Up, up and away: Accountants arm for business. By Louise Druce

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Accountants have endured the bean-counter label for long enough. The sought after accountant of the future will be either a navigator, a centurion or T-shaped.

No, this is not the UK version of 'Who wants to be a superhero' but the kind of attributes that the city will be looking for by 2020, according to the ACCA, which surveyed the views of 900 members and finance professionals.

The navigator is focused on helping guide the organisation through complexity; the centurion protects against enterprise-wide risks and assesses the risk-opportunity balance; the T-shaped professional has broad based business management skills matched with a transferable, specialist technical expertise; and the entrepreneur thrives on unearthing and realising opportunities for business success. Last but not...

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