15 OKR examples for Finance Team

What are Finance Team OKRs?

The Objective and Key Results (OKR) framework is a simple goal-setting methodology that was introduced at Intel by Andy Grove in the 70s. It became popular after John Doerr introduced it to Google in the 90s, and it's now used by teams of all sizes to set and track ambitious goals at scale.

Crafting effective OKRs can be challenging, particularly for beginners. Emphasizing outcomes rather than projects should be the core of your planning.

We've tailored a list of OKRs examples for Finance Team to help you. You can look at any of the templates below to get some inspiration for your own goals.

If you want to learn more about the framework, you can read our OKR guide online.

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Our Finance Team OKRs examples

You will find in the next section many different Finance Team Objectives and Key Results. We've included strategic initiatives in our templates to give you a better idea of the different between the key results (how we measure progress), and the initiatives (what we do to achieve the results).

Hope you'll find this helpful!

OKRs to enhance profitable performance of the finance team

  • ObjectiveEnhance profitable performance of the finance team
  • Key ResultImprove the ROI (Return on Investment) by 10% on all key business initiatives
  • TaskIncrease upselling and cross-selling efforts across channels
  • TaskIdentify and eliminate inefficient processes or expenditures
  • TaskImplement tracking metrics to optimize marketing campaigns
  • Key ResultIncrease total revenue by 15% in operational areas
  • TaskInitiate strategies for customer retention and acquisition
  • TaskEnhance product/service offerings to drive sales
  • TaskImplement efficiency measures to reduce operational costs
  • Key ResultCut financial inefficiencies and wastage by 20%
  • TaskImplement stricter budget control measures
  • TaskConduct thorough assessments to find wasteful spending
  • TaskTrain employees on cost efficiency strategies

OKRs to execute budget computation each Monday

  • ObjectiveExecute budget computation each Monday
  • Key ResultImprove computation speed by 15% by the end of the quarter
  • TaskUpgrade to faster, modern hardware as necessary
  • TaskImplement efficient algorithms to reduce computational complexity
  • TaskOptimize existing code for better performance
  • Key ResultSubmit a reviewed budget calculation to the finance team by each Tuesday
  • TaskFinalize and download the corrected budget calculation
  • TaskEmail the finalized calculation to the finance team each Tuesday
  • TaskReview and correct the budget calculation weekly
  • Key ResultEnsure zero errors in all weekly budget computations
  • TaskRegularly update and verify all data input
  • TaskReview and double-check computations every week
  • TaskImplement a comprehensive error checking process

OKRs to enhance leadership skills in the finance department

  • ObjectiveEnhance leadership skills in the finance department
  • Key ResultAchieve a 20% increase in leadership competency scores in finance team evaluations
  • TaskImplement regular feedback sessions to identify improvements
  • TaskArrange weekly leadership development workshops for the finance team
  • TaskIncorporate mentorship programs with experienced leaders
  • Key ResultImplement a weekly finance-focused leadership workshop for potential leaders
  • TaskSchedule a consistent time for the weekly meetings
  • TaskInvite potential leaders to participate in workshops
  • TaskIdentify relevant finance topics for weekly workshops
  • Key ResultIdentify and mentor 3 high-potential employees for leadership roles
  • TaskBegin one-on-one mentoring sessions regularly
  • TaskIdentify three employees showing leadership potential
  • TaskDevelop personalized mentorship plans for each

OKRs to enhance accuracy of general ledger amounts to 90%

  • ObjectiveEnhance accuracy of general ledger amounts to 90%
  • Key ResultConduct weekly audits of general ledger for accuracy and discrepancy detection
  • TaskRectify detected ledger inaccuracies promptly
  • TaskReview weekly transactions in general ledger
  • TaskIdentify and document any accounting discrepancies
  • Key ResultOrganize bi-weekly ledger accuracy training for the finance team
  • TaskSchedule and announce the bi-weekly training sessions to finance team
  • TaskPrepare engaging and comprehensive training materials about ledger accuracy
  • TaskDefine the key topics focussing on ledger accuracy for training sessions
  • Key ResultImplement a new streamlined ledger management software tool
  • TaskIdentify necessary features for the new ledger management software
  • TaskPurchase or develop the selected software tool
  • TaskTrain staff on how to use the new software

