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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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University of Phoenix16.1%
Wayne State University6.0%
Michigan State University5.6%
University of Toledo5.2%
University of Iowa5.2%
Ball State University5.2%
Cleveland State University4.8%
Western Michigan University4.8%
Pennsylvania State University4.0%
Northern Illinois University4.0%
University of Alabama3.6%
University of Kentucky3.6%
University of Texas at El Paso3.6%
University of Georgia3.6%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Plant Controller II||Covidien LP||Crystal Lake, IL||Jan 18, 2016||$120,000|
|Plant Controller||Reckitt Benckiser LLC||Hillsborough, NJ||Nov 14, 2011||$105,000|
|Plant Controller||Avery Dennison Corporation||Peachtree City, GA||Nov 14, 2010||$100,000|
|Plant Controller||Avery Dennison Corporation||Mentor, OH||Nov 01, 2010||$100,000|
|Plant Controller||Avery Dennison Corporation||Peachtree City, GA||Jan 26, 2011||$100,000|
|Assistant Plant Controller||Corning Incorporated||Harrodsburg, KY||Jan 05, 2015||$97,398|
|Plant Controller||Celanese Corporation||Narrows, VA||Feb 20, 2012||$96,375|
|Plant Controller||Celanese Corporation||Narrows, VA||May 31, 2012||$96,375|
|Assistant Plant Controller||Covidien LP||North Haven, CT||Jul 01, 2013||$96,000|
|Plant Controller||Thomas & Betts Corporation||Ormond Beach, FL||Sep 03, 2013||$91,869|
|Group Leader-Plant Controls||Flsmidth Inc.||Bethlehem, PA||Oct 12, 2015||$90,815|
|Plant Controller||Eaton Corporation||Columbia, SC||Aug 02, 2010||$90,108|
|Manager Plant Controller||Schaeffler Group USA, Inc.||Fort Mill, SC||Jun 15, 2015||$90,000 -
|Plant Controller||Thomas & Betts Corporation||Ormond Beach, FL||Nov 20, 2015||$87,422 -
|Plant Controller||Kerry Inc.||Lakeland, FL||Dec 01, 2013||$87,400|
|Plant Controller||Maxion Wheels (F/K/A Hayes Lemmerz International||Akron, OH||Nov 01, 2012||$87,000 -
|Plant Controller||Reckitt Benckiser Inc.||Brandon, MS||Nov 06, 2009||$85,000|
|Plant Controller||Schneider Electric USA, Inc.||El Paso, TX||Sep 09, 2015||$85,000 -
|Plant Controller||Maxion Wheels Akron LLC||Akron, OH||Aug 13, 2015||$85,000 -
|Manager Plant Controller||Schaeffler Group USA, Inc.||Fort Mill, SC||Jun 15, 2012||$81,393 -
|Plant Controller||Johnson Controls, Inc.||Shelbyville, KY||Mar 01, 2014||$79,331 -
|Plant Controller||Square D Company||El Paso, TX||May 02, 2010||$78,360|
|Assistant Plant Controller||Corning Incorporated||Wilmington, NC||Apr 16, 2012||$75,837|
|Assistant Plant Controller||Corning Cable Systems LLC||Winston-Salem, NC||May 06, 2013||$75,636|
|Plant Controller||Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Inc.||Worcester, MA||Sep 27, 2010||$75,400 -
|Plant Controller-Glass Mat||Saint-Gobain Adfors America, Inc.||North Charleston, SC||Apr 06, 2013||$75,377|
|Local Plant Controller||Firmenich||Saint Louis, MO||Jun 05, 2016||$71,885|
|Plant Controller, Projects & Services||Schneider Electric USA, Inc.||Nashville, TN||Mar 31, 2015||$70,400 -
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