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Working As A Senior Finance Consultant

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $95,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Finance Consultant 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 Senior Finance Consultant

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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Senior Finance Consultant Career Paths

Senior Finance Consultant
Controller
Regional Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Controller Finance Director
Senior Director Of Finance
14 Yearsyrs
Controller Finance Controller Finance Manager
Finance Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager
Business Manager-Finance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Sales Manager Vice President
Vice President, Corporate Development
12 Yearsyrs
Finance Director
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Division Controller
Group Controller
11 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Business Manager Business Operations Manager
Senior Manager Of Business Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Manager Finance Director
Strategic Planning Director
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Office Manager Assistant Controller
Unit Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Business Manager Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
Regional Finance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Manager Corporate Controller
Corporate Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Manager Corporate Controller Corporate Accounting Manager
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Business Manager Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
Treasury Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Corporate Controller Accounting Manager/Controller Cost Accounting Manager
Budget Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Finance Controller Manager/Finance Accounting Accounting Manager/Controller
Manager, Accounting Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Planning Analyst
Manager, Finance Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Finance Controller 3.8 years
Finance Leader 3.1 years
Finance Executive 3.0 years
Finance Analyst 2.8 years
Finance Consultant 2.6 years
Top Careers Before Senior Finance Consultant
Consultant 5.1%
Controller 5.0%
Accountant 4.7%
Manager 2.6%
Analyst 2.3%
Top Careers After Senior Finance Consultant
Consultant 6.5%
Controller 5.2%
Manager 3.2%

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Senior Finance Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

60.7%

Female

28.1%

Unknown

11.2%
Ethnicity

White

55.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Asian

12.8%

Black or African American

11.6%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.4%

French

14.2%

German

7.9%

Japanese

7.1%

Portuguese

5.5%

Chinese

5.5%

Italian

3.1%

Hindi

2.4%

Mandarin

2.4%

Urdu

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Korean

1.6%

Russian

1.6%

Greek

1.6%

Irish

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Polish

1.6%

Swahili

0.8%

Swedish

0.8%

Hebrew

0.8%
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Senior Finance Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

7.8%

George Washington University

7.5%

New York University

7.1%

University of Southern California

6.5%

DePaul University

5.8%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

5.2%

University of Chicago

5.2%

Northeastern University

4.9%

San Francisco State University

4.5%

University of Pennsylvania

4.5%

University of Connecticut

4.5%

Villanova University

4.2%

George Mason University

4.2%

University of Texas at Austin

4.2%

University of Houston

4.2%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.2%

University of Washington

3.9%

Central Connecticut State University

3.9%

Boston University

3.9%

Pace University - New York

3.6%
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Majors

Business

31.0%

Finance

26.9%

Accounting

19.0%

Management

3.3%

Economics

3.2%

Marketing

2.9%

Computer Science

1.5%

Education

1.4%

Political Science

1.4%

Project Management

1.3%

Psychology

1.3%

Communication

1.0%

Mathematics

1.0%

Management Information Systems

0.8%

Computer Information Systems

0.8%

International Business

0.7%

Information Technology

0.7%

Law

0.7%

English

0.6%

Health Care Administration

0.6%
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Degrees

Masters

43.9%

Bachelors

40.5%

Other

9.1%

Associate

2.8%

Certificate

2.0%

Doctorate

1.2%

Diploma

0.2%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$64,000
Min 10%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
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$95,000
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$95,000
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Highest Paying City
Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does a Senior Finance Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Finance Consultant in the United States is $95,855 per year or $46 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $64,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $141,000.

Real Senior Finance Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Financial Consultant Velox Consulting Inc. Mill Valley, CA Nov 13, 2016 $160,000
Senior Financial Consultant Velox Consulting Inc. Mill Valley, CA Nov 14, 2014 $150,758 -
$160,000
Senior Financial Consultant 300Brand Alexandria, VA Sep 03, 2015 $140,000
Financial Analysis SR. Consultant Dell Marketing L.P. Austin, TX Mar 30, 2015 $134,960
Financial Analysis SR. Consultant Dell Marketing L.P. Austin, TX Oct 27, 2015 $134,960
Financial Analysis SR. Consultant Dell USA L.P. Austin, TX Mar 30, 2015 $134,960
SR. Financial Consultant Reval.com, Inc. New York, NY Oct 16, 2010 $128,500
Senior Financial Consultant Contect Search, Inc. Centreville, VA Oct 01, 2009 $125,000
Senior Financial Consultant Tricore Solutions LLC Mansfield, MA Sep 24, 2014 $125,000
Senior Financial Consultant Tricore Solutions LLC Mansfield, MA Jul 10, 2014 $125,000
Senior Financial Consultant Tricore Solutions LLC Norwell, MA Jan 20, 2014 $125,000
Senior Federal Finance Consultant IBM Corporation Bethesda, MD Apr 09, 2010 $122,784 -
$249,276
Senior Financial Consultant Murex North America, Inc. New York, NY Sep 28, 2011 $107,500
Senior Financial Consultant Murex North America Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2010 $107,500
Senior Financial Consultant Murex North America Inc. New York, NY Sep 28, 2014 $107,500 -
$120,000
Senior Financial Consultant-Applications Develop United Healthcare Services, Inc. Cypress, CA Jul 24, 2012 $106,371 -
$114,000
Senior Financial Services Industry Consultant S.W.I.F.T., Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $105,230
Senior Financial Services Industry Consultant S.W.I.F.T. Pan-Americas, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $105,230
Senior Financial Consultant Murex North America, Inc. New York, NY Aug 26, 2010 $105,000
Senior Consultant, Financial Services Informatica Corporation Plainsboro, NJ Nov 28, 2011 $105,000
Senior Oracle Financial Consultant Nj Sehgal & Associates Inc. Roselle, NJ Sep 25, 2015 $95,000
Senior Financial Consultant Murex North America Inc. New York, NY Oct 02, 2009 $95,000
Senior Financial Software Consultant Sap America, Inc. Atlanta, GA Sep 28, 2009 $94,800 -
$156,400
Senior Financial Software Consultant Sap America, Inc. Cleveland, OH Oct 27, 2010 $94,800 -
$156,400
Senior Financial Software Consultant Sap America, Inc. Atlanta, GA Oct 01, 2009 $94,800 -
$156,400
Senior Financial Software Consultant Sap America, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jan 30, 2010 $94,800 -
$156,400

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Top Skills for A Senior Finance Consultant

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Assets
  3. Procedures
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  • Prepared and analyzed financial statements, consolidations, account variances, reconciliations, journal entries and accruals for several European divisions.
  • Managed over $60,000,000 in client assets including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, options, annuities and insurance products.
  • Assist in establishing and refining financial reporting procedures ensuring that documented SOX processes are adhered to when completing job responsibilities.
  • Documented unit's internal control activities to correspond with Medicare's internal control objectives resulting in clean audit opinion.
  • Reconciled general ledger accounts monthly on separately managed account revenue and hedge fund commission accruals for balance sheet manager.

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