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Working As A Manager/Finance Accounting

  • 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 Manager/Finance Accounting 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.


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/Finance Accounting

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.


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/Finance Accounting Career Paths

Manager/Finance Accounting
Senior Manager Controller
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Corporate Controller Accounting Consultant
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis Corporate Controller
Accounting Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Manager, Finance Analysis Assistant Controller
Controller, Vice President
9 Yearsyrs
Reporting Manager Assistant Controller
Controller/Director Of Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Controller Finance Director
Corporate Controller
12 Yearsyrs
Finance Administrator Corporate Controller
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Internal Auditor
Division Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Controller Controller
Finance Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Finance Consultant
Finance Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Controller Finance Consultant
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Reporting Manager Finance Controller
Finance Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Director Of Accounting & Finance Finance Administrator
Finance Vice President
9 Yearsyrs
Cost Accounting Manager Division Controller
Group Controller
11 Yearsyrs
Corporate Controller Chief Finance Officer
Interim Controller
15 Yearsyrs
Cost Accounting Manager Accounting Manager
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Accounting & Finance Accounting Director
Regional Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Finance Administrator Accounting Consultant
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis Finance Director
Senior Director Of Finance
14 Yearsyrs
Assistant Controller Finance Manager
Senior Finance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Manager/Finance Accounting Demographics


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  • Japanese

  • French

  • Korean

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  • Portuguese

  • German

  • Persian

  • Hindi

  • Mandarin

  • Navajo

  • Swahili

  • Croatian

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Real Manager/Finance Accounting Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Manager, Finance & Accounting Soaprojects, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 01, 2011 $150,000 -
Manager, SAP Finance and Accounting Controls Frito-Lay North America, Inc. Plano, TX Jul 30, 2009 $121,000
SR. Manager Finance Accounting & Reporting Universal City Studios Productions, LLLP CA May 01, 2014 $120,000
Manager of Corporate Finance and Accounting Partners Healthcare System Boston, MA Mar 18, 2015 $114,006
Manager of Corporate Finance and Accounting Partners Healthcare System, Inc. Boston, MA Mar 15, 2015 $111,245
Manager, Plant Finance & Accounting Ohm Laboratories, Inc. New Brunswick, NJ Jun 11, 2016 $111,118
SR. Manager Finance Accounting & Reporting Universal City Studios Productions LLLP CA Apr 30, 2012 $100,000
Manager, Accounting-Financial Services Accounting T-Mobile USA, Inc. Bellevue, WA Jan 09, 2016 $96,000 -
SR. Manager, Financial Accounting & Auditing The Siegfried Group, LLP. Chicago, IL Feb 18, 2015 $96,000 -
Manager, Plant Finance & Accounting Ohm Laboratories, Inc. New Brunswick, NJ Nov 07, 2013 $95,000 -
Manager, Plant Finance & Accounting Ohm Laboratories, Inc. New Brunswick, NJ Apr 02, 2012 $95,000
Manager, GX Accounting/Finance-Supplier Rebates McKesson Corporation San Francisco, CA Jun 17, 2010 $92,373 -
Manager of Accounting & Finance BACO Realty Corporation San Francisco, CA Aug 24, 2009 $90,000
Manager, Finance and Accounting KPMG LLP Atlanta, GA Aug 01, 2012 $82,000
Manager, General Accounting & Financial Reporting The Ohio University Athens, OH May 15, 2016 $75,000
Manager, Finance and Accounting Genpact LLC Norwalk, CT Oct 21, 2011 $75,000
Manager, Finance and Accounting Genpact LLC Stamford, CT Oct 30, 2011 $75,000
Manager, Finance and Accounting Genpact LLC Norwalk, CT Nov 01, 2011 $75,000
Manager, Finance and Accounting Jesta Digital Entertainment Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2011 $75,000
Project Manager, Int'l Finance and Accounting Paramount Transportation Systems Inc. San Marcos, CA May 26, 2010 $72,738
Manager, Financial Accounting Counterpart International Inc. Arlington, VA Dec 01, 2010 $72,700 -
Manager of Accounting and Financing Division Shima American Corporation Itasca, IL May 01, 2015 $60,000

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Top Skills for A Manager/Finance Accounting


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Top Manager/Finance Accounting Skills

  1. Monthly Financial Statements
  2. External Auditors
  3. Payroll System
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  • Prepared monthly financial statements for external users.
  • Worked closely with company management, internal and external auditors and legal counsel.
  • Designed and implemented the payroll system in the brokerage arm of the bank.
  • Analyzed Supply Chain processes to ensure compliance to Fixed Assets.
  • Planned and coordinated movement of assets on site, between multiple sites.

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