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Corporate Treasurer

Introduction

As a Corporate Treasurer, you will be making sure that your company is making a profit from their financial risks.

Also known as

  • Corporate Financing Manager
  • Corporate Risk Department Manager

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Work Activities

As a Corporate Treasurer, you will be making sure that your company is making the correct financial decisions. These decisions will help to make a profit.

There are many industries that you could work in. These include manufacturing, retail and communications.

You might want to specialise in one area, such as:

  • risk management
  • capital markets and funding
  • corporate financial management
  • cash and liquidity management
  • treasury operations and controls

Risk Management Treasurers

As a Risk Management Treasurer, you will be looking at the risks that the business is taking. This could include a project to expand the business internationally, where they are high risks involved in it failing.

You will also make sure that the profit made from the investment or project is high enough for the business to trade successfully. Some also look at exchange and interest rates for their business.

Capital Markets and Funding Treasurers

As a Capital Markets and Funding Treasurer, you will be making decisions on the best way to raise money. You will need to build relationships with external businesses who may be able to offer the company a loan, or be able to skillfully negotiate when a business owes your company money.

Corporate Financial Management Treasurers

As a Corporate Financial Management Treasurer, you will be making sure that all issues relating to tax or any other legal problems are looked at. You will make sure that all the finances are managed properly before any big decisions are made.

Cash and Liquidity Management Treasurers

In this role, you will be producing reports on the business’s finances and forecasting for the future. Some also manage how finances are used to pay off any debt. You will also make sure that the company has enough money to keep trading day-to-day.

Treasury Operations Controller

Treasury Operations Controllers manage the treasury department or team. This team may consist of people who have many different roles. You will train and recruit new staff in different areas of the treasury department.

Along with these tasks, other responsibilities of Corporate Treasurers include:

  • talking regularly to potential Investors, Bankers and Managers
  • making presentations to the CEO and Senior Managers on your findings
  • attending regular meetings
  • keeping up-to-date with the latest developments in technology and the industry

Being able to read, write and speak Welsh may be an advantage when you’re looking for work in Wales.

Personal Qualities and Skills

To become a Corporate Treasurer, you should have:

  • good written skills
  • excellent mathematical skills
  • great managerial and leadership skills
  • IT skills

Pay and Opportunities

Pay

The pay rates below are approximate.

  • Starting: £17,500 - £19,000
  • With experience £20,500 - £24,000
  • Senior Corporate Treasurers earn £26,000 - £28,500

Hours of work

Corporate Treasurers usually work 35-40 hours Monday to Friday. However, you might need to work late or at weekends at peak times, for example, at the end of the financial year.

Where could I work?

Corporate Treasurers are employed in many different areas and organisations, including:

  • shops and retail outlets
  • manufacturing companies
  • communication companies

Opportunities for Corporate Treasurers occur in towns and cities throughout the UK.

Where are vacancies advertised?

Vacancies are advertised in local/national newspapers and professional magazines, on job boards and employers' websites, Find a Job and at Jobcentre Plus.

Entry Routes and Training

Entry routes

To become a Corporate Treasurer, you will need a relevant degree. Useful degrees include:

  • finance
  • accountancy
  • economics
  • mathematics

A great way to get into this career is through an internship. Take a look at our information article 'Internships', for more details.

Training

If you would like some more training, then the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) offer training and membership courses.

One of the courses they offer is "treasury in a day". This course is suited for people looking into the profession and would like to know the role of a Corporate Treasurer. By the end of the course, you will have developed skills in:

  • understanding a simple business from a Treasurer’s point of view
  • understanding business and cash flows in different sectors
  • debt and equity – financing a business
  • credit risk and financial engineering
  • risks, skills and responsibilities of a Treasurer
  • introduction to financial risk
  • treasury in large and multinational companies
  • introduction to cash management

You could also be a member of ACT. However, your membership depends on your qualifications.

To become an Affliate Member of ACT, you will need to have a certificate in treasury or a certificate in international cash management. These are offered by the ACT.

To complete the certificate in treasury, you will need to be either a qualified Accountant or have a relevant degree and experience in the industry. The course has five units that need to be completed which include:

  • the context of treasury
  • cash and liquidity management
  • corporate finance
  • ethics, governance and regulation in treasury
  • risk analysis and management

To become an Associate Member, you will need to complete a diploma in treasury management. This is different to the certificate in treasury, as you will need to complete:

Three compulsory units of:

  • corporate finance for treasury
  • risk management for treasury
  • the treasury manager

Plus one of these optional units:

  • financial reporting, tax and regulation for treasury
  • working capital and trade finance

To become a full member of ACT, you will need to also complete the MCT advanced diploma. This diploma will need you to complete:

Three study units of:

  • treasury strategy
  • treasury applications
  • strategic treasury solutions

Followed by:

  • exam unit
  • project unit

Once you have completed all these, you will become a full member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers!

Work Experience

Some applicants have relevant skills in, for example, numerical work and/or office administration which would be really useful for this career.

Qualifications

For entry to a degree course, the usual minimum requirement is:

  • 2/3 A levels
  • GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in 2/3 other subjects

For registration with the Association of Corporate Treasurers, the usual minimum requirement is:

  • 2 A levels
  • GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in 3 other subjects
  • English and maths at either level

Some universities accept the Welsh Baccalaureate as equivalent to 1 A level.

Further Information

Financial Skills Partnership (FSP)

Skills for the financial, finance and accountancy sectors

Address: 51 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HQ

Tel: 0845 2573772

Email: info@financialskillspartnership.org.uk

Website: www.financialskillspartnership.org.uk

Careers Wales - Welsh Apprenticeships

Tel: 0800 028 4844

Website: ams.careerswales.com/

People Exchange Cymru (PEC)

Public sector recruitment portal for Wales

Email: peopleexchangecymru@gov.wales

Website: www.peopleexchangecymru.org.uk/home

Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT)

Tel: 020 7847 2540

Email: customer@treasurers.org

Website: www.treasurers.org

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