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One of the purposes of this guide is to present a wider view of finance and its impact on everyone working in, or with, a business organisation.


A Useful Guide to Finance for the Non-Financial Manager

Author: Richard Polom
ISBN: 978-1-909025-06-6


Who or what is a non-financial manager? It is difficult to think of any management role in any organisation that does not involve some financial responsibility or responsibility for action that has financial consequences.

One of the purposes of this guide, therefore, is to present a wider view of finance and its impact on everyone working in, or with, a business organisation.

This guide is aimed at people who want to:


This guide is selective in the areas covered; it is not an instruction manual in accounting or finance. It will use simplified examples and exercises to explain the terminology and concepts used throughout finance.

The intention is to provide a comprehensive overview of the main concepts in Financial and Management Accounting, with some introduction of topics relevant to management control and decision-making.

Firstly, there will be an overview of the main finance areas and the role they perform, followed by discussion as to how financial information can be used to improve organisational performance.

There are many publications that cover any or all of these in greater depth, if you have the time and the need to study them. We hope this brief introduction will provide you with some practical knowledge and the interest to take things further.


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About the Author

Richard Polom is an Interim Manager and Industry Consultant with special expertise in:


After leaving university, Richard worked in financial and commercial management at British Telecommunications plc for 25 years, followed by six years as Commercial Director at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. He then set up his own business, delivering management and consulting services to a range of clients within Education, IT, Energy and the Public Sector.

He has been a Finance Business Partner, Programme Director and SRO in major projects and programmes, and has special expertise in developing business cases and proposals, complex supplier and collaboration contracts, and business solutions for IT and education services. As a member of executive teams, Richard was responsible for budgetary performance and for reviewing and authorising many projects and programmes.

Earlier in his BT career, Richard was a Finance Lecturer at the BT Management College, designing and delivering courses on audit, accounting and investment decision-making to hundreds of BT employees in engineering, management and operations. He has recently been an Occasional Lecturer at University Campus Suffolk, preparing an Accounting and Finance BA (Hons) Degree for launch.

Richard has a BA (Hons) in Economics from Portsmouth University and an MA in Economics from Essex University. He is a qualified accountant and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. For fun, he is a long-suffering supporter of Ipswich Town FC, a 60's and 70's classic and sports car enthusiast, and an occasional runner and walker.

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