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Working As A Project Finance Analyst

  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $70,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Project Finance Analyst Do

Financial analysts provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions. They assess the performance of stocks, bonds, and other types of investments.

Duties

Financial analysts typically do the following:

  • Recommend individual investments and collections of investments, which are known as portfolios
  • Evaluate current and historical financial data
  • Study economic and business trends
  • Examine a company’s financial statements to determine its value
  • Meet with company officials to gain better insight into the company’s prospects
  • Assess the strength of the management team
  • Prepare written reports

Financial analysts evaluate investment opportunities. They work in banks, pension funds, mutual funds, securities firms, insurance companies, and other businesses. Financial analysts are also called securities analysts and investment analysts.

Financial analysts can be divided into two categories: buy-side analysts and sell-side analysts.

  • Buy-side analysts develop investment strategies for companies that have a lot of money to invest. These companies, called institutional investors, include mutual funds, hedge funds, insurance companies, independent money managers, and nonprofit organizations with large endowments, such as some universities.
  • Sell-side analysts advise financial services sales agents who sell stocks, bonds, and other investments.

Some analysts work for the business media or other research houses, which are independent from the buy and sell side.

Financial analysts generally focus on trends affecting a specific industry, geographical region, or type of product. For example, an analyst may focus on a subject area such as the energy industry, a world region such as Eastern Europe, or the foreign exchange market. They must understand how new regulations, policies, and political and economic trends may affect investments.

Investing is becoming more global, and some financial analysts specialize in a particular country or region. Companies want those financial analysts to understand the language, culture, business environment, and political conditions in the country or region that they cover.

The following are examples of types of financial analysts:

Portfolio managers select the mix of products, industries, and regions for their company’s investment portfolio. These managers are responsible for the overall performance of the portfolio. They are also expected to explain investment decisions and strategies in meetings with stakeholders.

Fund managers work exclusively with hedge funds or mutual funds. Both fund and portfolio managers frequently make buy or sell decisions in reaction to quickly changing market conditions.

Ratings analysts evaluate the ability of companies or governments to pay their debts, including bonds. On the basis of their evaluation, a management team rates the risk of a company or government not being able to repay its bonds.

Risk analysts evaluate the risk in investment decisions and determine how to manage unpredictability and limit potential losses. This job is carried out by making investment decisions such as selecting dissimilar stocks or having a combination of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds in a portfolio.

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How To Become A Project Finance Analyst

Financial analysts typically must have a bachelor’s degree, but a master’s degree is often required for advanced positions.

Education

Most positions require a bachelor’s degree. A number of fields of study provide appropriate preparation, including accounting, economics, finance, statistics, and mathematics. For advanced positions, employers often require a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) or a master’s degree in finance. Knowledge of options pricing, bond valuation, and risk management are important.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the main licensing organization for the securities industry. It requires licenses for many financial analyst positions. Most of the licenses require sponsorship by an employer, so companies do not expect individuals to have these licenses before starting a job.

Certification is often recommended by employers and can improve the chances for advancement. An example is the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification from the CFA Institute. Financial analysts can become CFA certified if they have a bachelor’s degree, 4 years of qualified work experience, and pass three exams. Financial analysts can also become certified in their field of specialty.

Advancement

Financial analysts typically start by specializing in a specific investment field. As they gain experience, they can become portfolio managers, who select the mix of investments for a company’s portfolio. They can also become fund managers, who manage large investment portfolios for individual investors. A master’s degree in finance or business administration can improve an analyst’s chances of advancing to one of these positions.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Financial analysts must process a range of information in finding profitable investments.

Communication skills. Financial analysts must explain their recommendations to clients in clear language that clients can easily understand.

Computer skills. Financial analysts must be adept at using software packages to analyze financial data, see trends, create portfolios, and make forecasts.

Decisionmaking skills. Financial analysts must provide a recommendation to buy, hold, or sell a security.

Detail oriented. Financial analysts must pay attention to details when reviewing possible investments, as small issues may have large implications for the health of an investment.

Math skills. Financial analysts use mathematical skills when estimating the value of financial securities. 

To be successful, financial analysts must be motivated to seek out obscure information that may be important to the investment. Many work independently and must have self-confidence in their judgment.

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Project Finance Analyst Career Paths

Project Finance Analyst
Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager
Senior Finance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager Controller
Regional Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Business Manager Controller
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Manager Controller
Group Controller
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Business Manager Finance Manager
Finance Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Accounting Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Accounting Supervisor Accounting Manager
Division Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Accounting Supervisor
Corporate Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Manager Business Manager
Business Manager-Finance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Consultant Assistant Controller
Unit Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Office Manager Assistant Controller
Projects Controller
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Associate Senior Auditor
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Assistant Controller Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
Regional Finance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Projects Controller Finance Controller Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
Finance Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Projects Controller Finance Controller Senior Finance Manager
Senior Manager Of Business Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Project Analyst Senior Business Analyst Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Project Analyst Project Leader Functional Lead
Finance Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Program Finance Analyst Finance Planning Analyst Senior Finance Planning Analyst
Manager, Finance Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Cost Analyst 3.0 years
Finance Executive 3.0 years
Finance Analyst 2.8 years
Asset Analyst 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Project Finance Analyst
Accountant 7.3%
Internship 4.8%
Analyst 3.8%
Controller 3.2%
Top Careers After Project Finance Analyst
Consultant 5.9%
Controller 4.8%
Accountant 3.0%
Analyst 2.5%
Internship 2.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$70,000
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$43,000
Min 10%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$113,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Cigna
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Vermont
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does a Project Finance Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Project Finance Analyst in the United States is $70,498 per year or $34 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $43,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $113,000.

