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Working As A Senior Officer

  • 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

  • $84,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Officer 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 Officer

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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Senior Officer Career Paths

Senior Officer
Assistant Manager Manager Chief Finance Officer
Chief Finance And Operating Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Manager Operations Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Manager Vice President
Group Vice President
9 Yearsyrs
Vice President Vice President And Manager
Vice President Operation Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Vice President Chief Finance Officer
Chief Administrative Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Director Finance Director
Director Of Administration & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Finance Director
Finance Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Director Operations Director
Assistant Vice President Operations
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Portfolio Manager
Senior Portfolio Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Account Manager Relationship Manager
Senior Relationship Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Branch Manager Relationship Manager
Business Relationship Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Assistant Store Manager Credit Manager
Credit Director
11 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Assistant Store Manager Credit Manager
Senior Credit Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Office Manager Administrative Manager
Administrative & Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Quality Manager Processing Manager
Underwriting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Accountant And Office Manager Accounting Supervisor
Audit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Manager Senior Operations Manager
Head Operator
6 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Production Manager Processing Manager
Business Process Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Property Manager Business Office Manager
Manager Of Business Services
8 Yearsyrs
Subject Matter Expert Project Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Manager, Finance Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$84,000
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$42,000
Min 10%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Median 50%
$168,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Citi
Highest Paying City
Omaha, NE
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
4.5 years
How much does a Senior Officer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Officer in the United States is $84,444 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $42,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $168,000.

Real Senior Officer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Treasury Officer Lukoil Pan Americas, LLC New York, NY Sep 03, 2015 $220,813
Senior Risk Officer Brevan Howard Us Investment Management LP New York, NY May 13, 2013 $203,448
Senior Scientific Officer National Institutes of Health, HHS Bethesda, MD Oct 01, 2010 $200,000
Senior Science Officer Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise New York, NY Jan 01, 2015 $178,145
Senior Commercial Syndications Officer HSBC Bank USA, N.A. New York, NY Feb 18, 2015 $167,003
Senior Science Officer Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise New York, NY Jan 01, 2012 $160,771
Senior Science Officer Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise New York, NY Jan 01, 2012 $160,711
Senior Risk Officer Compass Bank Birmingham, AL Apr 15, 2014 $158,340
Senior Evaluation Officer The Rockefeller Foundation New York, NY Sep 01, 2010 $150,000
Senior Officer, International Policy The Pew Charitable Trusts Washington, DC Aug 15, 2010 $140,000
Senior Risk Officer BBVA Compass Atlanta, GA Jul 11, 2016 $132,600
Senior FCC and RC Data Governanace Officer HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Mettawa, IL Jan 02, 2016 $130,000
Senior Risk Officer Compass Bank Atlanta, GA Sep 02, 2014 $130,000
Senior Officer, International Ocean Policy The Pew Charitable Trusts Washington, DC Jan 31, 2016 $122,610
Senior Officer, International Ocean Policy The Pew Charitable Trusts Washington, DC Jul 14, 2014 $120,000
Senior Officer, Organizational Compliance International Rescue Committee, Inc. New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $120,000 -
$140,000
Senior Reporting Officer Medidata Solutions Conshohocken, PA Sep 28, 2015 $111,426
Senior Officer, International Policy The Pew Charitable Trusts Washington, DC Mar 01, 2011 $110,000
Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation Washington, DC Sep 13, 2010 $88,000
Senior Officer for Learning and Development International Rescue Committee, Inc. New York, NY Nov 21, 2016 $87,942 -
$102,942
SR. Porgram Officer II Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Apr 15, 2013 $87,703
Senior Country Officer Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation Washington, DC Nov 02, 2012 $87,000
Senior Risk Officer Compass Bank Birmingham, AL May 14, 2012 $86,715 -
$144,000
Senior Quality Management Officer Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation Washington, DC Sep 22, 2015 $84,000
Senior Accreditation Officer International Accreditation Service, Inc. Whittier, CA Sep 01, 2012 $84,000
Senior Officer Citigroup Technology, Inc. Warren, NJ Feb 22, 2010 $76,250
SR. Programme Officer Parliamentarians for Global Action New York, NY Sep 21, 2014 $75,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Officer

  1. Ensure Compliance
  2. Financial Statements
  3. Emergency Situations
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Oversee business unit operational risk management efforts and ensure compliance with corporate wide policies and procedures.
  • Analyzed audited financial statements; authorized owner distributions; insured receipt of cash flow loan payments and residual receipt deposits.
  • Responded to emergency situations by dispatching staff and/or emergency response team/ fire/ EMS while maintaining security of institution.
  • Provided military planning and advisory assistance to senior African Union leadership pertaining to ongoing operations in Darfur.
  • Developed strong customer service skills, including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards and evaluating satisfaction.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Officers

  1. New York
  2. Virginia
  3. New Jersey
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Colorado
  6. Rhode Island
  7. Minnesota
  8. Maryland
  9. Delaware
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Senior Officer Demographics

Gender

Male

56.6%

Female

28.5%

Unknown

14.9%
Ethnicity

White

52.3%

Asian

14.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Black or African American

12.2%

Unknown

7.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.8%

French

16.3%

Mandarin

7.3%

Arabic

6.9%

Chinese

5.2%

Hindi

4.7%

Russian

4.7%

German

4.7%

Portuguese

2.6%

Italian

2.1%

Urdu

2.1%

Swahili

1.7%

Bengali

1.7%

Japanese

1.7%

Turkish

1.3%

Romanian

1.3%

Korean

1.3%

Dutch

0.9%

Ukrainian

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.9%
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Senior Officer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.8%

George Washington University

7.0%

American University

7.0%

Webster University

6.0%

Northeastern University

5.7%

Columbia University

5.7%

Troy University

5.4%

New York University

4.7%

The Academy

4.7%

Liberty University

4.7%

National University

4.1%

Georgetown University

4.1%

University of Maryland - University College

4.1%

Ashford University

3.4%

Michigan State University

3.1%

Harvard University

3.1%

University of Houston

3.1%

Central Texas College

3.1%

Strayer University

3.1%

Capella University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

27.3%

Finance

10.4%

Criminal Justice

10.0%

Accounting

6.4%

Management

6.0%

Law

4.6%

Human Resources Management

3.8%

Marketing

3.5%

Psychology

3.1%

Political Science

2.9%

Nursing

2.9%

Economics

2.9%

Education

2.5%

Computer Science

2.3%

International Relations

2.2%

Business/Commerce

1.9%

Communication

1.9%

English

1.8%

Computer Information Systems

1.8%

Health Care Administration

1.7%
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Degrees

Masters

34.1%

Bachelors

31.6%

Other

16.1%

Doctorate

5.9%

Associate

4.5%

Certificate

4.2%

Diploma

3.5%

License

0.1%
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