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Working As An Accounting Manager

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $67,500

    Average Salary

What Does An Accounting Manager Do

Financial managers are responsible for the financial health of an organization. They produce financial reports, direct investment activities, and develop strategies and plans for the long-term financial goals of their organization.

Duties

Financial managers typically do the following:

  • Prepare financial statements, business activity reports, and forecasts
  • Monitor financial details to ensure that legal requirements are met
  • Supervise employees who do financial reporting and budgeting
  • Review company financial reports and seek ways to reduce costs
  • Analyze market trends to maximize profits and find expansion opportunities
  • Help management make financial decisions

The role of the financial manager, particularly in business, is changing in response to technological advances that have substantially reduced the amount of time it takes to produce financial reports. Financial managers’ main responsibility used to be monitoring a company’s finances, but they now do more data analysis and advise senior managers on ways to maximize profits. They often work on teams, acting as business advisors to top executives.

Financial managers also do tasks that are specific to their organization or industry. For example, government financial managers must be experts on government appropriations and budgeting processes, and healthcare financial managers must know about topics in healthcare finance. Moreover, financial managers must be knowledgeable about special tax laws and regulations that affect their industry.

The following are examples of types of financial managers:

Chief financial officers (CFOs) are accountable for the accuracy of a company’s or organization’s financial reporting, especially among publicly traded companies. As head of a company’s entire financial department, they manage the lower level financial managers. They oversee the company’s financial goals, objectives, and budgets.

Controllers direct the preparation of financial reports that summarize and forecast the organization’s financial position, such as income statements, balance sheets, and analyses of future earnings or expenses. Controllers also are in charge of preparing special reports required by governmental agencies that regulate businesses. Often, controllers oversee the accounting, audit, and budget departments of their organization.

Treasurers and finance officers direct their organization’s budgets to meet its financial goals. They oversee the investment of funds and carry out strategies to raise capital (such as issuing stocks or bonds) to support the firm’s expansion. They also develop financial plans for mergers (two companies joining together) and acquisitions (one company buying another).

Credit managers oversee their firm’s credit business. They set credit-rating criteria, determine credit ceilings, and monitor the collections of past-due accounts.

Cash managers monitor and control the flow of cash that comes in and goes out of the company to meet the company’s business and investment needs. For example, they must project cash flow (amounts coming in and going out) to determine whether the company will have a shortage or surplus of cash. 

Risk managers control financial risk by using strategies to limit or offset the probability of a financial loss or a company’s exposure to financial uncertainty. Among the risks they try to limit are those that stem from currency or commodity price changes.

Insurance managers decide how best to limit a company’s losses by obtaining insurance against risks, such as the need to make disability payments for an employee who gets hurt on the job or the costs imposed by a lawsuit against the company.

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How To Become An Accounting Manager

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.

Education

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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Average Length of Employment
Controller 5.0 years
Plant Controller 4.6 years
Chief Accountant 4.5 years
Comptroller 4.0 years
Accounting Manager 4.0 years
Control Accountant 3.9 years
Senior Accountant 3.8 years
Finance Controller 3.8 years
Group Controller 3.7 years
Finance Manager 3.7 years
Fiscal Manager 3.7 years
Accounting Officer 3.7 years
Unit Controller 3.5 years
Cash Manager 3.5 years
Finance Supervisor 3.5 years
Account Leader 3.4 years
Accounting Auditor 3.2 years
Reporting Manager 3.1 years
Accounting Staff 2.9 years
Accounting Analyst 2.8 years
Interim Controller 1.3 years
Top Employers Before
Accountant 12.1%
Controller 9.7%
Bookkeeper 2.7%
Manager 1.7%
Top Employers After
Controller 20.3%
Accountant 8.3%
Consultant 4.2%
Bookkeeper 2.2%

Accounting Manager Demographics

Gender

Female

58.6%

Male

39.1%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

78.1%

Hispanic or Latino

10.0%

Asian

9.1%

Unknown

1.9%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.5%

Chinese

8.0%

French

7.4%

Mandarin

7.0%

German

4.5%

Portuguese

4.4%

Japanese

3.1%

Russian

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Italian

2.8%

Korean

2.6%

Arabic

1.7%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%

Polish

1.0%

Ukrainian

0.7%

Thai

0.6%

Armenian

0.6%

Carrier

0.6%

Urdu

0.6%
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Accounting Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

