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Career Story: Accounting Manager

Accounting Manager

Job Title: Accounting Manager

Type of Company: Division of Board Shop

Education: BS, Business Administration, UMass-Lowell

Previous Experience: I've worked as a financial analyst and accountant for a host of high-tech companies in the greater Boston area.

Job Tasks: A finance or accounting job is normally a salaried position with an 8AM-5PM workday that requires you to crunch numbers. In my current job, I also manage a staff consisting of Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable and a group of financial analysts who reconcile our accounts. We work on a monthly schedule, preparing reports on the business's revenues and its profit or loss numbers.

I review my staff's activities and provide them with direction and support. I also submit the financial results of the division to corporate headquarters, answering questions and providing a variety of reports that clarify and explain our financial situation. I work with auditors who review what we report and validate the accuracy of our data. In addition, I work with overseas divisions on issues that affect us both.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is working with numbers and a staff. It is rewarding to assist others in improving their knowledge and seeing them develop. Working with numbers allows you to understand the business and the impact different areas within the company have on the bottom-line: that is, on profit or loss.

The worst part is the long hours. The job can be mentally draining as well. It's very structured and there's a reporting deadline every month. The job also is very much a sit down/analysis/reporting type job with interaction mainly through email messages and phone.

Job Tips: A business degree is a must. A Master's is good too but not absolutely necessary in my estimation. You do need to enjoy numbers, however (basic math, and not complex algorithms). You have to be curious and enjoy researching numbers and you need to like working on a PC.

If you like jigsaw puzzles, you will probably enjoy finance/accounting type work.

Additional Thoughts: I think this is a great job for both men and women and advancement. The pay is good overall but requires dedication, professionalism and significant responsibility.

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