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Chartered Management Accountant

What does a Chartered Management Accountant do?

The preparation, development and analysis of financial information for an organisation’s management team to use when making well-informed decisions, which helps to secure future stability, growth and profitability. A chartered management accountant’s role is to analyse the performance of a business and advise on how to prevent problems, adapt to changing circumstances and improve value.

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What skills does a Chartered Management Accountant need?

  • Commercial awareness and an understanding of how businesses work and manage resources
  • Numerical skills
  • The ability to clearly explain complex information in layman’s terms to a range of stakeholders
  • Professionalism and the ability to remain impartial
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • An understanding of accounting technology
  • Project management skills and the ability to lead
  • Strong teamwork skills and the ability to work with colleagues including non-finance members of staff
  • A logical approach to work, as well as analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Organisational skills and the ability to work to deadlines
  • Motivation to complete studies whilst working.

How to become a chartered management accountant?

To become a chartered management accountant you’ll need a professional qualification with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). This career is open to all graduates, no matter what subject your undergraduate degree is in. However, if you’ve studied a relevant degree, such as accounting or business, you may be able to skip certain CIMA exams. 

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How much do chartered management accountants earn?

Entry-level chartered management accountants earn between £28,000 and £33,000 after passing professional exams. Experienced professionals earn between £40,000 and £45,000, depending on location and company. Senior chartered management accountants could earn around £65,000.

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