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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

  • $84,821

    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.

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/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.

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
Accounting Manager 4.2 years
Finance Controller 3.6 years
Finance Manager 3.6 years
Finance Supervisor 3.6 years
Reporting Manager 3.1 years
Interim Controller 1.3 years
Top Employers Before
Accountant 8.5%
Controller 7.9%
Consultant 2.0%
Manager 2.0%
Top Employers After
Controller 15.4%
Consultant 5.4%
Accountant 4.6%
Manager 2.7%

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Manager/Finance Accounting Demographics

Gender

Male

53.2%

Female

43.2%

Unknown

3.7%
Ethnicity

White

58.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Asian

11.6%

Black or African American

11.3%

Unknown

4.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.5%

Mandarin

9.0%

French

9.0%

Portuguese

7.9%

Chinese

7.9%

Korean

5.6%

Cantonese

4.5%

Japanese

4.5%

Italian

2.2%

Hindi

2.2%

Indonesian

2.2%

Catalan

2.2%

Russian

2.2%

German

2.2%

Swedish

1.1%

Swahili

1.1%

Turkish

1.1%

Ukrainian

1.1%

Yoruba

1.1%

Thai

1.1%
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Manager/Finance Accounting Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.7%

DePaul University

8.6%

George Washington University

6.7%

University of South Florida

4.8%

San Diego State University

4.8%

Villanova University

4.3%

Saint John's University - New York

4.3%

University of Washington

4.3%

University of Houston

4.3%

Northern Illinois University

4.3%

Pace University - New York

3.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.8%

University of Central Oklahoma

3.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.8%

Cleveland State University

3.8%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

3.3%

Arizona State University

3.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%

Florida Atlantic University

3.3%

Weber State University

3.3%
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Majors

Accounting

41.7%

Business

29.5%

Finance

16.9%

Management

2.2%

Economics

1.2%

Education

0.9%

Project Management

0.8%

Business/Commerce

0.8%

International Business

0.6%

Human Resources Management

0.6%

Political Science

0.5%

English

0.5%

Communication

0.5%

Law

0.5%

Management Information Systems

0.5%

Computer Information Systems

0.5%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

0.5%

Marketing

0.5%

Taxation

0.5%

Management Science

0.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.6%

Masters

40.3%

Other

8.9%

Certificate

2.6%

Associate

2.3%

Doctorate

0.7%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.2%
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Real Manager/Finance Accounting Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Head of Finance and Accounting Bluemountain Capital Management LLC New York, NY Aug 15, 2011 $195,000
Senior Manager, Finance & Accounting Soaprojects, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 01, 2011 $150,000 -
$175,000
Accounting and Finance Manager Abbott Laboratories Sunrise, FL Aug 01, 2011 $138,124
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
Finance and Accounting Manager JSW Steel (USA) Inc. Baytown, TX Feb 13, 2016 $115,000
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
Financial Accounting Manager Financeplus USA LLC New York, NY Feb 22, 2016 $111,000
Accounting/Finance Manager Grove Street Advisors, LLC Wellesley, MA Apr 16, 2010 $110,000
Finance Manager, Corporate Accounting Autodesk, Inc. San Rafael, CA Jul 30, 2013 $91,000 -
$162,100
Manager of Accounting & Finance BACO Realty Corporation San Francisco, CA Aug 24, 2009 $90,000
Financial and Accounting Advisory Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Boston, MA Oct 01, 2011 $87,922 -
$200,000
Manager, Finance and Accounting KPMG LLP Atlanta, GA Aug 01, 2012 $82,000
Finance and Accounting Manager Abeinsa Business Development LLC Chesterfield, MO Aug 11, 2014 $81,840
Accounting & Finance Manager AFS America LLC Columbus, GA May 02, 2016 $79,500
Financial Accounting Manager VMC Consulting Redmond, WA Oct 19, 2011 $78,555
Financial Accounting Manager Volt Management Corp Redmond, WA Oct 13, 2011 $78,033
Accounting & Financial Manager ANGL, Inc. Vernon, CA Mar 01, 2012 $59,738
Accounting & Finance Manager Mapfre Insurance Company of Florida Miami, FL Sep 30, 2010 $59,100
Accounting and Financial Manager Retrovirox, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 25, 2010 $57,539
Business Finance Accounting Manager RANI Enterprises LLC VA Sep 25, 2014 $56,000
Accounting and Finance Manager Unisem(Sunnyvale), Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 01, 2015 $55,786
International Accounting/Finance Manager Martin Sprocket & Gear, Inc. Arlington, TX Sep 01, 2015 $55,411 -
$57,804

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Top Skills for A Manager/Finance Accounting

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  1. Financial Statements
  2. Payroll
  3. External Auditors
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  • Participated in quarterly reviews and annual audits of financial statements performed by external auditors.
  • Managed the payroll system database of over 3000 employees located in the 50 States as well as in foreign countries.
  • Developed controls and reporting tools to systematically monitor progress and review the analysis with MGI management and external auditors.
  • General accounting including month end close, bank and general ledger reconciliations and maintaining general ledger accounts.
  • Selected to develop and manage new department to establish greater financial control and compliance company-wide.

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