What does a Finance Manager do?

Finance managers analyze every day financial activities and provide advice and guidance to upper management on future financial plans. They are the root of all major business decisions and their role is crucial to the success of any organization. Finance managers may be employed in many different environments, including both public and private sector organizations. They also operate in a variety of industries, such as banking, finance, healthcare, and insurance.

Typical duties include reviewing financial reports, monitoring accounts, and preparing financial forecasts. Finance managers also investigate ways to improve profitability and analyze markets for business opportunities, such as expansion, mergers, and acquisitions. The position of finance manager usually requires an advanced degree in accounting, business, economics, or finance, as well as several years of experience in a finance role.

  • Monitor the day-to-day financial operations within the company (payroll, invoicing, and other transactions)
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly management reporting
  • Participate in strategic data analysis, research, and modeling for senior company leadership
  • Support project analysis, validation of plans, and ad-hoc requests
  • Manage the company's financial accounting, monitoring, and reporting systems
  • Ensure compliance with accounting policies and regulatory requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in Finance or Accounting; CPA a plus
  • 5-8 years of experience in accounting and/or financial analysis
  • Ability to synthesize large quantities of complex data into actionable information
  • Ability to work and effectively communicate with senior-level business partners
  • Excellent business judgment, analytical, and decision-making skills
  • Knowledge of financial reporting and data mining tools such as SQL, Access, etc.
  • Strong demonstrated use of Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Finance Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$127,677 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$94K
Median: $128K
$165K
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Finance Manager Career Path

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Finance Manager
$125,000/yr
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Walmart eCommerceWalmart eCommerce
Finance
11 Jan 2020

“Great people and potential to win in a highly competitive market; many interesting problems to solve.”

Royal Borough of Kensington and ChelseaRoyal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Finance Manager
20 Jun 2020

“Employees really care about the residents of the Borough and ensure to deliver the best possible service”

Precision Resource GroupPrecision Resource Group
Finance Director
20 Jul 2021

“It's fantastic place to work if you have drive and want to progress your career.”

VFS GlobalVFS Global
Senior Executive Finance
29 Nov 2020

“No career growth and I felt like doing the same work of copying and pasting.”

High Commission of Canada in UKHigh Commission of Canada in UK
Finance and Contracts Manager
8 Jun 2021

“Career development can be limited but I found allot of interest and opportunity in my role.”

EnglishScoreEnglishScore
Senior Finance Manager
17 Sep 2019

“There is a great sense of team work and I am learning a lot from each of them.”

Change HealthcareChange Healthcare
Finance Manager
26 Nov 2019

“I worked with many great people and generally I was challenged and giving interesting and meaningful work.”

AmeripriseAmeriprise
Fpa
4 Jun 2019

“Nice package with opportunity of salary hikes every six months with good productivity and quality numbers.”

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