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Working As A Manager-Finance Systems

  • 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 Systems 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 Systems

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-Finance Systems Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    65.4%
  • Female

    32.9%
  • Unknown

    1.7%

Ethnicity

  • White

    77.9%
  • Asian

    9.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    8.9%
  • Unknown

    2.2%
  • Black or African American

    1.2%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    23.1%
  • French

    10.3%
  • Russian

    10.3%
  • Chinese

    7.7%
  • Mandarin

    7.7%
  • Greek

    7.7%
  • German

    5.1%
  • Cantonese

    5.1%
  • Polish

    5.1%
  • Arabic

    5.1%
  • Italian

    5.1%
  • Urdu

    2.6%
  • Dari

    2.6%
  • Croatian

    2.6%
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Real Manager-Finance Systems Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Manager of Finance Systems (SAP) Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA May 15, 2015 $183,872
Senior Manager of Finance Systems (SAP) Adobe Systems Incorporated San Francisco, CA Oct 30, 2014 $180,000
Senior Manager, IT Financial Systems Biomarin Pharmaceutical, Inc. Novato, CA Jan 02, 2016 $180,000
Manager, Information Systems (IS) Financial Systems Westlake Chemical Corporation Houston, TX May 01, 2015 $171,115
Manager, Finance Systems Westfield, LLC CA Jul 01, 2013 $168,000 -
$178,000
SR Manager, Finance & HR Systems Beachbody, LLC Santa Monica, CA Sep 25, 2016 $160,000
Manager, IT Finance Systems Biomarin Pharmaceutical, Inc. Novato, CA Dec 10, 2015 $150,000
Applications Manager, Discrete Process Owner, Vice President, Finance System Administration* The Bank of New York Mellon Pittsburgh, PA Mar 08, 2016 $147,320
Senior Manager, Financial Systems National Medical Care, Inc., A Fresenius Medical Care N.A. Company Waltham, MA Oct 05, 2015 $140,000
Manager, Global Financial Systems Baker & McKenzie Global Services LLC Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2012 $138,586
Manager, Financial Systems (Senior) Home Box Office, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Jan 10, 2015 $135,000 -
$145,000
Manager, Financial Systems Xojet, Inc. San Carlos, CA May 15, 2010 $135,000
Manager Financial Systems & Projects Direct Energy, LP Houston, TX Aug 13, 2016 $134,550
Project Manager, Oracle Financial Systems Twitter, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 15, 2016 $132,686
Project Manager, SAP Financial Systems Development and Implementation Convista Consulting Corporation New York, NY Jun 16, 2015 $127,100
Manager Financial Systems World Fuel Services Corporation Miami, FL Jan 12, 2015 $125,000
Project Manager, Oracle Financial Systems Twitter, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 13, 2014 $125,000
Manager, Global Financial Systems Pr Newswire Association LLC Jersey City, NJ Nov 01, 2014 $124,618
Manager, Financial Information Systems Microstrategy, Inc. Vienna, VA Apr 16, 2016 $123,718
Product Manager-Finance Systems Salesforce.Com Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 29, 2016 $121,222
Manager, Financial Systems Leapfrog Enterprises, Inc. Emeryville, CA Dec 10, 2012 $120,000 -
$160,000
Manager, Financial Systems Illumina, Inc. San Diego, CA Jul 15, 2013 $107,286 -
$147,286
SAP Project Manager-Financial Systems Coordination Panalpina, Inc. Morristown, NJ Jan 22, 2016 $107,102
Manager, Financial Systems American Life Insurance Company Wilmington, DE Oct 01, 2010 $105,500
SAP Project Manager-Financial Systems Coordinati Panalpina, Inc. Morristown, NJ Jul 24, 2013 $105,000
Manager-Finance Performance Systems United Airlines, Inc. Chicago, IL Dec 19, 2014 $105,000
Manager, Financial Systems Checkfree Services Corporation Dallas, TX Nov 09, 2016 $104,400 -
$123,309
Manager, Financial Systems Scholastic Inc. Secaucus, NJ Feb 04, 2011 $104,038

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Top Skills for A Manager-Finance Systems

CorporateFinancialSystemsGeneralLedgerAssetERPProjectManagementBusinessProcessPayrollAuditSOXFinancialApplicationsBusinessUnitsSQLServerPeoplesoftFinancialsProjectPlanProcessImprovementEssbaseWebBusinessRequirementsManagementSystemFinancialStatements

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Top Manager-Finance Systems Skills

  1. Corporate Financial Systems
  2. General Ledger
  3. Asset
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Sustained the corporate financial systems, to include security administration, database management, and application development.
  • Supported the automated interface of the credit card processing vendor to the corporate general ledger.
  • Project lead for spin off of Asset Management group including separation and systems testing of financial systems worldwide.
  • Migrated accounting software to enterprise level ERP accounting, enabling quoting
  • Supervised contractors and provided project management including issue resolution.

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