I am a mid-level project manager working in the IT Industry, in the UK. I enjoy my current job, which I've been in for one year, and it has good prospects, but one for one thing: I don't handle any project finances. This is because we deliver our work exclusively to another company in the group, who pay for our time by purchasing 100% of us as professional services. They generally task us directly, having done their own ROI due diligence.
Because of that, I never have a project budget to manage, so I lose the cost and benefits elements of the traditional time, cost, quality, risk scope and benefits control. I do have to justify ROI of our time internally, but even then only rarely and weakly.
I'm concerned that when I try to progress and am interviewed for a new job, I will have weak finance and benefit control examples and be unsuccessful. To counter that I have been looking for relevant and well-known finance qualifications that I could do in my own time, and use as proof of skill and commitment when I need it. I've not been able to find anything appropriate: I considered AAT, but that seems to be far too in depth for what I need, and all of the others I have seen wouldn't provide a recognised qualification. Can you recommend some, or provide a completely different perspective?
To put this in the context of my long term career aspirations: I hold technical BSc and MSc degrees, I started my career as a software developer, I progressed to become a project manager with PRINCE2 Practitioner and Certified Scrum Master qualifications, and I'm a BCS Chartered Engineer. In my previous project management job, I did manage a £1M budget successfully. My long term aspiration is a senior, strategic role, such as Head of IT or IT Director.