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Become A Chief Finance Officer

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Working As A Chief Finance Officer

  • 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

  • $125,500

    Average Salary

What Does A Chief Finance Officer Do

The chief financial officer (CFO) is a corporate officer primarily responsible for managing the financial risks of the corporation. This officer is also responsible for financial planning and record-keeping, as well as financial reporting to higher management.

How To Become A Chief Finance Officer

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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Chief Finance Officer Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    59.8%
  • Female

    37.5%
  • Unknown

    2.8%

Ethnicity

  • White

    80.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    8.7%
  • Asian

    7.9%
  • Unknown

    1.7%
  • Black or African American

    0.8%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    43.9%
  • French

    13.2%
  • German

    6.5%
  • Mandarin

    5.7%
  • Chinese

    5.2%
  • Portuguese

    4.6%
  • Russian

    3.5%
  • Italian

    3.0%
  • Japanese

    2.8%
  • Arabic

    2.2%
  • Cantonese

    2.1%
  • Korean

    1.4%
  • Hindi

    1.0%
  • Dutch

    1.0%
  • Hebrew

    0.8%
  • Greek

    0.7%
  • Carrier

    0.7%
  • Swedish

    0.6%
  • Vietnamese

    0.6%
  • Tagalog

    0.6%
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Real Chief Finance Officer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chief Financial Officer Kraft Heinz Foods Company Northfield, IL Sep 21, 2015 $600,000
Chief Financial Officer 99 Cents Only Stores, LLC Commerce, CA Sep 04, 2015 $550,000
Chief Financial Officer Ciena Healthcare Management, Inc. Southfield, MI Feb 01, 2016 $525,000
Chief Financial Officer Ciena Healthcare Management, Inc. Southfield, MI Feb 01, 2015 $525,000
Chief Financial Officer Wandisco San Ramon, CA Mar 31, 2015 $480,000
Chief Financial Officer Swift Beef Company Greeley, CO Aug 10, 2015 $460,000
Coo/Cfo John Hardy Management Inc. New York, NY Mar 25, 2015 $450,000
Chief Financial Officer John Hardy USA Inc. New York, NY Oct 21, 2015 $450,000
Coo/Cfo John Hardy USA Inc. New York, NY Jan 07, 2015 $450,000
Chief Financial Officer John Hardy USA Inc. New York, NY Mar 23, 2016 $450,000
Coo/Cfo John Hardy Management Inc. New York, NY Apr 01, 2015 $450,000
Coo/Cfo John Hardy Management Inc. New York, NY Mar 16, 2015 $450,000
Chief Financial Officer QBE Americas, Inc. Miami, FL Sep 02, 2015 $400,000
CFO Rina Systems, LLC Cincinnati, OH Sep 22, 2015 $199,430
Chief Financial Officer Rina Systems, LLC Cincinnati, OH Jun 08, 2016 $199,430
Chief Financial Officer Interguard, Ltd. New York, NY Jul 27, 2015 $199,410 -
$380,000
Chief Financial Officer Carma Techology Corporation San Francisco, CA Sep 14, 2016 $195,000
Chief Financial Officer Carma Technology Corporation San Francisco, CA Sep 22, 2016 $195,000
Chief Financial Officer Carma Techology Corporation San Francisco, CA Sep 22, 2016 $195,000
Chief Financial Officer Sweet Green Fields USA LLC Bellingham, WA Apr 01, 2016 $191,859 -
$250,000
Chief Financial Officer Max Mara USA, Inc. New York, NY Jul 21, 2016 $190,000
Chief Financial Officer Allied Digital Services, LLC Torrance, CA Dec 14, 2015 $148,000 -
$170,000
Director, Senior Business Manager-WFS CFO UBS AG Weehawken, NJ Jun 20, 2016 $148,000 -
$190,000
Chief Financial Officer Bridgeinvest, LLC Miami, FL Jul 24, 2015 $145,850
Chief Financial Officer Bodum USA, Inc. New York, NY Sep 12, 2015 $145,101 -
$180,000
Chief Financial Officer Moscot Wholesale Corp. New York, NY Apr 30, 2015 $145,101
Chief Financial Officer Colfax Oncology LLC Clifton, NJ Feb 16, 2016 $145,101
Chief Financial Officer Love Grace Inc. Islandia, NY Jun 11, 2015 $145,101

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Top Skills for A Chief Finance Officer

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Top Chief Finance Officer Skills

  1. Monthly Financial Statements
  2. Payroll
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepare monthly financial statements for review by partners as well as quarterly statements for banks.
  • Managed corporate finances including billing, payroll, accounts receivable/payable.
  • Communicated the Plan to employees and worked with banks, auditors and consultants to ensure compliance with Plan requirements.
  • Worked extensively with annual audit and cost report preparation.
  • Provided monthly operations updates to lenders and private equity partners.

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