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Corporate Finance Job Titles: What do they actually mean?

corporate finance job titlesThere are several corporate finance job titles. Among them are CFO, Treasurer, VP of Finance, Director of Finance, Director of Accounting, Director of Financial Reporting, Corporate Controller, Controller, Divisional Controller, and this doesn’t even include their assistants. There are tax directors, tax managers, compliance staff, different type of accountants (general, cost, tax), as well as analysts (financials, budget, treasury, cost), and the list, according to Robert Half’s salary guide, link following, has others. With so many corporate finance job titles is there much difference between many of the titles? Not everyone is high on their title. A review of the salary guide may convince people that it is better to be a VP of Finance that a Director of Finance, especially for a company that is in the $500+ million in company sales. It may also be more advantageous to be a Director of Financial Reporting than a Director of Accounting, irrespective of the company’s sales. What is your view of corporate finance job titles? What does a Treasurer truly do that a VP of Finance or Director of Finance doesn’t do? What is your real life experience with these titles? Salary Guide Link:


Jocelyne Lanovaz
Title: Vice President - Finance
Company: CashCo ADM Inc
(Vice President - Finance, CashCo ADM Inc) |

I find a great deal of companies will use the title to streamline the salary, but not the role. I was associated with a company who felt they couldn't "afford" a CFO, so they hired a "Controller" and then renamed the title to "VP Finance" without a salary review. When looking at what a CFO's role is, this individual is actually performing this at a significantly lower income.

Examples like this are especially true for the smaller businesses and those organizations who really don't fully understand the finance / accounting world. The Robert Half salary guides unfortunately don't go into the full role scorecard of each position ... focusing more on title and sales volume (which again doesn't necessarily properly reflect the value of the position)

I, too, am in the same boat you are - having a challenging time identifying roles with the corresponding titles.

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Title: Associate Editor
Company: Proformative
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Malak Kazan
Title: VP, Special Projects
Company: ERI Economic Research Institute
(VP, Special Projects, ERI Economic Research Institute) |

To make comparisons, the review should be based on the actual job "content" and business context of the roles. Revenue / financial scope is meaningful for senior/executive level positions and is a starting point. With support functions, where they are on the "business impact" life cycle is also important: Is the function purely administrative? Is it providing consultative services? Is it truly a strategy partner with the business? Or a combination of these depending on the talent and infrastructure. Industries going under significant transformation vs. a stable, mature industry require different types of financial leaders which would be reflected in the pay levels and roles. Drawing conclusions based on the levels like Entry level / Professional / Advanced or Supervisory / Manager / Director / VP / Officer ; and the specialty like those mentioned (FP&A, Accounting, Controller, Treasury) without job content and business context is difficult . Hope this helps.

Joseph Anderson
Title: Consultant
Company: Private
(Consultant, Private) |

Only 5 or 600 or so:

