CFO is an abbreviated term that stands for chief financial officer, and it is defined as a corporate officer who is primarily responsible in managing any financial risks of the corporation or company. A chief financial officer can also be called as a finance director or FD, or a chief financial and operating officer or CFOO. To be more specific, a CFO handles the different types of accounting and financial matters of a corporation or company.
The common responsibilities of a chief financial officer or CFO to the corporations or companies that hires their services includes financial obligations, cash flow, company liabilities, company performance, department supervision, financial relationships, raising or finance capital, record control, shareholder relations, and budgeting and expense control. In terms of cash flow, it is basically the responsibility of the chief financial officer to control the cash flow position of the corporation, including maintaining the integrity of securities, funds and any other valuable documents; and understanding the uses and sources of cash. When it comes to company liabilities, the CFO is typically responsible with the process of understanding all the different kinds of liabilities within the corporation or company. In terms of department supervision, the chief financial officer will act as the supervisor of the finance, the HR, the accounting, and the IT department of a corporation. In terms of financial relationships, the chief financial officer is responsible in maintaining and establishing the lines of communication with financial analysts, investment bankers, and shareholders. In terms of raising or finance capital, the chief financial officer is the one who establish and execute the programs designed for the provision of capital that is required by the corporation or company. When it comes to record control, the CFO has the responsibility to prepare the required financial reports, to insure that the audits are to be completed in time, to ensure that the maintenance of the appropriate financial records, and to provide insurance coverage. In terms of shareholder relations, the chief financial officer is the one who is responsible in analyzing the corporation shareholder relations procedures, policies and information programs, and that basically includes the annual and the interim reports to the shareholders and the board of directors of the corporation. When it comes to budgeting and expense control, the CFO is responsible in collecting the inputs, comparing the actual performance of the corporation with an estimated budget, and overseeing the budget process. There are a lot of chief finance officers all over the world, and the common services they tend to offer to their clients includes capital planning, business restructuring, financial reporting and strategic planning.