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Working As A Finance Project 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

  • $139,520

    Average Salary

What Does A Finance Project 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 Project 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 Director 3.9 years
Finance Manager 3.6 years
Finance Controller 3.6 years
Finance Executive 3.2 years
Finance Leader 3.1 years
Top Employers Before
Controller 5.6%
Consultant 4.2%
Accountant 4.0%
Manager 2.7%
Analyst 2.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 7.5%
Controller 6.2%
Director 2.8%

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Finance Project Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

62.0%

Female

34.7%

Unknown

3.3%
Ethnicity

White

55.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.2%

Asian

13.4%

Black or African American

11.2%

Unknown

4.3%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

32.5%

French

10.8%

German

8.3%

Mandarin

7.5%

Portuguese

7.5%

Chinese

7.5%

Japanese

5.0%

Russian

4.2%

Cantonese

2.5%

Italian

2.5%

Dutch

1.7%

Korean

1.7%

Turkish

1.7%

Hebrew

1.7%

Swedish

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Danish

0.8%

Bulgarian

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Dari

0.8%
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Finance Project Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.5%

New York University

7.8%

George Washington University

7.3%

DePaul University

6.1%

University of Chicago

6.1%

University of Texas at Austin

5.6%

Duke University

5.6%

University of California - Los Angeles

5.0%

University of Connecticut

5.0%

Georgia State University

4.5%

University of Southern California

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.9%

Villanova University

3.9%

University of Florida

3.9%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.9%

Northeastern University

3.9%

University of Maryland - University College

3.4%

Temple University

3.4%

Webster University

3.4%

Pepperdine University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

28.6%

Finance

22.5%

Accounting

18.9%

Management

5.1%

Project Management

4.9%

Economics

2.8%

Marketing

2.7%

Computer Science

1.6%

Management Information Systems

1.6%

Psychology

1.5%

Computer Information Systems

1.5%

Liberal Arts

1.2%

Information Technology

1.2%

International Business

0.9%

Mathematics

0.9%

Law

0.9%

Management Science

0.8%

English

0.8%

Public Administration

0.8%

Communication

0.8%
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Degrees

Masters

46.4%

Bachelors

35.1%

Other

9.4%

Certificate

4.4%

Associate

2.5%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

0.2%
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Real Finance Project Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Finance Project Manager Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Jul 25, 2014 $170,000
Finance Project Manager Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Jul 21, 2014 $170,000
Project Finance Manager Chiyoda International Corporation Houston, TX Aug 16, 2016 $170,000
Project Finance Manager Chiyoda International Corporation Houston, TX Jul 20, 2015 $170,000
Project Manager, Risk and Finance Technology Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Jul 12, 2015 $165,000
Project Finance Manager NVT LLC San Francisco, CA Aug 11, 2014 $155,000
Project Financial Manager Metallic Goldfield Inc. Reno, NV Jan 06, 2015 $155,000
Project Financial Manager Metallic Goldfield Inc. Reno, NV Jun 01, 2015 $155,000
Manager, Finance Projects ICAP Services North America LLC Jersey City, NJ Aug 12, 2015 $147,805
Financial Project Manager II Perkins COIE LLP Seattle, WA Dec 05, 2011 $147,000 -
$167,000
Financial Risk Project Manager III Bank of The West San Francisco, CA Sep 11, 2015 $144,612
Finance Project Manager (VP) JP Morgan Chase & Co New York, NY Aug 20, 2015 $141,835
Financial Project Manager Putnam U.S. Holdings I, LLC Boston, MA Oct 01, 2015 $140,000
Project Finance Manager NRG Energy, Inc. Emeryville, CA Dec 31, 2015 $140,000
Project Manager-Mbu Finance Micron Technology Inc. Boise, ID Jan 09, 2016 $114,750
Project Manager, WSG BU Finance Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Aug 06, 2015 $114,750
Project Manager, Mobile Business Unit (MBU) Finance Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Aug 12, 2015 $114,750
Project Manager-Financial Control Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY May 01, 2013 $112,000 -
$177,000
Financial Project Manager Diversant LLC Livingston, NJ Feb 11, 2015 $111,000 -
$125,000
Financial Project Manager Best Bay Apartments, Inc. Oakland, CA Sep 16, 2015 $109,574 -
$141,876
Financial Project Manager Southern Star Shipping Co. Inc. New York, NY Sep 24, 2016 $108,524 -
$110,611
Finance Project Manager Tierawoomba LLC NV Jan 03, 2016 $93,600
Finance Project Manager Tierawoomba LLC Las Vegas, NV Jan 03, 2016 $93,600
Financial Modeling Project Manager Black & Veatch Corporation Houston, TX Feb 12, 2013 $91,680 -
$152,880
Finance Project Manager Starbucks Coffee Company Seattle, WA Aug 14, 2010 $91,000 -
$100,000
Project Finance Manager Bitro Group, Inc. Teterboro, NJ Oct 01, 2009 $90,555
Project Manager-Finance Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, OH Nov 23, 2009 $90,000
Manager, Project Finance Excelerate Energy Limited Partnership The Woodlands, TX Aug 27, 2016 $90,000 -
$115,000

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Top Skills for A Finance Project Manager

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  1. Financial Statements
  2. Project Management
  3. Compliance
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  • Created, consolidated and analyzed both internal and external financial statements, Management Discussion and Analysis reports, budgets and forecasts.
  • Maintained company project management software; provided training and support to staff for its effective implementation.
  • Produced detailed shareholder annual and semiannual reports for fixed-income funds, which involved heavy portfolio manager and compliance contact.
  • Managed telecommunication industry related service sales opportunities and implemented process improvements leveraged to support NCR's $3.3 billion service business.
  • Disbursed project funds and acquired assets in support of project goals such as vehicles, generators, office furniture and computers.

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