Corporate Treasury

Key Points:

  • The role of a corporate treasurer is to ensure the financial success of a company by managing their liquidity and cash flow requirements
  • A vital role in any enterprise, the corporate treasurer role provides an opportunity to work across a range of industries
  • Corporate treasurers are trained to identify and minimise risks

Corporate treasurers are responsible for evaluating and protecting a company from the financial risks that could arise as a result of business activities. A corporate treasurer’s primary responsibilities involve; analysis and oversight of daily liquidity and short term cash requirements, investment management, financial investment decisions, funding requirements, treasury compliance management, markets analysis, and managing treasury risk, which could involve the management of FX, interest rate and commodity risk, implementation of a hedging strategy, financial asset valuations and profitability management.

A corporate treasurer would utilise internal business information, as well as staying up to date with external markets information and analysis. Treasurers work to cultivate and maintain good working relationships with key stakeholders across the banking and financial services industries.

Alexandra Dodson CA"What I really enjoy about working in Treasury is the job variety - from liquidity risk management to strategic initiatives and being involved in funding decisions. Having a background in accounting gave me a really solid knowledge base and skill set to expand on. Treasury has also allowed me to gain in depth knowledge and understanding of how the financial markets operate, which is critical if you want to progress your career in the finance industry."
Alexandra Dodson CA, Toyota Finance Australia – Senior Treasury Analyst.

Why corporate treasury could be the right fit for you

The role of corporate treasurer provides an opportunity to manage a company's finances and play a key role in its growth. Corporate treasurers manage an organisation's liquidity risks, financial risks, banking relationships, working capital, and supporting management and business units. If working for a multinational firm, corporate treasurers also need to be aware of foreign exchange rates and legal requirements.

As the accounting and finance industry continues to evolve, so does the treasurer's role. As a business grows, treasurers need to keep up-to-date with industry trends, the company's changing needs and capabilities in order to maximise profits.

With a focus on financial responsibility while maximising profits, the Treasurer may also be involved in overseeing and directing the financial elements of a company's operations to advise the board and help them maximise their financial positions.

Who can you work for?

Corporate treasurers can work for major organisations in Australia and internationally across a range of industries.

Key skills:

  • Adaptability
  • Analytical skills
  • Time management
  • Eye for detail
  • Risk management
  • Problem solving skills
  • Communication
  • Strategic thinking
  • Interpersonal skills