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Become An Accounting Director

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Working As An Accounting Director

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Processing Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $126,851

    Average Salary

What Does An Accounting Director Do

An Accounting Director supervises the general accounting and financial reporting functions, as well as financial services within a company or organization. They also ensure that all transactions and financial policies for their organization meet federal regulations and standards.

How To Become An Accounting Director

Financial managers typically have a bachelor’s degree and 5 years or more of experience in another business or financial occupation, such as an accountant, securities sales agent, or financial analyst.


A bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, economics, or business administration is often the minimum education needed for financial managers. However, many employers now seek candidates with a master’s degree, preferably in business administration, finance, or economics. These academic programs help students develop analytical skills and learn financial analysis methods and software.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Professional certification is not required, but some financial managers still get it to demonstrate a level of competence. The CFA Institute confers the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification to investment professionals who have at least a bachelor’s degree, 4 years of work experience, and pass three exams. The Association for Financial Professionals confers the Certified Treasury Professional credential to those who pass an exam and have a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Financial managers usually have experience in another business or financial occupation. For example, they may have worked as a loan officer, accountant, securities sales agent, or financial analyst. 

In some cases, companies provide formal management training programs to help prepare highly motivated and skilled financial workers to become financial managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Financial managers increasingly are assisting executives in making decisions that affect their organization, a task which requires analytical ability.

Communication skills. Excellent communication skills are essential because financial managers must explain and justify complex financial transactions.

Detail oriented. In preparing and analyzing reports such as balance sheets and income statements, financial managers must be precise and attentive to their work in order to avoid errors.

Math skills. Financial managers must be skilled in math, including algebra. An understanding of international finance and complex financial documents also is important.

Organizational skills. Financial managers deal with a range of information and documents and so they must stay organized to do their jobs effectively.

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Real Accounting Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Accounting Systems & Projects Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP New York, NY Nov 07, 2016 $260,000
Director of Accounting Systems and Projects Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP New York, NY Jun 20, 2016 $260,000
Director of Accounting Systems & Projects Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP New York, NY Sep 28, 2016 $260,000
Director of Fund Accounting Solarcity San Mateo, CA Nov 30, 2016 $229,216
Director of Accounting Systems & Projects Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP New York, NY Oct 01, 2014 $225,000 -
Director of Accounting Systems & Projects Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP New York, NY Dec 20, 2012 $225,000 -
Director, General Partnership Accounting Founders Fund LLC San Francisco, CA Sep 17, 2014 $225,000
Director of General Partnership Accounting Founders Fund, LLC San Francisco, CA Mar 02, 2016 $225,000
Director of Technical Accounting Sunedison, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 24, 2015 $217,568
Director of Technical Accounting Sunedison Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 11, 2015 $205,500
Director, Accounting Facebook, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Apr 08, 2011 $200,000
Director-Accounting KMGP Services Company, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 19, 2012 $192,500
Director, Head of Fund Accounting Hedgemark Advisors LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $180,000
Director, Gaap and Regulatory Accounting Wilary Winn LLC Saint Paul, MN Sep 11, 2015 $150,717
Director International Accounting WPX Energy Services Company, LLC Tulsa, OK Oct 01, 2012 $150,000
Director, Tax Accounting E*Trade Financial Corporation Arlington, VA Sep 08, 2016 $150,000 -
Director, International Accounting Key Energy Services LLC Houston, TX Sep 05, 2013 $145,000
Director, Accounting Premier Nutrition Corporation Emeryville, CA Feb 05, 2015 $142,875 -
Director, Accounting Premier Nutrition Corporation Emeryville, CA Jan 01, 2015 $142,875 -
Director of Accounting Ringcentral, Inc. Belmont, CA May 22, 2016 $142,000
Director of Accounting N.E.E. Consulting, Ltd. New York, NY Feb 02, 2012 $104,562
Director of Accounting (Royalties) Warner Music Group, Inc. Burbank, CA Jun 24, 2013 $103,455
Director of Accounting Essex Property Trust, Inc. San Mateo, CA Jun 20, 2016 $103,106 -
International Marketing and Accounting Director Johnson-Pacific Enterprises, Inc. Urban Honolulu, HI Jan 04, 2016 $102,128
International Marketing and Accounting Director Johnson-Pacific Enterprises, Inc. Urban Honolulu, HI Oct 01, 2014 $101,442

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Top Skills for An Accounting Director


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Top Accounting Director Skills

  1. Payroll Processing
  2. External Auditors
  3. General Ledger Accounts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed payroll processing for multiple companies.
  • Researched and prepared draft financial statements and related financial disclosures for external auditors.
  • Reconciled General Ledger accounts, as well as managed Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Payroll.
  • Implemented internal control procedures and perform random audits to ensure compliance with those procedures.
  • Analyzed customers credit risk and negotiated / assigned appropriate payment terms and limits to ensure adequate protection of company assets.

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