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Working As An Accounts Receivable 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

  • $88,075

    Average Salary

What Does An Accounts Receivable 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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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
Credit Manager 4.2 years
Credit Supervisor 3.8 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 3.9%
Accountant 3.8%
Bookkeeper 3.5%
Supervisor 3.4%
Top Employers After
Accountant 5.4%
Bookkeeper 4.2%
Controller 4.1%
Manager 4.0%
Consultant 3.7%
Owner 2.9%

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Accounts Receivable Manager Demographics

Gender

Female

73.8%

Male

24.5%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

62.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.2%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.1%

French

9.3%

Portuguese

5.7%

Italian

4.1%

Mandarin

3.6%

Carrier

3.1%

Russian

2.1%

Chinese

2.1%

Japanese

2.1%

Armenian

1.6%

German

1.6%

Albanian

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Vietnamese

0.5%

Cherokee

0.5%

Romanian

0.5%

Hindi

0.5%

Dutch

0.5%

Korean

0.5%

Akan

0.5%
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Accounts Receivable Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

32.7%

Strayer University

6.0%

Ashford University

5.5%

Kaplan University

4.8%

Liberty University

4.6%

Kennesaw State University

4.1%

Pennsylvania State University

3.7%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.5%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.5%

University of Maryland - University College

3.2%

Troy University

3.2%

Hofstra University

3.2%

Middle Tennessee State University

2.8%

Arizona State University

2.8%

Kent State University

2.8%

University of Florida

2.8%

Montclair State University

2.8%

Florida Atlantic University

2.8%

Northern Virginia Community College

2.8%

West Virginia University

2.5%
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Majors

Business

37.2%

Accounting

27.8%

Finance

5.2%

Health Care Administration

4.0%

Management

3.5%

Psychology

2.8%

Communication

2.0%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

General Studies

1.8%

Marketing

1.8%

Education

1.7%

Human Resources Management

1.7%

Criminal Justice

1.6%

Medical Assisting Services

1.2%

English

1.1%

Legal Support Services

1.1%

Nursing

1.0%

Economics

0.9%

Political Science

0.9%

Sociology

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.7%

Other

26.5%

Masters

14.9%

Associate

13.4%

Certificate

4.3%

Diploma

1.2%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.4%
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Real Accounts Receivable Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
A&R Brand Manager 12 Stones Entertainment LLC Los Angeles, CA Nov 30, 2016 $118,082
Unity DBT Order To Cash Accounts Receivable/Fscm Manager Johnson Controls, Inc. West Allis, WI Apr 01, 2015 $105,643 -
$154,200
Accounts Receivable Manager M.C. Dean, Inc. Dulles Town Center, VA Oct 01, 2013 $99,195
Manager, A&R The Travelers Indemnity Company Hartford, CT Oct 01, 2015 $95,659 -
$142,746
Manager, A&R The Travelers Indemnity Company Hartford, CT Sep 15, 2015 $91,957 -
$142,746
Accounts Receivable Manager M.C. Dean, Inc. Sterling, VA Oct 01, 2010 $90,367
Gloabl AR Planning Manager Motorola Solutions, Inc. Schaumburg, IL Aug 14, 2013 $89,274 -
$133,500
Manager, A&R The Travelers Indemnity Company Hartford, CT Sep 28, 2015 $86,528 -
$142,746
Manager, A&R The Travelers Indemnity Company Hartford, CT Jul 06, 2015 $86,528 -
$142,746
Manager, A&R The Travelers Indemnity Company Hartford, CT Aug 03, 2015 $86,528 -
$142,746
Manager, A&R The Travelers Indemnity Company Hartford, CT Sep 01, 2015 $86,528 -
$142,746
Manager, A&R The Travelers Indemnity Company Hartford, CT Jul 31, 2015 $86,528 -
$142,746
Manager, AR&D Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC Piscataway, NJ Sep 11, 2016 $85,654
Manager, A&R The Travelers Indemnity Company Hartford, CT Apr 18, 2014 $82,368 -
$142,746
Manager, A&R The Travelers Indemnity Company Hartford, CT Apr 10, 2013 $78,100 -
$145,000
Manager-Ar&D Amneal Pharmaceuticals, LLC Piscataway, NJ Jan 01, 2015 $75,000
Manager, AR&D Amneal Pharmaceuticals of New York Hauppauge, NY Dec 17, 2011 $71,000
Manager, A&R and Promotion Ultra Records LLC New York, NY May 01, 2013 $70,000
MGR., AR&D Amneal Pharmaceuticals, LLC Piscataway, NJ Nov 25, 2014 $66,725
Account Receivable/Billing Manager Che Senior Psychological Services New York, NY Jan 13, 2014 $65,000
Account Receivable/Billing Manager Che Senior Psychological Services New York, NY Jun 15, 2011 $65,000

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  1. Accounts Receivables
  2. Financial Statements
  3. Customer Service
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  • Facilitated training for administrative staff on management of funds and accounts receivables procedures.
  • Prepared consolidated financial statements for 5 divisions (2 domestic and 3 international) including eliminations.
  • Delivered comprehensive accounts receivable management, administrative support, and customer service to advance operations and organizational objectives.
  • Ensured timely and accurate production of weekly payroll for 180 sales, clerical and manager personnel.
  • Reconciled general ledger accounts receivable on a monthly and annual basis with the controller and prepared any documentation for auditors.

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