financial analyst job description
Among your duties as a Financial Analyst, you:
- evaluate financial risk, prepare financial forecasts and create reports and recommendations
- plan short- and long-term cash flows and assess performance
- analyze investment projects
- deal with financial backers
- prepare a risk profile for debt portfolios
- assist in preparing operating and investment budgets
Financial Analyst roles are increasing as the amount of financial vehicles and information has increased. Opportunities arise due to retirement and promotion. Unemployment in this role is low, which means that competition for experienced, skilled Financial Analysts is high. Many companies are hiring new graduates and training them on-the-job. With experience, you can progress to management positions that come with additional pay and responsibility.
To excel as a Controller, you need knowledge and insight into financial markets and economic trends to be aware of current developments in your field so you can advise and predict future economic conditions. Since much of your work is done with company presidents and high-level managers, a high degree of self-confidence and excellent verbal communications skills are required for advancement.
- excellent communication skills
- strong understanding of all financial functions and how they interact
- attention to detail
- the ability to problem solve
- the ability to build good working relationships
You need a university degree in commerce, business administration or economics, as well as on-the-job training. A post-graduate degree in finance is an asset. While certification is not mandatory, many employers require a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Fluency in both English and French is necessary.
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