A CFO (Chief Financial Officer) is a top-level executive position that manages any given organisation’s overall financial situation. This demanding job requires candidates to have in-depth familiarity with how a business’s financial departments are run and comes with a huge amount of responsibility. Being a CFO means you’re one of the most influential people to any company, and you can expect to be richly rewarded for the knowledge and skills you bring to your business environment.
Throughout this article, Links Recruitment will be explaining exactly what it means to be a CFO, from what it’s like to work as a CFO on a day-to-day basis to the standard qualifications and skills you’ll find on a typical CFO job description. Finally, we’ll take a look at what your salary could look like as a CFO in a few different locations, dependent on the experience you have in the role.
As a CFO, there is an incredible number of issues that could arise which require your problem-solving abilities every day. Because it changes so much from day-to-day — and because more often than not you’ll be under severe pressure — it’s vital that you’re adept at managing your own time, in order to ensure you can serve your company to the best of your abilities. From drafting budgets to engaging in high-level negotiations with other companies, no two days look the same as a CFO, which is a large part of what makes it such an exciting, well-compensated position.
Here are some of the responsibilities and duties you’ll be expected to handle as a CFO.
If you want to work as a CFO, these are some of the skills and qualifications you should aim to have.
Becoming a CFO will be the culmination of a long and successful career in the business world. This will often entail many years of experience in both normal roles and higher-level management positions, since the sheer amount of responsibility that comes with the CFO job demands that the ideal candidate knows how businesses work inside and out. As well as a bachelor’s degree in a financial field (and, ideally, an MBA or similar Master’s degree) you’ll need to prove that you can handle the pressure. The best way to do this is to spend time working in a similarly stressful management position and to have a proven track record of quality results to back you up.
Being a CFO is often as high as you’ll be able to go in your career, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the end of your career path. You’ll be able to transfer readily into entrepreneurial interests or consultant positions, while your valuable skillset and wealth of experience will make you a tempting candidate for other C-level positions that open up in different businesses.
This is what your salary might look like as a CFO in a few different locations around the world, divided between early-career CFOs and experienced CFOs based on years of experience in the role.
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If you’re interested in learning more about CFO salaries, or if you’d like to become familiar with the main salary trends, check out Links International’s salary guide.
You’ll be able to find a list of vacant CFO job positions to apply for on Links International’s job search page, meaning you can begin looking for the perfect job as soon as today. If you’re involved in a business that wants to recruit a CFO, on the other hand, head over to the Links International recruitment page. Get in touch with one of our recruitment specialist and we’ll be happy to walk you through the process of hiring the perfect candidate and ensure that you only employ the best of the best.