What's It About?

No one has an open-ended cheque book for investment. Often there is a 'fixed' pool of funds available each year and your company goes through an assessment that helps them rank opportunities according to what will give them the biggest bang for their investment dollar.

That means you're going to be competing with others in your organisation to grow your business, automate your supply chain to drive productivity, or invest in systems reporting to generate compliance information. And this exercise can all turn to custard pretty quickly if you don't know what you're doing.

To win at this, you need to be able to:

  • speak the lingo such as NPV, discounted cash flow, IRR, WACC, hurdle rates
  • apply the 'sniff test' to your proposal – what's the basis of the assumptions, what's included and excluded, stress test the proposal for major risks
  • submit robust investment proposals that cement your commercial acumen and make the decision a no-brainer

And along the way I'll give you some tips for surviving the process and making sure you and your Finance Manager are still talking at the end of it…


  • The meaning of capital budgeting and why it is used for decision making
  • The capital budgeting process and how you can work successfully with others to produce robust outcomes
  • Methods for evaluating business investments and circumstances where each is applied
  • Navigating through the construct of a discounted cash flow model and how to review it for reasonableness and accuracy
  • Impacts to other financial and operational areas of the business to take into consideration

Time Allocation %

Successful Processes
Evaluation Methods
Financial Model Constructs
Other Impacts

Who Benefits?

  • Heads of Business Units
  • Head of Property
  • Project Directors, Project Managers
  • Heads of Operations

Assumed Knowledge

  • Familiarity with the key components of financial reports: cash flow statement, profit & loss statement and balance sheet.
  • Broad understanding of accrual concept helpful
  • Some exposure to forecasting processes helpful


  • Between 3 and 4 hours depending on individual needs.
  • Highly summarised visual material, delivered with practical examples



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