10-Key Specialist
Accountant - Plant
Accountant I
Accountant II
Accountant III
Accountant IV
Accounting Clerk
Accounting Clerk I
Accounting Clerk II
Accounting Clerk III
Accounting Clerk Leader
Accounting Director
Accounting Manager
Accounting Supervisor
Accounting Vice President
Accounts Payable Accountant
Accounts Payable Clerk
Accounts Payable Clerk, Sr.
Accounts Payable Manager
Accounts Payable Supervisor I
Accounts Payable Supervisor II
Accounts Payable Supervisor III
Accounts Payable/Receivable Manager
Accounts Payable/Receivable Supervisor
Accounts Receivable Accountant
Accounts Receivable Clerk
Accounts Receivable Clerk, Sr
Accounts Receivable Clerk, Sr.
Accounts Receivable Manager
Accounts Receivable Supervisor I
Accounts Receivable Supervisor II
Accounts Receivable Supervisor III
Accounts Receivable/Payable Manager
Accounts Supervisor
Actuarial Fellow
Actuary - Specialist
Actuary (Associate) II
Actuary Fellow
Actuary I
Actuary II
Actuary III
Actuary IV
Actuary V
AP Manager
AP Supervisor I
AP Supervisor II
AP Supervisor III
AP/AR Manager
AR Clerk, Sr.
AR Manager
AR Supervisor I
AR Supervisor II
AR Supervisor III
AR/AP Manager
Assistant Bookkeeper
Assistant Controller
Assistant Director of Finance
Assistant Director of Financial Operations
Assistant Treasurer
Audit Supervisor
Banking & Commercial Loan Processing Clerk
Banking & Commercial Loan Processing Clerk, Sr.
Banking & Commercial Loan Processing Manager
Banking & Commercial Loan Workout Manager
Banking and Commercial Loan Processing Clerk
Banking and Commercial Loan Processing Clerk, Sr.
Banking and Commercial Loan Processing Manager
Banking and Commercial Loan Workout Manager
Banking Operations Department Manager I
Banking Operations Department Manager II
Bill Clerk, Biller, Billing Clerk, Invoicing-Machine Operator
Billing Clerk, AP Clerk
Billing Machine Operator
Billing Specialist
Billing Specialist, Sr.
Billing Supervisor
Bookkeeping Manager
Branch Auditing Specialist
Branch Auditing Team Lead
Branch Review Specialist
Branch Review Team Lead
Budget Analyst
Budget Analyst I
Budget Analyst II
Budget Analyst III
Budget Analyst IV
Budget Manager
Budget Manager - Division
Budgeting Manager
Budgeting Supervisor I
Budgeting Supervisor II
Budgeting Supervisor III
Business Banking & Commercial Loan Workout Manager
Business Banking and Commercial Loan Workout Manager
Cash Flow Analyst
Cash Management Director
Cash Management Manager
Cash Management Officer I
Cash Management Officer II
Cash Management Service Representative I
Cash Management Service Representative II
Cash Management Service Representative III
Cash Management Service Supervisor
Cash Manager
Certified Public Accountant
Chief Accounting Executive
Chief Accounting Officer
Chief Actuarial Executive VP
Chief Actuarial Officer
Chief Audit Executive
Chief Audit Officer
Chief Branch Administration Executive
Chief Branch Administration Officer
Chief Budgeting Executive, Chief Budgeting Officer
Chief Collections Executive
Chief Collections Officer
Chief Commercial Real Estate Executive
Chief Commercial Real Estate Officer
Chief Consumer Credit Manager
Chief Consumer Lending Executive
Chief Consumer Lending Officer
Chief Credit & Collections Executive
Chief Credit & Collections Officer
Chief Credit and Collections Executive
Chief Credit and Collections Officer
Chief Credit Executive
Chief Credit Officer
Chief Division Controller
Chief Division Treasurer
Chief Financial Analysis Executive
Chief Financial Analysis Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Systems Executive
Chief Financial Systems Officer
Chief Foreign Exchange Executive
Chief Foreign Exchange Officer
Chief Lending Officer
Chief Loan Officer
Chief Mortgage Executive
Chief Mortgage Officer
Chief Risk Management Executive
Chief Risk Management Officer
Chief Tax Executive
Chief Tax Officer
Claims Adjuster I
Collateral Appraisal Manager
Collateral Appraiser I
Collateral Appraiser II
Collateral Manager
Collections Representative I
Collections Representative II
Collections Representative III
Commercial Credit Analyst I
Commercial Credit Analyst II
Commercial Credit Analyst III
Commercial Loan Clerk
Commercial Real Estate Manager
Community Development Manager I
Community Development Manager II
Community Development Rep I
Community Development Rep II
Community Development Rep III
Community Development Rep IV
Community Development Representative I
Community Development Representative II
Community Development Representative III
Community Development Representative IV
Compliance Auditor
Compliance Coordinator
Compliance Specialist III
Compliance Specialist Sr.
Consumer Credit Analyst I
Consumer Credit Analyst II
Consumer Credit Analyst III
Consumer Credit Manager
Consumer Credit Supervisor
Consumer Intermediate Level Consumer Loan Collection Clerk
Consumer Loan Area Manager
Consumer Loan Collection Clerk
Consumer Loan Collection Manager
Consumer Loan Collection Supervisor I
Consumer Loan Collection Supervisor II
Consumer Loan Collection/Recovery Manager
Consumer Loan Collection/Recovery Rep I
Consumer Loan Collection/Recovery Rep II
Consumer Loan Collection/Recovery Rep. I
Consumer Loan Collection/Recovery Rep. II
Consumer Loan Collection/Recovery Supervisor
Consumer Loan Collector I
Consumer Loan Collector II
Consumer Loan Collector III
Consumer Loan Manager
Consumer Loan Processing Manager
Consumer Loan Processing Supervisor
