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Working As A Finance Administrator

  • 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

  • $139,520

    Average Salary

What Does A Finance Administrator Do At Caci International

* Responsible for providing senior level support to Program Managers in the preparation and analysis of complex project financial and scheduling data and other complex contract, project or business related task.
* Ensures compliance with internal procedures and procurement regulations.
* Establishes and defines program plan requirements and directs or performs in-depth studies to determine optimum program plans.
* Develops financial controls, procedures, systems, and forecasting techniques to evaluate contract/program status and ensure compliance with customer requirements.
* Monitors progress of program requirements.
* Monitors cost performance against plans to ensure contractual cost obligations are met.
* Prepares complex financial/administrative reports and distributes to customers/user organizations.
* Conducts complex financial analysis (variance analysis, risk analysis, profit/loss analysis, etc.).
* Performs non-routine analysis and prepares non-routine financial reports.
* Liaison between operations and other administrative support organizations on financial issues.
* Interfaces with subcontractors, vendors, and customers and performs extensive investigations as required.
* Maintains contract budgets, prepares contract-billing, estimates materials, equipment, production costs and delivery schedules

What Does A Finance Administrator Do At Goldman Sachs & Co.

* Develop and maintain department budgets, analyze monthly operating expenses and provide monthly and quarterly expense analysis
* Ensure strong financial controls.
* Monitor divisional expense guidelines and regulatory requirements
* Liaise with business unit managers to develop budgets, provide expense management controls and address financial reporting requirements
* Manage divisional accounting requirements including accruals, invoice processing, balance sheet substantiation and allocations
* Provide financial analysis including variance analysis, projections and trend analysis
* Track and monitor divisional headcount and comp
* Produce monthly, quarterly and ad-hoc financial and management reports
* Ensure accuracy of allocations, monitor allocations into business groups and respond to allocation queries.
* Analyze allocations in from other divisions
* Manage various ad-hoc projects/initiatives
* Assist the Divisional Vendor Management Team (DVMT) providing vendor relationship oversight and guidance/training to vendor relationship owners (VROs)
* Liaise with vendor management office (VMO), procurement and technology information security
* Assist in vendor management program compliance including on/off boarding vendors and assist in mitigating and monitoring vendor risk
* Maintain vendor contracts, vendor negotiated rates and monitor vendor expenses versus budgets
* Assist in vendor relationship management of big 4 accounting firms
* Manage the firm’s audit fees

What Does A Finance Administrator Do At Columbia University

* In collaboration with the Director, and other senior members of CWP, provide organizational leadership to accomplish CWP's goals and objectives effectively.
* Lead budget development and planning for the general CWP operating budget and work with CWP revenue development staff on budget development and planning.
* Provide management oversight of CWP strategic planning, implementation, and the coordination of logistics.
* Monitor staff and ensure progress of CWP-initiated activities.
* Establish and maintain financial oversight of all CWP initiatives, prepare and analyze financial reports, and develop and implement an effective system of accounting.
* Establish and maintain internal controls and ensure compliance with University policies and procedures.
* Act as a strategic liaison with key partners across the University.
* Oversee human resources operations, procedures and protocols related to hiring, compensation, onboarding and off-boarding of CWP's staff and trainees.
* Review and implement continuous improvement of facilities and space utilization.
* Provide strategy and ongoing direction for all projects related to facilities and space.
* Oversee the technology function and partner with CUIT on all matters of technology procedures, support and procurement of equipment, as well as the development and maintenance of a CWP website.
* Exhibit a high degree of diplomacy and set a climate of decorum for the operation of the CWP Office.
* Additional duties as assigned

What Does A Finance Administrator Do At George Washington University

* Reviews and reconciles award expenditures and budgets monthly.
* Meets monthly or quarterly with Principal Investigator (PIs) to review award expenditures and makes adjustments and revisions, as necessary.
* Projects and forecasts future award expenditures.
* Manages budgets and compliance timelines throughout the award.
* Reviews requests for subcontractors and consultants terms and consults with PI accordingly.
* Advises PI on various issues regarding awards/projects.
* Ensures compliance with Federal and sponsor regulations and terms of award; and oversees compliance with all institutional policies and guidelines for sponsored projects.
* Ensures application of allowable indirect costs and fringe benefit rates.
* Serves as primary liaison for fiscal and administrative matters with all entities with the university such as Accounts Payable, Procurement, Payroll, Office of Vice President for Research (OVPR) and Grants and Contracts Accounting Services (GCAS)
* Meets monthly or quarterly with assigned PIs to review their proposals, sponsored project activities, any potential changes in their teaching coverage, hiring and other issues.
* Meets regularly with Lead Research Finance Administrator to review and discuss any sponsored related issues.
* Reviews the effort reports and coordinates the effort certification process for assigned PIs semi-annually.
* Establishes and maintains grant and contracts files electronically according to the department’s internal procedures.
* Updates appropriate departmental established databases and trackers.
* Maintains and updates discretionary fund accounts for PIs.
* Enhances professional knowledge and skills by attending conferences, training sessions, workshops/seminars and reviewing published literature.
* Maintains familiarity with federal grant and contract regulations
* Occasionally, during heavy proposal season, assist the pre-award team with any pre-award activities as requested
* Performs other related duties as assigned.
* The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position

