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Become A Finance Leader

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Working As A Finance Leader

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $132,370

    Average Salary

What Does A Finance Leader Do At Newell Brands

* Lead the forecasting process and budgetingprocess for the Division
* Utilize Hyperion to develop andimprove reporting
* Coordinate and review FlashCommentary for the Segment
* Present the monthly results to theLeadership Team
* Partner with Commercial andOperations Finance to develop Sales and Gross Margin walks and commentary
* Understand and explain sales and margin variances vs. prior year and priorforecasts.
* Month-end close process including bookingjournal entries
* Balance sheet accountreconciliations & analytics
* Manage SG&A Overheads –Coordination for both controllable and uncontrollable analysis &analytics
* Prepare presentations and reportingdecks for Ops Reviews, Monthly Reporting, and any other needs as requested
* Provide analyticsthat allow the business to make decisions that impact both the short andlong term
* Identify and track risks andopportunities
* Manage internal and external auditrequests
* Identify underlying trends in thebusiness
* Improve and sustain processes
* Complete other ad hoc analysis andrequests as needed
* Bachelor’sDegree in Accounting or Finance

What Does A Finance Leader Do At United Technologies Corporation

* Responsible the program controls performance for all associated programs including bid and proposal efforts, EVMS reporting, financial performance and compliance Associated with the product line.
* Point of contact with the customers, Government Auditors and Westford Airborne leadership.
* Ensures compliance with American National Standards Institute/Electronic Industries Alliance Standard 748 (ANSI/EIA
* Earned Value Management Systems (EVMS) and associated internal company procedures.
* Manage a small team of analysis supporting the product line’s financial needs
* Responsible for the development, analysis and interpretation of statistical and financial information in order to appraise operating results in terms of profitability, performance against budget and other matters bearing on the fiscal soundness and operating effectiveness of the value stream.
* Ensure contracts are conducted within the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) standards.
* This responsibility is met by establishing and maintaining professional relationships with Government audit agencies such as DCAA, DLA and DCMA and with the customer.
* These standards must be imparted to all Program participants.
* Support fact-finding and negotiations.
* Enhancing the department to world class levels through innovation and benchmarking, driving business unit and site self-sufficiency

What Does A Finance Leader Do At General Electric

* In addition you will :
* Proactively serve as business partner to Sales & Development to drive business growth and strategy
* Manage pipeline forecasting and analysis including orders, revenue and margin for business operating and planning rhythms
* Establish portfolio risk review mechanism to identify and mitigate exposure to state and local incentive markets, tax / ITC risk, development capital at risk, and channel exposure
* Create revenue recognition handoff rhythm post-contract signature for execution by operating teams
* Support modeling, business case creation and project finance structuring in coordination with sales and development team for review in investment committee and potential partnership opportunities to ensure financial and accounting accuracy
* Manage investment committee meeting rhythms including pricing / margin reviews, contract reviews and revenue recognition
* Work with commercial team to accelerate commitments, orders and drive cash collection on progress milestones
* Support commercial teams in contract terms and negotiation, transacting with applicable parties (utilities, incentive programs, financiers, channels), obtaining and complying with performance obligations, and other offtaker and financier documentation requirements
* Support business integration effort and establishment of updated / new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software
* Assist in any project related quarterly or annual closing processes as needed

What Does A Finance Leader Do At Accenture

* Identifies, assesses and solves complex business problems for area of responsibility, where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors.
* Closely follows the strategic direction set by senior management when establishing near term goals.
* Interacts with senior management at a client and/or within Accenture on matters where they may need to gain acceptance on an alternate approach.
* Has some latitude in decision-making.
* Acts independently to determine methods and procedures on new assignments .
* Decisions have a major day to day impact on area of responsibility .
* Manages large - medium sized teams and/or work efforts (if in an individual contributor role) at a client or within Accenture

What Does A Finance Leader Do At Genworth Financial

* Serve as an internal expert, consultant and resource on complex accounting topics for unique, new, or non-standard transactions; provide accounting (US GAAP, US statutory & IFRS) support for Genworth’s functions and businesses
* Approve, review and document accounting conclusions for new, significant and unusual transactions
* Approve and report policy and methodology changes; oversee all accounting policies
* Monitor emerging accounting guidance (US GAAP, IFRS, and/or U
* S. STAT) and communicate potential changes or implications to various stakeholders; selectively influence new accounting and capital rules
* Interact with business and function leaders on matters affecting accounting, financial reporting and controllership; research and resolve technical accounting and financial reporting issues presented by business and function leaders
* Lead the assessment and implementation of new technical accounting and financial reporting standards
* Lead annual reviews of complex accounting areas (e.g., embedded derivatives, variable interest entities, goodwill impairment)
* Communicate with all levels within the organization on technical accounting matters; provide selective, periodic accounting education and training
* Perform or assist in several key quarterly procedures to support financial reporting of significant and unusual transactions as well as the impacts on reported results
* Review key financial statements and reporting (e.g., Form 10
* K, Form 10
* Qs

