Key Pointers Recruiters Look Out For:
- Experience in full set of accounts
- Ability to support senior management in making business growth decisions
- Familiarity with various accounting softwares (SAP, Hyperion, Oracle)
You will also have to be technically astute with sound knowledge of financial fundamentals. Knowledge of general ledger, budgeting, forecasting, accounting standards and compliance regulations are essential, and you will have to demonstrate the ability to see not only the micro, but also macro side of things.
About the role
A senior finance manager role may come across as routine and process driven, particularly with regards to month end and statutory reporting. However, the truth is, it can also be challenging and interesting! Reporting is just a small part of the role, and a financial controller can be responsible for treasury, tax, financial planning and growing of commercial business partnerships, just to name a few.
Sample of a Finance Manager Resume:
Here’s a finance manager sample resume produced by our team.
Ensure your header clearly states your Name, Email Address and Contact Number. There is no need to put your home address or identification (NRIC) number.
The executive summary gives a quick overview of your work history. Here, we want to communicate the candidate’s experience in running the full set of accounts in a listed entity and ability to support due diligence / financial modelling for business growth.
This section includes all the keywords resume scanning softwares often use. Its important to place key softwares/languages here relevant to the job ad you’re applying for. Scan the job application and parrot back the key phrases they’ve mentioned into your resume.
Always break your work experiences into 2 parts – your daily workscope and your achievements.
For the daily workscope, include a high level summary. Workscopes which are implied can be omitted. Remember, you want to keep your resume short and sharp for the recruiter.
Your achievements section is critical to differentiating your application from that of your peers. Include projects which you have led and their resulting tangible business benefits. These benefits can be in the form of:
- Cost savings to the firm
- Improved business analytic / transparency leading to better business insights
- Enhanced internal controls
- Streamlined accounting processes resulting in higher productivity
- Due Diligence for M&A activity
- New business arm leading to higher revenues / profits
Always tie back your projects to business benefits. This is what the hiring manager and employer want to see. Ultimately, they want to know you can bring great value to their organisation.
As far as possible do include metrics or numbers in your achievements. This helps to add substance to your resume and give the reader an objective view of your skills and abilities.
Education & Misc Information
Be sure to include your professional memberships with you education.
Putting it all together
This is what the final resume product looks like.
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