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Working As A Contract Finance Analyst

  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $78,146

    Average Salary

What Does A Contract Finance Analyst Do

Financial analysts provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions. They assess the performance of stocks, bonds, and other types of investments.

Duties

Financial analysts typically do the following:

  • Recommend individual investments and collections of investments, which are known as portfolios
  • Evaluate current and historical financial data
  • Study economic and business trends
  • Examine a company’s financial statements to determine its value
  • Meet with company officials to gain better insight into the company’s prospects
  • Assess the strength of the management team
  • Prepare written reports

Financial analysts evaluate investment opportunities. They work in banks, pension funds, mutual funds, securities firms, insurance companies, and other businesses. Financial analysts are also called securities analysts and investment analysts.

Financial analysts can be divided into two categories: buy-side analysts and sell-side analysts.

  • Buy-side analysts develop investment strategies for companies that have a lot of money to invest. These companies, called institutional investors, include mutual funds, hedge funds, insurance companies, independent money managers, and nonprofit organizations with large endowments, such as some universities.
  • Sell-side analysts advise financial services sales agents who sell stocks, bonds, and other investments.

Some analysts work for the business media or other research houses, which are independent from the buy and sell side.

Financial analysts generally focus on trends affecting a specific industry, geographical region, or type of product. For example, an analyst may focus on a subject area such as the energy industry, a world region such as Eastern Europe, or the foreign exchange market. They must understand how new regulations, policies, and political and economic trends may affect investments.

Investing is becoming more global, and some financial analysts specialize in a particular country or region. Companies want those financial analysts to understand the language, culture, business environment, and political conditions in the country or region that they cover.

The following are examples of types of financial analysts:

Portfolio managers select the mix of products, industries, and regions for their company’s investment portfolio. These managers are responsible for the overall performance of the portfolio. They are also expected to explain investment decisions and strategies in meetings with stakeholders.

Fund managers work exclusively with hedge funds or mutual funds. Both fund and portfolio managers frequently make buy or sell decisions in reaction to quickly changing market conditions.

Ratings analysts evaluate the ability of companies or governments to pay their debts, including bonds. On the basis of their evaluation, a management team rates the risk of a company or government not being able to repay its bonds.

Risk analysts evaluate the risk in investment decisions and determine how to manage unpredictability and limit potential losses. This job is carried out by making investment decisions such as selecting dissimilar stocks or having a combination of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds in a portfolio.

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How To Become A Contract Finance Analyst

Financial analysts typically must have a bachelor’s degree, but a master’s degree is often required for advanced positions.

Education

Most positions require a bachelor’s degree. A number of fields of study provide appropriate preparation, including accounting, economics, finance, statistics, and mathematics. For advanced positions, employers often require a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) or a master’s degree in finance. Knowledge of options pricing, bond valuation, and risk management are important.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the main licensing organization for the securities industry. It requires licenses for many financial analyst positions. Most of the licenses require sponsorship by an employer, so companies do not expect individuals to have these licenses before starting a job.

Certification is often recommended by employers and can improve the chances for advancement. An example is the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification from the CFA Institute. Financial analysts can become CFA certified if they have a bachelor’s degree, 4 years of qualified work experience, and pass three exams. Financial analysts can also become certified in their field of specialty.

Advancement

Financial analysts typically start by specializing in a specific investment field. As they gain experience, they can become portfolio managers, who select the mix of investments for a company’s portfolio. They can also become fund managers, who manage large investment portfolios for individual investors. A master’s degree in finance or business administration can improve an analyst’s chances of advancing to one of these positions.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Financial analysts must process a range of information in finding profitable investments.

Communication skills. Financial analysts must explain their recommendations to clients in clear language that clients can easily understand.

Computer skills. Financial analysts must be adept at using software packages to analyze financial data, see trends, create portfolios, and make forecasts.

Decisionmaking skills. Financial analysts must provide a recommendation to buy, hold, or sell a security.

Detail oriented. Financial analysts must pay attention to details when reviewing possible investments, as small issues may have large implications for the health of an investment.

Math skills. Financial analysts use mathematical skills when estimating the value of financial securities. 

To be successful, financial analysts must be motivated to seek out obscure information that may be important to the investment. Many work independently and must have self-confidence in their judgment.

