A finance officer can perform many duties within an organisation, depending on their experience and level of responsibility required of them. Primarily, they are responsible for the finance systems including accounts and payroll.
Who can I work for?
You can work within the finance or accounts department of any organisation, in any industry. You might also work for an accountancy firm or within the financial industry specifically.
Where and when can I work?
Most roles are office-based and you will typically work Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm. Opportunities exist across the UK.
What can I earn?
The salary ranges between £28,000 and £35,000. This will rise in line with experience and responsibilities.
What are the benefits?
Working in finance is generally a solid career choice and there are good opportunities for career progression. Depending on the sector you work in and the company you work for you might also be entitled to bonuses and commission.
Are there chances of promotion?
Yes, you can progress to become a budget controller or senior auditor or even a finance director.
What will I be responsible for?
You will be responsible for preparing accounts, managing payroll, developing and maintaining financial systems and processed, controlling budgets and ensuring financial regulations are adhered to.
Do I need any experience?
Most finance officers will have started out as an accountant or accountancy technician, which involves gaining qualifications from the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) or the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
What attributes are needed?
You will need to have high levels of numeracy and literacy and be methodical and thorough in your approach to work. As you will be dealing with people at all levels, you will need to have excellent written and verbal communication skills.