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Working As A Controller/Business Manager

  • 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

  • $109,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Controller/Business Manager 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 A Controller/Business Manager

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
Group Controller 3.9 years
Finance Controller 3.8 years
Unit Controller 3.6 years
Top Careers Before Controller/Business Manager
Controller 15.8%
Accountant 7.2%
Manager 2.7%
Consultant 2.6%
Top Careers After Controller/Business Manager
Controller 22.5%
Consultant 5.5%
Accountant 4.9%
Owner 2.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$109,000
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$72,000
Min 10%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$109,000
Median 50%
$165,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Mars, Incorporated
Highest Paying City
Minnetonka, MN
Highest Paying State
Montana
Avg Experience Level
4.5 years
How much does a Controller/Business Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Controller/Business Manager in the United States is $109,825 per year or $53 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $72,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $165,000.

Real Controller/Business Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Rare Earth Business Controller Molymet Corporation Greenwood Village, CO May 15, 2013 $170,000 -
$230,000
Manager Business Risk & Control Management (Brcm) HSBC Bank USA, N.A. New York, NY Jul 21, 2014 $145,000
Business Control Manager Citibank, N.A. Irving, TX Feb 25, 2015 $130,000
Global Business Controller Corn Products International, Inc. Westchester, IL Aug 31, 2011 $123,261 -
$130,000
Financial Controller and Business Manager Black Ocean Management LLC New York, NY Oct 16, 2014 $120,000
Business Risk & Control Manager HSBC Bank USA, N.A. New York, NY Mar 21, 2016 $120,000
Financial Controller and Business Manager Black Ocean Management, LLC New York, NY Oct 17, 2011 $120,000
Business Controller Collibra Inc. New York, NY Sep 15, 2016 $110,000
Americas Business Controls, Metrics and Analytics IBM Corporation New York, NY May 01, 2014 $109,980 -
$166,500
Business Controls Manager FMC Technologies, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 20, 2011 $108,442
Manager Business Controlling Noram The Dannon Company, Inc. White Plains, NY Sep 30, 2015 $102,400 -
$104,487
Business Controller ABB Inc. Crystal Springs, MS Sep 05, 2014 $101,200 -
$168,600
Business Controller Syngenta Crop Protection LLC Minnetonka, MN Oct 14, 2015 $100,913 -
$123,200
SR. Business Controller Global Sales & Marketing SONY Mobile Communications (USA) Inc. Atlanta, GA Sep 12, 2013 $99,382 -
$125,315
Business Controls Manager FMC Technologies, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 15, 2014 $97,153 -
$138,790
Business Controller, P&S Logistics Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC Greensboro, NC Aug 01, 2015 $90,400 -
$135,600
Business Controller, P&S Logistics Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC Greensboro, NC Jan 08, 2015 $90,400 -
$135,600
Business Controller Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC Minnetonka, MN Jan 10, 2015 $82,200 -
$123,200
Business Controller Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC Greensboro, NC Sep 19, 2014 $82,200 -
$123,200
Business Controller Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC Minnetonka, MN Oct 01, 2015 $82,200 -
$123,200
Authorized Officer, Business Manager/Product Controller UBS AG New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $81,600 -
$90,000
Business Controller BC Platforms Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 13, 2016 $75,000
Business Controller Jireh America, LLC Montgomery, AL Oct 01, 2010 $75,000
Business Controller Capgemini Us LLC New York, NY Jan 31, 2011 $73,500

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Top Skills for A Controller/Business Manager

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Income Tax Returns
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Complete Quick Books accounting system month-end close processes generating standard & customized financial statements, and operational reports.
  • Re-engineered accounting policies and procedures to ensure compliance with state regulatory agencies and funding sources.
  • Review general ledger balances for proper classification and accuracy by cost center and general ledger accounts.
  • Integrated audit procedures with technology-based security protocols to control user access and safeguard sensitive financial and operational information.
  • Performed financial analysis of prospective business development and investment opportunities, including one for a $35M restaurant venture.

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Top 10 Best States for Controller/Business Managers

  1. New York
  2. Delaware
  3. New Jersey
  4. Connecticut
  5. Colorado
  6. Virginia
  7. District of Columbia
  8. North Carolina
  9. California
  10. Pennsylvania
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Controller/Business Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

52.5%

Female

38.4%

Unknown

9.2%
Ethnicity

White

60.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

8.8%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.6%

Portuguese

15.3%

French

13.6%

German

11.9%

Chinese

5.1%

Italian

5.1%

Danish

1.7%

Japanese

1.7%

Greek

1.7%

Dari

1.7%

Carrier

1.7%

Mandarin

1.7%

Korean

1.7%

Arabic

1.7%
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Controller/Business Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.6%

George Washington University

5.2%

Texas A&M University

5.2%

Michigan State University

4.6%

Regis University

4.6%

Florida Atlantic University

4.6%

University of Connecticut

4.6%

Northeastern University

4.6%

University of Houston

4.6%

National University

3.9%

Arizona State University

3.9%

Temple University

3.9%

Walden University

3.9%

Bentley University

3.9%

University of Maryland - University College

3.9%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

3.9%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

3.3%

University of Montana

3.3%

San Diego State University

3.3%

Kent State University

3.3%
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Majors

Accounting

35.4%

Business

32.0%

Finance

14.4%

Management

5.0%

Computer Science

1.7%

Economics

1.6%

Marketing

1.2%

Communication

0.9%

Human Resources Management

0.9%

International Business

0.8%

Business Economics

0.8%

Political Science

0.8%

Law

0.8%

Education

0.6%

Hospitality Management

0.6%

Business/Commerce

0.5%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

0.5%

Health Care Administration

0.5%

Information Technology

0.5%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.5%

Masters

37.0%

Other

10.4%

Associate

3.7%

Certificate

2.2%

Doctorate

1.4%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.2%
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