How to Build Influence in Your New Finance Job


We often hear about influencers – people who are able to shape points of view and circumstances to align with their own. They seem to have an ability to build consensus and understand what it takes to be successful.

If you’re starting a new finance job, there are certainly things that you can do to stand out for all the right reasons. Here are 4 of them.

Holistic View
To start building influence in your new finance job learn as much as you can about the other parts of the business at a granular level, particularly if you are working cross-functionally. This will allow you to create buy-in. You’ll understand other people’s perspectives and build credibility by positioning financial information in a relevant way.

Breaking It Down
Maximize understanding in your non-financial peers by showing them how the numbers were built. This will increase their understanding, engender trust and help make your insights clear.

Constant Communication
People who are successful understand relationship building. If you want to build influence, then you need to create trust. The best way to do this is to schedule regular meetings that enable you to keep up to date with each project or department. Be confident in your communication style, and focus on developing a mutual respect.

Quick Wins
Can you identify some quick wins for your team or organization? Is there a process that could be improved or revenue saved somewhere? If you can accomplish a quick win, it demonstrates initiative and potential leadership value.

If you want to make an impact in your new role take some time to get a strong cross- functional perspective on the business. Keep your communication respectful and professional. Schedule regular meetings to ensure that you understand the needs of various departments and break down the numbers so people see the value. Best of all, if you can identify a quick win or two and then deliver this shows your potential to the organization.