PwC-SMU 4-Day Chief Financial Officer Program

Next programme dates: May 2023 (Exact dates to be announced)

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the ongoing technology revolution was already causing landscape shifts and rising regulatory requirements in this increasingly digital world. In the post pandemic world now, organisations are facing accelerated pressures to get their house in order. To tackle this complex agenda, the entire CFO function, including risk management, compliance and mergers and acquisitions, need to be looked at and transformed holistically.

Developed with senior finance leaders in mind, the PwC-SMU Chief Financial Officer Masterclass includes modules which are relevant to finance professionals, such as: corporate governance, risk management, managing IT in an organisation, financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions, and insights from practicing CFOs.

The programme also serves as a platform for senior finance professionals to exchange knowledge and experiences and understand and explore potential solutions to the challenges facing the finance function and the organisation.

Benefits and advantages of attending

In the recent PwC COVID-19 CFO Pulse Survey, 53% of CFOs said that they expect a decrease in revenue and/or profits of up to 25% as a result of the crisis. Although it is prudent to prepare for the worst, it is still not too late to look at driving your organisation’s productivity to increase cost savings, or potential deals that can transform your business strategy to drive growth.

Equip yourself with key skills needed in the finance function

Gain understanding on the challenges facing the finance function in today’s world and explore potential solutions to them. The modules in this course include corporate governance, risk management, managing IT in an organisation, financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions, and insights from practicing CFOs.

Tap Into a Valuable Professional Network

Exchange knowledge and experiences with fellow finance professionals. Form connections that can potentially change the course of your business and career. Graduate with a certificate jointly issued by PwC and SMU, showcasing endorsement by best-in-class industry and academia expertise.

Make use of SkillsFuture Singapore subsidy schemes

Receive tuition reimbursement from SkillsFuture Singapore subsidy schemes. For non-SME companies and individuals (Singaporeans / PRs below 40 years old), 70% of your course fee could be subsidised. For SMEs and individuals (Singaporeans / PRs above 40 years old), the subsidy increases to 90%.

Course programme

Please refer to detailed schedule below for the 4-day programme. Contact us below for more information.

Day 1

  • CFO Leadership: Leading with Impact and Business Partnering with the CEO
  • Developments in Financial Reporting Standards and its impact on businesses 

Day 2

  • Building competitive advantages through Business Analytics and Visual Analytics 

Day 3

  • The Art of the Deal: Mergers, acquisitions and valuations

Day 4

  • Corporate Strategy and Financing Strategies

Best-in-class industry and academia expertise

The PwC-SMU Chief Financial Officer Masterclass brings together the best-in-class expertise from PwC’s industry practice and SMU’s academia knowledge. This makes for a powerful intersection of theory, industry experience and practical application for business leaders.

Our faculty members are committed to providing participants with personalised feedback and support, helping them gain key essential skills that are pivotal to the requirements facing the finance function in this new world.

Oliver Wilkinson

Partner, PwC Singapore

Oliver is a Strategy Partner based in Singapore. He brings 12+ years experience as an advisor to top businesses and financial investors.   Alongside his core client work, Oli has extensive experience in designing and delivering Strategy courses. Oli holds a Masters in Mathematics (First Class Honours) from Oxford University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Jennifer Tay

Partner, PwC Singapore

Jennifer Tay is a Partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers Singapore’s Deals Advisory Service and its Capital Projects and Infrastructure (“CP&I”) Practice that provides advice to both public and private sectors. She is the leader of the South East Asia Infrastructure team consisting of professional teams based throughout the region, and focuses on outbound investments from Chinese investors into the SEA region and also inbound investment from regional investors (including private sectors and multi-laterals) in China. Jennifer is fluent in both English and Mandarin.

Jennifer has considerable experience in professional services – particularly in large scale financial and PPP transactions, supporting both public and private sectors across the Asia regions. Jennifer’s sectors expertise includes Power & Energy (In electricity generation/transmission/distribution and in gas pipelines), Transport (in Urban Rails, Toll Roads and Bridges, and Ports terminals), Water and Telecommunications/Fibre Network infrastructure. 

