, analyse the impact new service/product channels will have on profitability and perform gap analysis to identify where growth can be achieved within existing and new activity.
Your Team will now be able to convert the high level view of the numbers into a plan that targets where the growth will be achieved by identifying where resource and effort will be directed.
Use the Forecast and Funding Proposal Model to provide a 3 way 5 year forecast which provides fully integrated Profit and Loss, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow statements.
Use Scenario Modelling to demonstrate various outcomes to identify the most realistic, achievable plan.
Your Team will now be able to provide your Clients with a plan which details the key deliverables to enable them to achieve their strategic objectives and continually measure performance against plan to highlight where action may need to be taken.
Create a Funding Proposal to provide lenders with both quantitative and qualitative information using financial information pre-populated by the Forecast Model and working with the client.
Your Team will now be able to provide Funding Proposals in a format that lenders recognise and which maximise the probability of securing funding on the best possible terms.
Understand how to position your services with the Client to demonstrate the value you are able to provide.
Your Team will be able to secure more profitable engagements by demonstrating how they are able to support the Client to achieve desired success within their business.
Your Client will be confident in Your Team’s ability to deliver the service offered.
Monitor performance against forecast monthly with the ability to perform a high level reforecast during the meeting.
Use Financial and Non Financial reports to provide a summary review of performance monthly and conduct more detailed reviews quarterly.
At this stage Your Team are assisting the Client to focus on the activities that will drive continuous performance improvement and highlight issues and opportunities to keep the business on plan.
On an annual basis repeat the process in Phases 2 to 6 once Q3 of the current financial year has been finalised in order to set the strategic direction and objectives for the next financial next year.
Strategic Objective setting and provision of detailed Annual Forecasts will enable Your Team to help the Client understand and achieve their growth plans. This regular analysis will drive a deeper understanding of the business and allow Your Team to work with the Client on the business and strengthen their position as a valued member of the Management Team.