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How To Become A Finance Leader

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 Leader Demographics


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • Hindi

  • Mandarin

  • French

  • Urdu

  • Italian

  • Russian

  • Hakka

  • Zulu

  • Georgian

  • Japanese

  • Cantonese

  • Arabic

  • Thai

  • Korean

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Real Finance Leader Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Finance Leader Chegg, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Dec 09, 2016 $200,000
Finance Leader Chegg, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Mar 23, 2015 $200,000
Peoplesoft Financial Lead Sierra-Cedar, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Sep 10, 2014 $170,554
Technical Finance Lead Genentech Inc. South San Francisco, CA Oct 31, 2016 $160,106
Finance Leader, Financial Analysis Mastercard International Incorporated NY Apr 26, 2016 $145,102 -
Financial Systems Lead Yelp, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 27, 2016 $142,000
Financial Systems Lead Yelp Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 10, 2016 $142,000
Finance Leader, Financial Analysis Mastercard International Incorporated NY Jun 08, 2016 $138,375
IS Lead-Financial Accounting and Support Kraft Heinz Foods Company Northfield, IL May 04, 2016 $137,023
Finance Leader, Financial Analysis Mastercard International Incorporated NY Aug 06, 2013 $135,000
Global Personal Lines Financial Planning & Analysis Lead AIG PC Global Services, Inc. New York, NY May 26, 2016 $134,070
Global Personal Lines Financial Planning & Analysis Lead AIG PC Global Services, Inc. New York, NY Aug 17, 2015 $134,070
Global Personal Lines Financial Planning & Analysis Lead AIG PC Global Services, Inc. New York, NY May 25, 2015 $134,070
Global Personal Lines Financial Planning and Analysis Lead AIG PC Global Services, Inc. New York, NY Mar 28, 2016 $134,070
Finance Leader, Financial Systems Mastercard International Incorporated NY Feb 25, 2015 $116,813
IS Lead-Financial Accounting and Support Kraft Foods Group, Inc. Glenview, IL Apr 06, 2013 $116,800
Finance Stream Lead Retail Consult LLC Canton, MA Nov 14, 2011 $115,544 -
Oracle Financial Lead Kravet Inc. Bethpage, NY Sep 23, 2013 $115,000
Seminis Nafta Commercial Finance Lead Monsanto Company Saint Louis, MO May 11, 2009 $114,125
Finance Leader, Mergers and Acquisitions W. R. Grace & Co. Columbia, MD Jun 14, 2014 $112,500
Finance Leader W. R. Grace & Co. Columbia, MD Oct 01, 2014 $112,500
BI Reporting Lead, Financial Systems Hyatt Corporation Chicago, IL Jan 01, 2015 $92,914
Finance Leader, Financial Systems Mastercard International Incorporated NY Sep 12, 2016 $92,800 -
Operations Finance Leader GE Medical Systems, Inc. Waukesha, WI Feb 15, 2010 $92,000 -
Finance Lead Barclays Bank Delaware Wilmington, DE May 13, 2013 $92,000 -
Finance Leader Creation Technologies Santa Clara, Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 01, 2013 $91,707 -
Finance Leader, Financial Systems Mastercard International Incorporated NY Sep 12, 2016 $90,813 -
Leader-Finance KAVI Associates LLC Barrington, IL Apr 12, 2015 $90,000

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Top Skills for A Finance Leader


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Top Finance Leader Skills

  1. Financial Analysis
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. Goal Setting
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed financial analysis and projected profitability for new products.
  • Communicate funding process to business financial managers to help ensure compliance.
  • Worked with Teller Coordinator for staffing needs to include hiring, goal setting, performance reviews and ratings.
  • Prepare and review SEC filings with external auditors, internal and external legal counsel and audit committee.
  • Lead for General Ledger Allocation requirements, setup and testing for facilities, international entities, and shared service allocations.

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