No one can deny that the traditional number crunching component of the FD’s role is now just one of many core skills today.
Financial competence is a given. The FD has long also needed to oversee functions as broad as IT, property, compliance and HR in addition to core day-to-day finance responsibilities. But now the role is shifting further, and faster. It is now less about managing functions and more about communicating strategies, negotiating mergers & acquisitions, innovating and future proofing. A real shift from simply being a "safe pair of hands" and more towards proactive business leadership.
Acheiving this relies on a blend of the right tools, skills and focus.