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Working As A Finance Manager

  • 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

  • $101,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Finance Manager 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 Manager

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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Average Length of Employment
Finance Manager 4.0 years
Finance Director 4.0 years
Finance Controller 3.8 years
Finance Supervisor 3.8 years
Finance Leader 3.1 years
Top Careers Before Finance Manager
Accountant 7.2%
Controller 5.8%
Manager 4.2%
Top Careers After Finance Manager
Controller 9.8%
Consultant 4.4%
Manager 4.2%
Accountant 3.7%
Owner 3.0%
Director 2.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$101,000
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$64,000
Min 10%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$159,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.7 years
How much does a Finance Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Finance Manager in the United States is $101,593 per year or $49 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $64,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $159,000.

Real Finance Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Financial Manager Jet.com, Inc. Hoboken, NJ Aug 20, 2015 $250,000
Financial Manager Jet.com, Inc. Hoboken, NJ Dec 28, 2015 $250,000
Finance Manager S.W. Management LLC New Rochelle, NY Nov 10, 2016 $227,178
Quantitative Finance Manager Bank of America New York, NY Sep 18, 2015 $225,000
Financial Manager-Regulatory Reporting) Sia Partners U.S., Inc. New York, NY Feb 29, 2016 $221,000
Quantitative Financial Manager Two Sigma Investments, LLC New York, NY Jul 03, 2016 $220,813
Financial Manager Dual Commercial LLC Coral Gables, FL Jan 02, 2016 $220,000
Director; Quantitative Finance Manager Bank of America N.A. New York, NY Sep 15, 2015 $215,000 -
$235,000
Director, Quantitative Finance Manager Bank of America N.A. New York, NY May 09, 2016 $215,000 -
$235,000
Commericial Finance Manager Nearmap Us Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 20, 2015 $200,000
Financial Manager Oak Hill Advisors, L.P. New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $200,000
Financial Manager Unique Business Systems Santa Monica, CA Sep 24, 2016 $200,000
Quantitative Financial Manager (SSO Compliance) Two Sigma Investments, LP New York, NY Feb 05, 2016 $195,000
Finance Manager, Executive Director Nomura Holding America Inc. New York, NY Mar 09, 2016 $187,500 -
$195,000
Finance Manager Samsung Electronics America, Inc. Herndon, VA Nov 15, 2016 $114,950
Financial Manager Zaibakprn, LLC Milwaukee, WI Aug 24, 2015 $114,785
Financial Manager Janali, LLC Milwaukee, WI Mar 03, 2016 $114,785
Manager, Finance Hewlett-Packard Company Houston, TX May 26, 2015 $114,634 -
$149,506
Corporate Finance Manager Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC New York, NY Mar 10, 2015 $114,500 -
$125,360
Finance Manager-Corpfin-G&A or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 13, 2016 $114,400 -
$134,000
Finance Manager Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Jul 23, 2015 $114,100
Finance Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 07, 2016 $114,000 -
$134,000
Finance Manager Latin America Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Aventura, FL Sep 15, 2016 $99,859
Finance Manager Latin America Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. North Miami Beach, FL Sep 15, 2016 $99,859
Financial Manager Smile Family Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 09, 2016 $99,383
Financial Manager Dolly Enterprises Inc. Tyrone, GA Feb 23, 2015 $99,382
Finance Manager Amgen Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA Sep 11, 2015 $99,216 -
$122,000
Finance Strategy Manager Kaybus, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 18, 2016 $99,050

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Top Skills for A Finance Manager

  1. Financial Statements
  2. General Ledger Accounts
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements as required by specific management or shareholder agreements.
  • Performed account analysis and reconciliation, including bank statements and general ledger accounts.
  • Reviewed and established departmental accounting, fiscal policy, and systems guidelines to ensure compliance with fiscal requirements.
  • Coordinate preparation of annual audit and income tax return preparation, providing external auditors with information and support as needed.
  • Interacted internally with company executives, production managers, sales managers and customer service managers.

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Top 10 Best States for Finance Managers

  1. New York
  2. Delaware
  3. Connecticut
  4. Massachusetts
  5. California
  6. Washington
  7. New Jersey
  8. Illinois
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Rhode Island
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Finance Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

54.2%

Female

36.8%

Unknown

9.0%
Ethnicity

White

59.6%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

9.6%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.9%

French

11.2%

Chinese

6.1%

Portuguese

6.0%

German

5.2%

Russian

4.1%

Mandarin

3.9%

Arabic

3.5%

Italian

2.8%

Japanese

2.1%

Hindi

1.7%

Cantonese

1.7%

Korean

1.6%

Urdu

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.6%

Gujarati

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%

Greek

0.6%

Polish

0.6%

Thai

0.5%
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Finance Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.8%

New York University

6.1%

DePaul University

5.7%

Strayer University

4.8%

University of Houston

4.6%

Arizona State University

4.3%

Northeastern University

4.3%

University of Texas at Austin

4.1%

Pace University - New York

4.0%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

Michigan State University

3.8%

University of Southern California

3.7%

University of Chicago

3.6%

George Washington University

3.6%

Brigham Young University

3.5%

George Mason University

3.3%

Temple University

3.3%

Liberty University

3.3%

Webster University

3.2%

Georgia State University

3.2%
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Majors

Business

33.4%

Accounting

25.8%

Finance

20.3%

Management

3.8%

Economics

2.4%

Marketing

2.2%

Psychology

1.3%

Criminal Justice

1.2%

Political Science

1.0%

Communication

0.9%

Health Care Administration

0.9%

Education

0.9%

General Studies

0.9%

Computer Science

0.8%

Human Resources Management

0.8%

International Business

0.7%

Law

0.7%

Computer Information Systems

0.6%

Project Management

0.6%

English

0.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.5%

Masters

34.5%

Other

15.2%

Associate

5.9%

Certificate

2.8%

Doctorate

1.0%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.3%
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