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Working As An Administrative & Finance 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

  • $85,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Administrative & Finance 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 Administrative & Finance 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 5.3 years
Accounting Manager 4.4 years
Comptroller 4.3 years
Finance Director 4.0 years
Finance Supervisor 3.8 years
Finance Controller 3.8 years
Finance Manager 3.7 years
Finance Officer 3.5 years
Finance Leader 3.1 years
Top Careers Before Administrative & Finance Manager
Accountant 14.3%
Controller 6.3%
Manager 3.3%
Auditor 2.9%
Consultant 2.8%
Top Careers After Administrative & Finance Manager
Controller 10.4%
Accountant 7.2%
Consultant 5.7%
Manager 3.8%
Director 2.7%
Owner 2.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$85,000
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$53,000
Min 10%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$135,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
A and G, Inc.
Highest Paying City
Edina, MN
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
4.3 years
How much does an Administrative & Finance Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Administrative & Finance Manager in the United States is $85,392 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $53,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $136,000.

Real Administrative & Finance Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Finance and Administration Manager Goldcorp USA, Inc. Reno, NV Sep 15, 2010 $192,000
Administration & Finance Manager KNOC USA Corporation Houston, TX Oct 01, 2010 $124,536
Administration and Finance Manager Vesta Transportable Homes Group, LLC Redwood Falls, MN Apr 01, 2014 $121,046
Administration and Finance Manager Vesta Transportable Homes Group, LLC Marshall, MN Jul 01, 2012 $120,000
Manager, Finance & Administration St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble New York, NY Aug 31, 2011 $116,355
Manager, Finance & Administration St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, Inc. New York, NY May 01, 2011 $105,000
Finance & Administration Manager Negociants USA Inc. Napa, CA Sep 22, 2014 $100,006
Manager Finance and Administration Harnoor Inc. Round Rock, TX Oct 01, 2012 $95,000
Finance and Administration Manager Treviicos Corporation Houston, TX Jun 11, 2015 $94,250
Finance and Administration Manager Treviicos Corporation Houston, TX Dec 11, 2015 $94,250
Finance and Administration Manager Treviicos Corporation Jamestown, KY Jan 15, 2014 $93,000
Head of Joint Venture Finance & Administration Glaxosmithkline LLC King of Prussia, PA May 30, 2011 $92,331 -
$142,250
Administrative and Financial Manager Headquarters Mechanical Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2012 $90,000
Financial and Administrative Manager T5 Tech, LLC Gainesville, FL Sep 19, 2013 $78,263
Financial and Administrative Manager T5 Tech, LLC Gainesville, FL Sep 24, 2013 $78,263
Financial and Administrative Manager T5 Tech, LLC Gainesville, FL Aug 09, 2013 $78,263
Financial and Administrative Manager 101224 Enterprises, Inc. Miami Lakes, FL Sep 01, 2012 $72,000
Financial and Administrative Manager RH Performance Supplies, Inc. Miami, FL Oct 01, 2011 $72,000
Financial and Administrative Manager RH Performance Supplies, Inc. Miami, FL Nov 01, 2011 $72,000
Financial and Administrative Manager Globalex Supplies, Corp Hialeah, FL Dec 01, 2011 $72,000
Financial and Administrative Manager 101224 Enterprises, Inc. Miami Lakes, FL Dec 15, 2011 $72,000
Financial & Administrative Manager BUVA Corp. Miami, FL Oct 01, 2010 $68,000
Financial & Administrative Manager 101224 Enterprises, Inc. Plantation, FL Oct 01, 2012 $68,000
Financial and Administrative Manager 101224 Enterprises, Inc. Weston, FL Dec 01, 2011 $68,000
Financial & Administrative Manager VIP Property Services LLC Hialeah Gardens, FL Oct 01, 2010 $68,000
Financial & Administrative Manager Mancora Group, Inc. Miami, FL Oct 01, 2010 $67,700
Financial & Administrative Manager BUVA Corp. Miami, FL Oct 01, 2010 $67,700
Financial & Administrative Manager A&G International Group, Inc. Doral, FL Oct 01, 2010 $67,700
Financial & Administrative Manager M&G Gourmet, Inc. Miami, FL Oct 01, 2010 $67,700

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Top Skills for An Administrative & Finance Manager

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Payroll
  3. Administrative Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Administered preparation of financial statements and reports to holding company; formulated and managed company budget.
  • Managed payroll and organizational projects using QuickBooks for non-profits.
  • Handled all the legal and licensing requirements and created operating policies and functional administrative procedures.
  • Served as external auditors' primary contact in audit of Tribune-contributed assets in preparation for Initial Public Offering.
  • Implement Physical Assets Audit and accurately purvey quarterly Disclosure Checklist & Management Representation Letter for SEC 10K finance report filing.

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Top 10 Best States for Administrative & Finance Managers

  1. New York
  2. Delaware
  3. New Jersey
  4. Connecticut
  5. Virginia
  6. District of Columbia
  7. Rhode Island
  8. Colorado
  9. Pennsylvania
  10. North Carolina
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Administrative & Finance Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

43.3%

Female

42.3%

Unknown

14.4%
Ethnicity

White

52.9%

Hispanic or Latino

19.5%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

10.0%

Unknown

5.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0%

French

21.1%

Portuguese

8.6%

Italian

4.9%

Arabic

4.9%

Chinese

3.2%

Mandarin

2.7%

Russian

2.7%

German

1.6%

Swahili

1.1%

Turkish

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%

Dutch

1.1%

Wolof

1.1%

Cantonese

1.1%

Amharic

1.1%

Urdu

1.1%

Gujarati

0.5%

Korean

0.5%

Indonesian

0.5%
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Administrative & Finance Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.4%

Strayer University

6.8%

University of Houston

6.3%

Georgia State University

5.7%

The Academy

5.2%

Florida International University

4.7%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.7%

American University

4.7%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

New York University

3.6%

Bentley University

3.6%

National University

3.1%

George Washington University

3.1%

Michigan State University

3.1%

University of Maryland - University College

3.1%

University of Southern California

3.1%

James Madison University

3.1%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.1%

Rutgers University-Newark

3.1%

Golden Gate University-San Francisco

3.1%
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Majors

Business

33.9%

Accounting

29.4%

Finance

12.5%

Management

4.2%

Economics

2.6%

Marketing

1.7%

Education

1.3%

Psychology

1.3%

Business/Commerce

1.3%

Public Administration

1.3%

Health Care Administration

1.3%

Human Resources Management

1.3%

Computer Science

1.2%

Project Management

1.2%

English

1.1%

Political Science

1.1%

International Business

0.9%

Criminal Justice

0.9%

Communication

0.8%

Law

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.5%

Masters

34.5%

Other

15.0%

Associate

5.5%

Certificate

3.2%

Diploma

2.6%

Doctorate

1.4%

License

0.4%
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