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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Director of International Accounting and Financial||Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP||New York, NY||Sep 15, 2012||$450,000 -
|Director Finance & Accounting (Corrugator Division||Pratt Industries, Inc. (F/K/A Pratt Industries (Us||Conyers, GA||Mar 20, 2014||$245,000 -
|Director Finance Accounting||Siemens Industry, Inc.||Norcross, GA||Sep 23, 2016||$199,134|
|Senior Director, Accounting & Finance||Accretive Solutions-Northern California, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jun 04, 2015||$185,000|
|Director of Finance and Accounting||Anaplan Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Nov 11, 2014||$180,000|
|Director of Financial Reporting and Accounting||Sunedison, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 01, 2014||$180,000|
|Director of Financial Accounting||Barclays Global Investors, N.A.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 01, 2009||$163,064|
|Director of Accounting and Finance||27 Plaza Corp.||Miami, FL||Sep 18, 2014||$156,000|
|Director of Finance and Accounting||Nitro PDF, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Apr 04, 2012||$150,494|
|Director of Financial Accounting & External Reporting||ECO-Bat America, LLC||Dallas, TX||Aug 08, 2016||$150,000|
|Director of Accounting and Financial Reporting||Phoenix Technologies Ltd.||Milpitas, CA||Feb 15, 2013||$150,000|
|Director, Finance & Accounting||?What If! USA Limited||New York, NY||Feb 19, 2016||$147,805 -
|Director, Accounting & Finance||Novel Laboratories, Inc.||Somerset, NJ||Nov 14, 2014||$142,002 -
|Director, Financial Accounting||Family Health International||Durham, NC||Nov 30, 2015||$140,000 -
|Director of Finance & Accounting||Gunpowder & Sky, LLC||Los Angeles, CA||Jul 11, 2016||$125,000|
|Director-Accounting & Finance Controls||Atlas Oil Company||Taylor, MI||Feb 23, 2015||$125,000|
|Director of Finance and Accounting||Wafra Capital Partners Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 19, 2013||$125,000|
|Director of Finance and Accounting||Colony South Properties, Inc.||Clinton, MD||May 31, 2016||$121,900|
|Director of Accounting and Finance||Edgewater Management Services LLC (||Miami, FL||May 23, 2016||$120,000|
|Director of Accounting and Finance||27 Plaza Corp.||Miami, FL||Sep 26, 2014||$120,000|
|Director, Accounting & Finance||Novel Laboratories, Inc.||Somerset, NJ||Nov 14, 2011||$115,000 -
|Director of Finance/Accounting||Stanford New York, LLC||New York, NY||Oct 09, 2016||$108,482|
|Director of Finance/Accounting||Stanford New York, LLC||New York, NY||Aug 15, 2016||$108,482|
|Director of Finance & Accounting||Paradoxal, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 15, 2016||$108,118|
|Director of Finance & Accounting||Borelli Motor Sports, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 25, 2014||$105,000|
|Director of Finance and Accounting||Wafra Investment Advisory Group, Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 25, 2011||$105,000|
|Director of Finance/Accounting||3Q Digital, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Jul 11, 2014||$105,000|
|Director, Financial Accounting||MacQuarie Aircraft Leasing Services (Us) Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 21, 2015||$103,106 -
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