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Working As A Senior Finance Specialist

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $78,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Finance Specialist 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 Specialist

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 Specialist Career Paths

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Regional Controller
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Senior Director Of Finance
14 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Manager Finance Planning And Analysis Controller
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Branch Manager Office Manager Accounting Manager
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Branch Manager Office Manager Assistant Controller
Division Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Branch Manager Office Manager Controller
Group Controller
11 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Account Manager Relationship Manager
Senior Relationship Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Business Manager
Business Manager-Finance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Business Manager Business Operations Manager
Senior Manager Of Business Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Department Manager Administrative Manager
Administrative & Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Corporate Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Consultant Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
Finance Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Finance Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Manager Corporate Controller Accounting Manager/Controller
Manager, Accounting Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
Unit Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Accounting Supervisor Finance Controller Finance Project Manager
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Accounting Supervisor Billing Manager Accountant And Office Manager
Finance Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Manager, Finance Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Finance Supervisor 3.8 years
Finance Manager 3.7 years
Account Leader 3.4 years
Finance Leader 3.1 years
Finance Specialist 3.0 years
Finance Executive 3.0 years
Finance Analyst 2.8 years
Finance Consultant 2.6 years
Top Careers Before Senior Finance Specialist
Accountant 6.8%
Consultant 3.2%
Controller 3.1%
Teller 3.1%
Manager 2.9%
Cashier 2.7%
Top Careers After Senior Finance Specialist
Manager 5.0%
Accountant 4.8%
Consultant 4.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$78,000
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$46,000
Min 10%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$132,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Ameren
Highest Paying City
Philadelphia, PA
Highest Paying State
Maryland
Avg Experience Level
4.3 years
How much does a Senior Finance Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Finance Specialist in the United States is $78,663 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $46,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $132,000.

Real Senior Finance Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Finance Specialist Fortune Bank Seattle, WA Sep 30, 2010 $417,400 -
$200
Senior Financing Specialist (Infrastructure Project Financing) SG Americas Securities, LLC New York, NY May 25, 2016 $227,178
Senior Finance Product Specialist Uber Technologies Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 19, 2016 $150,000
Senior Finance Resource Specialist National Council of Ymcas of The USA (DBA YMCA of Flower Mound, TX Jul 15, 2011 $136,247
SR. Financial Specialist Symantec Corporation Mountain View, CA Jun 23, 2014 $130,000
Senior Financing Specialist (Vice President) SG Americas Securities, LLC New York, NY Aug 11, 2016 $125,000
Senior Finance Specialist Sap America, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jun 13, 2016 $123,000
Senior Financial and Regulatory Reporting and Planning Specialist SG Equipment Finance USA Corp. Jersey City, NJ Jun 30, 2016 $117,437
SR. Financial Specialist Symantec Corporation Mountain View, CA Sep 17, 2011 $117,250 -
$160,800
Senior Actuary-Financial Reporting Specialist Amerihealth Caritas Services LLC Philadelphia, PA Jan 07, 2015 $116,272
Senior Financial Specialist Bayer Healthcare LLC NJ Aug 01, 2013 $115,000
Senior Financial Specialist Bayer Healthcare LLC Morristown, NJ Dec 01, 2012 $112,013
Senior SAP Finance Software Specialist Mylan Inc. Morgantown, WV Nov 23, 2011 $109,200
Senior Financial Specialist Symantec Corporation Mountain View, CA Oct 01, 2010 $107,200 -
$160,800
SR. Financial Specialist Symantec Corporation Mountain View, CA Aug 20, 2012 $107,200 -
$160,800
VP; SR. Global Financial Crimes Compliance Specialist Bank of America Charlotte, NC Jun 10, 2015 $107,000
VP; SR. Global Financial Crimes Compliance Specialist Bank of America N.A. Charlotte, NC Apr 29, 2016 $105,249 -
$117,000
Senior SAP Finance Specialist Mylan Inc. Morgantown, WV May 13, 2015 $105,000
Senior SAP Finance Software Specialist Mylan Inc. Morgantown, WV Dec 28, 2009 $105,000
Senior SAP Finance Specialist Mylan Inc. Morgantown, WV May 05, 2014 $105,000
Senior Financial Specialist Continental Automotive Systems, Inc. Deer Park, IL Apr 18, 2016 $92,352 -
$103,655
Financial Report Specialist SR. Bank of The West San Ramon, CA Sep 10, 2015 $90,000
Financial Analysis Senior Specialist Cigna Cglic Philadelphia, PA Sep 16, 2011 $88,275
Financial Analysis Senior Specialist Cigna Cglic Philadelphia, PA Jul 01, 2010 $88,000
Senior Finance Specialist Sap America, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Sep 15, 2013 $87,975
Financial Analysis Senior Specialist Cigna Cglic Bloomfield, CT Sep 13, 2010 $85,490
Senior Financial Specialist Continental Automotive Systems, Inc. Deer Park, IL Sep 16, 2014 $85,301 -
$105,728
Financial Analysis Senior Specialist Cigna Cglic Bloomfield, CT Nov 04, 2013 $85,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Finance Specialist

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Customer Service
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared and analyzed monthly divisional financial statements for Asia-Pacific cluster, improving financial consolidation accuracy and integrity.
  • Provided superior customer service by identifying needs, providing tailored recommendations, and selling value added products through appropriate referrals.
  • Handled the tasks of monitoring payroll activities and program components to ensure compliance with established legal and administrative requirements.
  • Provided analysis, documentation & other support for external auditors.
  • Performed account analysis for over twenty general ledger accounts and prepared monthly reporting to corporate office on aged items.

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  1. California
  2. New York
  3. Connecticut
  4. Minnesota
  5. New Jersey
  6. Massachusetts
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Senior Finance Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

47.2%

Male

41.1%

Unknown

11.6%
Ethnicity

White

59.4%

Hispanic or Latino

16.8%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

8.4%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.9%

German

11.8%

Portuguese

5.9%

Russian

5.9%

Romanian

3.9%

French

3.9%

Chinese

2.0%

Norwegian

2.0%

Dutch

2.0%

Hmong

2.0%

Urdu

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Kazakh

2.0%
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Senior Finance Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.5%

Strayer University

5.8%

University of the Incarnate Word

5.8%

Grand Canyon University

5.8%

Arizona State University

5.2%

Boise State University

4.7%

University of Texas at San Antonio

4.1%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.1%

Temple University

4.1%

Texas A&M University

4.1%

James Madison University

4.1%

Suffolk University

4.1%

University of South Florida

3.5%

Brandeis University

3.5%

University of North Texas

3.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

University of Central Florida

3.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.5%

University of Florida

2.9%

Clark Atlanta University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

34.1%

Finance

19.7%

Accounting

18.1%

Management

5.5%

Marketing

3.0%

Psychology

2.3%

Economics

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

Human Resources Management

1.9%

Communication

1.5%

Computer Science

1.4%

English

1.1%

Political Science

1.1%

General Studies

1.0%

International Business

0.9%

Public Administration

0.9%

Criminal Justice

0.9%

Insurance

0.9%

Education

0.8%

Project Management

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.1%

Masters

33.8%

Other

14.3%

Associate

7.0%

Certificate

3.1%

Doctorate

0.8%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.3%
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