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Variance Analysis - Understanding how to read your actual performance against budget

BPP Professional Education
Course summary
Length: 6 hours
Price: 624 GBP excl. VAT
Location: Distance
Course type: e-learning / Online / Distance

Course description

Course description

Variance Analysis – understanding how to read your actual performance against budget

This course is designed to give you the tools to ensure you are able to explore how the financial performance of the business compares to the budget or other benchmarks. It will not only allow you to build your confidence to identify changes in performance, but it will also build your confidence to explore the reasons behind these changes.The course will explore, in a practical way, the common areas that a company’s financial performance could differ from that which was budgeted. It will allow you to explore how you can contribute to your company’s success by ensuring that positive areas of performance are identified whilst also identifying areas for improvement.
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Suitability - Who should attend?

This course will be of benefit to budget holders and analysts, at all levels, who need to develop an understanding of how to analyse their company’s or divisional performance against budget. Staff who are expected to improve company performance will be given direction during this course.

Training Course Content

Learning outcomes include obtaining a greater understanding of:

  • How financial variance analysis is used as a performance evaluation tool and can often be used as part of cost control
  • How the interpretation of variances is as important as the calculation themselves
  • The principle of controllability and its application within the performance management system
  • The relationship between variances in different parts of the business, and the ability to challenge this
  • Factors that should and should not be allowed to be used when revising the original budget
  • Behavioural problems resulting from using variance analysis including motivation and manipulation
  • The dangers of simply comparing budget to actual
  • How variance analysis is used within the business
  • Understanding how to ‘flex’ the budget’ to ensure fair comparison
  • Calculating variances
  • Understanding variance caused by drivers changed by volumes
  • Exploring variances caused by true cost savings or price rises
  • Interpretation
  • Getting behind the variances to understand what has potentially happened in the business
  • Investigating the variances to find out the story
  • Importance of variances seen and materiality
  • Understanding which accounts are interdependent
  • Spotting anomalies and seeing trends across the accounts
  • Controllability and challenge
  • Consideration as to who can control the variances
  • Using variance to appraise performance appropriately
  • Consider whether the original benchmark used for calculation was appropriate
  • Explore what factors should be taken into consideration when assessing the benchmark
  • Behavioural impacts
  • Explore what impact variance analysis has on employees working patterns
  • Consider what behavioural issues may occur when creating benchmarks
  • Explore the challenges of attempting to revise the budget

Expenses

The cost of this course is £599 + VAT.

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BPP Professional Education

BPP Professional Education -  Accountancy, Tax, Financial Services, Law & Insolvency Courses

BPP Professional Education is one of the specialist examination-based and professional development training arm of the BPP Group, Europe's biggest professional education and publishing provider with 2,000 staff members across 40 countries and over 30,000 students per year. BPP Professional Education...


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