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Contract Finance Analyst Career Paths

Contract Finance Analyst
Pricing Analyst Accounting Manager Assistant Controller
Assistant Corporate Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Contractor/Consultant Senior Analyst Finance Manager
Business Manager-Finance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager Controller
Controller, Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Finance Consultant Finance Manager Controller
Controller/Business Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Controller
Controller/Director Of Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Contractor-Business Analyst Senior Business Analyst Finance Manager
Controller/Finance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Contractor/Consultant Contracts Administrator Staff Accountant
Corporate Accounting Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Cost Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Controller
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Plant Controller
Division Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Contracts Manager Administrative Manager Plant Controller
Divisional Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Controller
Interim Controller
15 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Business Manager Business Operations Manager
Manager Of Business Services
8 Yearsyrs
Contractor-Business Analyst Business Analyst-Consultant Senior Finance Analyst
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Finance Consultant Office Manager Accounting Manager
Manager/Finance Accounting
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Planning Manager Finance Manager
Regional Finance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Accounts Payable Clerk Accounting Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Finance Director
Senior Director Of Finance
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Business Manager Business Operations Manager
Senior Manager Of Business Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Manager Corporate Controller
Unit Controller
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Finance Manager 3.6 years
Finance Analyst 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Contract Finance Analyst
Accountant 4.3%
Controller 4.2%
Consultant 3.5%
Analyst 2.7%
Top Careers After Contract Finance Analyst
Consultant 4.2%
Accountant 3.8%
Controller 3.4%

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Contract Finance Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

50.3%

Female

47.0%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

59.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.2%

Black or African American

12.7%

Asian

10.7%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.9%

French

15.5%

German

8.6%

Portuguese

5.2%

Mandarin

5.2%

Chinese

3.4%

Cantonese

3.4%

Polish

3.4%

Vietnamese

1.7%

Telugu

1.7%

Greek

1.7%

Japanese

1.7%

Aramaic

1.7%

Russian

1.7%

Dari

1.7%

Hindi

1.7%

Arabic

1.7%

Italian

1.7%
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Contract Finance Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.3%

Northeastern University

8.1%

University of Southern California

6.7%

Pace University - New York

5.2%

University of Houston

5.2%

Santa Clara University

4.4%

Georgetown University

4.4%

Pennsylvania State University

4.4%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.4%

DePaul University

4.4%

University of Maryland - University College

4.4%

Suffolk University

4.4%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.4%

Franklin University

3.7%

George Washington University

3.7%

Ohio State University

3.7%

Georgia State University

3.7%

San Diego State University

3.7%

University of Texas at Austin

3.7%

American InterContinental University

3.7%
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Majors

Business

35.6%

Accounting

24.3%

Finance

19.3%

Management

3.4%

Economics

2.6%

Project Management

1.4%

Psychology

1.4%

Health Care Administration

1.4%

Human Resources Management

1.3%

English

1.0%

Legal Support Services

1.0%

International Business

0.9%

Computer Science

0.9%

Communication

0.9%

Political Science

0.9%

Computer Information Systems

0.9%

Management Information Systems

0.7%

Small Business Management

0.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.7%

Sociology

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.3%

Masters

32.1%

Other

10.0%

Associate

4.1%

Certificate

3.7%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Contract Finance Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Contract/Financial Analyst Medtronic, Inc. Mounds View, MN Sep 24, 2010 $75,275 -
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Aerospace Financial Contract Analyst Aviation Ground Equipment Corp. Freeport, NY Sep 09, 2016 $60,060
Contract Financial Analyst Argus Limited Las Vegas, NV Dec 02, 2010 $49,171
Contract Financial Analyst Argus Limited Rockville, MD Sep 15, 2010 $49,171

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Top Skills for A Contract Finance Analyst

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Compliance
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed account analysis, bank reconciliation, variance analysis and GL reconciliation for month-end closing and financial statements.
  • Developed quality and compliance manuals to ensure compliance with any applicable state and federal regulatory compliance provisions governing clinical research.
  • Generated memos and standard operating procedures for upper-level management to resolve financial management problems and implement solutions.
  • Conduct random monthly contract audits to insure compliance to policies and procedures.
  • Distribute documentation, manage paperwork, maintain inventory logs and update customer databases.

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