In response to growing market demand, CIMA has launched a new qualification for shared services employers at The Hackett Group’s 2014 European Best Practices Conference, Berlin.
The qualification develops the skills and broader knowledge of shared services centre professionals, to help employers attract, develop and retain talent. Candidates undertaking the training will gain knowledge of shared service best practices, including principles, tools and techniques, along with effective governance and controls. The certificate also provides grounding in the key shared services functions of finance, IT, HR and procurement.
Speaking on the launch, Dr. Noel Tagoe FCMA, CGMA, Executive Director of Education, CIMA, said:
The certificate builds upon global research, which informed our updated 2015 syllabus. Designed to build knowledge of techniques to significantly reduce costs while improving the quality of service delivered to customers, this new qualification will be invaluable in helping employers to consistently develop, engage and retain their best talent, and improve efficiency and effectiveness through greater and measurable capabilities.
The certificate will be studied through a blended learning approach consisting of a study text and e-learning modules, which gives maximum flexibility to the employee and employer, and is available online 365 days of the year. Employers will be able to register students from mid-November 2014 and the first assessments will be offered in January 2015.
George Connell, VP Strategy – Finance Operations, Royal Dutch Shell, commented:
I am delighted that CIMA has introduced this certificate specifically for shared services recognising the growing importance of the shared services sector. This will be particularly useful and relevant to our employees and should help attract the next generation of employees to our team. The certificate will allow colleagues to apply their practical learnings and experience to a well structured study framework.
Gary Critchley, Finance & Shared Services Leader, Pepsico, commented:
Career paths and the skills needed in a shared-service organisation have developed in recent years as our businesses demand more from us and technologies and governance structures continue to evolve.
This certificate will be valuable for individuals planning to accelerate their career within shared services centres and more broadly in finance by offering an opportunity to build relevant and practical skills that are assessed consistently across the world and accredited by a leading global professional body.