Financial Director

There are many reasons why you should become a financial director. The first and most obvious reason is that it's a great career choice. Financial directors earn good money and have interesting work. They also have the chance to make a real difference to the companies they work for – and often, to their fellow employees.

What is a Financial Director?

The financial director is the chief financial officer (CFO) of a company and is responsible for managing a firm's finances. The financial director oversees the entire financial operations, including budgeting and forecasting, accounting, taxation and capital management. Additionally, they serve as a liaison between investors and management.

As a member of the board of directors, the financial director provides input into strategic decisions such as acquisitions or divestitures and monetary policies affecting various departments within an organisation. They also advise senior management on business planning, risk management, and corporate finance strategy.


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Financial Director Job Description

Financial Director Job Overview

The financial director is responsible for overseeing an organisation's finances, from annual budgets and monthly reports to long-term strategic planning. They are also responsible for ensuring that spending is within legal parameters and that employees adhere to company policy.

Financial directors usually work in larger businesses, such as corporations and government departments, rather than small businesses.

Responsibilities of a Financial Director

The duties of a financial director vary depending on the size of their employer but generally include:
  • Scheduling monthly budget meetings with managers and reviewing forecasts prepared by department heads and cost centres to ensure they match expectations
  • Creating an annual business plan which outlines expected sales growth and profitability over the coming 12 months, including any changes in staffing levels required to meet these goals
  • Managing budgets and payroll
  • Monitoring cash flow and ensuring that adequate funds are available for day-to-day operations
  • Determining how much capital is needed for future growth
  • Making projections about future cash flows
  • Implementing strategies that will help achieve these goals
  • Providing advice on financial matters
  • Preparing reports on staff productivity and profitability

Financial Director Skills & Qualifications

To become a financial director, you must have a degree in accounting or finance. You may also have experience working in finance and accounting, or at least have some knowledge of these fields. If you don't have any experience, you could train as an accountancy assistant before applying for this role. Other companies may require you to have at least ten years of experience in similar positions or have an MBA from a top school.

The Financial Director has a wide range of skills and qualifications required to carry out their role effectively. These include:

  • Commercial acumen - an understanding of how businesses operate in their industry sector, including competitor analysis and market trends;
  • Management skills - ability to lead by example and motivate others;
  • Financial expertise - knowledge of economic systems as well as accounting principles and practices;
  • Communication skills - ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing across all levels of staff;
  • Strong analytical skills.

Becoming an FD can be the start of a rewarding career. It's a role which requires you to use your knowledge, experience and expertise to help an organisation achieve its goals. That means that you'll have plenty of opportunities to make decisions and influence the way things are done. It also means that you'll get plenty of praise when things go well – but when there's a problem, you'll also be expected to take responsibility for solving it.

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Financial Director Jobs currently open:

Financial Director
Location: Midrand
Salary: 1350000
My client, a global leader in the medical space, is seeking a financial director to be a part of their dynamic team.
1 day ago

Financial Director
Location: Johannesburg
Salary: 1500000
An opportunity for a financial director.
2 days ago

Chief Financial Officer
Location: Springs
We are seeking a strategic and experienced Chief financial Officer (CFO) to join our team at our reputable abattoir facility. The CFO will play a crucial role in overseeing the financial health and growth of the organization, ensuring financial planning, management, and reporting align with business objectives and regulatory requirements.
2 days ago

Finance Director - Botswana
Location: Botswana
Are you a South African Finance director open to relocation or based in Botswana? We are looking for you. You do not want to miss this opportunity!
5 days ago

Financial Director
Location: Johannesburg
Salary: 1200000 Annually
Step into your future!
6 days ago

Location: Johannesburg
Salary: R1.4M per annum (excluding bonus)
Prism Placements and this Telco provider based in Sandton are looking for a hands-on CFO to manage their finance team.
6 days ago

Financial Director
Location: Johannesburg
Salary: 1700000 Annually
Steer financial success with precision and integrity.
6 days ago

Location: Northern Suburbs
CHIEF financial OFFICER (Senior EXCO role)ExperiencedCA or CIMA-qualifiedWestern CapeMy client is looking for a People Leader 
7 days ago

Financial Director
Location: Johannesburg
International company with over 100 years in business is hiring for a financial director! The financial director will provide financial leadership and support to South Africa and Mozambique. Working closely with the Managing director and wider management team, the role will involve the financial management of the business on a day-to-day basis and the provision of commercial insight to support the...
7 days ago

Financial Director
Location: Johannesburg
Salary: R1.8m-R2.0m CTC
Isando, Kempton Park
8 days ago