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Working As A Regional Finance Manager

  • 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

  • $108,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Regional Finance Manager 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 Regional Finance Manager

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 Director 4.0 years
Finance Supervisor 3.8 years
Finance Controller 3.8 years
Finance Manager 3.7 years
Unit Controller 3.6 years
Finance Leader 3.1 years
Top Careers Before Regional Finance Manager
Controller 8.0%
Accountant 4.2%
Manager 2.5%
Consultant 2.2%
Auditor 2.0%
Top Careers After Regional Finance Manager
Controller 10.3%
Consultant 7.2%
Director 3.1%

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Regional Finance Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

62.6%

Female

27.7%

Unknown

9.7%
Ethnicity

White

59.2%

Hispanic or Latino

16.9%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

8.6%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.8%

French

10.9%

German

9.1%

Portuguese

7.3%

Czech

3.6%

Russian

3.6%

Arabic

3.6%

Italian

3.6%

Bulgarian

1.8%

Chinese

1.8%

Mandarin

1.8%

Turkish

1.8%

Macedonian

1.8%

Dari

1.8%

Carrier

1.8%

Slovak

1.8%

Croatian

1.8%
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Regional Finance Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.8%

DePaul University

7.8%

Pennsylvania State University

6.4%

Florida State University

6.4%

University of Chicago

6.4%

Arizona State University

5.7%

Florida International University

5.0%

New York University

4.3%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

4.3%

University of Southern California

4.3%

Texas A&M University

4.3%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.3%

University of North Texas

3.5%

Georgia State University

3.5%

Nova Southeastern University

3.5%

University of Texas at Austin

3.5%

University of Connecticut

3.5%

Widener University

3.5%

University of Louisville

3.5%

Thunderbird School of Global Management

3.5%
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Majors

Business

35.1%

Accounting

27.4%

Finance

21.8%

Management

2.9%

Economics

2.1%

Psychology

1.0%

Political Science

1.0%

Marketing

1.0%

Management Science

0.8%

Human Resources Management

0.8%

Health Care Administration

0.8%

Liberal Arts

0.8%

International Business

0.6%

Law

0.6%

Operations Management

0.6%

Business/Commerce

0.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.5%

Real Estate

0.5%

Education

0.5%

Business Economics

0.4%
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Degrees

Masters

45.9%

Bachelors

38.7%

Other

10.6%

Associate

2.0%

Certificate

1.5%

Doctorate

0.7%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$75,000
Min 10%
$108,000
Median 50%
$108,000
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$108,000
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$108,000
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Best Paying Company
Union Bank
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
New Hampshire
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Regional Finance Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Regional Finance Manager in the United States is $108,914 per year or $52 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $75,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $156,000.

Real Regional Finance Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Regional Head of Trade & Commodity Finance (TCF) Americas Cooperatieve Rabobank U.A. New York, NY Aug 22, 2016 $325,000
Regional Finance Manager Americas Puma Energy Services (Latam) LLC Guaynabo, PR Oct 01, 2012 $210,000
Regional Finance Manager Americas Puma Energy Services Latam, LLC. Guaynabo, PR Oct 01, 2012 $210,000
Regional Finance Manager Americas Puma Energy Services Latam, LLC Guaynabo, PR Oct 01, 2012 $210,000
Region Finance Manager Rolling Frito Lay Sales LP CA Apr 12, 2010 $137,300
Regional Manager, Financial Risk Management Bunge Global Markets, Inc. Coral Gables, FL Jan 15, 2014 $115,000
Financial Manager of Eastern European Region Pin Hsiao & Associates LLC Bellevue, WA Jan 01, 2013 $100,176
Financial Manager of Eastern European Region Pin Hsiao & Associates LLC New York, NY Mar 15, 2013 $100,176
Regional Financial Manager Owens-Illinois, Inc. Perrysburg, OH May 01, 2009 $94,910 -
$121,900
Regional Finance Manager DAL-Tile Corporation Dallas, TX Sep 02, 2014 $90,000
Region Finance Manager Republic Services Indianapolis, IN Apr 18, 2016 $85,000 -
$120,000
Regional Financial Manager Owens-Illinois, Inc. Perrysburg, OH Oct 16, 2009 $83,346 -
$87,000
Regional Financial Reporting Manager, Americas Aegis Media Americas, Inc. New York, NY Aug 09, 2016 $80,000 -
$120,000
Assisant Regional Manager Finance Deeper Life Bible Church Washington, DC Oct 06, 2011 $78,000
Assisant Regional Manager Finance Deeper Life Bible Church Washington, DC Oct 12, 2011 $78,000

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Top Skills for A Regional Finance Manager

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. Revenue Growth
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  • Consolidated annual financial statements and evaluated metrics to develop corporate strategies and inform decisions by key senior leadership.
  • Monitor student progress and conduct advising sessions to ensure compliance and eligibility with federal funding.
  • Developed profitable sales strategies and plans which included minimizing the impact of competitive initiatives on revenue base and revenue growth opportunities.
  • Identified opportunities to convert cash based payroll to electronic payments.
  • Developed a $10 million expense budget and conducted variance analysis and provided commentary for senior management review.

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  9. California
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