How to write a Financial Manager job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Financial Manager job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Financial Manager job titles

    Financial Manager
    Senior Financial Manager
    Financial Manager (Corporate Planning and Analysis)
    Finance Manager

Financial Manager job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Financial Manager job summary

Our automotive company is growing its services and client base, and we have a fantastic opportunity for the right individual to join our team as a Financial Manager. The ideal candidate for this position will have an extensive background in data-driven analytics and proactively guiding business units to help them achieve strategic and financial objectives. If you are a professional with 5+ years’ experience in a financial leadership role, we encourage you to apply today.

Financial Manager responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Financial Manager responsibilities

    Maintain cash flow by reviewing banking activity and reconciling monthly reports
    Develop and interpret databases and financial models
    Establish, monitor and achieve company financial goals
    Manage company budget to maximize revenue and identify potential areas of cost savings
    Promote continual process improvements in specified budget areas
    Implement report production, productivity and quality standards

Financial Manager qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Financial Manager skills

    Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or related field required (MBA preferred)
    CPA preferred
    6+ years’ financial management experience
    5+ years’ experience in a leadership role
    Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
    Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    Results-oriented and process-driven
    Impeccable attention to detail

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