Finance officer Financial officer, finance clerk
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Finance officers help to manage the finances of an organisation by keeping track of its income and controlling its spending.
1. Entry requirementsYou’ll usually need GCSEs, including maths and English.
A levels in maths, business studies or economics may also be useful. .
Some employers may ask for a relevant degree, or an accounting or bookkeeping qualification, like those offered by the Association of Accounting Technicians.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- excellent maths skills
- IT skills
- attention to detail
- confident presentation skills
3. What you'll do
You’ll support senior finance officers and finance managers to prepare and develop accounting information.
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- recording financial transactions on computer systems
- producing financial forecasts
- dealing with payroll, invoices, expenses and VAT
- carrying out financial audits
- creating monthly, quarterly and annual budget reports
- presenting report findings to finance managers
Starter: £18,500 to £21,000
Experienced: £22,000 to £28,000
Highly Experienced: £30,000 to £40,000 (finance manager)
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll usually work between 35 and 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday.
You’ll be based in an office and spend a lot of your time working on a computer.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you could become a senior finance officer or finance manager, or train to become an accountant.
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Last updated: 11 September 2018