Senior managers seek well rounded FDs who can handle the basics

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So what makes the ideal finance director? Microsoft Dynamics, the software giants business applications arm, asked that question to 50 managing directors and 30 recruitment professionals, and got an unsurprisingly comprehensive answer. Alan Shipman reports.

Mr or Ms Perfect FD combines a thorough grasp of company strategy and sector trends with detailed IT and financial engineering knowledge, and has the right personality to fit easily into corporate culture while supporting decisions that periodically reshape it.

Not surprisingly, most managing directors find their FDs falling short in at least one of these areas. Those with the right backroom skills are often dazzled by the harsh light of the front office. When it comes to recruiting, MDs expectations are bit more r...

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