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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|
|Finance Director, Asia||DLA Piper LLP (Us)||San Diego, CA||Jul 09, 2017||$303,000|
|Finance Director, Asia||DLA Piper LLP (Us)||San Diego, CA||Aug 09, 2016||$303,000|
|Solar Energy Finance Director||Soitec Solar Inc.||San Diego, CA||Oct 01, 2011||$170,000|
|Director, Financial Reporting||Nuvasive, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Sep 09, 2016||$170,000|
|Director, Financial Reporting||Nuvasive, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Dec 27, 2016||$170,000|
|Finance Director||Soitec Solar, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Oct 01, 2014||$158,974 -
|Finance Director||Soitec Solar Inc.||San Diego, CA||Aug 05, 2015||$153,171 -
|Director of Financial Planning and Analysis||Umami Sustainable Seafood, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Jun 01, 2012||$151,029 -
|Director of Finance||Chronos Tech LLC||San Diego, CA||Dec 21, 2015||$130,000|
|Director of Finance||SONY Electronics, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Nov 25, 2009||$129,375|
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