Financial AnalystJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

Financial analysts work with companies and individuals, offering guidance and advice on optimizing their finances while advising on the risks involved. They recommend which stocks or bonds to invest in and how much a client should invest. They evaluate investment opportunities and put together plans to best build a client’s wealth. A financial analyst must have deep knowledge of the financial market, as well as past trends and future forecasts, and use that knowledge to analyze financial data while adhering to company goals. Along with a strong understanding of the client’s financial situation, a financial analyst should have good research skills and the ability to provide solid recommendations to reduce costs and improve financial performance.

A financial analyst must have a good working knowledge of spreadsheets, databases, MS Office, and financial software applications. They should be well versed in statistical analysis and statistical packages. Exceptional presentation and communication skills are necessary to succeed in this role. They need to be current on tax laws, money market accounts, and business environments.  

Sample job description #1

Specific responsibilities

  • Assist in the entire Acquisition and Integration process, including supporting the efforts of business development, operations, marketing, finance, and external consultants and service providers to close
  • Participate in the valuation process of targets using historic and forecasted financial information, synthesizing inputs from the CareVet leadership team and other relevant sources
  • Help identify synergy opportunities for prospective targets
  • Provide insights to Finance Team to develop anticipated post-close revenue and EBITDA targets based on diligence work
  • Assist the Finance Team in the due diligence process by:
  • Identifying unusual items that should be reviewed as part of the quality of earnings report
  • Attending calls with external consultants on quality of earnings and communicating to impacts/findings to CFO
  • Enhancing the Acquisitions and Integrations Playbook to standardize and streamline the process
  • Review due diligence materials provided by target and ensure support is adequate for accounting records
  • Execute Finance Playbook steps
  • Work with accounting team to determine stub period financial statements if mid-month close applies
  • Help with any audit and/or tax requirements, as necessary

Qualifications and experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance
  • 1-2 years experience in accounting or finance related role. (1-2 busy seasons)
  • 1-2 years experience with mergers and acquisitions preferred but not required
  • Highly skilled in use of Excel spreadsheets and other accounting software
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills, customer service and organizational skills
  • High integrity, excellent work habits, including a willingness to work the hours necessary to complete a task or project, especially when important deadlines cause greater than normal pressure

Sample job description #2

Responsibilities

  • Co-owns the competitive pricing strategies to achieve the business’ revenue goals
  • Assesses data from a variety of sources to gain insights into pricing strategies and market trends
  • Applies statistical modeling methods to determine the potential impact of pricing strategy on profitability
  • Collaborates with the Business Development Team on developing and implementing competitive pricing strategies
  • Develops dynamic pricing tools to effectively respond to the changing market needs and trends
  • Prepares and presents pricing analysis findings to executives and the Business Development Team

General accounting

  • Process vendor invoices in the accounting system in accordance with company policies
  • Works closely with Controller to prepare financial statements and manage daily accounting/financial tasks
  • Prepares and analyzes accounting transactions across various financial items, including revenue recognition, expenses, payroll, pricing, and fixed assets
  • Prepares monthly journal entries and performs reconciliations, general accruals, and other assets
  • Assists in completing audits and preparing periodic internal and external reports
  • Maintains project account structures, project financials, and provides related support functions as necessary
  • Reviews, analyzes, and tracks Task Order (TO) invoices to ensure processing in a uniform manner and in accordance with TO requirements
  • Provides general support to including, but not limited to, analysis, data calls, financial management, risk management, audits, and project management-related tasks
  • Analyzes pricing data from industry standards, previous sales trends, as well as competitors and reports data to decision makers
  • Identifies marketing strategies to increase profits
  • Works with staff and departments to resolve accounting and pricing related questions
  • Coordinates with internal sources to ensure proper coding of expenses

Requirements

  • 2+ years working in an accounting or financial analyst position with a focus on federal government opportunities
  • 2+ years working in a pricing capacity
  • Experience anticipating accounting, financial reporting, and forecasting
  • A passion for applying strategy, design, and technology to help businesses change the way they interact with customers, each other, and the world at large
  • Someone who knows and enjoys the hustle and is comfortable with ambiguity
  • A clear, concise communicator with exceptional follow-up and organization skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and experience successfully balancing multiple tasks
  • The ideal applicant will be comfortable in a fast-paced environment, flexible, innovative, and attentive to detail

Preferred qualifications

  • 2+ years working with multi-award contract vehicles, task order bids, and price-to-win strategy preferred
  • 2+ years experience working on a distributed team, remote team, or remote freelancing
  • 2+ years of experience working in the federal cost accounting environment

Sample job description #3

You will be responsible for ensuring the accurate and timely preparation of work papers and analyses to report practice operations, review performance benchmarks and assists in business forecasting.

What you will do in this role

  • You will prepare journal entries, projections, and account reconciliations as required to accurately report/forecast operational performance
  • Prepare monthly reports for corporate data submissions and compile information to evaluate performance in relation to benchmarks
  • You will prepare detailed monthly actual to budget variance reports to support practice management
  • Assist in coordination with Hospital Based Physician (HBP) operations leadership for service line month operating review presentations
  • You will assist practice management, as needed with financial information requests and questions
  • Participate in development and detailed review of operation budgets and performance benchmarks
  • You will ensure that all processing and reporting deadlines are consistently achieved

Qualifications you will need

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics or related field as required
  • Additional related experience would be considered in lieu of a completed degree program
  • Two years of progressive accounting experience; preferably in a physician practice management or healthcare-related environment

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a financial analyst is $76,000 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$75,600$102,250
Los Angeles, California$85,250$115,350
Denver, Colorado$71,050$96,150
Washington, DC$86,550$117,100
Miami, Florida$70,750$95,700
Orlando, Florida$65,250$88,250
Tampa, Florida$65,900$89,150
Atlanta, Georgia$69,100$93,500
Chicago, Illinois$79,450$107,500
Boston, Massachusetts$85,900$116,250
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$68,500$92,650
New York City, New York$90,450$122,350
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$73,650$99,650
Dallas, Texas$71,700$97,000
Houston, Texas$71,050$96,150
Seattle, Washington$82,700$111,850
National Average$64,600$87,400

Sample interview questions

  • Do you consider yourself good with numbers?
  • What are the four financial statements used to monitor a company’s finances?
  • Do you trust your ability to make good financial choices?
  • Are you capable of comprehending new laws and policies?
  • Can you make models representing our finances?
  • Do you have any experience in the field?
  • Overall, do you have the ability to work under stress?
  • Would you consider yourself intellectually enhanced?
  • How would you define a cash flow statement?
  • Which profitability model are you most familiar with?
  • What software are you familiar working with for predicting your company’s cash flow?

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