Although the function of the role has changed considerably in recent years, most corporate treasurers, according to a survey by Bloomberg and Greenwich Associates, still hold cash and liquidity management as their primary responsibility.
Prioritizing cash and liquidity management
The study, which was conducted by the Greenwich Associates in the latter half of 2019 and released earlier this month, surveyed 76 treasury executives from ‘large, industry-leading multinationals’.
When asked to rank-order their responsibilities, 72% of respondents said cash and liquidity management was their No.1 priority, while identifying risk and deciding on the strategy to manage that risk were ranked at No.2 and No.3, respectively.
Despite the collective precedence placed on risk management, there was little uniformity regarding the best practice methodology.
Conversely, there was near unanimity in citing cash and liquidity management (97%) and internal reporting (84%) among the daily tasks of those surveyed. Interestingly, six other responsibilities, ranging from risk management to compliance and regulatory requirements, were essentially tied for third spot.
Refining routine processes to meet changing KPIs
Arguably the most notable finding, however, was 89% of the treasury executives claiming that their KPIs have changed in recent years. Those interviewed revealed that they are now being measured over longer periods and being asked to perform tasks that were once the purview of senior management. In fact, their time was mostly spent on completing ‘one-off projects’.
For the larger firms who took part in the study, those whose revenues exceeded $5bn, their treasurers now dedicate more hours to isolated assignments than people management and manual processes combined. The C-Suite is turning more and more to treasuries for data-driven strategic insights, which are being leveraged for better risk management as well as capitalizing on future opportunities.
Such developments, the study’s authors surmised, require corporate treasurers to refine their regular processes if they are to reach their evolving KPIs.
Though asked in the context of risk management, the two main changes treasurers would make to their groups also speak to the study’s broader conclusions.
With corporate treasuries required to help inform overall strategy through the application of analytics, it is hardly surprising that 32% would like to improve connectivity between treasury and the rest of the business and 18% desire a better quality of data.
Moreover, greater connectivity and superior data would also enhance what evidently remains the bedrock treasury activity – excellent cash and liquidity management.
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