OKRs to to Increase productivity in financial statement preparation process

  • ObjectiveTo Increase productivity in financial statement preparation process
  • Key ResultStreamline communication process to decrease feedback acquisition from 10 days to 5 days
  • TaskImplement a unified communication platform for quicker feedback receipt
  • TaskEstablish regular short stand-up meetings for rapid updates
  • TaskSet clear expectations about response times with team members
  • Key ResultReduce time taken to compile financial data by 25%
  • TaskImplement automated data compilation software
  • TaskProvide staff training on efficient data management
  • TaskRegularly review and streamline finance processes
  • Key ResultImplement a new accounting software to minimize manual errors by 50%
  • TaskConduct staff training on new software use
  • TaskIdentify and purchase appropriate accounting software
  • TaskDefine requirement specifications for new accounting software

OKRs to attain professional status in trading

  • ObjectiveAttain professional status in trading
  • Key ResultTrade a minimum of 300 shares per day for 45 days spread throughout the quarter
  • TaskRepeat this process for 45 days
  • TaskSet daily reminder for a trading session
  • TaskBuy or sell at least 300 shares daily
  • Key ResultComplete an advanced trading course with a 90% pass rate
  • TaskPractice mock trading tests for scoring high
  • TaskConsistently study course materials for understanding
  • TaskEnroll in an advanced trading course
  • Key ResultAchieve a consistent profit rate of 10% for 6 consecutive weeks
  • TaskRegularly analyze profit rates and make necessary adjustments
  • TaskImplement cost-saving measures and improve operational efficiency
  • TaskReview and adjust pricing strategies to increase profit margins

OKRs to improve efficiency and effectiveness in project delivery

  • ObjectiveImprove efficiency and effectiveness in project delivery
  • Key ResultDecrease project overhead costs by 5%
  • TaskIdentify and eliminate non-essential project expenses
  • TaskImprove efficiency in project management practices
  • TaskNegotiate better rates with vendors/suppliers
  • Key ResultReduce project delivery time by 10%
  • TaskPrioritize training of team members for improved productivity
  • TaskStreamline communication channels to hasten decision-making
  • TaskImplement advanced project management tools for increased efficiency
  • Key ResultIncrease project completion rate by 15%
  • TaskPrioritize and streamline tasks based on their importance and deadlines
  • TaskImprove team communication and clarity on project objectives
  • TaskImplement regular progress monitoring and provide necessary feedback

OKRs to complete the Financial Statement promptly

  • ObjectiveComplete the Financial Statement promptly
  • Key ResultStreamline the auditing and approval process by 15%
  • TaskImplement automated systems to expedite the auditing process
  • TaskReduce approval stages and unnecessary checks
  • TaskTrain staff to increase proficiency in audit procedures
  • Key ResultReduce errors in financial reporting by 20%
  • TaskProvide ongoing accounting training for staff
  • TaskImplement stricter internal audit protocols
  • TaskInvest in automated financial reporting software
  • Key ResultIncrease efficiency in data collection and processing by 30%
  • TaskStreamline data validation and consolidation processes
  • TaskTrain staff on efficient data management strategies
  • TaskImplement automated systems for data collection and processing

