Controller job description

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Controllers are responsible for planning, coordinating, and reporting on the financial activities of large companies. Their duties are related to bookkeeping, auditing, and accounting departments. They are required to set financial policies, supervise record keeping, and usually choose specific accounting methods for an organization. These professionals may work for corporations, government agencies and banks. Reports created by these workers are sent directly to the board of directors or president of an organization.

Controllers usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Overseeing accounting operations.
• Managing outsourced functions.
• Maintaining a system of accounting policies.
• Creating reports.
• Calculating variances from the budget.


• Having interpersonal skills.
• Being flexible.
• Having excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Being able to travel internationally.
• Having organizational skills.
• Being able to communicate with all levels.
• Having high attention to details.
• Having leadership skills.
• Being able to interpret general business periodicals.
• Having math skills.


Controller posts require candidates having at least accounting or business degrees of four years. They also need to have extensive knowledge and experience on all aspects of financial management and corporate accounting. One recommendation is to also have a Master of Business Administration in order to maximize job opportunities. There are certifications for professionals working in this business such as the Certified Management Accountant and the Certified Public Accountant offered by the Institute of Management Accountants.

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