30 - 31 October, 2018 |
Bayview Eden, Melbourne, VIC

Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 31 October 2018


9:30 am - 9:40 am Opening Remarks from Conference Chairperson

9:40 am - 10:20 am PANEL DISCUSSION: Harnessing Technology and Strategy, Gaining the Competitive Advantage and Becoming Disruptors

Mike Rasch - Head of Finance, First Mortgage Services
Change is upon us weather we like it, or are ready for it or not. There is only two options: resist change and attempt to ‘keep up’ using systems which are becoming increasingly outdated or utilise the best solutions the digital age has to offer and becoming leaders in your field though transformation of the finance function. In this session panellists will discuss the benefits of gaining competitive advantage through finance transformation and how to become a disruptor:

  • Disruptors: who are they and what their finance functions look like
  • Investing in changes which reduce risk and ensure ROI
  • Keeping an eye on trends and the market to stay one step ahead of the competition

Mike Rasch

Head of Finance
First Mortgage Services

10:20 am - 11:00 am CASE STUDY: Using RPA to Automate Accounts Payable and Receivable at SJOG

In July 2017 St John of God Healthcare recognized the potential of RPA to improve their processes. They’ve since been on the automation journey, through the hypothesis, proof of concept, process design and now delivery of one of the quickest RPA programs anywhere. In this session Mike will share some of his 20+ lessons learned including:

  • How to align stakeholders with SME’s
  • How to test effectively and scale up the technology
  • Effective change management; clear communication with staff which keeps pace with change

11:00 am - 11:30 am MORNING TEA & NETWORKING BREAK

11:30 am - 12:10 pm CASE STUDY: Unlocking Value Creation through Finance Transformation

Greg Smart - Head of Finance Transformation, Australian Beverages, Coca Cola Amatil
Australian Beverages began the finance transformation process 3.5 years ago. Following an initial period of processes and automation of ‘low hanging fruit’ they undertook a structural changes to the operating model which resulted in some significant savings to the operation and enhanced the value to the business. At this point in time the focus has shifted towards continuous improvement and continuing cultural change to give staff further opportunities to develop. In this session Greg will share:

  • Delivering a value proposition to staff through transformation
  • How leadership has been focused on enabling staff to find simpler and more efficient processes
  • How the transformation has facilitated better stake holder relationships and better relationships across business
  • How Australian beverages looks to the future of finance, what will be the next steps?

Greg Smart

Head of Finance Transformation, Australian Beverages
Coca Cola Amatil

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm CASE STUDY: How Transgrid is Innovating it’s Finance Function to Gain Competitive Advantage

Angela Axisa - Head of Finance Transformation, TransGrid
The energy industry is undergoing major changes which are affecting the way businesses approach the customer and derive revenue. Transgrid believes that encouraging innovation in engineering, fostering a culture of knowledge sharing, supporting research and encouraging greater diversity across the industry are key to addressing the challenges of the future. They’ve been working towards financial transformation as a means to optimize business processes and continue to grow in the digital age. In this session Innovative Chief Financial Officer Angela Axisa will share the part of Transgrids’ financial transformation journey:

  • Developing a strategy for financial transformation within a changing, increasingly competitive industry
  • Utilizing technology to engage and empower the finance team and by extension, entire organization
  • How the changing role of the finance team is facilitating innovation and success across the business

Angela Axisa

Head of Finance Transformation

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm LUNCH

1:50 pm - 2:30 pm CASE STUDY: The Art of Storytelling with Data and Digits to Engage and Influence Stakeholders

Mike Rasch - Head of Finance, First Mortgage Services
First Mortgage is embarking on its Business Intelligence journey, with the goal of ‘doing more with the data’ such as better understanding the customer and enabling their different sources of data to converge. One of the initial steps in this process is translating this data to others not working within the finance function. In this session Head of Finance Michael Rasch will demonstrate how to gain traction with your financial analysis and communications to deliver compelling financial analysis and proposals and positive business outcomes. In addition, this session will:

  • Provide strategies you can use to better engage with your stakeholders, as effective stakeholder engagement will create alignment, provide clarity and enables teams to perform well
  • Help you to create financial savvy and impactful visual aids that will help you do less, but influence more, by making your business communications clear and concise

Mike Rasch

Head of Finance
First Mortgage Services

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Evolution of the Finance Team: Building a Finance Team Fit for the Future Finance Function

Bruno Shanthikumar - Finance and Transformation, TAFE SA
As the finance function prepares itself to be much less concerned with low value transactional tasks, new skills will be sought after to enable a finance team capable of taking on a more strategic role within the business.

Bruno has worked in finance leadership roles within Cable and Wireless and Pfizer and is now working to transform the finance department at TAFE SA. In this session he will share his insight into transformation of the finance team:

  • The realised benefits of installing a FBP system at Pfizer
  • How to understand the individuals within the finance team and enable them to play ‘to their strengths’ and how this can create a positive attitude change within the team
  • Responding to the higher education environment; building a unique BI tool fit for the job of beginning the transformation of the finance function

Bruno Shanthikumar

Finance and Transformation


4:10 pm - 4:20 pm Closing Remarks from Conference Chairperson

4:20 pm - 4:20 pm CLOSE OF CONFERENCE