Consumer Loan Processor I
Consumer Loan Processor II
Consumer Loan Processor III
Consumer Loan Quality Assurance Auditor
Consumer Loan Quality Assurance Manager
Consumer Loan Quality Assurance Rep
Consumer Loan Quality Assurance Representative
Consumer Loan Servicing Clerk
Consumer Loan Servicing Clerk I
Consumer Loan Servicing Clerk II
Consumer Loan Servicing Clerk III
Consumer Loan Servicing Manager
Consumer Payment Processing Clerk
Consumer Senior Level Consumer Loan Collection Clerk
Contracts and Financial Compliance Manager
Controller Assistant
Corporate Accountant
Corporate Accounting Executive
Corporate Audit Executive
Cost Accountant
Cost Accountant I
Cost Accountant II
Cost Accountant III
Cost Accountant IV
Cost Accounting Manager
Cost Accounting Supervisor I
Cost Accounting Supervisor II
Cost Accounting Supervisor III
Cost Analyst I
Cost Analyst II
Cost Analyst III
Cost Analyst IV
Cost/Inventory Accountant
Credit & Collections Clerk, AR Clerk
Credit & Collections Clerk, Sr
Credit & Collections Director
Credit & Collections Manager
Credit & Collections Supervisor
Credit & Collections Supervisor I
Credit & Collections Supervisor II
Credit Analysis Manager
Credit Analyst
Credit Analyst I
Credit Analyst II
Credit Analyst III
Credit and Collection Supervisor III
Credit and Collections Clerk
Credit and Collections Clerk, Sr
Credit and Collections Clerk, Sr.
Credit and Collections Director
Credit and Collections Manager
Credit and Collections Supervisor I
Credit and Collections Supervisor II
Credit and Collections Supervisor III
Credit Clerk
Credit Clerk, Sr, Senior Credit Clerk
Credit Clerk, Sr.
Credit Manager
Data Entry Clerk
Director of Accounting
Director of Financial Operations
Director of Loss Prevention, Head of Loss Prevention
Director of Risk Management
Director of Tax
Division Budget Manager
Entry Level Accountant
Entry Level Accounting Clerk
Entry Level Actuary
Entry Level Budget Analyst
Entry Level Cash Management Officer
Entry Level Cash Management Service Representative
Entry Level Claims Adjuster
Entry Level Collateral Appraiser
Entry Level Collections Representative
Entry Level Collector Representative, Collector I
Entry Level Commercial Credit Analyst
Entry Level Community Development Manager
Entry Level Community Development Representative
Entry Level Consumer Credit Analyst
Entry Level Consumer Loan Collection/Recovery Repr
Entry Level Consumer Loan Collector
Entry Level Consumer Loan Processor
Entry Level Cost Accountant
Entry Level Cost Analyst
Entry Level Credit Analyst
Entry Level Financial Analyst
Entry Level Financial Reporting Accountant
Entry Level Fraud Detection Associate
Entry Level Fraud Prevention Associate
Entry Level Group/Region Manager (Commercial Loans)
Entry Level Network Billing Systems Analyst
Entry Level Operations Department Manager
Entry Level Payroll Clerk
Entry Level Revenue Analyst
Entry Level Tax Accountant
Entry Level Treasury Analyst
Environmental Auditor
Estimator of Sales
External Auditor
Finance Supervisor
Financial Analysis Manager
Financial Analyst
Financial Analyst I
Financial Analyst II
Financial Analyst III
Financial Analyst IV
Financial Assurance Manager
Financial Assurance Specialist
Financial Planning Analyst
Financial Planning Analyst II
Financial Planning Analyst III
Financial Planning Analyst IV
Financial Reporting Accountant I
Financial Reporting Accountant II
Financial Reporting Accountant III
Financial Reporting Accountant IV
Financial Reporting Director
Financial Reporting Manager
Financial Reporting Supervisor I
Financial Reporting Supervisor II
Financial Reporting Supervisor III
Financial Systems Manager
Food & Beverage Controller - Casino
Food and Beverage Controller - Casino
Foreign Exchange Manager
Forensic Accountant
Fraud Detection Associate I
Fraud Detection Associate II
Fraud Detection Associate III
Fraud Detection Supervisor
Fraud Prevention Associate I
Fraud Prevention Associate II
Fraud Prevention Associate III
Fraud Prevention Manager
Fraud Prevention Supervisor
Full Charge Bookkeeper
General Accounting Manager
Gift Administration Specialist
Gift Assurance Officer
Government Accountant
Government Auditor
Grants and Contracts Assistant
Grants and Contracts Specialist
Group/Region Manager I (Commercial Loans)
Group/Region Manager II (Commercial Loans)
Group/Region Manager III (Commercial Loans)
Industrial Accountant
Information Technology Audit Manager
Information Technology Auditor
Intermediate Level Accountant
Intermediate Level Accounting Clerk
Intermediate Level Actuary
Intermediate Level Budget Analyst
Intermediate Level Cash Management Officer
Intermediate Level Cash Management Service Represe
Intermediate Level Collateral Appraiser
Intermediate Level Collections Representative
Intermediate Level Collector Representative, Collector II
Intermediate Level Commercial Credit Analyst
Intermediate Level Community Development Manager
Intermediate Level Community Development Representative
Intermediate Level Consumer Credit Analyst
Intermediate Level Consumer Loan Collection/Recove
Intermediate Level Consumer Loan Collector
Intermediate Level Consumer Loan Processor
Intermediate Level Consumer Loan Servicing Clerk
Intermediate Level Cost Accountant
Intermediate Level Cost Analyst
Intermediate Level Credit Analyst
Intermediate Level Financial Analyst
Intermediate Level Financial Reporting Accountant
