Are you the Future CFO of the Year?

Entry criteria

We're searching UK universities to find the future chief financial officer (CFO) of the year. You must be ambitious, commercially minded and have a strong interest in the value finance can bring to a business.


A trip to New York! ACCA will give one lucky winner a taste of what it’s like to live and work in one of the metropolitan and finance capitals of the world. Working for a week with the ACCA USA team, located on Park Avenue, you will get an insight into different business sectors and roles with plenty of networking opportunities.

What makes an award winner?

The winner of the future CFO of the Year award will have the ambition to make their mark and make a difference.

You could be our future CFO of the year as long as you:

  • show evidence of leadership ability
  • possess the ambition and drive to become a future leader
  • have a commercial mind
  • are innovative and forward thinking
  • want to make the most out of every opportunity
  • are tenacious about planning your future
  • have a strong interest in the value finance can bring to a business.

The closing date for entries is 30 January 2017.

How do I win?

Stage 1A


Register your details online and answer three questions posed by ACCA.

Must be completed by 30.01.17

Stage 1B

Online tests

Receive an email inviting you to sit three online tests designed exclusively by our partners CEB.

Must be completed by 30.01.17

Submit by

30 January 2017

Your details must be submitted and all online tests completed by 30 January 2017.

If you are successful you will hear from us by 28 February 2017.

Stage 2

Assessment centre

If you successfully make it to the next stage you will be invited by ACCA to an assessment centre.

Stage 3

Grand final

The final shortlist of 10 students will be invited to the awards ceremony at Canary Wharf, where the 2017 award winners will be announced!


ACCA and the Future CFO of the Year

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the qualification and professional network for those seeking a rewarding career in business. Globally recognised and business-relevant, our qualification is in demand by top employers. ACCA prepares members to excel in a complex and rapidly changing business environment across all industries and sectors.

Why should you apply for the award?

You’ll gain invaluable experience of the recruitment methods used by major employers and add to your professional network. On top of that, you’ll also be in the running for a trip overseas. We’ll give our winner a taste of what it’s like to live and work in one of the metropolitan and finance capitals on the world, New York. You’ll gain an insight into different business sectors and roles, plus there’ll be plenty of networking opportunities. This is a money-can’t-buy, career-making prize for one outstanding undergraduate.

Find out more about us and our graduate opportunities at:

Previous winner

Molly Ashton, Finance, Accounting and Management, University of Nottingham

Molly Ashton is an accounting and finance student at the University of Nottingham. Intelligent, with an adaptive thought process and the ability to influence others, she showed all of the skills desirable for a future CFO. Molly also proves that you don't have to fit a certain mould to become an accountant: she is an avid fashion and beauty blogger, traveller, and animal lover.


Before you start your application

Before you begin please make sure you have read the criteria carefully on, checking the ‘Entry criteria’ and ‘How do I win?’ tabs for criteria details and information on the process.

Browser suitability

To enable you to take the tests you will need to make sure that:

  • Flash Player needs to be up to date, and the tests can be accessed on the following browsers:
    • Internet Explorer – Version 6.0 and higher (Windows PC Only)
    • Firefox – Version 2.0 and higher (Windows PC or Mac)
    • Safari – Version 4.0 and higher (Mac only)
    • Google Chrome – Version 4.0 and higher (Windows PC or Mac)
  • iPads, other tablets and smart phones are currently not supported.

Hints and tips

Give yourself enough time:

  • As part of the process you will be asked to answer some questions set by the awards partner. Take your time with these as they will be used as part of the longlisting process. Compose them in Microsoft Word (or a similar programme), spell check and word count your answer before submitting into your application form.
  • You don’t have to complete everything in one go. Just remember to save everything as you go!
  • The tests themselves (up to 4 depending on the Awards category) should take no more than two hours to complete.
  • ALL stages must be submitted by 30 January 2017.
  • If you are not sure about anything then ask! You can contact us via email