Real Project Finance Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Finance Project Analyst Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 29, 2015 $124,176 -
$148,400
Analyst-Financial 4, Customer and Special Projects Southern California Edison Pomona, CA Jan 03, 2016 $111,916
Manager, Financial Analyst Projects Ecolab Inc. Saint Paul, MN Sep 01, 2011 $105,000
Manager Financial Analyst Projects Ecolab USA Saint Paul, MN Sep 01, 2015 $105,000
Financial Analyst-Projects & Acquisitions Kerry Inc. Walpole, MA Mar 10, 2016 $105,000
Manager Financial Analyst Projects Ecolab Inc. Saint Paul, MN Feb 09, 2013 $100,000
Manager Financial Analyst Projects Ecolab Inc. Houston, TX Sep 02, 2014 $100,000
Manager Financial Analyst Projects Ecolab Inc. Saint Paul, MN Sep 02, 2014 $100,000
Manager Financial Analyst Projects Ecolab Inc. Saint Paul, MN Sep 02, 2013 $100,000
Project Finance Senior Analyst Hunt Consolidated, Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 10, 2011 $91,008
Project Finance Senior Analyst Hunt Consolidated, Inc. Dallas, TX May 01, 2011 $91,008
Financial Project Analyst Daimler Trucks North America LLC Fort Mill, SC Nov 01, 2014 $88,112
Project Finance Analyst World Capital Investments Inc. Miami, FL Mar 05, 2016 $85,350
Financial Project Analyst Nextgen Global Resources LLC Herndon, VA Mar 08, 2016 $83,999
Financial Project Analyst Nextgen Global Resources LLC Herndon, VA Feb 08, 2016 $83,999
Financial Project Analyst Nextgen Global Resources LLC Herndon, VA Sep 10, 2015 $83,999
Project Financial Analyst Graham Staffing Services Inc. Bethesda, MD Aug 23, 2016 $80,000
Financial Analyst for Real Estate Projects Genesis La CDE LLC Los Angeles, CA Nov 22, 2010 $65,000
Project Financial Analyst MUFG Union Bank, N.A. San Francisco, CA Aug 19, 2016 $65,000
Project Financial Analyst MUFG Union Bank, N.A. San Francisco, CA Aug 24, 2016 $65,000
Financial Project Analyst General Electric Company Shelton, CT Sep 20, 2010 $65,000
Middle Office Analyst, Project Finance Sovereign Bank New York, NY Jan 01, 2012 $65,000 -
$85,000
Middle Office Analyst, Project Finance Banco Santander, S.A., New York Branch New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $65,000 -
$85,000
Project Coordinator/Financial Analyst Ithaka Harbors, Inc. New York, NY Mar 18, 2013 $65,000

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Top Skills for A Project Finance Analyst

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Project Management
  3. Variance Analysis
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared journal entries, monthly financial statements and analysis for management review.
  • Enabled project management to make informed decisions when deploying project resources by effectively communicating the financial performance against AHT/EAN/ABP targets.
  • Managed open projects and provided financial and mitigation support of operational issues from proposal to end of project variance analysis
  • Project Property Custodian receiving GFE, creating and maintaining an automated material/inventory control database, and performed audits.
  • Maintained and recorded control of all inventory items purchased and processed purchase orders.

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Project Finance Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

44.0%

Male

42.9%

Unknown

13.1%
Ethnicity

White

53.1%

Asian

16.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

11.5%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.6%

Mandarin

12.1%

French

9.9%

Cantonese

6.6%

Chinese

6.6%

German

6.6%

Japanese

5.5%

Russian

4.4%

Portuguese

4.4%

Hindi

3.3%

Korean

2.2%

Romanian

1.1%

Gujarati

1.1%

Sanskrit

1.1%

Bulgarian

1.1%

Macedonian

1.1%

Bengali

1.1%

Marathi

1.1%

Serbian

1.1%

Italian

1.1%
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Project Finance Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.2%

University of Maryland - University College

9.0%

New York University

6.2%

George Washington University

5.6%

Strayer University

5.6%

Johns Hopkins University

5.6%

Fordham University

5.1%

George Mason University

5.1%

San Jose State University

4.5%

Northeastern University

4.5%

Walden University

3.9%

Bentley University

3.9%

University of Central Florida

3.9%

Arizona State University

3.4%

University of Southern California

3.4%

San Diego State University

3.4%

University of Houston

3.4%

Pace University - New York

2.8%

North Carolina State University

2.8%

Webster University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

32.9%

Finance

24.8%

Accounting

18.0%

Management

4.0%

Project Management

3.9%

Economics

3.6%

Computer Information Systems

1.7%

Information Technology

1.2%

Marketing

1.2%

International Business

1.1%

Computer Science

1.1%

Management Science

1.1%

Education

0.8%

Psychology

0.8%

Human Resources Management

0.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

0.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.7%

Management Information Systems

0.6%

Mathematics

0.6%

Real Estate

0.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.4%

Masters

41.6%

Other

7.8%

Certificate

3.3%

Associate

2.0%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.1%
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