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Working As A Corporate 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

  • $139,520

    Average Salary

What Does A Corporate 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 A Corporate 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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Corporate Accounting Manager Career Paths

Corporate Accounting Manager

Average Length of Employment
Controller 5.0 years
Plant Controller 4.6 years
Chief Accountant 4.5 years
Accounting Manager 4.3 years
Corporate Director 4.0 years
Finance Controller 3.8 years
Senior Accountant 3.8 years
Corporate Manager 3.8 years
Group Controller 3.7 years
Accounting Officer 3.7 years
Finance Supervisor 3.5 years
Reporting Manager 3.1 years
Interim Controller 1.3 years
Top Employers Before
Controller 8.9%
Accountant 6.3%
Supervisor 1.8%
Manager 1.8%
Auditor 1.7%
Top Employers After
Controller 17.5%
Consultant 4.1%
Director 2.2%
Accountant 2.2%

Corporate Accounting Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

54.5%

Female

43.5%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

79.1%

Hispanic or Latino

10.3%

Asian

7.4%

Black or African American

1.6%

Unknown

1.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.5%

French

17.4%

Portuguese

8.7%

Mandarin

8.7%

German

4.3%

Catalan

4.3%
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Corporate Accounting Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

7.8%

Pace University - New York

7.0%

Northeastern University

7.0%

DePaul University

7.0%

University of Houston

7.0%

Northern Illinois University

5.4%

Bryant University

4.7%

New York University

4.7%

University of North Texas

4.7%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

4.7%

Marquette University

4.7%

Florida International University

4.7%

Webster University

3.9%

University of Central Oklahoma

3.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.9%

West Virginia University

3.9%

Kennesaw State University

3.9%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

3.9%

Lehigh University

3.9%

University of Chicago

3.9%
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Majors

Accounting

49.9%

Business

27.4%

Finance

12.3%

Management

3.4%

Economics

0.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.7%

Computer Science

0.7%

International Business

0.5%

Business Economics

0.5%

Marketing

0.5%

Taxation

0.5%

Management Information Systems

0.4%

Accounting And Computer Science

0.4%

Project Management

0.4%

Education

0.4%

Pharmacy

0.3%

Information Technology

0.3%

Hospitality Management

0.3%

Human Resources Management

0.3%

Computer Applications

0.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.4%

Masters

35.6%

Other

8.2%

Associate

1.4%

Certificate

0.9%

Diploma

0.5%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Real Corporate Accounting Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Corporate Accounting Manager Centerbridge Partners, L.P. New York, NY Feb 05, 2016 $130,000
Corporate Accounting Manager Senior The Huntington National Bank Columbus, OH May 18, 2015 $130,000 -
$150,000
Corporate Accounting Manager Wm. Bolthouse Farms, Inc. Bakersfield, CA Sep 30, 2013 $126,072
Corporate Accounting Manager Sunpower Corporation San Jose, CA Mar 10, 2016 $125,000
Corporate Accounting Manager Senior The Huntington National Bank Columbus, OH Aug 22, 2016 $120,000 -
$140,000
Manager, Corporate Accounting Electronic Arts, Inc. Redwood City, CA Feb 19, 2014 $115,000
Corporate Accounting Manager Coastal Energy Company Nevada Houston, TX Nov 02, 2012 $105,000
Manager, Corporate Accounting Oppenheimerfunds, Inc. Centennial, CO Dec 17, 2012 $92,000
Corporate Accounting Manager Acadian Asset Management LLC Boston, MA Feb 23, 2011 $91,728
Manager, Corporate Accounting Systems Cox Enterprises, Inc. Atlanta, GA Sep 29, 2015 $90,709
Corporate Finance and Accounting Manager Isola USA Corp. Chandler, AZ Nov 08, 2007 $90,314 -
$110,000
Corporate Accounting Manager Invesco Advisers, Inc. Atlanta, GA Apr 12, 2013 $90,000
Manager, Corporate Accounting Systems Cox Enterprises, Inc. Atlanta, GA Apr 22, 2014 $84,500 -
$96,000
Manager-Corporate Accounting Autodesk, Inc. San Rafael, CA Jan 18, 2010 $83,900 -
$150,100
Corporate Accounting Manager Fox Management International LLC Opa-locka, FL Aug 07, 2016 $83,782
Corporate Accounting Manager Essex Property Trust, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Dec 07, 2007 $77,500 -
$90,000
Corporate Accounting Manager Salient Employment Services, LLC Houston, TX Jun 16, 2014 $76,000
Corporate Accounting Manager Coastal Energy Company Nevada Houston, TX Nov 01, 2009 $70,000

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Top Skills for A Corporate Accounting Manager

MonthlyFinancialStatementsExternalAuditorsGeneralLedgerAccountsAssetsPayrollProcessingProceduresBalanceSheetAccountsMonthlyJournalEntriesAccountReconciliationsGaapIncomeStatementSOXParentCompanyCloseProcessSarbanes-OxleyA/PInternalControlsVarianceAnalysisFinancialReportsSupervise

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Top Corporate Accounting Manager Skills

  1. Monthly Financial Statements
  2. External Auditors
  3. General Ledger Accounts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed monthly account reconciliations and prepared monthly financial statements with analysis for CFO for final approval for distribution to investors.
  • Collaborated with external auditors and restaurant managers at all locations.
  • Reconcile other general ledger accounts monthly.
  • Number of employees: ~1,500 Corporate Accounting Manager Responsible for fixed assets activities for North America operations.
  • Reviewed and submitted Corporate Payroll to Shared Services payroll processing.

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