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Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

Management Accountants don’t fit the stereotype of number crunchers. In fact quite the opposite. Chartered Management Accountants are at the heart of all strategic decisions that are key to business success. They work out how much and how many and get results by looking at trends and behaviour. Ever wondered who decides on the price per song on iTunes and how? Or why festival tickets work out more expensive for one day than the whole weekend? They operate in all types of organisations, often having top jobs with many going on to run their own business.

If you are thinking about your future and desire a truly successful and diverse career in business, a professional qualification with CIMA can help you achieve your career goals.

For more information visit www.cimaglobal.com/uk

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About us

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants is the world’s largest professional body of management accountants with 195,000 members and students operating in 176 countries.

With its emphasis on strategic business skills, the CIMA Professional Qualification is a springboard to success both within and outside the finance arena. As well as innumerable accountancy roles, CIMA members are successful business analysts, management consultants and project managers. And many are in top jobs, becoming managing directors, chief executives and chairmen.

Employers around the world acknowledge CIMA as the global quality standard in management accounting.

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Accessibility

The road to CIMA membership is open to all, regardless of educational background. CIMA’s flexible entry policy enables anyone with a passion to succeed in business the chance to study with CIMA. All it requires is a competency in English and maths.

If you have a relevant degree, our carefully defined exemptions policy allows you to start your CIMA studies at the right point for you. This will enable you to progress more quickly through the qualification.

Key Recruiting Dates

Registration deadline for November exams: 31 July

Registration deadline for May exams: 31 January

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Wherever your passions lie, being a CIMA qualified management accountant is sure to open doors for you. Many CIMA members work in exciting industries including fashion, sport, travel, media or publishing. CIMA has approximately 4,500 Training Partners covering a wide range of industries. For a full list visit www.cimaglobal.com/trainingpartners

Salary and Benefits

CIMA members are generously rewarded for their efforts. As a newly qualified Chartered Management Accountant you can expect to earn around £41,000 a year (CIMA UK members salary survey 2011).

Application Process

The CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting is the entry route level. It covers the basics of management accounting, financial accounting and business. All five assessments are exclusively taken using computer based assessment. Each assessment runs for two hours and the pass mark is 50%. It is a qualification in its own right but is also a stepping stone to the CIMA Professional Qualification.

The CIMA Professional Qualification is built on three learning pillars – the enterprise pillar, performance pillar and financial pillar. Each pillar contains three subjects – one at each level: operational, management and strategic. The CIMA Diploma in Management Accounting is awarded on completion of the operational level and the CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting is awarded on completion of the management level. To qualify as a Chartered Management Accountant you need to complete the strategic level exams and the professional competence level, which consists of work-based practical experience and a case study examination.

Development

With 195,000 members and students operating at the heart of business in 176 countries, CIMA is a truly global qualification.

A day in the life of a graduate employee

Richard Kinney chose to study CIMA as it was a great preparation for the world of business and wasn’t limited to pure accountancy.

“I started out on the Arcadia Group finance graduate scheme where I undertook my CIMA qualification. I held a number of positions across the business ranging from buying and merchandising finance to a more central group reporting role. The Arcadia Group is the UK’s largest high street retailer and owns brands such as Topman and Topshop, so it was great experience.

I [now] work as commercial planning manager for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment which is the home video distribution arm of the Twentieth Century Fox film studio. The commercial planning department is part of the wider finance function but sits within the sales team supporting the national account managers of major retailers including HMV, Amazon and major grocers such as Tesco and Sainsbury’s.

We need to be highly attuned to the various commercial risks and opportunities that exist for our retailers including sales performance, stock analysis and return on investment. It is a really varied role and most activity on any account is influenced by the commercial planning team in some way.

As with many organisations it is vital that employees are knowledgeable about the product. Of course in our case the product is film, so it is expected that we are up to date with upcoming new releases. Each Friday we are expected to attend a screening of our latest release in our very own in house cinema. While this is a great perk, it is also very much an important part of the job. Plus, it’s always nice to see the films before they come out so you can brag to friends!

The great thing about CIMA is that it is incredibly varied. In the future I would maybe like to move from a highly commercial environment into an area with more of an operational or marketing focus. I’d like to gain a complete skill set to help me progress to a higher level – one that is not necessarily completely finance focused. “

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Corporate Social Responsibility

CIMA is committed to upholding the highest ethical and professional standards, and to maintaining public confidence in management accounting.

CIMA members and students are required to comply with the CIMA code of ethics and to adopt the fundamental principles to their working lives.

CIMA has revised and reissued the code for CIMA members and students in line with revisions to the IFAC code issued by the International Ethics Standards Board of Accountants.

Visit CIMA’s ethics page to find out more.

History and Vision

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), founded in 1919, is the world’s leading and largest professional body of Management Accountants, with 195,000 members and students operating in 176 countries, working at the heart of business. CIMA members and students work in industry, commerce, the public sector and not-for-profit organisations. CIMA works closely with employers and sponsors leading-edge research, constantly updating its qualification, professional experience requirements and continuing professional development to ensure it remains the employers’ choice when recruiting financially-trained business leaders.

Professionalism is at the core of CIMA’s activities with every member and student bound by rigorous standards so that integrity, expertise and vision are brought together.

CIMA is proud to be the first professional accounting body to offer a truly global product in the fast-moving area of Islamic Finance.

For more information about CIMA, please visit www.cimaglobal.com/uk

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