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Working As A Senior Accounting 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

  • $114,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Accounting 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 Senior Accounting 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
Accounting Manager 4.4 years
Accounting Officer 4.0 years
Finance Controller 3.8 years
Top Careers Before Senior Accounting Manager
Controller 9.0%
Accountant 7.6%
Manager 3.2%
Supervisor 2.0%
Top Careers After Senior Accounting Manager
Controller 18.8%
Consultant 5.1%
Accountant 4.1%
Director 3.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$114,000
View Detailed Salary Report
$78,000
Min 10%
$114,000
Median 50%
$114,000
Median 50%
$114,000
Median 50%
$114,000
Median 50%
$114,000
Median 50%
$114,000
Median 50%
$114,000
Median 50%
$165,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Postmates
Highest Paying City
Andover, MA
Highest Paying State
New Hampshire
Avg Experience Level
4.2 years
How much does a Senior Accounting Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Accounting Manager in the United States is $114,314 per year or $55 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $78,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $166,000.

Real Senior Accounting Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Accounting Manager-Closing Carey Asset Management Corp. New York, NY Oct 30, 2016 $185,000
Senior Manager, Accounting Equinix, Inc. Redwood City, CA May 06, 2014 $148,000
Senior Manager, Accounting Analysis Biogen IDEC, Inc. Weston, MA Dec 01, 2010 $145,000
Senior Accounting Manager Veracyte, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Nov 15, 2015 $145,000
Senior Manager, Accounting Analysis Biogen IDEC, Inc. Weston, MA Aug 23, 2010 $145,000
Senior Manager, Accounting HULU, LLC Santa Monica, CA Feb 11, 2015 $140,000
Senior Accounting Manager Tudor Investment Corporation Greenwich, CT Oct 27, 2010 $140,000
SR. Accounting Manager-Closing Carey Asset Management Corp. New York, NY Sep 03, 2016 $140,000
Senior Manager, Accounting Equinix, Inc. Redwood City, CA Apr 06, 2013 $140,000
Senior Manager Accounting Electronic Arts, Inc. Redwood City, CA Aug 16, 2012 $135,170
Senior Accounting Manager-Closing Carey Asset Management Corp. New York, NY Nov 01, 2013 $135,000
Senior Manager International Accounting Staples, Inc. Framingham, MA May 02, 2013 $134,190
Senior Manager, Accounting Philips Electronics North America Corporation Andover, MA Feb 02, 2016 $133,931
Senior Accounting Manager Extreme Networks, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 25, 2014 $125,000 -
$140,000
Senior Accounting Manager RBC Capital Markets, LLC New York, NY Jun 13, 2012 $125,000
Senior Accounting Manager Fluid Handling, LLC Morton Grove, IL Nov 01, 2012 $125,000
Senior Accounting Manager RBC Capital Markets, LLC New York, NY Jun 14, 2014 $125,000 -
$140,000
Senior Accounting Manager Sol Republic San Francisco, CA Oct 19, 2015 $120,000
SR. Manager International Accounting Staples, Inc. Framingham, MA May 02, 2010 $120,000
Senior Accounting Manager Rockit Electronics San Francisco, CA Oct 19, 2015 $120,000
SR. Hospitality Accounting Manager Barona Casino (Barona Tribal Gaming Authority) Lakeside, CA Sep 07, 2013 $108,000
Senior Manager, Accounting Philips Electronics North America Corporation Andover, MA Sep 02, 2015 $106,000
SR. Manager Loan Accounting Rialto Capital Management LLC Miami, FL Jan 13, 2014 $105,000
Senior Accounting Manager Medialinks TV LLC Washington, DC Nov 25, 2015 $103,168
Senior Manager, Accounting Emulex Corporate Services Corp Costa Mesa, CA Jun 01, 2012 $101,005 -
$116,000
Senior Manager, International Accounting and Conso Laureate Education, Inc. Baltimore, MD Sep 27, 2011 $100,000 -
$130,000
Senior Manager-Controlling/Accounting T-Systems North America, Inc. Red Bank, NJ Sep 04, 2015 $99,816
Senior Manager Controlling/Accounting Deutsche Telekom North America, Inc. Red Bank, NJ Jan 01, 2016 $99,816

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Top Skills for A Senior Accounting Manager

  1. Financial Statements
  2. General Ledger Accounts
  3. External Auditors
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared consolidated monthly financial statements and reports within strict reporting guidelines for this private equity funded company.
  • Created and implemented real time mechanized report to analyze general ledger accounts, resulting in increased account integrity.
  • Implemented an automated online Account Reconciliation tool which aided review by internal and external auditors.
  • Managed general ledger activity, reviewed and posted journal entries including clinical trials, and prepared financial statements.
  • Introduced Financial Procedures and Policies Manual to establish strong internal controls, accountability, and risk management.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Accounting Managers

  1. New York
  2. Delaware
  3. California
  4. New Jersey
  5. Connecticut
  6. Colorado
  7. District of Columbia
  8. North Carolina
  9. Virginia
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Senior Accounting Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

48.4%

Female

43.2%

Unknown

8.4%
Ethnicity

White

57.0%

Hispanic or Latino

16.6%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

10.8%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

49.2%

Portuguese

8.5%

Mandarin

8.5%

Chinese

5.1%

German

5.1%

Cantonese

5.1%

Japanese

3.4%

French

3.4%

Russian

1.7%

Urdu

1.7%

Vietnamese

1.7%

Greek

1.7%

Dari

1.7%

Polish

1.7%

Italian

1.7%
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Senior Accounting Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.1%

San Jose State University

6.8%

Strayer University

6.8%

University of Houston

6.0%

University of Delaware

5.6%

Pace University - New York

4.8%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

4.8%

Georgia State University

4.4%

DePaul University

4.4%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

Golden Gate University-San Francisco

3.6%

Baruch College of the City University of New York

3.6%

University of Southern California

3.6%

San Diego State University

3.6%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.2%

Florida International University

3.2%

Northern Illinois University

3.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.2%

University of Memphis

3.2%

Oklahoma State University

3.2%
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Majors

Accounting

54.4%

Business

25.8%

Finance

9.1%

Management

2.1%

Economics

1.2%

Accounting And Computer Science

0.9%

Business Economics

0.8%

Taxation

0.8%

International Business

0.6%

Political Science

0.5%

Management Information Systems

0.5%

Computer Information Systems

0.5%

Marketing

0.4%

Law

0.4%

Real Estate

0.4%

Education

0.4%

Mathematics

0.3%

Psychology

0.3%

Business/Commerce

0.3%

Information Technology

0.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

54.2%

Masters

32.0%

Other

8.1%

Associate

2.5%

Certificate

2.2%

Doctorate

0.7%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.1%
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