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Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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Financial Manager - EU

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Financial Manager - EU
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Monthly salaries in the EU Institutions range from around €2,600 per month for a newly recruited AST/SC 1 official to around €16,000 per month for a top level AD 16 official with over four years of seniority.

Each grade is broken up into five seniority steps with corresponding salary increases. Basic salaries are adjusted annually in line with inflation and purchasing power in the EU countries.

The salary for EU Financial Managers entering at Grade AD 5 is €4,349 per month and Grade AD 7 rises to €5,568 per month.

As the name may suggest the basic monthly salary is just the starting point to remuneration associated with EU jobs as an employee may be entitled to allowances. All payments are subject to relevant tax and charges.
Data Source(s):
Official Journal of the European Union & EPSO

Last Updated: April, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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EU financial managers work with very complex financial structures and closely support senior decision-makers.


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The EU takes decisions that affect the daily lives of some 500 million people in 28 EU countries.

EU Financial Managers work with very complex financial structures and closely support senior decision-makers by:

  • Defining financial and budget procedures
  • Preparing annual reports and accounts
  • Assisting with audits and inspections
  • Managing organisational risk
  • Supervising and mentoring colleagues

Contract staff may also be employed to carry out some finance tasks.


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The EU institutions are looking for candidates who are talented, motivated, and highly qualified in their field, and who have the following competencies in particular:

  • Analysis and problem solving - Ability to identify the critical facts in complex issues and develop creative and practical solutions
  • Communication – Communicate clearly and precisely both orally and in writing
  • Delivering quality and results – Take personal responsibility and initiative for delivering work to a high standard of quality within set procedures
  • Learning and development – Develop and improve personal skills and knowledge of the organisation and its environment
  • Prioritising and organising – Prioritise the most important tasks, work flexibly, and organise own workload efficiently
  • Resilience – Remain effective under a heavy workload, handle organisational frustrations positively, and adapt to a changing work environment
  • Working with others - Work cooperatively with others in teams and across organisational boundaries and respect differences between people

An additional requirement for posts in the AD career bracket (administrators) is:
• Leadership – Manage, develop and motivate people to achieve results


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EU Financial Managers must have:

  • A good command of at least 2 European languages (one of which must be English, French or German)
  • An appropriate degree (or be graduating this year) for entry at Grade AD 5
  • Several years’ relevant experience, to join us at a more senior level (Grade AD 7).

Requirements may vary for contract staff.

See: EPSO - European Personnel Selection Office - EU Career profiles - Finance

Last Updated: December, 2016


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