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Working As An Assistant Controller

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Processing Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $93,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Controller Do

Financial managers are responsible for the financial health of an organization. They produce financial reports, direct investment activities, and develop strategies and plans for the long-term financial goals of their organization.

Duties

Financial managers typically do the following:

  • Prepare financial statements, business activity reports, and forecasts
  • Monitor financial details to ensure that legal requirements are met
  • Supervise employees who do financial reporting and budgeting
  • Review company financial reports and seek ways to reduce costs
  • Analyze market trends to maximize profits and find expansion opportunities
  • Help management make financial decisions

The role of the financial manager, particularly in business, is changing in response to technological advances that have substantially reduced the amount of time it takes to produce financial reports. Financial managers’ main responsibility used to be monitoring a company’s finances, but they now do more data analysis and advise senior managers on ways to maximize profits. They often work on teams, acting as business advisors to top executives.

Financial managers also do tasks that are specific to their organization or industry. For example, government financial managers must be experts on government appropriations and budgeting processes, and healthcare financial managers must know about topics in healthcare finance. Moreover, financial managers must be knowledgeable about special tax laws and regulations that affect their industry.

The following are examples of types of financial managers:

Chief financial officers (CFOs) are accountable for the accuracy of a company’s or organization’s financial reporting, especially among publicly traded companies. As head of a company’s entire financial department, they manage the lower level financial managers. They oversee the company’s financial goals, objectives, and budgets.

Controllers direct the preparation of financial reports that summarize and forecast the organization’s financial position, such as income statements, balance sheets, and analyses of future earnings or expenses. Controllers also are in charge of preparing special reports required by governmental agencies that regulate businesses. Often, controllers oversee the accounting, audit, and budget departments of their organization.

Treasurers and finance officers direct their organization’s budgets to meet its financial goals. They oversee the investment of funds and carry out strategies to raise capital (such as issuing stocks or bonds) to support the firm’s expansion. They also develop financial plans for mergers (two companies joining together) and acquisitions (one company buying another).

Credit managers oversee their firm’s credit business. They set credit-rating criteria, determine credit ceilings, and monitor the collections of past-due accounts.

Cash managers monitor and control the flow of cash that comes in and goes out of the company to meet the company’s business and investment needs. For example, they must project cash flow (amounts coming in and going out) to determine whether the company will have a shortage or surplus of cash. 

Risk managers control financial risk by using strategies to limit or offset the probability of a financial loss or a company’s exposure to financial uncertainty. Among the risks they try to limit are those that stem from currency or commodity price changes.

Insurance managers decide how best to limit a company’s losses by obtaining insurance against risks, such as the need to make disability payments for an employee who gets hurt on the job or the costs imposed by a lawsuit against the company.

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How To Become An Assistant Controller

Financial managers typically have a bachelor’s degree and 5 years or more of experience in another business or financial occupation, such as an accountant, securities sales agent, or financial analyst.

Education

A bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, economics, or business administration is often the minimum education needed for financial managers. However, many employers now seek candidates with a master’s degree, preferably in business administration, finance, or economics. These academic programs help students develop analytical skills and learn financial analysis methods and software.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Professional certification is not required, but some financial managers still get it to demonstrate a level of competence. The CFA Institute confers the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification to investment professionals who have at least a bachelor’s degree, 4 years of work experience, and pass three exams. The Association for Financial Professionals confers the Certified Treasury Professional credential to those who pass an exam and have a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Financial managers usually have experience in another business or financial occupation. For example, they may have worked as a loan officer, accountant, securities sales agent, or financial analyst. 

In some cases, companies provide formal management training programs to help prepare highly motivated and skilled financial workers to become financial managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Financial managers increasingly are assisting executives in making decisions that affect their organization, a task which requires analytical ability.

Communication skills. Excellent communication skills are essential because financial managers must explain and justify complex financial transactions.

Detail oriented. In preparing and analyzing reports such as balance sheets and income statements, financial managers must be precise and attentive to their work in order to avoid errors.

Math skills. Financial managers must be skilled in math, including algebra. An understanding of international finance and complex financial documents also is important.

Organizational skills. Financial managers deal with a range of information and documents and so they must stay organized to do their jobs effectively.

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Average Length of Employment
Controller 5.3 years
Plant Controller 4.8 years
Accounting Manager 4.4 years
Finance Controller 3.8 years
Unit Controller 3.6 years
Top Careers Before Assistant Controller
Controller 11.5%
Accountant 10.2%
Bookkeeper 2.7%
Auditor 1.9%
Manager 1.9%
Top Careers After Assistant Controller
Controller 28.3%
Accountant 6.6%
Consultant 3.9%
Bookkeeper 1.9%
Manager 1.8%
Owner 1.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$93,000
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$65,000
Min 10%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$135,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Anaren
Highest Paying City
Santa Clara, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does an Assistant Controller make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Assistant Controller in the United States is $93,976 per year or $45 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $65,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $135,000.

