Here’s a sample resume we recently produced for a Accounting Manager in Malaysia.
In this article, you’ll learn:
- About the Accounting Manager Role
- What Hiring Managers Look For In Accounting Manager Resumes
- Accounting Manager Job Opportunities
- Job Hunting Tips from our Resident Headhunter
Accounting Manager CV [Full Sample]
Here’s a full Accounting Manager resume sample, which we wrote for a client recently.
CA[If-you hold certifications or professional qualifications which entitle you to use postnominals, e.g. the Chartered Accountant. Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Certified Public Accountant (CPA), etc., you can optionally choose to include them after your name. Not all certifications let you do this; be careful!]
- Well-rounded accounting professional with 12 years of experience in driving full range of accounting operations, including preparation of corporate financial statements and consolidating accounts in several globally-recognised multinational and listed organizations, including XXXXX and XXXXX (Note: I’ve removed the actual organisations’ names for confidentiality reasons. You can tweak this phrasing to fit your own context.) [The first point should summarise your key value proposition and skillsets. It should highlight any major/significant sections of your history (e.g. have you worked in any brand-name firms before? What was the highest level you reached? How much in revenue/budget/finances were you directly responsible for overseeing?) This is intended to ‘hook’ the reader and get them to read on. Here, I highlighted ‘John’s’ professional skillsets. as well as the fact that he worked at major MNCs in the past. These MNCs are usually pretty selective, so it says something about his abilities.]
- Extensive practical and theoretical experience in all major accounting functions, including AP/AR, GL preparation, financial reporting, audit management, and financial controls. [It’s usually a good idea to spend a point showcasing professional competencies that are expected and frequently used in your industry. AP/AR (accounts payable and receivable. respectively, as well as GL (general ledger) are accounting functions any professional accountant should have.]
- Recognised subject-matter expert in compliance and regulatory affairs, with strong understanding of prevailing reporting standards e.g. US GAAP, IFRS, SFRS, SOX. Trusted advisor to senior management on corporate compliance-related issues, providing insights on company-wide policymaking process. [If you specialize in any area. it’s good to state that too. It helps set you apart from the next candidate in the recruiter’s pile of CVs. Compliance is an increasingly important area nowadays in finance-related fields (including Accounting!) – that’s why I’ve chosen to highlight John’s understanding of the major compliance/regulatory standards all firms must adhere to]
- Effective in implementing new accounting procedures and utilising financial software to streamline accounting operations, having built and introduced interactive dashboards and financial models across multiple divisions. [Beyond ‘on paper’ knowledge, it’s important to demonstrate that you can effectively contribute ‘in practice’ as well. In this case, I showed how John uses his accounting and software knowledge to improve effectiveness and productivity across his entire firm. This is a clear value-add, where the contribution is obvious. You can choose to support it with metrics as well, either here or later on in the CV.]
- Excellent interpersonal skills towards building relationships at all organisational levels. Proactive manager, team builder and tactical planner with ability to attract and secure high-performance teams. [This point wasn’t actually in the final CV. It was in John’s original CV. but I talked him out of including it for two simple reasons: firstly. It’s what I call a ‘motherhood statement’ – a point which sounds good in practice, but doesn’t tell me much, it’s too generic at present. It’s not wrong to use such a statement, but it must be backed by a solid, objective example. Secondly, it’s not very relevant to accounting. Accounting is more of a ‘back office’ function, which means that interpersonal skills should take a back seat to practical, domain-related knowledge. It’s important but CV space is too limited to list everything.]
- Supervise team of 4 accountants and finance officers to oversee AP, AR, & GL functions for leading FMCG MNC with annual revenue of USD$100 million and presence in 20 countries. Oversee all credit control issues and AR for portfolio of 3 key brands worth USD$30 million collectively. [This high-level summary shows his domain knowledge (“AP, AR, GL… “) and his level of responsibility (“USD 100M, presence in 20 countries” – this shows how ‘high level’ his role is and how much he is entrusted with). If the recruiter only read this point, he would still have gotten a good idea of what John did, John’s value-add and contributions, and why he should call John for an interview. Try to make your own summary points in such a manner. Recruiters have notoriously short attention spans!]
- Responsible for identifying areas for process improvement and proposing new streamline processes for accounting team’s financial reporting to ensure compliance with IFRS/US GAAP and corporate requirements. [This skillset is valuable in accounting; it demonstrates his knowledge of major compliance and reporting standards. which every firm needs.]
