What Employers Are Really Looking for From Finance Professionals

We are Intelligent Billing, financial recruitments experts and work with various clients who need to fill numerous roles. The following are some of the critical attributes and skills that employers ask us to look for in job candidates.

Updated Credentials

Each role – from finance director to financial accountant – has different requirements. Although it is necessary to have the proper qualification, much depends on the company’s structure as well as the market it operates in. There are some things all organisations need and having up-to-date knowledge is on the top of this list.

Teamwork and Positivity

Employers looking for new employees for their finance teams often ask us about the ability of a candidate to work as their business partner. In the past, there was quite a negative view of the finance function. Finance professionals were considered to be bean counters who loved to say “no” to new concepts and ideas. This perception was never completely true. However the finance team today needs to go beyond just countering this idea. Finance needs to be viewed as a positive force of growth inside an organisation. It needs to work with a business’s creative side and take on a key role in various projects.

That means developing interpersonal skills, softer skills, and an improved understanding of other teams’ goals. The most essential thing is to stay open and be fluid when it comes to how other individuals contribute to executing the strategy.

Being Able to Explain Finance Using Non-Financial Language

Business partnering requires soft skills that are about interacting and communicating with individuals outside of the finance team. At the centre of this is being able to express in layman’s terms what finance does. This has become a standard requirement. A finance professional will often work to tight deadlines and unsupervised, including year- or month-end reporting. Therefore, being able to show leadership and motivating a team is critical.

Our State of Skills research shows that having strong communication skills is more important than math skills.

Motivating both non-finance and finance people depends on the expression of the information contained in numbers in real-world, practical terms. You must do more than simply make your numbers add up. They must be brought to life. Numbers indeed tell a story at all times and your skills and training allow you to see this when other people may not. Find this story and then tell it.

Being Committed to the Cause

Our clients not only have a deep understanding of what their organisations need from finance professionals but have an extremely realistic perspective of career development and recruitment as well.

They do not expect that their employees will stay with them forever. However, they do expect their employees to commit to their jobs in moving the business forward and using this experience as a chance for personal growth, development, and learning.

Willingness to Grow, Learn and Adapt

Clients are usually searching for self-motivated individuals who will work on building their skillsets. That helps the person to progress and benefit the company as well as the individual moves up the finance team ladder. Business partnering skills, which has helped to bring finance from the shadows, as well as technical qualifications, are taken for granted now.