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Working As A Director Of Operations And Finance

  • 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

  • $127,673

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Of Operations And Finance 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 Director Of Operations And Finance

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
Finance Director 3.9 years
Finance Manager 3.6 years
Top Employers Before
Controller 11.2%
Accountant 4.5%
Director 3.6%
Consultant 3.2%
Manager 2.8%
Top Employers After
Controller 11.0%
Consultant 5.8%
Director 4.4%

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Director Of Operations And Finance Demographics

Gender

Male

60.6%

Female

37.0%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

62.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

8.0%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.8%

French

9.9%

Mandarin

7.0%

German

5.6%

Russian

4.2%

Portuguese

4.2%

Korean

2.8%

Cantonese

2.8%

Greek

2.8%

Carrier

2.8%

Italian

2.8%

Chinese

2.8%

Swahili

1.4%

Swedish

1.4%

Gujarati

1.4%

Hindi

1.4%

Dutch

1.4%

Danish

1.4%

Norwegian

1.4%

Berta

1.4%
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Director Of Operations And Finance Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.9%

Northeastern University

7.5%

New York University

7.0%

University of Chicago

6.0%

Arizona State University

5.0%

University of Southern California

5.0%

Harvard University

5.0%

Ohio State University

4.5%

Georgia State University

4.5%

Babson College

4.5%

University of Connecticut

4.5%

University of Washington

4.5%

Boston College

4.0%

University of Pennsylvania

4.0%

University of Florida

4.0%

University of South Florida

3.5%

Pace University - New York

3.5%

Cornell University

3.5%

DePaul University

3.5%

Indiana University Bloomington

3.5%
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Majors

Business

34.8%

Accounting

24.9%

Finance

20.0%

Management

4.5%

Economics

2.4%

Marketing

1.7%

Political Science

1.4%

Psychology

1.3%

Health Care Administration

1.3%

Project Management

0.9%

Law

0.8%

Communication

0.8%

Human Resources Management

0.8%

Computer Science

0.7%

Education

0.7%

Business/Commerce

0.7%

Real Estate

0.7%

History

0.7%

Management Science

0.6%

Management Information Systems

0.6%
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Degrees

Masters

45.9%

Bachelors

38.2%

Other

9.8%

Certificate

2.4%

Associate

1.9%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

0.2%

License

0.1%
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Real Director Of Operations And Finance Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Financial Operations Caxton Associates LP Princeton, NJ Nov 01, 2010 $300,000
Director of Operations Engineering, Finance Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA May 09, 2010 $230,000 -
$275,000
Director of Operations/Finance Heritage Provider Network, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Nov 16, 2015 $225,000
Director of Operations Engineering-Finance Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA May 09, 2013 $202,842 -
$430,000
US Director Finance & Operations Nearmap Us, Inc. South Jordan, UT Oct 21, 2016 $200,000
Director Operations Finance Firstservice Residential Management, Inc. Dania Beach, FL Oct 01, 2012 $187,830 -
$229,570
Director of Finance and Operations Quartzy, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Dec 12, 2016 $185,000
Director, Operations Finance Sunpower Corporation San Jose, CA Jun 29, 2015 $184,600
Director, Operations Finance Sunpower Corporation San Jose, CA Sep 09, 2014 $184,600
Managing Director of Operations & Finance Capital Integration Systems LLC New York, NY Jul 19, 2010 $180,000
Director Operations Finance Firstservice Residential Management, Inc. Dania Beach, FL Oct 01, 2012 $166,960 -
$177,395
Director of Finance and Operations Ride Group, Inc. New York, NY Aug 18, 2016 $165,000
Director of Finance/Operations Ubertal Inc. San Mateo, CA Jan 11, 2016 $144,248
Director of Finance/Operations Ubertal Inc. San Mateo, CA Feb 05, 2016 $138,549
Director, Operations Finance L'Oreal USA, Inc. Redmond, WA Feb 18, 2013 $135,000
Finance Director, Northeast Operating Unit Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation East Hanover, NJ Sep 30, 2010 $125,000
Director of Hotel Financial Operations Tanota Corporation May 01, 2010 $120,000
Director of Hotel Financial Operations Tanota Corporation Aug 01, 2011 $120,000
Director, Finance & Operations Larrikin Entertainment LLC Los Angeles, CA Feb 01, 2013 $120,000
Director of Hotel Financial Operations Tanota Corporation May 01, 2011 $120,000
Director of Operations/Finance Into The Gloss, Inc. New York, NY Sep 11, 2014 $103,355
Finance and Operations Director Sunrise Medical Campus, LLC Puyallup, WA Jan 04, 2010 $101,220 -
$52
Director of Finance and Operations Notre Dame Academy, Inc. Duluth, GA Sep 24, 2011 $100,000 -
$199,000
Director of Finance and Operations Lending Home Corporation San Francisco, CA Nov 01, 2013 $100,000
Director, Finance/Ops World5, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 14, 2014 $98,114
Director of SEA Finance and Operations and Treasury Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. Boston, MA Jul 01, 2015 $95,000
Director of Hotel Financial Operations Tanota Corporation Aug 01, 2013 $89,300

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Top Skills for A Director Of Operations And Finance

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  1. Financial Statements
  2. Payroll
  3. Compliance
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  • Review monthly and quarterly financial reporting and preparation of financial statements prepared by staff for seventy individual entities.
  • Process invoices, billing, payroll, and expenses for all contractors, employees, vendors, and clients as needed.
  • Managed successful banking relationships and financial reporting in compliance with debt covenants.
  • Created and implemented automated accounts payable process and procedures resulting in a more efficient, accurate and timely product delivery system.
  • Developed customer satisfaction audit program focused on increasing understanding of client needs and improving company responsiveness.

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