What Does A Finance Administrator Do At Stanford University

* Establish department’s administrative mission and goals.
* Partner with faculty leadership on departmental affairs and represent needs and goals to internal and external parties.
* Streamline business processes and improve operational effectiveness.
* Develop business plans.
* Analyze needs and recommend changes in staffing, facilities, health and safety compliance, finance, technology and administrative functions.
* Work with the Chair and Dean's Office regarding resources.
* Responsible for overall fiscal wellness and financial operations.
* Develop and monitor consolidated budget; implement financial growth and sustainability strategies.
* Manage staff in the day-to-day operations.
* Responsible for workforce planning, hiring and retaining staff, coaching and development of direct reports, and accountable for employee performance.
* May independently or in collaboration with human resources managers, guide faculty supervisors in the interpretation and implementation of policies and procedures.
* Represent the unit's needs in regard to research and service facilities.
* Oversee management of all students, fellows, and graduate program administration.
* Interpret, implement and ensure compliance with academic and administrative policies and procedures.
* Other duties may also be assigned

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How To Become A Finance Administrator

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.


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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Finance Administrator Career Paths

Finance Administrator
Bookkeeper Accounts Payable Clerk Staff Accountant
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Assistant Vice President Controller
Accounting Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Corporate Controller Chief Finance Officer
Chief Finance And Operating Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Contracts Administrator Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Corporate Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Business Manager Controller
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Manager Controller
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer Finance Advisor Finance Manager
Director Of Operations And Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Finance Officer Accounting Consultant Accounting Manager
Division Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Director Finance Advisor Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Bookkeeper Accountant Finance Analyst
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Chief Finance Officer President Finance Advisor
Finance Vice President
9 Yearsyrs
General Manager Human Resources Coordinator Controller
Interim Controller
15 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Manager/Finance Accounting
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Property Manager Accountant
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
General Manager Business Manager Controller
Regional Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer Sales Consultant Finance Manager
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Contracts Administrator Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Senior Manager Controller
Senior Director Of Finance
14 Yearsyrs
Corporate Controller Finance Consultant Senior Finance Analyst
Senior Finance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Finance Administrator Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • German

  • Chinese

  • Urdu

  • Mandarin

  • Italian

  • Arabic

  • Hindi

  • Dutch

  • Korean

  • Greek

  • Tagalog

  • Cantonese

  • Bengali

  • Russian

  • Carrier

  • Serbian

  • Swedish

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Real Finance Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Vice Chair, Finance and Administration Yale University New Haven, CT Dec 16, 2013 $215,000
Vice Chair, Finance and Administration Yale University New Haven, CT Dec 01, 2013 $215,000
Director of Finance and Administration ECKA Granules of America Orangeburg, SC Nov 13, 2009 $181,220
Vice President Finance and Administration Lindsayca USA, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 20, 2013 $175,000 -
Director of Finance and Administration University of Colorado Aurora, CO Sep 01, 2015 $168,000
Global OTC Process Leader/Global Finance & Admin Arvato Digital Services LLC Los Gatos, CA Sep 03, 2015 $165,000
Global OTC Process Leader/Global Finance & Admin. Arvato Digital Services LLC Los Gatos, CA Sep 03, 2015 $165,000
VP, Finance and Administration Iba Molecular North America, Inc. Dulles Town Center, VA Dec 01, 2011 $153,608 -
Vice President, Finance and Administration Exosome Diagnostics, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $150,000
Director of Finance and Admin., Vaccine Access & Delivery Path Seattle, WA Feb 25, 2016 $147,514 -
VP Finance, Administration Iba Proton Therapy Inc. Leesburg, VA Mar 01, 2013 $145,787 -
Director of Finance and Administration Cognitive Scale Austin, TX Mar 02, 2016 $125,000
C&TM Finance & Admin USA & Latin America Duty Free JTI Duty-Free USA, Inc. Miami, FL Aug 23, 2014 $89,424
Director of Finance and Administration Vick Companies, Inc. Williamsburg, VA Aug 25, 2016 $85,000
Director of Finance and Administration Howard University Washington, DC Feb 19, 2015 $85,000
Financial Administrator The Vanguard Group Malvern, PA Aug 01, 2013 $83,862
Bilingual Financial Administrator & Planner PCS Station, Inc. Monterey Park, CA Sep 17, 2015 $83,814
AIS Financial Reporting Administrator State Street Bank and Trust Company Princeton, NJ Apr 29, 2015 $81,619 -
Vice President Finance and Administration The Union, North America New York, NY May 15, 2013 $80,330
Finance Administrator The Nature Conservancy Arlington, VA Sep 18, 2011 $59,904
Management Analyst, Finance & Administration Fashion Business Corp. New York, NY Aug 16, 2011 $58,600
Financial Administrator California Unviersity of Management and Sciences Arlington, VA Nov 18, 2015 $57,762
Financial Administrator Renren Game USA, Inc. CA Sep 07, 2013 $55,556
Financial Aid Administrator Columbia College Fairfax, VA Apr 02, 2015 $55,472
Financial Aid Administrator Columbia College Fairfax, VA May 01, 2015 $55,472

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Top Skills for A Finance Administrator


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Top Finance Administrator Skills

  1. Monthly Financial Statements
  2. Payroll Processing
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared and analyzed operating and capital budgets, produced monthly financial statements and presented to Department leadership.
  • Managed the transition from local PC based payroll processing to ADP, including several subsequent major enhancements.
  • Participate in planning and implementation of various purchasing program activities; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
  • Develop local internal control procedures within corporate guidelines and ensure compliance.
  • Coordinated annual audit; worked with outside auditors.

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