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Financial Analyst

 

Overview

A financial analyst looks at various parts of a company’s finances in order to help them make better financial decisions.

 

 

What responsibilities will I have?

  • Support planning and forecasting processes as well as strategic budget planning
  • Develop and recommend broad financial policies and exercise control over all finance and accounting functions of the company
  • Prepare, evaluate and monitor capital expenditure projects and long-term financial plans, and also the investment of liquid assets in short-term investments
  • Provide analytical support on business results and achieving financial targets via data-driven insights and recommendations
  • Provide financial support to procurement group in analysis and planning of purchasing
  • Drive the budgeting process for capital expenditures, assuring quality and integrity of data
  • Collaborate with personnel with budget responsibility to ensure the understanding of process and outcome
  • Ensure month-end corporate financial and tax reporting requirements are met
  • Assist in the design, development and implementation of savings initiatives, including management reporting and audit procedures
  • Benchmark business metrics within the industry
  • Collaborate on the development of final budget book and presentation materials that meet management's needs, including its presentation of budget information to the Board of Directors
  • Manage forecasting to include detailed department level review of future cost trends
  • Advise management of financial processes to ensure proper controls exist

 

What education and training is required?

A bachelor’s degree or higher in agricultural business, accounting or finance.

 

To pursue a career as a financial analyst:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, mathematics, English, business courses and statistics.

 

Where can I work?

Financial analysts can work in all aspects of agricultural companies to help them understand their finances and make decisions regarding those finances. 

 

Future Job Market / Outlook

The job outlook for a financial analyst will be good over the next five years.

 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Associations of Financial Analysts
  • Association for Financial Professionals
  • The American Accounting Association