Finance Officer

Job Description:

Finance officers help to manage the finances of an organisation by keeping track of its income and controlling its spending.

Job Category:
Financial Services

What you will do:

As part of your day-to-day duties, you could:

  • record financial transactions on computer systems
  • produce financial forecasts
  • deal with payroll, invoices, expenses and VAT
  • resolve payment questions for external contractors
  • carry out financial audits
  • create budget reports
  • present reports to managers


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of economics and accounting
  • maths knowledge
  •  to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As well as:

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Entry Requirements:

To become a finance officer, specific GCSE subjects are not typically required, but certain subjects can provide a strong foundation for the skills and knowledge necessary for this field. Here are some recommended GCSE subjects that can be beneficial for aspiring finance officers:

  1. Mathematics: A strong background in mathematics is essential for finance managers, as they work extensively with financial data, calculations, budgeting, and financial analysis.
  2. Business Studies: Business studies can provide insights into financial management, accounting principles, and the overall workings of businesses, which are relevant to finance management roles.
  3. Economics: Economics can be valuable for understanding economic principles, market trends, and the broader financial context in which businesses operate.
  4. IT/Computer Science: Familiarity with spreadsheet software and financial modeling tools can be advantageous for finance managers, as they often use these tools for data analysis and financial reporting.
  5. English: Good communication skills, both written and verbal, are important for finance managers, as they need to convey complex financial information to non-experts and communicate effectively with teams and stakeholders.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

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

Some employers may ask for a relevant degree in a subject like:

  • finance
  • accounting
  • business studies

You may find it useful to do a college course, which could help you get a trainee job with a financial firm.

Courses include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping
  • Level 2 Certificate in Accounting
  • Level 3 Certificate in Financial Studies
  • T Level in Accounting

You can get into this job through an assistant accountant advanced apprenticeship.

You could start as a finance assistant or accounts assistant and then work your way into this role after getting experience.

Direct Application
If you want to apply directly for jobs, in the UK, for example, you’ll usually need GCSEs, including maths and English. A-levels in maths, business studies or economics may also be useful.

Working Hours and Environment:

You could work in an office or from home.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could become a senior finance officer, finance manager or train to be an accountant.