How to become a Finance Manager

Experienced (non manager)

Considering a career as a Finance Manager?

Put plainly, the finance manager looks after the money. They’re responsible for maintaining the financial health of the organisation and developing strategies for long-term goals. This is especially important in the non-profit sector as charities need to be totally transparent about operating costs and where donations are going. Day-to-day activities of a finance manager include creating financial reports, reviewing budgets and preparing financial forecasts to ensure that spending and donation efforts are on-track.

Where can a career as a Finance Manager take you?

Accountant £30000 1-3 years
Finance Manager £35,000 3-5 years
Finance Director £60000 5-7 years

Are you the perfect candidate?

Skills and traits

  • Understanding of business performance and planning
  • Impeccable organisational skills
  • A results-oriented mindset
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work effectively in an unsupervised environment

Qualifications and experience

  • Proven track record in finance
  • Adept in finance systems and software
  • Degree in a related discipline such as mathematics, statistics, finance or economics
  • Membership of a professional body is essential (i.e. IFA or ACCA)
  • Experience as a finance officer or qualified accountant

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