Credit Manager

Job Description:

Credit managers control the amount of finance their company offers and manage customers who owe money.

Job Category:
Financial Services

What you will do:

As a credit manager you could:

  • check customer credit ratings and decide whether to offer credit
  • set up terms of credit, make sure the customer pays on time and negotiate repayment plans
  • stop goods being supplied to business customers who pay late
  • start legal action to recover debts if necessary
  • arrange for goods to be recovered by bailiffs
  • manage a team of credit controllers or accounting technicians


You’ll need:

  • maths knowledge
  • business management skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • persistence and determination
  • leadership skills
  • to be flexible and open to change (adaptable)
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
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Entry Requirements:

To become a Credit Manager, specific GCSE subjects are not typically required. However, certain subjects can provide a foundation for developing the skills and knowledge needed for this career in finance and management, such as:

Relevant GCSE Subjects

  1. Mathematics: Strong math skills are essential for analyzing financial data, calculating credit limits, and assessing risk.
  2. Business Studies: Provides an understanding of business operations, financial principles, and management concepts.
  3. Economics: Offers insights into economic principles, supply and demand, and factors affecting credit decisions.
  4. Accounting: Basic knowledge of accounting principles and financial statements.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

You could do a foundation degree or degree in business, finance or accounting.

You could take a college course and then apply for jobs with a credit control company.

UK Courses include:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Business
  • Level 3 Diploma in Accounting
  • T Level in Finance

You could do a Credit Controller Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship and then apply for a management trainee post.

You could do an Accounting Finance Manager Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship. This usually takes about 3 years to complete as a mix of study and work place learning.

You could start as a credit controller with a company and train on the job to move into a management role.

In the UK, you could get a qualification like a Level 3 Diploma in Credit Management. This is offered by the Chartered Institute of Credit Management.

The Chartered Institute of Credit Management also offers other qualifications in areas like debt collection, enforcement action and senior management.

Direct Application
There are no set requirements to apply directly for credit management jobs. You might need experience and qualifications in:

  • credit control
  • sales administration
  • debt collection
  • accountancy
  • banking

Working Hours and Environment:

You could work at a client’s home, in an office or at a client’s business. Typical hours are 37-39 hours a week.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could

  • become a senior manager
  • move to a larger company
  • work with an accountancy firm
  • become a self-employed consultant
  • advise businesses on credit systems