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Working As An Investments 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

  • $95,676

    Average Salary

What Does An Investments 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 An Investments 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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Investments Manager Career Paths

Investments Manager
Vice President And Manager Controller
Chief Finance And Operating Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Asset Manager Accounting Manager
Finance Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
General Manager Finance Advisor
Finance Vice President
9 Yearsyrs
Managing Director Board Of Directors Member
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Business Developer
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Portfolio Manager Senior Project Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Managing Director Marketing Consultant
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Regional Sales Manager
National Sales Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer Specialist
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer Property Manager
Portfolio Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Account Executive District Sales Manager
Regional Sales Director
10 Yearsyrs
Finance Consultant Finance Manager
Senior Director Of Finance
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Vice President And Manager Commercial Lender
Senior Relationship Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Developer Vice President, Business Development
Senior Vice President, Sales
14 Yearsyrs
General Manager President Of Operations
Senior Vice President-Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Business Developer Senior Vice President, Sales
Vice President & Sales Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Portfolio Manager Assistant Vice President
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Asset Manager Assistant Vice President
Vice President Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Development Manager Senior Product Manager
Vice President, Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Investments Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

61.8%

Female

32.3%

Unknown

6.0%
Ethnicity

White

71.2%

Asian

15.5%

Hispanic or Latino

9.9%

Unknown

2.6%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

32.8%

Chinese

16.0%

French

9.9%

Mandarin

9.2%

Japanese

4.6%

Arabic

4.6%

Korean

3.1%

Hindi

2.3%

Russian

2.3%

Cantonese

2.3%

German

2.3%

Italian

1.5%

Portuguese

1.5%

Hebrew

1.5%

Urdu

1.5%

Polish

1.5%

Swahili

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Hawaiian

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%
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Investments Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

7.1%

University of Chicago

6.6%

Columbia University

6.1%

University of Denver

6.1%

Boston University

6.1%

New York University

6.1%

Cornell University

5.6%

Boston College

5.1%

Northeastern University

5.1%

Syracuse University

4.6%

University of Texas at Austin

4.6%

Harvard University

4.6%

University of Arizona

4.6%

Villanova University

4.1%

George Washington University

4.1%

University of Washington

4.1%

Northwestern University

4.1%

University of Southern California

4.1%

University of Connecticut

3.6%

DePaul University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

32.2%

Finance

27.4%

Accounting

10.3%

Economics

5.3%

Marketing

3.5%

Management

2.8%

Real Estate

2.5%

Political Science

2.0%

Communication

1.9%

Law

1.6%

Small Business Management

1.2%

Statistics

1.2%

International Business

1.1%

English

1.0%

Public Administration

1.0%

History

1.0%

Mathematics

1.0%

Journalism

1.0%

Liberal Arts

0.9%

Business Economics

0.9%
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Degrees

Masters

42.6%

Bachelors

38.0%

Other

12.6%

Doctorate

2.5%

Certificate

2.0%

Associate

1.4%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.3%
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Real Investments Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Investment Manager Av Capital Management, LLC Mountain View, CA Nov 15, 2015 $500,000
Senior Investment Manager VR Strategy Consultants Inc. New York, NY Sep 15, 2016 $500,000
Investor Relations Manager Weatherford International LLC Houston, TX Sep 26, 2016 $325,000 -
$350,000
Investment Manager 3G Capital, Inc. New York, NY Sep 16, 2015 $300,000
Investment Manager RWC Asset Advisors Us LLC Miami, FL Apr 06, 2015 $250,000
Investment Manager Safanad Inc. New York, NY Jun 01, 2014 $199,225
Investment Manager Safanad Inc. New York, NY May 21, 2016 $199,225
Investment Manager Verlinvest USA Inc. New York, NY Mar 16, 2015 $194,000
Senior Investment Manager Union Investment Real Estate GMBH New York, NY May 12, 2014 $189,000
Senior Investment Manager Union Investment Real Estate GMBH New York, NY Dec 05, 2014 $189,000
Investment Manager IFC Asset Management Company, LLC Washington, DC Sep 19, 2016 $180,156
Senior Investment Manager Rusnano USA Inc. Menlo Park, CA Sep 18, 2014 $180,000
Investment Manager QIC GRE Management (Us) Inc. El Segundo, CA Mar 28, 2016 $180,000
MGR, Performance & Investment Analytics (BUS INT Analyst) OFI Global Asset Management Inc. New York, NY Jun 15, 2016 $135,000
Assistant Investment Manager Aberdeen Asset Management Inc. Philadelphia, PA Sep 07, 2015 $135,000
Manager-Investor Relations Alcoa, Inc. New York, NY Jul 29, 2015 $132,000
Investment Manager .03) Partners Group USA (Inc.) Denver, CO Aug 15, 2016 $130,000
Investment Manager Aberdeen Asset Management Inc. Philadelphia, PA May 01, 2016 $130,000
Investment Manager Ls Cable America, Inc. Atlanta, GA Aug 26, 2015 $128,731
Investment Manager Ls Cable America, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jan 29, 2016 $128,731
Investment Manager IFC Asset Management Company, LLC Washington, DC Sep 21, 2015 $125,800 -
$235,000
Manager, Corporate Finance and Investor Relations Laureate Education, Inc. Baltimore, MD Jan 01, 2015 $98,000 -
$118,000
Manager, Corporate & Strategic Investments Wyndham Hotel Group, LLC Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Sep 04, 2014 $96,013
Investment Manager Meadowbrook, Inc. New York, NY Jul 13, 2015 $96,000 -
$106,000
Manager, Investor Relations Viacom International, Inc. (D/B/A Viacom Media Net New York, NY Feb 26, 2016 $95,576
Manager, Investor Relations Viacom International Inc./Viacom Inc. New York, NY Apr 12, 2015 $95,576
Manager, Investor Relations Viacom Inc./Viacom International Services New York, NY Feb 20, 2015 $95,481
Manager, Investor Relations Viacom International Services New York, NY Nov 03, 2014 $95,481

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Top Skills for An Investments Manager

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Top Investments Manager Skills

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Investment Portfolio
  3. Private Equity
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinated resources and worked with partner areas to ensure timely delivery of financial statements and resolution of inquiries.
  • Established and managed internal small aggressive growth equities investment portfolio and oversaw venture capital partnership investments of corporation and retirement fund.
  • Managed $50M+ portfolio of hedge, private equity, and venture capital funds.
  • Created new report designs for firms newest subsidiary and first fully automated and online asset management company, Curian Capital.
  • Adhere to banks Corporate Sales Program and ensure compliance with policies and procedures.

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