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Become A Finance Director

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Working As A Finance 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

  • $100,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Finance Director Do

A finance director is responsible for managing the financial risks, financial planning and record-keeping, financial analysis of company data, as well as financial reporting to higher management.

How To Become A Finance 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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Finance Director Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    61.8%
  • Female

    35.9%
  • Unknown

    2.4%

Ethnicity

  • White

    79.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.7%
  • Asian

    8.4%
  • Unknown

    1.8%
  • Black or African American

    1.1%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    46.5%
  • French

    10.9%
  • German

    6.7%
  • Portuguese

    6.1%
  • Chinese

    5.6%
  • Mandarin

    4.9%
  • Russian

    3.1%
  • Italian

    2.5%
  • Japanese

    2.3%
  • Arabic

    2.3%
  • Korean

    2.1%
  • Hindi

    1.5%
  • Cantonese

    1.0%
  • Gujarati

    0.7%
  • Dutch

    0.7%
  • Vietnamese

    0.7%
  • Hebrew

    0.7%
  • Persian

    0.7%
  • Polish

    0.7%
  • Malay

    0.5%
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Real Finance Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Strategic Finance Director Jab Holding Company, LLC Emeryville, CA Dec 09, 2015 $390,000
Strategic Finance Director Jab Holding Company, LLC Emeryville, CA Sep 12, 2015 $390,000
Finance Director, Asia DLA Piper LLP (Us) San Diego, CA Aug 09, 2016 $303,000
Finance Director Essar Steel Minnesota, LLC Hibbing, MN Jul 01, 2015 $300,000
Finance Director Essar Steel Minnesota, LLC Hibbing, MN Jun 01, 2015 $300,000
Director, Leveraged Finance Merrill Lynch New York, NY Jun 06, 2016 $290,000 -
$310,000
Vice President, Finance Director-Improve & Major Projects Worleyparsons Group, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 30, 2016 $287,497
Director, Global Finance Advisory Barclays Capital Inc. New York, NY Oct 05, 2016 $260,000
Partner-Global Finance Director The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. Boston, MA Jan 19, 2015 $250,000 -
$400,000
Finance Director Premier Worldwide Marketing, LLC Miami, FL Oct 01, 2015 $250,000
Finance Director, CFT Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 21, 2016 $242,400 -
$262,400
Finance Director, CFT Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 08, 2016 $242,400
Director, Leveraged Finance UBS Securities LLC New York, NY Oct 08, 2016 $227,500 -
$275,000
US Director of Finance The Mill Group, Inc. New York, NY May 05, 2016 $227,178
Director of Finance Cuscowilla Management & Administrative Ser Eatonton, GA Apr 30, 2015 $152,402
Kinc Director, Financial Systems Kaplan, Inc. Day, NY Nov 01, 2015 $151,944
Finance Director GDF SUEZ Cameron LNG Holding II Corp Houston, TX Feb 23, 2015 $151,500
Finance Director, Municipal & Commercial Business Line Veolia Water North America Operating Services, LLC Boston, MA Aug 12, 2015 $151,000
Finance Director Jurlique Holistic Skin Care, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Jan 12, 2016 $150,800
Director of Financial Reporting Evonik Corporation Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Aug 17, 2015 $150,316
Director, Financial Planning & Analysis Flow International Corporation Kent, WA Jun 05, 2016 $150,000 -
$165,000
Director of Financial Planning & Analysis Trustpilot, Inc. New York, NY Mar 09, 2016 $150,000 -
$200,000
Director, Finance Flextronics International USA Charlotte, NC Sep 11, 2015 $118,658
Director, Finance American Express Travel Related Services New York, NY Sep 06, 2016 $118,105
Finance Director Boiron, Inc. Newtown, PA Jul 16, 2015 $117,936
Director of Finance Smart Settlements LLC Fairfax, VA Sep 01, 2015 $117,853
Director of Finance Smart Settlements LLC Fairfax, VA Feb 03, 2016 $117,853
Director of Finance NSG Technology, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 21, 2016 $116,397
Director of Finance Cuscowilla Management & Administrative Ser Eatonton, GA May 17, 2016 $116,126 -
$156,000

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Top Skills for A Finance Director

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Top Finance Director Skills

  1. Monthly Financial Statements
  2. Payroll
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared annual budget and monthly financial statements.
  • Prepared quarterly payroll tax returns.
  • Worked closely with department heads, general manager, and state regulators to ensure compliance with internal controls.
  • Coordinated and prepared schedules for annual audits and tax return preparation with the external auditors.
  • Manage the annual budgeting process and support to department heads in preparation of their budgets.

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