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Job Title – Financial Examiner


A Financial Examiner ensures compliance with laws governing financial institutions and transactions. They review balance sheets, evaluate the risk level of loans, and assess bank management. 

Typical Job Activities

Monitors the financial condition of banks and other financial institutions
Reviews balance sheets, operating income and expense accounts, and loan documentation to confirm institution assets and liabilities
Prepares reports that detail an institution’s safety and soundness
Examines the minutes of meetings of managers and directors
Trains other examiners in the financial examination process
Reviews and analyses new regulations and policies to determine their impact on the organization
Establishes guidelines for procedures and policies that comply with new and revised regulations

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Related Occupations

Chartered accountant
Cost and management accountant
Financial analyst
Financial consultant

Educational Requirements

Senior Certificate with a matric Exception
For a degree at a university in either finance, accounting, economics or related fields.

Compulsory subjects: Mathematics
Recommended subjects: Accounting

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

Have integrity, determination and perseverance
Have a strong aptitude for Mathematics
Be intelligent
Be able to analyse, compare and interpret facts and figures quickly
Be able to make sound judgements based on knowledge gained from information
Be able to work accurately and convey recommendations clearly

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Possible Employers

Government, excluding education and hospitals
Depository credit intermediation
Other financial investment activities

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Relevant Contact Details

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants

South African Institute for Business Accountants

Career Progress and Path 

Experience in specific field
Work performance

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field

Employment Stability

Very stable

Reasons to consider this career

I can be of service to people
I can progress in the business world
The need is determined by the customers