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Working As A Manager, Accounting Operations

  • 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

  • $93,968

    Average Salary

What Does A Manager, Accounting Operations 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 Manager, Accounting Operations

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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Manager, Accounting Operations Career Paths

Manager, Accounting Operations
Accounts Payable Manager Accounts Receivable Manager
Accounts Receivable/Collections Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting/Office Manager Accounts Receivable Specialist
Accounts Receivable/Credit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Cost Accounting Manager Assistant Controller
Assistant Director Of Finance
7 Yearsyrs
Control Operator
Controller/Business Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Controller
Controller/Director Of Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Cost Accounting Manager Accounting Manager
Corporate Accounting Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Cost Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Corporate Controller Finance Director
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Plant Controller
Division Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Manager/Finance Accounting Finance Manager
Finance Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Controller Corporate Controller
Finance Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Division Controller
Group Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Corporate Controller Chief Finance Officer
Interim Controller
15 Yearsyrs
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis Finance Project Manager
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Controller
Regional Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Control Operator Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
Regional Finance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Accounting/Office Manager Senior Accountant
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Controller Finance Director
Senior Director Of Finance
14 Yearsyrs
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis Corporate Controller
Unit Controller
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Accounting Manager 4.2 years
Comptroller 4.0 years
Accounting Officer 3.7 years
Finance Controller 3.6 years
Finance Manager 3.6 years
Reporting Manager 3.1 years
Interim Controller 1.3 years
Top Employers Before
Accountant 7.9%
Controller 7.7%
Manager 2.1%
Top Employers After
Controller 14.8%
Consultant 4.7%
Accountant 4.7%
Manager 2.4%
Director 2.3%

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Manager, Accounting Operations Demographics

Gender

Female

52.2%

Male

46.0%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

9.6%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.3%

Chinese

10.9%

French

7.3%

Japanese

5.5%

Portuguese

3.6%

German

3.6%

Mandarin

3.6%

Italian

3.6%

Swedish

1.8%

Danish

1.8%

Ukrainian

1.8%

Cantonese

1.8%

Russian

1.8%

Norwegian

1.8%

Polish

1.8%

Korean

1.8%
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Manager, Accounting Operations Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

28.8%

University of Houston

8.8%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

5.6%

Loyola University of Chicago

4.8%

Southern Connecticut State University

4.0%

California State University - East Bay

4.0%

San Diego State University

4.0%

University of Connecticut

4.0%

Ohio University -

3.2%

National University

3.2%

University of California - Berkeley

3.2%

Pennsylvania State University

3.2%

Georgia State University

3.2%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.2%

DePaul University

3.2%

Suffolk University

3.2%

Northeastern University

3.2%

Florida International University

2.4%

University of Southern Indiana

2.4%

Missouri State University

2.4%
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Majors

Accounting

38.5%

Business

34.0%

Finance

9.3%

Management

3.8%

Economics

1.8%

Psychology

1.5%

Marketing

1.4%

Human Resources Management

1.1%

International Business

0.9%

Operations Management

0.9%

English

0.9%

General Studies

0.9%

Communication

0.9%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

0.6%

Computer Science

0.6%

Health Care Administration

0.6%

Elementary Education

0.6%

Public Relations

0.6%

Theology

0.6%

Project Management

0.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.2%

Masters

30.1%

Other

10.5%

Associate

5.9%

Certificate

3.1%

Doctorate

0.5%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.3%
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Real Manager, Accounting Operations Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Principal-SAP & Accounting Operations Ellucian Company, LP Malvern, PA Jan 25, 2014 $160,000
Senior Manager, Accounting Operations Twitter, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 12, 2015 $155,000
Finance Manager-Accounting/Operations J R Carlson Laboratories, Inc. Arlington Heights, IL Feb 10, 2015 $128,200
Principal-Sap and Accounting Operations Sophia Purchaser Company LP Malvern, PA Jun 01, 2012 $127,926
Manager, Accounting Operations Nii Holdings, Inc. Reston, VA Sep 15, 2015 $123,600
Simplification Manager, Accounting Operations GE Healthcare IITS USA Corp. VA Nov 01, 2014 $120,000 -
$130,000
Accounting Operations Manager Salesforce.Com San Francisco, CA Dec 18, 2015 $117,000
Accounting Operations Manager Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 21, 2014 $117,000
Operations Accounting Manager, Science Education VWR International, LLC Henrietta, NY Sep 30, 2015 $93,933 -
$104,000
Accounting Operations Manager Intelsat Corporation Washington, DC Dec 20, 2010 $87,000
Operations Accounting Manager, Science Educatio VWR Education, LLC Henrietta, NY Oct 01, 2012 $85,363 -
$109,000
Manager, SDA Accounting and Sales Operations Pepperidge Farm, Inc. Norwalk, CT Aug 20, 2016 $84,656 -
$110,000
Manager, SDA Accounting & Sales Operations Pepperidge Farm, Inc. Norwalk, CT Aug 20, 2013 $77,168 -
$100,000
Accounting Operations Advisor Intelsat Corporation Washington, DC Dec 01, 2013 $76,900 -
$134,600
Operations Accounting Manager, Science Education VWR International, LLC Henrietta, NY Jul 08, 2013 $74,568 -
$111,000
Accounting and Operations Manager Parmacotto America, Inc. New York, NY Sep 27, 2010 $70,000
Manager-Accounting & General Operations VEPO Corp. Burbank, CA Jul 09, 2016 $58,000
Operations and Accounting Manager St.&H Management Company, Inc. Weatherford, TX Jan 09, 2016 $56,000

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  1. Financial Statements
  2. Payroll
  3. Procedures
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  • Assisted in monthly general ledger closing entries, reconciliation and analyzing of financial statements.
  • Maintain management payroll and accuracy.
  • Conducted financial analysis to ensure compliance with company s standard operation procedures and maintain acceptable inventory turnover rates.
  • Prepared monthly and weekly account reconciliations along with referral reports.
  • Developed a PC based billing system in a LAN environment* Automated several manually balanced general ledger accounts which reduced staff by two

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