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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

  • $98,000

    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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Average Length of Employment
Controller 5.3 years
Accounting Manager 4.4 years
Comptroller 4.3 years
Accounting Officer 4.0 years
Finance Controller 3.8 years
Top Careers Before Manager, Accounting Operations
Accountant 8.6%
Controller 7.8%
Manager 3.1%
Supervisor 2.0%
Bookkeeper 2.0%
Top Careers After Manager, Accounting Operations
Controller 16.8%
Accountant 5.8%
Consultant 4.5%
Manager 3.0%

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Manager, Accounting Operations Demographics

Gender

Female

47.4%

Male

42.6%

Unknown

10.0%
Ethnicity

White

59.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

9.6%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Chinese

10.9%

French

7.8%

Japanese

4.7%

Portuguese

3.1%

German

3.1%

Mandarin

3.1%

Italian

3.1%

Swedish

1.6%

Danish

1.6%

Ukrainian

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Russian

1.6%

Norwegian

1.6%

Polish

1.6%

Korean

1.6%

Afrikaans

1.6%
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Manager, Accounting Operations Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

29.8%

University of Houston

10.1%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

5.0%

Saint John's University - New York

4.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

Georgia State University

4.1%

Northeastern University

4.1%

San Francisco State University

3.7%

Villanova University

3.2%

California State University - East Bay

3.2%

University of Texas at Austin

3.2%

Northern Illinois University

3.2%

Florida International University

2.8%

Pace University - New York

2.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

2.8%

University of Texas at Dallas

2.8%

San Diego State University

2.8%

George Mason University

2.8%

University of Connecticut

2.8%

San Jose State University

2.8%
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Majors

Accounting

41.5%

Business

34.3%

Finance

9.2%

Management

2.9%

Economics

1.8%

Marketing

1.4%

Communication

0.8%

Psychology

0.8%

Human Resources Management

0.8%

Accounting And Computer Science

0.7%

General Studies

0.6%

Business Economics

0.6%

Education

0.6%

Liberal Arts

0.6%

Political Science

0.6%

Health Care Administration

0.6%

Computer Science

0.5%

English

0.5%

Project Management

0.5%

International Business

0.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.3%

Masters

28.2%

Other

10.8%

Associate

6.8%

Certificate

2.7%

Diploma

0.6%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$63,000
Min 10%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
4.3 years
How much does a Manager, Accounting Operations make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Manager, Accounting Operations in the United States is $98,658 per year or $47 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $63,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $152,000.

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
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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Top Skills for A Manager, Accounting Operations

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Payroll
  3. Procedures
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  • Prepared internal financial statements and year end working documents for external accountants, state and federal examiners.
  • Controlled workers compensation expense by limiting overtime and proper classification of payroll.
  • Increased compliance significantly by establishing record-keeping policies and procedures according to internal and regulatory reporting standards.
  • Developed a PC based billing system in a LAN environment* Automated several manually balanced general ledger accounts which reduced staff by two
  • Own relationship with internal and external auditors relative to audit activities, analysis, rationalization, reporting and remediation.

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