- Coordinate with internal and external auditors and liaise closely with tax consultants for year-end transfer pricing adjustment for goods from US and Europe. [Audit is also a unique skillset which is good for accountants to have. In addition, this demonstrates his ability to work well with others. Recall that I had no space in the executive summary to include the point on interpersonal skills (keep it to 5 pts max). This gave me a chance to demonstrate that he’s a team player, which is again something fairly important to showcase.]
- Analyse regulatory requirements and monitor compliance of accounting procedures and practices. Ensure all accounting deadlines are met. [Similar to point 2. I’ve again highlighted his knowledge of compliance. This point is different as it shows that he is of a senior level, given that he monitors compliance. The previously point is how he used his Compliance knowledge to create value for the company. Essentially, we demonstrate two different skillsets here.]
- Mentor and guide junior team members, developing their personal and professional competencies, and sharing industry best practices. [As a senior manager, he’ll be expected to guide and nurture younger leant members. This is a good way of showing that he’s already been consistently doing so. It means he knows what to do, and can help build up the prospective employer’s teams.]
- Conceptualised and implemented new credit controls and revenue recognition compliance through review and improvement of workflow processes. This resulted in compliance with corporate finance policies which didn’t exist earlier–integral to company’s goals. [Cite metrics to substantiate your achievements. Do, however, be aware of your company confidentiality clause.]
- Spearheaded installation of QuickBooks accounting software to provide improved transparency of accounts, increasing team productivity/efficiency and enhancing management of company cash flows.
- Successfully reduced month-end closing from 90 days to 25 days through automation and streamlined process. [The numbers here (90 -> 25) clearly demonstrate the improvement in efficiency that has been created because of John. The prospective employer will be tempted to hire him, so that he can create similar value in his new company.]
- Instrumental in reducing overdue accounts (>90 days) by 50% through persistent following up and reduction of credit limits of errant customers. [Again. I’ve used statistics to show the value created by John. In this case, we cannot show the original number, so I used percentages instead to convey the significance of John’s work There are many ways we can show significance while respective NDAs and confidentiality agreements.]
- Directed daily operations of financial and accounting unit, partnered Senior Finance Manager and auditors to ensure statutory audit and FRS compliance. [Simple, clear overview of the job John has previously done. Notice also how the remaining bullet points are shorter. No need to go into deep detail about more junior workscopes; they aren’t as valuable as the more recent ones given that they are from a long time ago.]
- Performed full spectrum of financial management duties, including financial analysis, audit, and inter-company reconciliation of subsidiary accounts; drafted timely financial reports and other relevant correspondence.
- Drafted and presented financial statements to senior management as part of annual report preparation exercise. [We just include short one-liners on relevant, but more Junior’ roles. This particular point is something that is done by mid-level managers; as someone gunning for a senior. Director-level post, it isn’t very interesting or significant. Be sure to change your job descriptions according to your seniority level.]
- Spearheaded implementation of Oracle HFM Consolidation System and incorporation of Notes to Accounts format into standard operating procedures, successfully reducing subsidiary reporting lapses and eliminating human error by 100%.
- Devised and developed application to automate timeline production in place of manual procedure, successfully improving efficiency and productivity of business functions by 80%. [Note how I’ve again used numbers and statistics to show the significance of these two projects. This is how we differentiate a job description or responsibility from an achievement.]
- Managed daily maintenance of invoices, including processing, verification, and reconciliation of accounts.
- Conducted analysis of financial and management reports to ensure compliance with accounting standards.
- Liaised closely with local customers to collect unpaid monies; established contact with clients to handle order settlements and invoicing queries.
- Chartered Accountant (CA) | Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) | Malaysia | 2006 [If have membership in professional associations. advanced certifications. etc., be sure to include them here. They help set you apart from others.]
- Master of Business Administration (MBA) | Edinburgh Business School | Heriot | Watt University | 2004
- Bachelor of Science (Hons) | Accounting & Finance | Malaysia University | Malaysia | 2002 [Once your career has taken of information like GPA and academic awards get less and less important. John had a very good GPA, but I didn’t include this as it’s very old, including it can in fact backfire – it gives the sense that we’ve got nothing better to include despite his long career history! It’s a case-by-case basis.]
