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Treasury系列之 - Career Advancement in Treasury

本文发表在 rolia.net 枫下论坛很喜欢Treasury, 所以打算继续在Treasury这个领域发展, at least for the next 5-6 years。 前段时间注册了CTP的考试,CTP (Certified Treasury Professional)
designation在近几年已经成为了想在Treasury领域发展的人必考的一个证书。下面就给大家简单的介绍一下CTP designation。

What is CTP:

CTP是针对Treasury领域的一个证书。The CTP exam is designed to test mastery of knowledge and skills required by treasury professionals to execute critical
functions related to corporate liquidity, capital and risk management, such as:
- Maintain corporate liquidity required to meet current and future obligations in a timely and cost effective manner.
- Manage optimal cash positioning through forecasting and short-term investing and borrowing activities.
- Employ working capital strategies and tools to efficiently manage current assets and liabilities.
- Utilize various types of payment systems and Internet technologies to transfer monetary value and business documents between parties.
- Monitor and control corporate exposure to financial and operational risks.
- Optimize capital structure, manage costs of long-term capital and quantitatively evaluate capital resource investments.
- Manage cross-border funds movement and utilize international trade financing methods.
- Coordinate financial functions and sharing of financial information with other internal departments.
- Delineate appropriate ethical behaviors expected in business activities.
- Recognize corporate governance issues that arise from the separation of corporate ownership and control.
- Execute fiduciary responsibilities related to employee retirement funds.
- Build cost effective relationships with financial services providers.

Why CTP:

近几年,很多北美公司招聘Treasury相关职位都要求应聘者有CTP designation。
- Job postings citing CTP designation as a required or preferred qualification steadily increase year over year on global job boards.
- CTP holders represent about 75% of the Fortune 500 corporations.

How to advance and succeed in treasury career:

当初进入Treasury这一行完全是偶然,接触了这个领域后,发现越来越喜欢。工作很有challenge,可以学到很多新知识。

如何才能在这行succeed?想要Move up the corporate ladder 要必备哪些条件,qualifications, 和skill sets呢?以下是偶总结出来的几条。

1) effective communication, including networking: 对于做treasury这一行,拥有good and effective communication and interpersonal skills 是很重要的。
还有就是networking. Networking 可以done both at work and through active participation in professional associations and via professional online networks
(eg, AFP member discussion group / e-mail forum)

2) not afraid to learn new things / skills: this could mean expanding responsibilities or leading complex projects that result in learning new skills. 只有在不
断的学习中才会有进步。偶刚接触treasury的时候,很多东西都不懂,只有靠多看,多问,多学,多研究才能一步步走下来。

3) “don't play faster than you can think”:做事一定要量力而行。Before you take on more responsibilities, ensure you can handle them effectively.
如果handle不了的,就别逞能, 否则只会damage a person's professional reputation. 偶以前就在这条上没把握好,结果吃了大亏。

4) utilize previous experience in various areas / fields: 很多北美公司的treasury executive都不是做treasury出身的,they have many origins, such as
tax, accounting, audit, compliance, insurance and marketing. 偶在做Treasury之前的五六年里基本上把corporate finance 的几个functions 都做了一遍,internal/
external reporting; financial analysis; budget / forecast / strat plan; tax; treasury; financial system implementation, etc. 这些宝贵的经验为偶现
在在treasury领域里发展打下了扎实的基础。

5) qualities and skills development: certain qualities and skills that treasury professionals should actively develop including strong communication skills
(as discussed in 1) above), the ability to embrace change and view challenges as opportunities, strong ethics, personal accountability, and the ability
to go beyond conventional thinking.

个人认为,不管从事哪个行业,要想成功很重要的一点是要喜欢这一行。You have to truly enjoy your job to be successful.
Steve Jobs, president and CEO of Apple 曾经说过这么一段话,很受启发,“Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma, which is
living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly,
have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”更多精彩文章及讨论,请光临枫下论坛 rolia.net
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  • Treasury系列之 - Career Advancement in Treasury Treasury系列之 - Career Advancement in Treasury
    • 好久没交功课了,今天算是补上了。 :)
      • Busy now, only mark 精华 and add to 导读, please add this article into 职业经验精华集. Thanks
        • yes LD! :)
      • Thanks a lot! Finally find someone with the similar background and interest!
    • 你的系列又回来了,谢谢。
      等得都快成长颈鹿了。
    • 顶!受启发,尤其是心得部分,谢谢MN 顶!受启发,尤其是心得部分,谢谢MN
      “偶在做Treasury之前的五六年里基本上把corporate finance 的几个functions 都做了一遍,internal/
      external reporting; financial analysis; budget / forecast / strat plan; tax; treasury; financial system implementation, etc. 这些宝贵的经验为偶现在在treasury领域里发展打下了扎实的基础。 ”
      哈哈,难怪抓你写MD&A :D
      • 就Rejoyce提到的这一段经验,我有个问题。会计其它领域的经验为你做现职增强大局感和层次感。比你低的treasury的职位是否也需要有比较多的财会综合经验?Thanks.
        • 有财会综合经验当然是很有利的,不过低的职位就不可能要求的太多。偶不是从treasury analyst做起的,属半路出家,所以之前积累了一定的会计其它领域的经验。
    • Great job! Going forward, please replace 废话 with those valuable writing....:)
      • 你怎么还没走?一路顺风,玩的开心啦! See you in Dec. :)
    • 好好好好好好好!能不能详细谈谈“如果handle不了的,就别逞能, 否则只会damage a person's professional reputation. 偶以前就在这条上没把握好,结果吃了大亏。”?
      • 你怎么总是哪壶不开提哪壶。偶以前太好高箢远,现在比较脚踏实地,呵呵。
        • 哈哈哈,I have a picky eye. 其实我们从自己和别人犯的错误里学到的更多,尤其是你这样背景比较独特的,也许我们对同一个错误的看法有很大不同呢。
          • 呵呵,有意思,走了个老六,来了个老九,长江后浪推前浪啊
        • 前车之辙,后车之鉴, 您最好是将走麦城的经历跟大家Share一下, 可以给我们起个警示作用!
    • 谢谢分享, 辛苦了, 没有想到侬是Steve Jobs的粉丝
      • 那确实是一个值得工作的公司,对员工很好。
        • 啊,CMA MM在apple工作过?
          • 是啊。所以了解它的历史才崇拜JOBS嘛。
            • 偶也比较崇拜Jobs,但是最崇拜的是Bill Gates, apple的技术一直领先, 可惜走过不少弯路, 有了iPob, iPhone以后才有了起色
              • MICROSOFT的文化比较残酷,APPLE比较有人情味一些。
                • 他们的文化差异不太清楚, 但是偶崇拜Bill Gates的是不仅是他建立软件王国的传奇经历, 更是因为他捐出几乎全部身家建立慈善基金帮住全世界急需帮助的人的善举
        • MM是在Apple China吗?
    • Put into treasury.
    • Great work!.. thanks Joyce.. i've been working on my new apt... crazy le.....
      • Thank Joyce! You said out nearly all what I've done! I love treasury! It's really challenging and interesting!
        • Glad to see someone works in the same field. Nice to meet you! :)
          • I guess you've done treasury back in China?
            • Yes! I introduced the concept of treasury to my previouse company in China. That's what I learnt from CGA courses. I found it's so interesting and challenging! Completely match my appetite:)
            • Traditionally, cash management / treasury does not exist independently in small / medium sized company. Finance manager control the cash position at most time. Once liquidation becomes poor ...
              the importance of routine maintenance and even an independently role will then become necessary. The scale of cash generally amounts over million dollars per day.