Real Assistant Controller Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Controller First Reserve Corporation, LLC Greenwich, CT Oct 10, 2016 $273,000
Assistant Controller First Reserve Corporation LLC Greenwich, CT Nov 01, 2014 $247,500
Assistant Controller First Reserve Corporation LLC Greenwich, CT Dec 01, 2012 $224,000
Assistant Controller Oz Management, LP New York, NY Aug 14, 2015 $215,000
Assistant Controller The Associated Press New York, NY Mar 31, 2011 $210,000
Assistant Controller Oz Management, LP New York, NY Aug 17, 2014 $200,000
Assistant Controller First Reserve Corporation L.L.C. Greenwich, CT Jan 17, 2011 $193,000
Assistant Controller Kabam, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 08, 2015 $165,000
Assistant Controller Abbott Laboratories Santa Ana, CA Feb 10, 2014 $161,082
Assistant Controller, Operations/Regulatory GE Capital Corporation Stamford, CT Sep 30, 2014 $160,000 -
$170,000
Assistant Controller 500 Startups Management Company, LLC Mountain View, CA Aug 17, 2016 $155,000
Assistant Controller Stubhub, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 01, 2013 $150,000
Assistant Controller Dc09, LLC Duluth, GA Mar 24, 2016 $143,832 -
$160,000
Assistant Technical Controller, US Gaap Reporting Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management Inc. Boston, MA Sep 29, 2015 $141,500
Assistant Controller Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management, Inc. Boston, MA Jun 04, 2013 $95,800 -
$165,700
Assistant Controller K-Swiss, Inc. Westlake Village, CA Oct 01, 2013 $95,000
Assistant Controller First Protocol New York New York, NY Jul 23, 2015 $95,000
Assistant Controller First Protocol New York, NY Aug 01, 2015 $95,000
Assistant Controller K-Swiss, Inc. Westlake Village, CA Aug 01, 2012 $95,000
Assistant Controller DLA Bekaert Corporation Marietta, GA Oct 01, 2011 $94,587
Assistant Area Controller Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. Miami, FL Jan 03, 2016 $94,280
Assistant Area Controller KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Hapeville, GA Sep 12, 2016 $77,064
Assistant Controller LINC Government Services, LLC Hopkinsville, KY Sep 01, 2012 $76,500
Assistant Controller (Casino Finance) Imperial Pacific International CNMI Jan 11, 2016 $75,200 -
$100,000
Assistant Controller Sweeney Harkin Carpentry & Drywall Corp. Islandia, NY Aug 16, 2011 $75,000
Assistant Controller Ecotality North America Phoenix, AZ Nov 04, 2011 $75,000
Assistant Controller Nabors Alaska Drilling, Inc. Anchorage, AK Jun 30, 2011 $74,900
Assistant Controller Diligence, Inc. New York, NY May 16, 2013 $74,844

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Top Skills for An Assistant Controller

  1. Income Tax Returns
  2. General Ledger Accounts
  3. External Auditors
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared consolidated federal corporate income tax return and Canadian federal & provincial income tax returns.
  • Reconciled balance sheet and general ledger accounts for all hotel assets and liabilities in a decentralized accounting environment.
  • Monitor and confirm financial condition through audits and provide information to external auditors.
  • Aided lawyers and auditors when company filed for bankruptcy by liquidating all fund positions, preparing financial statements and verifying documents.
  • Generated and maintained month-end journal entries to ensure accurate accounting data.

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  2. California
  3. Connecticut
  4. New York
  5. Texas
  6. Colorado
  7. District of Columbia
  8. Virginia
  9. Pennsylvania
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Assistant Controller Demographics

Gender

Female

46.2%

Male

45.6%

Unknown

8.3%
Ethnicity

White

61.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

8.0%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.2%

French

10.1%

Chinese

6.8%

German

5.6%

Mandarin

4.3%

Russian

3.9%

Italian

3.3%

Portuguese

2.5%

Japanese

2.1%

Korean

1.9%

Cantonese

1.4%

Greek

1.4%

Hindi

1.2%

Arabic

1.0%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Dutch

0.8%

Polish

0.8%

Tagalog

0.6%

Armenian

0.6%

Urdu

0.6%
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Assistant Controller Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

25.6%

Pace University - New York

6.0%

University of Houston

5.2%

Strayer University

4.7%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

4.2%

DePaul University

4.2%

Florida International University

4.0%

Arizona State University

3.8%

University of South Florida

3.8%

Baruch College of the City University of New York

3.7%

Texas A&M University

3.6%

Northeastern University

3.6%

Georgia State University

3.6%

Hofstra University

3.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.5%

New York University

3.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

University of Utah

3.4%

Florida Atlantic University

3.4%

San Diego State University

3.4%
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Majors

Accounting

53.8%

Business

27.2%

Finance

9.0%

Management

2.0%

Economics

1.1%

Accounting And Computer Science

0.7%

Marketing

0.6%

Taxation

0.6%

Education

0.6%

Health Care Administration

0.5%

Computer Science

0.5%

Human Resources Management

0.5%

Hospitality Management

0.4%

Psychology

0.4%

Business Economics

0.4%

Computer Information Systems

0.4%

Law

0.4%

International Business

0.3%

Political Science

0.3%

Real Estate

0.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

54.5%

Masters

27.9%

Other

10.0%

Associate

4.5%

Certificate

2.0%

Doctorate

0.6%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.2%
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