Here’s a sample resume we recently produced for a Senior Finance Manager in Singapore
SENIOR FINANCE MANAGER
Tel No.: +65 XXXX XXXX | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Nationality: Singaporean
- Senior Finance Manager with 12 years of experience at Facebook & Twitter [This opening line perfectly captures a strong summary]
- Led end-to-end compliance for Twitter’s IPO in 2013 (NASDAQ: TWTR) [Career achievements like these help to make your CV memorable]
- Strong at producing detailed financial planning & risk models which provide management key insights into business health for business growth planning
- Experienced in IAS, US GAAP, SEC, IFRS, GST Reporting as well as compliance and reporting procedures for both SGX & NASDAQ listed entities
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
|Accounts Management||Change Management|
|Financial Budgeting||Accounts Payable||Financial Modelling|
|Internal Controls||Accounts Receivable|
[Ensure the keywords here mirror those used in the job ad. The first round of vetting is often done by a software scanner. This section helps to pad the CV with key finance management phrases necessary to get past those scanners.]
- Lead team of 16 staff to oversee full spectrum of finance functions with APAC revenues in excess of 1 billion USD [The opening line captures all the reader needs to know about this role]
- Work closely with Group CFO on full spectrum of financial matters concerning operations pertaining to business strategy, performance management, budgeting, forecasting, cash management and sales analysis [These are the exact phrases used in the job advertisement we are applying for. The HR Executive reading your CV may not have an accounting background. Their understanding of the industry is limited. Ensure you use the language they’re familiar with, such as the phrases used in the job advertisement.]
- Coordinate with internal teams such as Sales & Accounts, HR, Facilities and Legal to accurately model past and future financial performance
- Drive process improvements in automation of financial reporting through close collaboration with up-stream process owners
- Build detailed financial models to drive investment decisions for senior management
- Played key role in improving accounting process during monthly closing; streamlined process enabled quicker processing of accounts and improved productivity resulting in reduction in monthly closing from 3 days to 1 day [Cite metrics to substantiate your achievements. Do, however, be aware of your company confidentiality clause.]
- Supported due diligence on acquisition target within the advertising industry; audited financial statements and performed deep analysis into customer base, geographies, acquisition and retention rates. CFO utilised findings as part of M&A business plan for board of directors and shareholders [Show you know how to support management in making strategic decisions on the company’s future.]
- Single-handedly identified fundamental accounting structural flaw; led change in the excel toolkit and Hyperion mapping resulting in stronger controls and improved accounting practices
TWITTER, SAN FRANCISCO
- Managed overall P&L for 2 engineering teams based in Twitter HQ in the USA [Simple, clear overview of the job you previously done. Notice also how the remaining bullet points are shorter. No need to go into deep detail about more junior workscopes.]
- Analysed financial payback and strategic fit of projects and provided independent and objective assessment for further evaluation
- Produced management reports and ad hoc analysis for senior management to support strategic decision making
- Key member of finance team tasked to support Twitter’s IPO in 2013 [For complex projects like this, it’s a good idea to break them up and explain each key part clearly.]
- Overhauled business processes to shorten finance reporting times in order to comply with quarterly reporting requirements
- Worked with external vendors to customise SAP FICO modules to accurately report cost of employee stock options in US GAAP financial statement reports
- Studied and complied with all FTC and SEC public company reporting requirements. Received no audit failures or penalties from authorities
- Supported performance management and reporting for APAC business unit with annual revenues in excess of 20 million USD [A single line is sufficient for a junior position so long ago.]
- Oversaw successful integration of acquisitions in Singapore, Australia & Japan; mapped existing firm business processes, identified gaps between acquired company and parent company, installed corrective controls and made recommendations on organisation right sizing due to redundancy
AUDITOR Aug 2009 – Aug 2010
- Supported audit of clients across the Healthcare & Software industries
EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
- Certified Chartered Accountant (CA), Singapore, 2010
- Bachelor’s of Accountancy (Honours) , Nanyang Technological University, 2009
- A’Levels, Raffles Junior College, Singapore, 2005
- Technical Skills: SAP FICO, MYOB, Hyperion
- Languages: Fluent in English, Mandarin. Basic command of French
- Availability: 2 months’ notice
References available upon request
[There’s no need to list your references; if HR is interested in you they will ask you for them.]
Want a winning CV like the Finance Manager Resume Sample above?
I’m not generalising, but one of the things I notice among many finance manager CVs I’ve read is how strong their background in budget management and finance controlling is, but how they fail to emphasise these on their resumes.
