A Finance Manager will distribute the financial resources of a company in order to maximise profit. The Finance Manager will support the management team by offering financial advice and support that will allow them to make well-informed business decisions for the company. Finance Managers will help with budget planning and offer insights into the financial implications of business decisions that are being considered.
- Collecting and interpreting financial data
- Reviewing other financial information for accuracy
- Predicting future financial trends
- Reporting to management and stakeholders how this might impact the company and future business decisions
- Producing financial reports related to budgets, account payables, account receivables, expenses etc. that will be communicated to the wider business
- Developing long-term business plans based on reports
- Reviewing, monitoring and managing budgets
- Developing strategies aimed at minimising financial risk
- Analysing market trends and competitors
A degree and several years’ experience in the financial field will be required to get a Finance Manager role. A degree in the following fields may prove particularly advantageous:
- Accountancy or Finance
- Business Studies
Postgraduate degrees in financial management may also be beneficial in advancing a candidate’s financial management career.
On top of formal qualifications, candidates will also need to demonstrate the following qualities:
- An analytical mind
- Negotiation skills and the ability to develop strong working relationships
- Commercial and business awareness
- Good communication skills – both written and verbal
- A keen eye for detail and desire to probe further into data
- Ability to adhere to time constraints
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