OKRs to implement an AI tool for efficient user manual generation

  • ObjectiveImplement an AI tool for efficient user manual generation
  • Key ResultSecure funding for AI investment by increasing budget 20%
  • TaskCreate a detailed proposal highlighting AI's potential returns
  • TaskCollaborate with finance team for budget reallocation suggestions
  • TaskPitch the revised budget plan to decision-makers
  • Key ResultIncrease user manual production speed by 50% using the newly implemented AI tool
  • TaskPrioritize AI-assisted content editing to enhance efficiency
  • TaskUtilize AI tool for automatic content generation for user manuals
  • TaskImplement regular staff training on AI tool usage
  • Key ResultTrain team on AI tool usage, resulting in 30% less time spent drafting
  • TaskImplement regular practice sessions to reinforce learning
  • TaskEstablish a progress monitoring system for tool proficiency
  • TaskSchedule AI tool training sessions for all team members

OKRs to improve accuracy and timeliness in invoice processing

  • ObjectiveImprove accuracy and timeliness in invoice processing
  • Key ResultIncrease on-time payments by 30%
  • TaskImplement automated reminders for upcoming payment due dates
  • TaskOffer incentives or discounts for early or on-time payments
  • TaskEnhance payment procedures for user simplicity and convenience
  • Key ResultReduce invoice processing errors by 25%
  • TaskImplement invoice automation software to reduce manual entry
  • TaskRegularly audit invoices to identify errors
  • TaskTrain staff on accurate invoice processing methods
  • Key ResultDecrease invoice processing time by 20%
  • TaskTrain staff in efficient invoice management techniques
  • TaskImplement automated invoicing software to speed up processing
  • TaskStreamline invoice approval workflow to minimize delays

OKRs to enhance the accounting, financial, and tax processes architecture

  • ObjectiveEnhance the accounting, financial, and tax processes architecture
  • Key ResultImplement a new accounting system, improving data accuracy by 30%
  • TaskImplement regular data accuracy checks
  • TaskTrain staff on new software operations
  • TaskResearch and choose an advanced accounting system
  • Key ResultDecrease tax-related errors by 20% through updated software integration
  • TaskTrain staff effectively on new software usage
  • TaskResearch and identify advanced tax software solutions
  • TaskImplement selected software into company systems
  • Key ResultIncrease process automation by 25% reducing manual efforts in financial tasks
  • TaskTrain all finance team members on new automated systems
  • TaskReview and adjust automation protocols regularly for efficiency
  • TaskImplement advanced accounting software for streamlined financial operations

OKRs to augment efficiency and precision of treasury operations

  • ObjectiveAugment efficiency and precision of treasury operations
  • Key ResultIncrease returns on idle cash by 15%
  • TaskTransfer idle cash into higher yield savings account
  • TaskReview current interest rates and compare with alternative investment options
  • TaskInvest in profitable, low-risk financial instruments
  • Key ResultReduce treasury related financial reporting errors by 20%
  • TaskEstablish stringent review and approval processes for financial reports
  • TaskImplement automated treasury management software with accurate reporting features
  • TaskConduct regular training on financial reporting procedures for treasury staff
  • Key ResultImplement a new cash management system to reduce manual input by 30%
  • TaskResearch and select an automated cash management solution
  • TaskIdentify inefficiencies and errors in current cash management system
  • TaskTrain staff in utilization of the new system

OKRs to streamline accounts receivable operations

  • ObjectiveStreamline accounts receivable operations
  • Key ResultIncrease collection rates by 25%
  • TaskImplement an advanced collection management software system
  • TaskTrain staff on effective collection strategies
  • TaskIncentivize timely payments with discounts
  • Key ResultReduce invoice processing time by 30%
  • TaskStreamline invoice approval processes
  • TaskTrain staff on efficient invoice management
  • TaskImplement automated invoice processing software
  • Key ResultDecrease outstanding payments by 40%
  • TaskImplement quicker invoice processing system
  • TaskReview and update current payment follow-up procedures
  • TaskNegotiate payment plans with delinquent customers

