Finance managers are personnel who are expected to counsel clients on suitable business planning and also aid in decision making processes. The candidate will also need to make sure that the businesses are doing well financially. S/he might also be called upon to advise clients on savings, investments, pensions or insurance products. Responsibilities of the finance manager would mainly to be look into the issue of collating, preparing as well as deducing reports, budgets, accounts, observations and financial statements. S/he will also be called upon to undertake strategic analysis and also assist with planning as well as strategies. A finance manager also needs to look into the aspect of producing long-term business plans and delve into research that caters to pricing, competitors and the numerous factors affecting performance. S/he will also have to control income as well as cash flow and expenditure. Managing budgets is also the lookout of the finance manager. The candidate will need a graduate degree in any discipline, although preference is generally given to aspirants who have qualifications in accountancy, statistics, economics, mathematics, management or business subjects. Usually the applicants are expected to possess good oral and written communication skills, and are supposed to be self-motivated, and aware of the goings on in the industry. The candidate should have the initiative and be able to work along with a team. Excellent problem-solving skills paired with analytical prowess and technical abilities are important aspects too.