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Working As A Senior Director Of Finance

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Processing Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $159,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Director Of Finance 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 Director Of Finance

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
Group Controller 3.9 years
Finance Controller 3.8 years
Top Careers Before Senior Director Of Finance
Controller 8.3%
Director 4.1%
Manager 3.9%
Top Careers After Senior Director Of Finance
Consultant 5.7%
Controller 4.1%
Director 2.6%
Principal 2.1%

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Senior Director Of Finance Demographics

Gender

Male

67.0%

Female

23.9%

Unknown

9.1%
Ethnicity

White

60.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

9.5%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.5%

French

19.0%

Portuguese

7.1%

German

7.1%

Chinese

4.8%

Russian

4.8%

Italian

4.8%

Greek

2.4%

Dutch

2.4%

Mandarin

2.4%

Hindi

2.4%

Tagalog

2.4%
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Senior Director Of Finance Education

Schools

New York University

12.4%

University of Phoenix

8.6%

DePaul University

6.5%

University of Chicago

6.2%

Northeastern University

5.5%

Northwestern University

4.8%

Pennsylvania State University

4.8%

Babson College

4.8%

University of Pennsylvania

4.5%

Boston University

4.5%

Michigan State University

4.1%

University of Southern California

4.1%

George Washington University

3.8%

San Diego State University

3.8%

University of Texas at Austin

3.8%

Northern Illinois University

3.8%

University of Virginia

3.8%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

3.4%

Santa Clara University

3.4%

Fordham University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

31.0%

Finance

27.5%

Accounting

27.4%

Management

4.1%

Economics

1.9%

Marketing

1.0%

Law

0.8%

Business Economics

0.7%

Computer Information Systems

0.7%

Taxation

0.6%

Psychology

0.5%

Political Science

0.5%

Accounting And Computer Science

0.5%

Education

0.5%

Management Information Systems

0.5%

Health Care Administration

0.5%

Operations Management

0.5%

International Relations

0.5%

International Business

0.4%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

0.4%
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Degrees

Masters

58.2%

Bachelors

32.5%

Other

5.2%

Certificate

1.7%

Doctorate

1.2%

Associate

1.0%

Diploma

0.2%
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$112,000
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$159,000
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Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Oregon
Avg Experience Level
4.1 years
How much does a Senior Director Of Finance make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Director Of Finance in the United States is $160,067 per year or $77 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $112,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $227,000.

Real Senior Director Of Finance Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Director, Ebay Finance EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2011 $250,000
Senior Director, Finance Support Services (FSS) and Master Data Governance (MDG) Ralph Lauren Corporation Lyndhurst, NJ Jan 20, 2016 $223,600
Senior Director-Financial and International Audit Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. New York, NY Apr 20, 2016 $220,813
Senior Director, Structured Finance-Origination Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale New York, NY Jun 15, 2015 $220,813
Senior Director, Financial Services Gartner Inc. New York, NY Oct 19, 2015 $220,000
Senior Director, Financial Planning & Business Intelligence Sims Group USA Holdings Corp. New York, NY Feb 25, 2016 $220,000
Senior Director, Finance R&D Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 29, 2014 $215,000
Senior Director, Finance Kellogg North America Company Battle Creek, MI Aug 24, 2016 $210,000
SR. Director, Finance & Business Operations Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 01, 2010 $196,000
Northeast Region Finance Senior Director Rolling Frito-Lay Sales LP Somerset, NJ Feb 21, 2016 $192,200
Senior Director Financial Planning and Analysis Pepsico, Inc. NY Aug 05, 2014 $187,500
Senior Director, Financial Planning & Analysis Forma Therapeutics, Inc. Watertown Town, MA Sep 30, 2016 $183,000
Senior Director Finance Direct Energy Houston, TX Apr 01, 2012 $182,706
SR. Director Finance and Business Intelligence Energy Recovery, Inc. San Leandro, CA Dec 01, 2016 $175,000
Senior Director, Finance Lendingclub Corporation San Francisco, CA Nov 24, 2014 $170,000
Business Unit Senior Director of Finance Siemens Industry, Inc. Norcross, GA Oct 01, 2014 $169,950
Senior Director Finance Leica Microsystems Inc. Buffalo Grove, IL Jan 08, 2016 $167,482 -
$227,059
Senior Director of Finance Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Bentonville, AR Feb 17, 2011 $163,280
Senior Director-Financial Planning & Analysis Pepsico, Inc. NY Jan 28, 2016 $160,000 -
$200,000
Senior Director, Financial Applications Korn/Ferry International Los Angeles, CA Jan 13, 2014 $160,000
Senior Director Finance Fairview Hospital Cleveland, OH Dec 19, 2014 $159,157
Senior Director-Financial Planning Automatic Data Processing, Inc. Florham Park, NJ Nov 12, 2012 $145,000
SR. Director-Finance and Accounts Vensun Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Yardley, PA Oct 31, 2016 $144,200
Senior Director, Finance & Accounting Deluxe Digital Studios, Inc. Burbank, CA Aug 27, 2010 $143,741
Senior Director of Corporate Finance & Investor RE Associated Estates Realty Corporation Richmond Heights, OH Oct 02, 2009 $140,000
Senior Director International Finance Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA Jan 25, 2011 $135,000
Senior Director-Finance Automatic Data Processing, Inc. Roseland, NJ Jul 04, 2010 $131,275
SR. Director-Financial & International Audit Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $130,000
Senior Director, Corporate & Real Estate Finance Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group, LLC San Francisco, CA Mar 21, 2014 $130,000 -
$150,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Director Of Finance

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Strategic Plan
  3. Ensure Compliance
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  • Produced financial statements and informational reports for CEO and Board of Directors including coordination with and consolidation of five foreign subsidiaries.
  • Managed executive reviews and corporate group reporting for budgets, forecasts and strategic plans and operating performance reviews.
  • Supported in-country staff in contracting and managing external grants and contracts to ensure compliance with organization policies and donor requirements.
  • Managed interaction with external auditors for annual audits and regulatory reviews for both US and Bermuda affiliates.
  • Authored organization charts, department master calendars across several business units.

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