OKRs to radically boost fundraising efficacy and secure debt and equity

  • ObjectiveRadically boost fundraising efficacy and secure debt and equity
  • Key ResultSecure equity investment of $2 million through pitches to potential investors
  • TaskIdentify and research high-net-worth potential investors
  • TaskSchedule and prepare engaging investment pitches for those investors
  • TaskCreate a compelling, detailed business plan for potential investors
  • Key ResultIncrease the fundraising amount by 30% through targeted campaigns
  • TaskResearch potential donors and their interests for targeted appeals
  • TaskDevelop compelling campaign messaging to attract higher donations
  • TaskImplement a personalized outreach strategy to potential high-value donors
  • Key ResultSecure $1 million in low-interest debt financing from financial institutions
  • TaskPrepare a compelling loan application emphasising repayment capability
  • TaskSchedule and organize meetings for negotiation with institutions
  • TaskResearch and identify potential financial institutions for low-interest debt financing

OKRs to improve invoice processing and payment efficiency

  • ObjectiveImprove invoice processing and payment efficiency
  • Key ResultIncrease on-time payments by 30%
  • TaskOffer incentives for early or on-time payments
  • TaskImplement reminders for due payments through email or texts
  • TaskImprove payment platforms for easier transactions
  • Key ResultReduce invoice processing errors by 20%
  • TaskRegularly review and audit processed invoices
  • TaskTrain staff thoroughly on proper invoice processing
  • TaskImplement a reliable automated invoice processing system
  • Key ResultReduce average invoice processing time by 15%
  • TaskRegularly review and improve invoicing processes
  • TaskTrain staff on efficient invoice handling procedures
  • TaskImplement automated invoice processing software

Best practices for managing your Finance Team OKRs

Generally speaking, your objectives should be ambitious yet achievable, and your key results should be measurable and time-bound (using the SMART framework can be helpful). It is also recommended to list strategic initiatives under your key results, as it'll help you avoid the common mistake of listing projects in your KRs.

Here are a couple of best practices extracted from our OKR implementation guide 👇

Tip #1: Limit the number of key results

The #1 role of OKRs is to help you and your team focus on what really matters. Business-as-usual activities will still be happening, but you do not need to track your entire roadmap in the OKRs.

We recommend having 3-4 objectives, and 3-4 key results per objective. A platform like Tability can run audits on your data to help you identify the plans that have too many goals.

Tability Insights DashboardTability's audit dashboard will highlight opportunities to improve OKRs

Tip #2: Commit to the weekly check-ins

Don't fall into the set-and-forget trap. It is important to adopt a weekly check-in process to get the full value of your OKRs and make your strategy agile – otherwise this is nothing more than a reporting exercise.

Being able to see trends for your key results will also keep yourself honest.

Tability Insights DashboardTability's check-ins will save you hours and increase transparency

Tip #3: No more than 2 yellow statuses in a row

Yes, this is another tip for goal-tracking instead of goal-setting (but you'll get plenty of OKR examples above). But, once you have your goals defined, it will be your ability to keep the right sense of urgency that will make the difference.

As a rule of thumb, it's best to avoid having more than 2 yellow/at risk statuses in a row.

Make a call on the 3rd update. You should be either back on track, or off track. This sounds harsh but it's the best way to signal risks early enough to fix things.

Best way to track your Finance Team OKRs

Quarterly OKRs should have weekly updates to get all the benefits from the framework. Reviewing progress periodically has several advantages:

  • It brings the goals back to the top of the mind
  • It will highlight poorly set OKRs
  • It will surface execution risks
  • It improves transparency and accountability

Spreadsheets are enough to get started. Then, once you need to scale you can use a proper OKR platform to make things easier.

A strategy map in TabilityTability's Strategy Map makes it easy to see all your org's OKRs

If you're not yet set on a tool, you can check out the 5 best OKR tracking templates guide to find the best way to monitor progress during the quarter.

More Finance Team OKR templates

We have more templates to help you draft your team goals and OKRs.

OKRs resources

Here are a list of resources to help you adopt the Objectives and Key Results framework.

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