Job type

Finance officer

£19.5k - £40k

Typical salary

37 – 39

Hours per week

Finance officers help to manage the finances of an organisation by keeping track of its income and controlling its spending.

More info

  • Use your maths and IT skills to help manage the finances of an organisation
  • You'll need number skills, attention to detail, accuracy and the ability to work with data
  • Progression routes into senior management roles

As a finance officer you'll support senior finance officers and finance managers to prepare and develop accounting information.


  • Recording financial transactions on computer systems
  • Producing financial forecasts
  • Dealing with payroll, invoices, expenses and VAT
  • Carrying out financial audits
  • Creating monthly, quarterly and annual budget reports
  • Presenting report findings to finance managers


You'll be based in an office and spend a lot of your time working on a computer.

You'll need

This role would be ideal for someone with excellent maths skills, IT skills, attention to detail, and confident presentation skills.

If you want to apply directly for jobs you’ll usually need GCSEs, including maths and English. A levels in maths, business studies or economics may also be useful.

Some employers may ask for a relevant degree in a subject like finance, accounting or business studies.

You may find it useful to do a college course, which could help you get a trainee job with a financial firm. Courses include a Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping, Level 2 Certificate in Accounting and Level 3 Certificate in Financial Studies.

You could also get into this job through an assistant accountant advanced apprenticeship. You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship.

Alternatively, you could start out as a finance assistant or accounts assistant and then work your way into this role after getting experience.


With experience, you could become a senior finance officer or finance manager, or train to become an accountant.