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How Do I Become a Transaction Manager?

D. Nelson
D. Nelson

Transaction managers are usually accounting or finance professionals who oversee all processes that ensure a client or organization successfully buys or sells assets. To become a transaction manager, it almost always is necessary to have at least an undergraduate degree in a field such as accounting or finance; in some instances, transaction managers must also have accounting certification. A person who wants to become a transaction manager also should have at least five years of experience working in fields such as financial services or accounting and auditing services. People who work as transaction managers typically work for consultant and advisory firms, though they might serve as full-time financial strategists for larger organizations.

When transaction managers work for consultant firms, they usually head departments that provide audits and other financial services. They are typically responsible for the success of all projects in their departments and oversee important documents and statements to ensure that they are compliant with regulations. In some cases, transactions managers might travel to meet with priority clients. When transaction managers work full time for larger organizations, they commonly act as project managers and advisers to top-level financial managers and executives.

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To become a transaction manager, it is a good idea to major in accounting. While some people may begin transaction manager careers with finance or management degrees, many employers ask that job candidates have formal accounting backgrounds in accounting, and in some cases certification, such as the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate in the United States. Transaction managers commonly perform internal audits for clients to manage risk and ensure that new purchases or sales are advisable. It also is essential that a person who wants to become a transaction manager is familiar with all relevant laws and regulations, as well as with procedure for composing and submitting financial statements.

An individual who would like to become a transaction manager should plan on spending at least five years as an accountant or financial assistant. To earn related experience early in your career, you can take internships while you are still in college. In many cases, to earn an accounting degrees or certificate, you may be required to spend a minimum number of hours on the job under the supervision of a certified practicing accountant.

Many active accountants must undergo continual education and belong to professional organizations. A person who wants to become a transaction manager must consistently adapt to changes in procedures and regulations, and also should keep on top of new kinds of software and information systems being used in his or her field. It also is advisable to continually update your knowledge of markets related to your financial interests.

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