Treasury Career Path

Discover your treasury career path.

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Treasury career overview

Treasury management jobs involve ensuring that cash and financial risks in a business are properly managed and optimized. The main priority is to ensure cash is managed for day-to-day business operations, while having an outlook for long term strategy.  The treasury career path can be a very interesting and rewarding part of in-house corporate finance.

Personality

The personality of someone who would thrive in a treasury management role at a corporation often has the following character traits:

  • Attention to detail
  • Quantitative
  • Persuasive when dealing with other
  • Confidence inspiring
  • Good at managing risk
  • Good communicator

Interview prep

Preparing for a treasury interview requires a strong knowledge of technical finance and accounting concepts.  In terms of technical questions, you will likely be asked a lot a macro economic questions related to interest rates, currencies (foreign exchange / FX), as well as derivatives such as options, futures and forwards.  Questions such as how would you manage foreign exchange expose in our business would be a common example.

For a list of questions and answers please see our accounting interview form as well as our macro economic questions.

Entry point

People typically enter treasury by moving up internally from an accounting position on the corporate side or moving over from accounting or banking.  Entry level positions are analysts and they can then move up to mangers, directors and ultimately “treasurer”.  It can take anywhere from 2-5 years to move up through the positions.

Exit strategy

Most people stay on the corporate side once they’re working in treasury and opportunities are either to move up internally or switch to another corporation.  Moving up could be all the way to VP of treasury or treasurer, as well as to the VP of finance, VP of corporate development or CFO.

Compensation

Analyst: $50,000 to $80,000 (base salary plus bonus)
Manager: $80,000 to $120,000 (base salary plus bonus)
Director/VP: $120,000 to $300,000+

Course work

Taking financial analysis courses is the fastest way to learn what’s required on the job, before you get hired.

It’s important to begin with a strong understanding of accounting fundamentals and reading financial statements.  From there you should have a solid Excel crash course under your belt, which will teach you the basics including shortcuts, formulas and functions.  Beyond that, you can progress to more advanced courses, which will teach you valuation and financial modeling.

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