Intermediate Level Fraud Detection Associate
Intermediate Level Fraud Prevention Associate
Intermediate Level Internal Auditor
Intermediate Level Network Billing Systems Analyst
Intermediate Level Operations Department Manager
Intermediate Level Revenue Analyst
Intermediate Level Tax Accountant
Intermediate Level Treasury Analyst
Internal Auditor
Internal Auditor II
Internal Auditor III
Internal Auditor IV
Junior Accountant
Lead Accountant
Level I Commercial Credit Analyst
Level I Financial Reporting Supervisor
Level I Payroll Supervisor
Level I Risk Management Supervisor
Level I Supervisor of Risk Management
Level II Commercial Credit Analyst
Level II Financial Reporting Supervisor
Level II Payroll Supervisor
Level II Risk Management Supervisor
Level II Supervisor of Risk Management
Level III Commercial Credit Analyst
Level III Financial Reporting Supervisor
Level III Payroll Supervisor
Level III Risk Management Supervisor
Level III Supervisor of Risk Management
Loan Collection Clerk I
Loan Collection Clerk II
Loan Collection Clerk III
Loan Workout Manager
Management Accountant
Manager of Loss Prevention
Managerial Accountant
Network Billing Systems Analyst I
Network Billing Systems Analyst II
Network Billing Systems Analyst III
Network Billing Systems Manager
Office Manager
Operations Clerk
Operations Department Manager I
Operations Department Manager II
Operations Section Manager
Operations Supervisor
Operations Team Leader
Operations Unit Manager
Payroll Administrator
Payroll Clerk
Payroll Clerk, Sr.
Payroll Manager
Payroll Services Analyst
Payroll Staff
Payroll Supervisor I
Payroll Supervisor II
Payroll Supervisor III
Plant Accountant
Plant Accounting Manager
Private Accountant
Public Accountant
Regional Claims Manager
Regional Retail Loss Prevention Manager
Retail Branch Trainer
Retail Loss Prevention Auditor
Retail Loss Prevention Director
Retail Loss Prevention Representative
Revenue Accounting Director
Revenue Accounting Manager
Revenue Analyst I
Revenue Analyst II
Revenue Analyst III
Revenue Analyst IV
Revenue Cycle Administrator
Revenue Cycle Manager
Revenue Cycle Supervisor
Risk Management Analyst
Risk Management Director
Risk Management Supervisor I
Risk Management Supervisor II
Risk Management Supervisor III
Risk Modeling Manager
Sales Estimator
Sarbanes Oxley Compliance Director, SOX Director
Sarbanes Oxley Compliance Manager, SOX Manager
Sarbanes Oxley Director
Sarbanes Oxley Manager
Select Customer Relationship Manager
Senior Accountant
Senior Accounting Clerk
Senior Accounts Receivable Clerk
Senior Actuary
Senior Auditor
Senior Banking & Commercial Loan Processing Clerk
Senior Banking and Commercial Loan Processing Clerk
Senior Billing Clerk, Billing Clerk,
Senior Budget Analyst
Senior Cash Management Analyst
Senior Community Development Representative III
Senior Compliance Specialist
Senior Consumer Credit Analyst
Senior Consumer Loan Collector
Senior Consumer Loan Processor
Senior Cost Accountant
Senior Credit Analyst
Senior Credit and Collections Clerk
Senior Financial Analyst
Senior Fraud Detection Associate
Senior Fraud Prevention Associate
Senior General Audit Manager
Senior Gift Assurance Officer
Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist
Senior Group/Region Manager (Commercial Loans)
Senior Internal Auditor
Senior Level Cash Management Service Representativ
Senior Level Collections Representative
Senior Level Collector Representative, Collector III
Senior Level Commercial Credit Analyst
Senior Level Consumer Loan Servicing Clerk
Senior Level Cost Analyst
Senior Level Financial Analyst
Senior Level Financial Reporting Accountant
Senior Level Network Billing Systems Analyst
Senior Level Revenue Analyst
Senior Payroll Clerk
Senior Strategic Planner
Senior Tax Accountant
Senior Treasury Analyst
Spreadsheet Specialist
Sr, AP Clerk
Sr.Billing Clerk
Staff Accountant
Staff Auditor
Strategic Planner
Strategic Planning and Institutional Analysis Manager
Strategic Program Planning Advisor
Supervisor Accounting
Supervisor of Risk Management I
Supervisor of Risk Management II
Supervisor of Risk Management III
Tax Accountant
Tax Accountant I
Tax Accountant II
Tax Accountant III
Tax Accountant IV
Tax Director
Tax Manager
Tax Research Manager
Tax Specialist
Tax Supervisor I
Tax Supervisor II
Tax Supervisor III
Treasurer Assistant
Treasury Analyst I
Treasury Analyst II
Treasury Analyst III
Treasury Analyst IV
Treasury Director
Vice President of Account Management
Vice President of Accounting
Vice President of Actuarial
Vice President of Branch Administration
Vice President of Budgeting
Vice President of Cash Management
Vice President of Collections
Vice President of Commercial Real Estate
Vice President of Consumer Credit
Vice President of Consumer Lending
Vice President of Consumer Loan Service
Vice President of Credit
Vice President of Credit and Collections
Vice President of Financial Analysis
Vice President of Financial Systems
Vice President of Foreign Exchange
Vice President of Mortgage
Vice President of Risk Management
Vice President of Tax
VP of Account Management
VP of Audit
VP, Account Management
VP, Accounting
VP, Commercial Real Estate
VP, Consumer Credit
VP, Consumer Lending
VP, Consumer Loan Service
VP, Consumer Loan,
VP, Credit
VP, Credit and Collections
VP, Finance
VP, Financial Analysis
VP, Financial Systems
VP, Foreign Exchange
VP, Mortgage
VP, Sarbanes Oxley
VP, Tax

