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Working As A Finance Executive

  • 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

  • $104,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Finance Executive 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 Finance Executive

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 Executive Career Paths

Finance Executive
Assistant Manager Office Manager Controller
Regional Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Office Manager Accounting Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Manager Controller
Director Of Operations And Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Office Manager Accounting Manager
Division Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Accountant Accounting Manager
Corporate Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Accountant
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Controller Finance Controller Finance Manager
Business Manager-Finance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Finance Manager
Regional Finance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Finance Manager Division Controller
Group Controller
11 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Director Finance Director
Finance Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Customer Service Manager Administrative Manager
Administrative & Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Director Managing Director
Revenue Director
13 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Assistant Controller
Divisional Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Supervisor
Manager, Accounting Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Sales Manager Senior Account Manager Assistant Controller
Assistant Corporate Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Assistant Controller Plant Controller
Unit Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Executive Senior Manager Corporate Controller
Controller General Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Audit Assistant Senior Staff Accountant Accountant And Office Manager
Finance Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Finance Director 4.0 years
Finance Controller 3.8 years
Finance Manager 3.7 years
Finance Officer 3.5 years
Finance Leader 3.1 years
Finance Executive 3.0 years
Finance Analyst 2.8 years
Finance Consultant 2.6 years
Finance Associate 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Finance Executive
Internship 6.6%
Controller 6.4%
Manager 5.5%
Accountant 4.4%
Trainee 3.4%
Executive 3.2%
Top Careers After Finance Executive
Consultant 7.2%
Manager 4.0%
Accountant 3.9%
Controller 3.7%
Executive 3.3%

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Finance Executive Demographics

Gender

Male

51.6%

Female

33.0%

Unknown

15.3%
Ethnicity

White

50.4%

Asian

18.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Black or African American

10.0%

Unknown

5.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.1%

French

7.9%

Hindi

6.3%

Mandarin

6.3%

Italian

4.8%

Ukrainian

3.2%

Turkish

3.2%

Bengali

3.2%

Russian

3.2%

Portuguese

3.2%

Chinese

3.2%

Urdu

3.2%

Arabic

3.2%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Romanian

1.6%

Filipino

1.6%

German

1.6%

Japanese

1.6%

Czech

1.6%

Persian

1.6%
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Finance Executive Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.2%

Pace University - New York

8.4%

New York University

6.7%

Michigan State University

5.9%

University of Rochester

5.0%

Ohio State University

5.0%

Nova Southeastern University

5.0%

DePaul University

5.0%

Golden Gate University-San Francisco

4.2%

Arizona State University

4.2%

Metropolitan State University

4.2%

Duquesne University

4.2%

Georgia State University

4.2%

Cornell University

4.2%

Portland State University

4.2%

Hofstra University

4.2%

University of Houston

4.2%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

4.2%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.2%

Syracuse University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

26.7%

Finance

25.9%

Accounting

19.9%

Business/Commerce

4.1%

Management

4.0%

Economics

3.5%

Marketing

2.1%

Law

1.8%

Psychology

1.5%

Computer Science

1.3%

Communication

1.2%

Political Science

1.1%

International Business

1.0%

Education

0.9%

Criminal Justice

0.9%

Business Economics

0.8%

Human Resources Management

0.8%

Nursing

0.7%

Mathematics

0.7%

Hospitality Management

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.9%

Masters

39.5%

Other

13.1%

Certificate

1.9%

Diploma

1.9%

Associate

1.8%

Doctorate

1.8%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$65,000
Min 10%
$104,000
Median 50%
$104,000
Median 50%
$104,000
Median 50%
$104,000
Median 50%
$104,000
Median 50%
$104,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$165,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Goldman Sachs
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Finance Executive make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Finance Executive in the United States is $104,307 per year or $50 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $65,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $165,000.

Real Finance Executive Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Ifrs and Mergers & Acquisitions Financial Executiv Ranger Offshore, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 01, 2015 $391,313
Executive, Financial Development Benefuel Inc. Irving, TX Sep 20, 2013 $326,094
Executive, Financial Development Benefuel Inc. Irving, TX Sep 20, 2016 $321,064
Lead Financial Executive Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company LLC New York, NY Jan 01, 2010 $240,000
Lead Financial Executive Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company LLC New York, NY Jan 12, 2016 $240,000
Lead Financial Executive Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company LLC Chicago, IL Jan 01, 2014 $240,000
Lead Financial Executive Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company LLC Chicago, IL Dec 15, 2015 $240,000
Lead Financial Executive Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company LLC New York, NY Mar 21, 2016 $240,000
Lead Financial Executive Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company LLC New York, NY Jan 01, 2012 $240,000
Credit Executive, Financial Institutions Group, Americas Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited New York, NY Dec 17, 2016 $225,000
Lead Financial Executive Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company LLC New York, NY Jan 01, 2010 $225,000
Credit Executive, Financial Institutions Group, Americas Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. New York, NY Jan 01, 2015 $205,000
Financial Executive Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $160,000
Chief Financial Executive Seed Orchard, LLC Eatonton, GA Oct 01, 2014 $156,000
Director of Finance (Non-Executive) Repucom America, LLC Stamford, CT Dec 01, 2010 $150,000
Chief Financial Executive VSP, LLC Montgomery, AL Aug 21, 2015 $147,618
Finance Executive Automatic Data Processing, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Aug 20, 2013 $129,000
Finance Executive ADP, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Jul 22, 2013 $128,592
Chief Financial Executive Saehaesung Alabama, Inc. AL Sep 29, 2015 $125,861
Finance Executive Automatic Data Processing, Inc. Miami, FL Apr 30, 2013 $106,765
Director of Finance (Non-Executive) Repucom America, LLC. Stamford, CT Nov 02, 2012 $100,000
Finance Executive Automatic Data Processing, Inc. Aurora, CO Aug 21, 2010 $98,280
Senior Financial and Management Consulting Executive Celantra Systems San Francisco, CA Oct 09, 2008 $96,127
Executive, NY Trading Finance Product Control MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc. New York, NY Aug 25, 2014 $95,000
Executive Advisor, Finance Practice The Corporate Executive Board Company Arlington, VA Oct 24, 2012 $95,000
Executive Advisor, Finance Practice The Corporate Executive Board Company Arlington, VA Apr 18, 2011 $95,000
Commercial and Affluent Financial Executive CITI International Financial Services, LLC Guaynabo, PR Jan 01, 2012 $95,000
Commercial & Affluent Financial Executive CITI International Financial Services, LLC Guaynabo, PR Oct 27, 2009 $80,000

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Top Skills for A Finance Executive

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Financial Products
  3. Assets
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  • Assisted external auditors, providing financial statements and schedules, managing internal dissemination and follow-up of audit results.
  • Delivered financial seminars to educate staff and cross-sell financial products and services.
  • Consulted with clients and recommended optimal asset allocation and tax considerations with existing and new assets.
  • Worked with clients to ensure compliance with Federal/State Law regulations.
  • Performed installation, configuration and upgrades of desktop hardware and software as determined by office and organization established procedures.

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