Christopher Tan

Partner, PwC Singapore

Christopher has over 17 years of professional experience in providing audit and advisory services. He advises clients on complex accounting and valuation matters, such as those relating to business combinations, structuring of acquisition debt/equity instruments, Purchase Price Allocation exercise, intellectual property valuation, goodwill impairment test and application of IFRS. Christopher regularly conducts accounting and valuation training both internally and externally.

Sim Hwee Hong

Partner, PwC Singapore

Hwee Hong is a PwC Singapore Partner specialising in merger and acquisition advisory and has extensive cross border deals experience having spent 8 years in New York, 5 years in China and most recently, 2 years in Japan in our respective Deals teams. Hwee Hong is focused on guiding our clients’ through the M&A transaction process, performing financial and operational due diligence reviews, carve-out advisory, business plan reviews, business valuation considerations, assistance with deal structuring, post-deal transitional issues and advising on purchase price adjustment and completion matters.

Dr. Pearl Tan

Associate Professor, SMU

Dr Pearl Tan has extensive experience in teaching and developing courses on advanced topics in financial accounting. Dr Tan has won a number of teaching awards in SMU and also in Nanyang Technological University (NTU), where she previously taught. Dr Tan also conducts seminars for professional and government bodies, major companies and auditing firms. Her research evaluates the implications of accounting standards on the informativeness of financial statements. Dr Tan has an active interest in the development of accounting standards and provides feedback to policy-making bodies.  She has co-authored two books on IFRS that are used by a number of Asian universities. Dr Tan served on the inaugural Learning and Assessment Committee of the Singapore Qualification Programme, and was a member of the Advisory Committee for Accounting Standards for Statutory Boards, and the Financial Reporting Committee of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA). She was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) in 2015.

Clarence Goh

Associate Professor, SMU

Dr Clarence is Assistant Professor of Accounting (Practice) and Director, Professional Development at the School of Accountancy, Singapore Management University. His research interests are in the areas of judgment and decision making in financial disclosure, financial information comparability, and data & analytics in accounting. His work has been published in international accounting journals and in media outlets such as CEO Magazine and The Business Times.

Prior to joining SMU, Clarence led the Asia Pacific Corporate Research team at Jones Lang LaSalle (Corporate Solutions). He has also held various accounting and finance appointments with Barclays Capital, Deutsche Bank and the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants

Dr. Cheng Nam Sang

Associate Professor, SMU

Dr Cheng, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, has a good mix of industrial and academic experience.  Prior to joining SMU in July 2008, he was involved in fund raising and mergers & acquisitions advisory work and had held senior positions (COO, CFO, and audit and remuneration committees’ chairman) in Singapore listed companies. His audit experience from one of the big four accountancy firms at its UK and Singapore offices provided him with solid foundation and a wide range of industrial exposure for his career advancement.

Dr Cheng has also taught in National University of Singapore and University of Bradford where he got his PhD while having a full-time post there.  He has published a number of quality academic papers including those in Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, Managerial & Decision Economics, and Journal of Accounting Education.  

Course fees

Applicant profile Singapore Citizens aged between 21 to 39 years old / Permanent Residents aged 21 and above Singapore citizens aged 40 and above
Enhanced Training Support for SMEs
(SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents)
Non-Singaporeans /Non- Permanent Residents
Subsidy Category & Amount Up to 50% of course fees Up to 70% of course fees Up to 70% of course fees Full course fee, no SkillsFuture funding
Full course fee $6,900.00 $1,300.00 $1,300.00 $1,300.00
SkillsFuture funding $3,450.00 $4,830.00 $4,830.00 -
Nett Course fee $3,450.00 $2,070.00 $2,070.00 $1,300.00
GST 8% (on Full course fee) $552.00 $552.00 $552.00 $104.00
Payable course fee (Including 8% GST) $4,002.00 $2,622.00 $2,622.00 $7,452.00

SMEs are defined in accordance with Enterprise Singapore's definition of having been registered and operating in Singapore, having a minimum 30% local shareholding and having group annual sales turnover of not more than S$100 million or group employment size of not more than 200 employees. 

Group tracing includes all corporate shareholder(s) holding more than 50% of total shareholding of the company and any subsequent corporate parents and all subsidiaries of the company.

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