Chris Shumate
Title: Accounting Manager
Company: Dominion Development Group, LLC
LinkedIn Profile
(Accounting Manager, Dominion Development Group, LLC) |

Thanks for listing every single one. I'm sure you missed a couple. But my question was what's the difference? What is your view of corporate finance job titles? What does a Treasurer truly do that a VP of Finance or Director of Finance doesn’t do? What is your real life experience with these titles?

(Management Consultant) |

Hey, where could I get job descriptions for atleast the major ones among these?


Randy Moore
Title: CFO
Company: SJB Bagel Makers of Boston
(CFO, SJB Bagel Makers of Boston) |

I find that titles vary from one organization to another. One company's controller could be a CFO elsewhere and an accounting manager to someone else. I use them as a general indication of responsibility only. If you are looking for work, what matters is the job description and inquire as to its accuracy.

Topic Expert
Christie Jahn
Title: CFO
Company: Prime Investments & Development
(CFO, Prime Investments & Development) |

I agree with Randy, the title depends on the company and the differences also based on the company. For job descriptions I always look on hiring sites, the will provide job descriptions for most titles. In looking for a Director of HR, I searched that title and read over several job descriptions and merged a couple together to create the job functions based on our needs.

Mohamed Jama Elmi
Title: Admin and finance director
Company: Trojan enterprise
(Admin and finance director, Trojan enterprise) |

As finance tittles, they are dynamic but it depend on the size and the nature of the company or institutions.

Mohamed Jama Elmi
Title: Admin and finance director
Company: Trojan enterprise
(Admin and finance director, Trojan enterprise) |

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