How to become a finance manager

Take on the responsibility of an organisation’s finances including investments, expenses, payroll, and income.

Pathways to this career

  1. Complete an accredited undergraduate degree in finance, accounting, economics or business
  2. If you've attained a similar undergraduate degree, you can focus your career pathway as a financial manager by completing a postgraduate degree in accounting or financial planning and management. 
  3. Industry bodies like the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the Australian Finance Industry Association offer financial managers continued professional development and information on legislative updates in the finance industry.

What does a finance manager do?

Duties and tasks

  • Assist in financial decisions made by the organisations management
  • Know the financial legal requirements and ensure that they are met
  • Manage employees in the financial division
  • Monitor an organisations accounting system
  • Prepare and communicate accurate financial reports, statements, and forecasts
  • Seek ways to reduce costs and propose long-term goals

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