Just because you are good in numbers (or accounting) doesn’t mean you can do away with a well-presented finance manager resume. Remember, you are trying to “sell” yourself and your qualifications. Thus, you need to have a resume that stands out.
And we are here to show you how you can produce one.
About the Finance Manager Role
A senior finance manager role may come across as routine and process driven, particularly with regards to month end and statutory reporting. However, the truth is, it can also be challenging and interesting!
Reporting is just a small part of the role, and a financial controller can be responsible for treasury, tax, financial planning and growing of commercial business partnerships, just to name a few.
Key Pointers Recruiters Look For in Finance Manager Resumes:
- Your experience in full set of accounts
- Your ability to support senior management in making business growth decisions
- Your familiarity with various accounting software, programs, and tools, such as SAP, Hyperion, and Oracle.
You will also have to be technically astute with sound knowledge of financial fundamentals. Knowledge of general ledger, budgeting, forecasting, accounting standards and compliance regulations are essential, and you will have to demonstrate the ability to see not only the micro, but also macro side of things.
Writing the Finance Manager Resume
1. Executive Summary – Before & After
The narrative is a common thread that runs throughout your CV. It however, starts in your executive summary. When I was a recruiter, I often glanced through the executive summary prior to continuing to read down the resume. It’s like the cover of a book – you’re gonna read it!
Since the executive summary is the first thing recruiters will read, it’s your opportunity to start the narrative on your terms – control the story!
Sally’s original CV has an executive summary that read like this.
- Finance Manager with experience at large listed companies within San Francisco
- Strong understanding of compliance requirements for NASDAQ listed companies
As a headhunter, when I read this I think: “Finance manager with NASDAQ company experience”
It’s a pretty good narrative. But it’s not the least bit special. There are hundreds of finance managers just like this at large technology companies.
Here’s the same profile, of Sally, but with an executive summary rewritten by our team, with an emphasis on creating a narrative.
- Finance Manager with 12 years of experience at Facebook, Twitter & Linkedin
- Led end-to-end accounting compliance for Twitter’s IPO in 2013. (NASDAQ: TWTR)
Now, when I read this I think: “Facebook finance manager who also led Twitter’s IPO”
The latter version is so much more memorable. It has a brand. I identify it as special. As different. It’s not another face in the crowd – this one has a narrative!
The same style of emphasis can be applied throughout the CV. Every line should be tweaked to sell the most memorable story – “Led Twitter’s IPO”
2. Resume Header
Ensure your header clearly states your Name, Email Address and Contact Number. There is no need to put your home address or identification (NRIC) number.
3. Key Skills
This section includes all the keywords resume scanning softwares often use. Its important to place key softwares/languages here relevant to the job ad you’re applying for. Scan the job application and parrot back the key phrases they’ve mentioned into your resume.
4. Work Experiences
Always break your work experiences into 2 parts – your daily workscope and your achievements.
For the daily workscope, include a high level summary. Workscopes which are implied can be omitted. Remember, you want to keep your resume short and sharp for the recruiter.
5. Key Achievements
Your achievements section is critical to differentiating your application from that of your peers. Include projects which you have led and their resulting tangible business benefits. These benefits can be in the form of:
- Cost savings to the firm
- Improved business analytic / transparency leading to better business insights
- Enhanced internal controls
- Streamlined accounting processes resulting in higher productivity
- Due Diligence for M&A activity
- New business arm leading to higher revenues / profits
Always tie back your projects to business benefits. This is what the hiring manager and employer want to see. Ultimately, they want to know you can bring great value to their organisation.
As far as possible do include metrics or numbers in your achievements. This helps to add substance to your resume and give the reader an objective view of your skills and abilities.
6. Education & Misc Information
Be sure to include your professional memberships with you education.
Finance Management Job Opportunities
- Scour websites like JobsDB or Jobstreet for marketing jobs and opportunities. You may also want to check out our complete list of job sites in Singapore to help you get started.
- Alternatively, you can reach out to these headhunters in Singapore to learn about any vacancies they may be trying to fill out.
Job Hunting Tips from our Resident Headhunter
- Create a winning cover letter and send it along your resume. The cover letter will serve as an introduction about yourself and is a great venue to answer the question “Why should we hire you?”
- Be active on social media, particularly on LinkedIn. Make sure to create a strong online profile that represents you and you professional experiences. Here’s our comprehensive guides on finding jobs through social media and writing a great LinkedIn profile.
- Keep working hard. Get ahead of the competition.
- Before you start sending out applications, get a free CV Feedback Session with our team.
- Not sure about your career? How about a professional career coaching call from an expert career coach?
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