30.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

6.0%

Strayer University

5.9%

DePaul University

4.9%

University of Houston

4.8%

Northeastern University

4.0%

Liberty University

3.6%

Pace University - New York

3.3%

Georgia State University

3.3%

Florida Atlantic University

3.2%

Arizona State University

3.2%

George Mason University

3.2%

San Diego State University

3.2%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

3.1%

Northern Illinois University

3.0%

University of Utah

3.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.9%

University of Maryland - University College

2.9%

Kennesaw State University

2.9%

Hofstra University

2.9%
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Majors

Accounting

51.6%

Business

29.1%

Finance

8.4%

Management

2.4%

Economics

1.0%

Education

0.7%

Human Resources Management

0.7%

Health Care Administration

0.7%

Marketing

0.6%

Psychology

0.5%

Computer Information Systems

0.5%

Taxation

0.5%

Computer Science

0.5%

Communication

0.4%

Liberal Arts

0.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.4%

General Studies

0.4%

Nursing

0.4%

Criminal Justice

0.4%

Business Economics

0.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.7%

Masters

27.7%

Other

13.2%

Associate

5.6%

Certificate

2.7%

Doctorate

0.6%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.2%
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Real Accounting Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Tax Accounting Manager Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Hercules, CA Jul 19, 2016 $221,697
Accounting Manager Credit Card Services Torrance, CA Jul 15, 2015 $178,214
Accounting Manager United Tax LLC Newark, CA Apr 22, 2015 $174,158
Accounting Manager Liberty Consulting & Management Services LLC Wilmette, IL Feb 10, 2015 $158,163
Technical Accounting Manager Google Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 02, 2016 $153,800
Tax Accounting Manager Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Hercules, CA Sep 07, 2015 $149,380 -
$253,970
Accounting Manager Freund-Vector Corporation Marion, IA Feb 03, 2016 $145,850
Accounting Manager Google, Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 06, 2015 $142,800
Accounting Manager Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 01, 2016 $142,800
Accounting Manager Commonwealth Bank of Australia New York, NY Mar 15, 2016 $140,000
Accounting Manager Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco San Francisco, CA Sep 05, 2016 $138,549
Treasury Accounting Manager-Vice President Cit Group (Nj) LLC Livingston, NJ Sep 21, 2015 $133,000
Technical Accounting Manager Core-Mark International South San Francisco, CA Oct 19, 2015 $130,000
Accounting Manager Lendinghome Corporation San Francisco, CA Apr 07, 2015 $130,000
Accounting Manager, Associate Fig LLC New York, NY Jul 22, 2015 $96,741 -
$105,000
Associate, Accounting Manager Fig LLC New York, NY Feb 09, 2016 $96,574 -
$105,000
Accounting & Trading Manager Trek, Inc. Novi, MI Feb 25, 2016 $96,262
Accounting & Trading Manager Trek, Inc. Novi, MI Feb 18, 2015 $96,262
Revenue Accounting Manager Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Sep 19, 2016 $95,000
Manager, Accounting Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 11, 2015 $95,000
Manager, Accounting Freeport-McMoran Inc. Phoenix, AZ Oct 01, 2015 $95,000
Accounting Manager North Brooklyn Farms LLC New York, NY Jul 06, 2015 $74,360
Accounting Manager Kum Gang, Inc. NY May 15, 2015 $74,200
Accounting Manager Atlanta Computer Group, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Mar 09, 2016 $74,000
Accounting Manager-Fiber Division Bio Pappel International, Inc. Albuquerque, NM Mar 22, 2016 $73,486
Accounting Manager Aids Interfaith Residential Services, Inc. (Airs) Baltimore, MD Jul 20, 2015 $73,174
Accounting Manager KJ USA Inc. Montgomery, AL Feb 13, 2015 $73,000
Accounting Manager Brooklyn Hotel Management New York, NY Jan 08, 2015 $72,550
Accounting Manager Magswitch Technology Inc. Lafayette, CO Sep 12, 2015 $72,500

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Top Skills for An Accounting Manager

PayrollTaxesGeneralLedgerAccountsProceduresExternalAuditorsAccountReconciliationsAssetsMonthlyJournalEntriesBalanceSheetAccountsAccountsPayablesBankReconciliationsIncomeSuperviseGaapTaxReturnsSalesTaxAnnualBudgetQuickbooksInternalControlsBankAccountsCreditCard

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Top Accounting Manager Skills

  1. Payroll Taxes
  2. General Ledger Accounts
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared weekly and biweekly payroll and payroll taxes for over 100 small businesses.
  • Reconciled general ledger accounts and assisted in annual budget process.
  • Reviewed and approved department expense reports against company policies and procedures.
  • Prepared annual financial statements and managed and interfaced with the external auditors (Ernst & Young).
  • Ensured monthly account reconciliations were performed in accordance with established guidelines and company procedures.

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