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Working As A Controller/Director Of Finance

  • 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

  • $136,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Controller/Director Of Finance 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/Director Of Finance

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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Controller/Director Of Finance Career Paths

Controller/Director Of Finance
Chief Finance Officer
Chief Finance And Operating Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Chief Finance Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Finance Director
Finance Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Finance Director
10 Yearsyrs
Finance Vice President
Senior Vice President
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Director Of Finance
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Director Of Finance
Controller, Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Controller, Vice President
Executive Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Vice President
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Accounting Director
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Director
Operations Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Director
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Operations And Finance
Director Of Administration & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Operations And Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Finance And Operating Officer
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Executive Director
Founder And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Managing Director
Board Of Directors Member
8 Yearsyrs
Corporate Director
Corporate Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Planning Director
Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Planning Director
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Vice President
Senior Vice President-Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Executive Vice President
Executive Vice President Of Operations
13 Yearsyrs
President/Chief Executive Officer
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Project Director
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Secretary To The Vice President
Administration Vice President
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Controller 5.3 years
Finance Director 4.0 years
Group Controller 3.9 years
Finance Controller 3.8 years
Top Careers Before Controller/Director Of Finance
Controller 16.3%
Manager 3.9%
Accountant 3.2%
Director 2.1%
Consultant 2.0%
Top Careers After Controller/Director Of Finance
Controller 18.5%
Consultant 5.5%
Director 2.6%

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Controller/Director Of Finance Demographics

Gender

Male

62.7%

Female

27.0%

Unknown

10.3%
Ethnicity

White

61.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.2%

Portuguese

8.1%

French

6.5%

Chinese

4.8%

German

4.8%

Hindi

3.2%

Mandarin

3.2%

Italian

3.2%

Japanese

3.2%

Swahili

1.6%

Gujarati

1.6%

Dutch

1.6%

Korean

1.6%

Kutchi

1.6%

Ukrainian

1.6%

Russian

1.6%

Greek

1.6%

Carrier

1.6%

Slovak

1.6%

Urdu

1.6%
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Controller/Director Of Finance Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.9%

New York University

7.1%

Michigan State University

6.7%

Pennsylvania State University

6.3%

Ohio State University

5.5%

Brigham Young University

5.1%

Golden Gate University-San Francisco

4.3%

Pace University - New York

4.3%

Temple University

4.3%

University of Southern California

4.3%

San Jose State University

4.3%

Georgia State University

3.9%

DePaul University

3.9%

University of Chicago

3.9%

George Washington University

3.5%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

3.5%

Arizona State University

3.5%

Babson College

3.5%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.5%

San Diego State University

3.5%
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Majors

Accounting

40.7%

Business

28.4%

Finance

15.6%

Management

3.0%

Nursing

1.6%

Economics

1.6%

Marketing

0.9%

Taxation

0.9%

Education

0.8%

Psychology

0.8%

Business Economics

0.7%

International Business

0.6%

Computer Information Systems

0.6%

Law

0.6%

Public Health

0.5%

Accounting And Computer Science

0.5%

Criminal Justice

0.5%

Health Care Administration

0.5%

Management Information Systems

0.5%

Business/Commerce

0.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.9%

Masters

42.1%

Other

6.9%

Doctorate

1.7%

Associate

1.6%

Certificate

1.1%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.2%
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$91,000
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$136,000
Median 50%
$136,000
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
South Dakota
Avg Experience Level
4.7 years
How much does a Controller/Director Of Finance make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Controller/Director Of Finance in the United States is $136,657 per year or $66 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $91,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $203,000.

Real Controller/Director Of Finance Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Controller/Director Finance/Exec. DIR FIN. Corp FP General Motors Company Detroit, MI Dec 01, 2011 $325,000
Director, Financial Control Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Sep 10, 2011 $240,000
America's Controller and Director of Finance Smiths Detection, Inc. Edgewood, MD Sep 04, 2014 $200,000
Finance Director, Controls Section Flowserve U.S. Inc. Irving, TX Jan 01, 2012 $195,950
Director of Treasury and Financial Controls Graham Packaging Company Memphis, TN Jan 08, 2016 $175,000
Controller-Finance Director Titanx Engine Cooling Inc. Jamestown, NY Oct 01, 2012 $165,000
Director B2R PST Controlling The Estee Lauder Comanies Inc. Melville, NY May 21, 2015 $161,050
Director of Controlling Pfeiffer Vacuum, Inc. Nashua, NH Feb 12, 2016 $149,261
Director B2R PST Controlling The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. Melville, NY May 21, 2012 $143,800
Director, Fixed Income Valuation Controller/Secu UBS Services LLC Jersey City, NJ Sep 27, 2013 $137,000 -
$158,000
Controller-Finance Director Titanx Engine Cooling, Inc. Jamestown, NY Oct 01, 2011 $130,000
Director of Tracker Controls Nextracker, Inc. Fremont, CA Apr 14, 2014 $128,128
Director, Controller American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. Stamford, CT Aug 09, 2016 $127,962
Director, Performance and Controls MFA Cornerstone Consulting Tewksbury, MA Aug 17, 2009 $125,000
Director, Performance and Controls MFA Cornerstone Consulting, LLC Tewksbury, MA Aug 17, 2009 $125,000
Director, Performance and Controls MFA Cornerstone Consulting, LLC Tewksbury, MA Sep 01, 2009 $125,000
Director of Secretariat, Control Arms Coalition Parliamentarians for Global Action New York, NY Sep 25, 2014 $120,000
Director of Finance & Controlling WKW Erbsloeh North America, Inc. Pell City, AL Dec 15, 2011 $115,000
Director Finance & Controlling WKW Erbsloeh North America, Inc. Pell City, AL Dec 01, 2011 $115,000
Director Finance & Controlling WKW Erbsloeh North America, Inc. Pell City, AL Sep 15, 2012 $115,000
Director, Controls Metlife Group, Inc. New York, NY May 01, 2015 $111,134 -
$222,900
Director, Controls Metlife Group, Inc. New York, NY Aug 27, 2015 $111,134 -
$222,900
Director Finance and Controlling Ms Industries, Inc. Webberville, MI Sep 05, 2015 $109,000
Director, Controller American Express TRS Co., Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $107,615
Director Infection Control Ochsner Clinic Foundation New Orleans, LA Oct 16, 2012 $103,000
Director of Finance-Controller Hilton Worldwide, Inc. Washington, DC Sep 17, 2012 $87,500
Director of Inventory Control Pilgrim's Pride Corporation Greeley, CO Jan 30, 2012 $87,500
Director of Inventory Control Pilgrim's Pride Corporation Greeley, CO Jun 08, 2012 $87,500

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Top Skills for A Controller/Director Of Finance

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Payroll
  3. External Auditors
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  • Prepared combined annual and quarterly financial statements using self-developed Excel-based models Interacted with Board Members and external auditors (PWC).
  • Implemented computerized payroll system to replace manual system previously used.
  • Prepared worldwide financial operating results, complied with applicable SEC reporting requirements and interacted with external auditors.
  • Developed process-risk-self-assessment process and put in place controls to ensure compliance and mitigate operational.
  • Developed internal control policies, guidelines and procedures required to ensure proper control over and safeguarding of company assets.

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