By the time you have qualified as a CIMA accountant, you will be itching to put the theory you have learned into practice. The image of accountant as bean-counter is fast becoming outdated. Today the ability to challenge, influence and deliver change are crucial in many finance roles -- none more so than the factory finance manager. In order to land the job you will have to demonstrate a solid financial grounding and a high level of technical experience. You must be a natural networker who's able to communicate fluently and build relationships at all levels of the business. On top of all of this, a sense of humor is essential.