- Technical Skills: BPC | Hyperion HFM | SAP | CODA | Cognos System | Microsoft Dynamics NAV | Fast Accounting Software | Microsoft Office Suite | iSAS | Bloomberg | VBA | SQL | SPSS | Python [These are a mix of popular Accounting and Finance software suites. which are beneficial to have. There are also a few programming languages frequently used in the industry, which is a nice bonus given the increasing level of automation every industry is engaged in today.]
- Nationality: Malaysian
- Languages: Fluent in English, Bahasa Melayu and Mandarin
- Availability: 2 months’ notice
References available upon request
[There’s no need to list your references; if HR is interested in you they will ask you for them.]
About the Accounting Manager Role
Accountancy is a discipline which is becoming increasingly popular nowadays. Amidst challenging job market conditions, it’s seen as an ‘iron rice bowl’ – every company needs someone to keep the books, and while the basic bookkeeping may be automated away, high-level accounting and financial management entails a lot of subjective decision making which computers can’t easily handle. Just look at the grades needed to even get in the door in our local universities now: nearly straight ‘A’s!
I’ve seen a lot of accountants looking for new jobs recently. Unlike other industries, they’re not coming to me because they can’t land a job. They’re coming to me because they want to land a more senior position at a better company. This is great news! At the most basic level, this entails a different strategy – I tend to spend a lot more time with these clients to get every single achievement and project they’ve worked on in the past. To stand out, those are a must. This is especially the case in industries dominated by high-flyers, where performance is very easy to measure objectively.
Many accountants and accounting professionals look really impressive when it comes to account handling and auditing of finances of big brands and large corporations. However, they seem to be quite challenged when it comes to presenting their skills and achievements in their resumes. These candidates can do a lot better than what they already have written in their CVs. It’s so important to showcase your contributions – your CV is a marketing tool, and must thus show your best side. If you’d like more in-depth reading, check out my Ultimate Guide to CV Writing – I go into far greater detail on each section of the CV there, and break down how you should write each part and how to combine them to achieve an effective resume.
If you are one of those professionals who need help crafting a well-written CV, here’s my guide on how to write an accounting resume!
CV Template and Formatting
I thought I’d touch a bit on this first. Nowadays, we’re seeing a lot of fancy templates and infographic-style CVs. On one hand, this helps you to stand out a bit, but on the other hand, the nature of the industry means that these funky designs aren’t looked favourably upon! Accounting is an industry rich in tradition with a very long history. It’s also notably professional and formal. As such, stick with a simple yet professional template like the one I’ve used.
Key Pointers Hiring Managers Look For in Accounting Resumes
- Your strong experience in financial, compliance, and/or controlling functions within SMEs and large corporations
- You being comfortable and confident in doing budget planning, forecast, and preparation
- Deep understanding of the financial market and trends in Malaysia
- Proven expertise in using accounting and financial systems
Additional Accounting Resume Writing Tips
- Accounting is quite a broad field of knowledge that covers many different kinds of functions and responsibilities. It is always best to specify your area of specialization and tailor your CV according to this, in order to put a focus on your profile — rather than being a “jack of all trades” who may confuse hiring managers. You can do this in your executive summary and job title.
- Don’t forget to mention accounting certifications or licences you were able to acquire to help improve your resume and boost your career. These certifications could be things like CA/CPA, CFA, CISA, CMA, etc. They’re very nice bonuses to include on any accountant’s CV. Even if you’re still taking the qualification (i.e. you don’t have the paper in your hand yet) you can still list the certification on your CV – just put “In Progress (Est completion: X)” – this shows that you’re trying to improve yourself which is great :).
Accounting Job Opportunities
- Join LinkedIn groups or follow companies you wish to work for to keep abreast with new job openings.
- Alternatively, you can reach out to these headhunters in Malaysia to learn about any vacancies they may be trying to fill out.
Job Hunting Tips from our Resident Headhunter
- Create a winning cover letter and send it along your resume. The cover letter will serve as an introduction about yourself and is a great venue to answer the question “Why should we hire you?”
- Be active on social media, particularly on LinkedIn. Make sure to create a strong online profile that represents you and you professional experiences. Here’s our comprehensive guide on writing a great LinkedIn profile.
Before You Go…
Be sure to download this resume sample, which uses our tested-and-proven resume writing techniques, as a guide for your own CV. Best part is, this sample is available for free 🙂
And before you start sending out applications, send us your resume for a free CV feedback analysis from our team. We’ll review your CV in detail, share personalised feedback on its strengths and weaknesses, and show you how you can improve it.