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The title of Chief Financial Officer / CFO is one of the highest positions within an organisation and will head up everything in respect to the finance function. The CFO will report to and work incredibly closely alongside the CEO, having responsibility for the company's overall financial strategy, risk, reporting and planning.

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Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Job Overview:

A CFO has significant input into the function, operation and running of an organisation. Possessing not only a complete understanding of the companies financial position but also an in-depth knowledge of the industry they occupy. A CFO is an integral part of company leadership, helping make and execute crucial financial decisions which will ultimately define the future of the business.

The CFO is generally considered to be one of the top three decision makers in an organisation, alongside the CEO. Whilst a CFO will have a strong accounting background and an excellent understanding of finance, the position also requires the individual to be forward thinking, strategic and demonstrate considerable leadership qualities.

Ultimately, the overarching role of the Chief Financial Officer is to ensure the company is as financially successful and profitable as possible. In order to achieve this, a CFO must have a complete and comprehensive knowledge of the company accounts, keep a tight control of existing company finances and be successful in projecting and directing a business towards it’s financial goals.

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Education / Qualification Requirements:

Becoming a CFO is often seen as the pinnacle of an accountants career and as such, an prospective CFO must be able to demonstrate the highest level of expertise, experience, and excellence with a significant track record of leadership and results. Chief Financial Offers are more often than not university educated and a member of at least one professional financial body. Increasingly CFO’s are a master’s degree / MBA and with growing competition, some professionals are even earning doctorates.

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Salary:

A CFO would generally expect their basic salary to be in the early six figures, but with bonus, stock options and benefits this figure can often rise to a 7 figure sum.

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