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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

  • $122,706

    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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Average Length of Employment
Finance Controller 3.6 years
Finance Supervisor 3.6 years
Finance Manager 3.6 years
Finance Executive 3.2 years
Finance Leader 3.1 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 6.3%
Manager 4.6%
Controller 3.7%
Accountant 3.7%
Top Employers After
Consultant 8.6%
Controller 6.8%
Manager 4.7%
Director 4.1%

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Manager-Finance Systems Demographics

Gender

Male

66.4%

Female

31.7%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

59.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.0%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

10.3%

Unknown

3.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

24.4%

French

9.8%

Russian

9.8%

Chinese

7.3%

Mandarin

7.3%

Greek

7.3%

German

4.9%

Cantonese

4.9%

Polish

4.9%

Italian

4.9%

Arabic

4.9%

Urdu

2.4%

Dari

2.4%

Korean

2.4%

Croatian

2.4%
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Manager-Finance Systems Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.2%

DePaul University

6.3%

University of South Florida

5.5%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

5.5%

Texas A&M University

5.5%

Sacred Heart University

5.5%

Drexel University

5.5%

Northeastern University

5.5%

George Washington University

4.7%

Georgia State University

4.7%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.7%

San Diego State University

4.7%

Florida International University

4.7%

Hofstra University

4.7%

Villanova University

3.9%

University of Washington

3.9%

Fordham University

3.9%

University of Connecticut

3.9%

Johns Hopkins University

3.9%

New York University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

29.6%

Accounting

23.5%

Finance

15.4%

Computer Science

5.9%

Management

3.8%

Management Information Systems

3.7%

Computer Information Systems

3.7%

Project Management

2.2%

Information Systems

1.8%

Marketing

1.3%

Economics

1.2%

Mathematics

1.2%

Computer Programming

1.0%

Education

1.0%

Health Care Administration

0.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

0.9%

Information Technology

0.9%

Management Science

0.7%

International Business

0.6%

Electrical Engineering

0.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.7%

Masters

40.6%

Other

8.4%

Certificate

4.1%

Associate

1.5%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

0.4%
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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, IT Financial Systems Biomarin Pharmaceutical, Inc. Novato, CA Jan 02, 2016 $180,000
Senior Manager of Finance Systems (SAP) Adobe Systems Incorporated San Francisco, CA Oct 30, 2014 $180,000
Manager, Systems Development, Finance Epson America, Inc. Long Beach, CA Sep 14, 2016 $175,000
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
Financial Systems Manager Trading MacHines, LLC Stamford, CT May 11, 2009 $150,000
Financial Systems Manager Commonhealth Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Jan 11, 2008 $149,638
Applications Manager, Discrete Process Owner, Vice President, Finance System Administration* The Bank of New York Mellon Pittsburgh, PA Mar 08, 2016 $147,320
Oracle Financial Systems Manager FX Direct Dealer LLC New York, NY Jul 18, 2013 $145,000
Senior Manager, Financial Systems National Medical Care, Inc., A Fresenius Medical Care N.A. Company Waltham, MA Oct 05, 2015 $140,000
Financial Systems Manager .02) Ingram Micro, Inc. Irvine, CA May 23, 2016 $140,000
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
Financial Systems Manager Costco Wholesale Corporation Issaquah, WA Jan 10, 2016 $117,500
Financial Systems Manager Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Services Inc. Dallas, TX Dec 21, 2016 $117,000 -
$141,855
Manager, Financial Systems Support Carnival Corporation Miami, FL Sep 18, 2015 $116,000
Financial Systems Manager Glaxosmithkline LLC Cambridge, MA Apr 09, 2015 $104,208 -
$148,300
Financial Systems Manager Glaxosmithkline LLC Cambridge, MA Sep 04, 2015 $104,208 -
$148,300
Manager, Financial Systems Scholastic Inc. Secaucus, NJ Feb 04, 2011 $104,038
Financial Systems Manager Lighthouse Technology Services, Inc. Buffalo, NY Sep 08, 2014 $104,000
Manager, Financial Systems Audit Bert Smith & Co. Washington, DC Sep 15, 2016 $103,000
Manager, Financial Systems Pr Newswire Association LLC Jersey City, NJ Aug 22, 2012 $102,012
Manager, Financial Systems Moody's Investors Service, Inc. New York, NY Jun 21, 2010 $102,000

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Top Skills for A Manager-Finance Systems

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  1. Financial Systems
  2. Financial Statements
  3. General Ledger Accounts
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  • Established offshore application development and 24/7 production operations of critical financial systems in India.
  • Review financial statements to maintain cash flow for purchasing inventory and project specific manufactured products.
  • Led a process improvement project to identify and determine over billing for telecommunications services from third party vendors.
  • Managed the integration of acquisitions of life insurance company information technology assets
  • Designed payroll front-end system to administrate labor agreements.

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