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Working As A Corporate Director

  • 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

  • $141,553

    Average Salary

What Does A Corporate Director 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 Director

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
Corporate Director 4.0 years
Corporate Manager 3.8 years
Head Operator 3.6 years
Associate Director 3.5 years
Top Employers Before
Director 10.1%
Manager 8.7%
Controller 5.2%
Consultant 4.6%
Supervisor 2.9%
Top Employers After
Consultant 8.2%
Director 7.8%
President 5.0%
Principal 3.6%
Controller 3.5%
Owner 2.9%

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Corporate Director Demographics

Gender

Male

64.6%

Female

33.4%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

63.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.0%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.8%

French

13.2%

Portuguese

7.4%

German

5.8%

Italian

5.8%

Russian

4.1%

Japanese

3.3%

Chinese

2.5%

Carrier

2.5%

Mandarin

1.7%

Dutch

1.7%

Dakota

1.7%

Indonesian

0.8%

Somali

0.8%

Greek

0.8%

Czech

0.8%

Occidental

0.8%

Korean

0.8%

Arabic

0.8%

Hmong

0.8%
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Corporate Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.5%

Michigan State University

8.1%

New York University

6.6%

Pennsylvania State University

5.6%

Purdue University

5.3%

Ohio State University

4.6%

George Washington University

4.3%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.3%

Harvard University

4.3%

University of Texas at Austin

4.3%

Arizona State University

4.1%

Cornell University

4.1%

Fordham University

3.8%

DePaul University

3.8%

University of Chicago

3.8%

Villanova University

3.6%

University of Houston

3.6%

Northeastern University

3.6%

University of North Texas

3.3%

Webster University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

36.0%

Accounting

11.5%

Finance

9.6%

Management

7.9%

Marketing

4.7%

Human Resources Management

3.2%

Communication

3.0%

Nursing

3.0%

Economics

2.5%

Political Science

2.2%

Law

2.2%

Psychology

2.1%

Health Care Administration

2.1%

Education

1.8%

Criminal Justice

1.6%

Hospitality Management

1.5%

Computer Science

1.4%

Biology

1.3%

Mechanical Engineering

1.2%

International Business

1.2%
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Degrees

Masters

38.0%

Bachelors

37.4%

Other

13.9%

Doctorate

4.1%

Certificate

3.2%

Associate

3.2%

License

0.3%

Diploma

0.1%
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Real Corporate Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Corporate Risk Wison Floating Systems, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2011 $285,000
Director, Corporate Banking (Consumer and Retail) Merrill Lynch New York, NY Jan 02, 2016 $240,000 -
$260,000
Director of Corporate Planning Apache Corporation Houston, TX May 05, 2014 $225,000
Director, Global Banking Corporate Finance, Financial Institutions Group Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. New York, NY Sep 03, 2016 $225,000
Director of Corporate Planning Apache Corporation Houston, TX Jul 12, 2015 $225,000
Director, Origination/Corporate Coverage Citizens Financial Group, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 10, 2015 $225,000
Director, Large Corporates US Westpac Banking Corporation New York, NY Jun 15, 2016 $215,000
Director, Sector Corporate Finance, Energy America RBS Securities Inc. Houston, TX Aug 03, 2012 $200,000
Director, Sector Corporate Finance, Energy America RBS Securities Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2012 $200,000
Senior Corporate Strategy Director Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 15, 2016 $197,475
Director, Corporate & Social Responsibility Aecom Technology Corporation New York, NY Oct 14, 2014 $192,858
Director, Corporate Consulting EMC Corporation Hopkinton, MA Oct 13, 2016 $188,115 -
$206,800
Director, Origination/Corporate Coverage Citizens Financial Group, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 01, 2016 $183,477 -
$250,510
Director, Head of Global Corporate Real Estate Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 30, 2015 $180,000
Director of Corporate Solutions Group Unicredit Bank AG New York, NY Aug 24, 2016 $147,805 -
$295,000
Director-Corporate Finance-Merger Integration FTI, LLC San Francisco, CA Jun 22, 2015 $147,410 -
$160,000
Director, Corporate Governance JH Cohn, LLP Roseland, NJ Aug 26, 2011 $147,000
Audit Director, Corporate Governance News America Incorporated New York, NY Jul 13, 2011 $146,100
Director of Corporate Solutions Group Unicredit Bank AG New York, NY Sep 23, 2015 $145,101 -
$246,100
Director Corporate Ratings (Ratings Analytical) Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC New York, NY Sep 02, 2013 $145,000 -
$155,000
Director, Corporate Finance Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd. Irvine, CA Jan 09, 2016 $141,650
Director, Corporate Pricing Oversight Prudential Insurance Company of America Newark, NJ Aug 26, 2016 $122,000 -
$157,200
Director, Corporate Finance MacQuarie Aircraft Leasing Services (Us) Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 14, 2012 $121,638 -
$186,000
Director of Corporate Finance (Principal Financial Analyst) PLS, Inc. Houston, TX May 20, 2015 $120,000
Director of Corporate Finance 5Barz International, Inc. Mission Viejo, CA Sep 24, 2011 $120,000
Director, Corporate Planning Silicor Materials, Inc. Teaneck, NJ Sep 16, 2014 $120,000
Director of Corporate Finance 5Barz International, Inc. Miami, FL Sep 14, 2011 $120,000
Director, Global Corporates Americas Barclays Bank PLC New York, NY Sep 15, 2016 $120,000 -
$168,500
Director of Corporate Finance 5Barz International, Inc. Miami, FL Jan 17, 2011 $120,000

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  1. Financial Statements
  2. Compliance
  3. Procedures
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  • Completed preparation of consolidated financial statements and reporting packet for 13 affiliated companies, reports to management and Board of Directors.
  • Developed corporate environmental audit protocols and tools, adjudicated environmental findings, and participated in environmental audits that improved compliance.
  • Developed strong knowledge base of Medicaid polices/procedures and implementation in company operations.
  • Launched corporate strategic planning initiative creating a unified organizational direction, driven by M.B.O.
  • Created and implemented innovative safety programs that lead to significant decrease in workers compensation costs through reduced injuries and illnesses.

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  4. Connecticut
  5. District of Columbia
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