My career has been mostly in Venture Capital and leadership roles wealth management firms. So while I'm no accountant and could'nt produce a set of accounts I am very good at reading and analysing accounts and using them to form strategic and business decsions. I've done this within firms and on the boards of companies through my VC work.
But a few years ago I left London for family reasons to Southampton. There is a financial sector here, but fairly small, and I'm not seeing much by way of jobs of great interest. What I would really like to do is use my skills in a growing SME at a senior level. Realistically this would probably mean taking a job as finance director, or possibly COO. And while I'm good at analysis/strategy I would struggle being the guy who actually puts the accounts togthere without further training.
I'm thinking if I did CIMA it would train me in all the nuts and bolts bits of accountancy, and hopefully my experience would aid me on the business/strategy aspects of the course. That would put me in a strong position to go after Finance director roles in SMEs espacially ones with a good experienced financial controller. I'd really value frank opinions, espacially from people who make recruitment decisions at this sort of level. If nothing else it would give me useful knowledge while looking for a role, but its possible there are other options I'm just not considering. I think if I did this I'd probably do an online only course and fit it in around work/young family.