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Working As A Controller, Vice President

  • 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

  • $117,990

    Average Salary

What Does A Controller, Vice President 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, Vice President

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 5.0 years
Plant Controller 4.6 years
Chief Controller 4.2 years
Finance Director 3.9 years
Finance Controller 3.8 years
Accounting Officer 3.7 years
Group Controller 3.7 years
Finance Manager 3.7 years
Unit Controller 3.5 years
Reporting Manager 3.1 years
Interim Controller 1.3 years
Top Employers Before
Controller 18.7%
Accountant 4.4%
Top Employers After
Controller 18.4%
Consultant 5.0%
Accountant 2.7%
Director 2.3%
Owner 1.4%

Controller, Vice President Demographics

Gender

Male

66.2%

Female

31.9%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

79.5%

Hispanic or Latino

10.0%

Asian

8.5%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.8%

French

15.4%

Swedish

7.7%

Portuguese

7.7%

Chinese

7.7%

German

7.7%

Mandarin

7.7%

Arabic

7.7%

Italian

7.7%
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Controller, Vice President Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.5%

Pace University - New York

6.9%

Southern Methodist University

5.7%

Drexel University

5.7%

Villanova University

5.7%

Michigan State University

5.7%

Hofstra University

5.7%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

5.7%

Ohio State University

4.6%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.6%

East Carolina University

4.6%

Nova Southeastern University

4.6%

Florida International University

4.6%

University of Kentucky

3.4%

Saint John's University - New York

3.4%

Temple University

3.4%

Oregon State University

3.4%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.4%

University of Central Oklahoma

3.4%

Pennsylvania State University

3.4%
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Majors

Accounting

45.0%

Business

27.1%

Finance

12.3%

Management

3.6%

Political Science

1.1%

Taxation

1.1%

Computer Science

1.1%

Law

1.1%

Management Information Systems

0.8%

Project Management

0.8%

Marketing

0.8%

International Business

0.6%

Computer Information Systems

0.6%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

0.6%

Mathematics

0.6%

Human Resources Management

0.6%

Public Relations

0.6%

Economics

0.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

0.6%

Education

0.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.9%

Masters

37.5%

Other

10.2%

Certificate

1.8%

Associate

1.5%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Controller, Vice President Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Vice President and Controller American Tower Corporation Woburn, MA Apr 20, 2015 $235,000
Vice President, Finance & Controller Borgwarner Emissions Systems Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Feb 01, 2014 $215,280
Vice President Finance-Controller Fareportal Inc. New York, NY Jul 19, 2016 $210,000
Vice President, Finance & Controller Borgwarner Transmission Systems Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Oct 01, 2012 $207,000
Vice President Model Validation and Control Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation Jersey City, NJ Oct 01, 2014 $200,000
Control Systems Platform President Korry Electronics Co. Selma, CA Nov 01, 2011 $200,000 -
$300,000
Control Systems Platform President Korry Electronics Co. Everett, WA Nov 01, 2011 $200,000 -
$300,000
Vice-President--Controller Allied Nevada Gold Corp. Reno, NV Aug 28, 2013 $195,000
Vice President, Finance and Controller (CFO) Arteris, Inc. Campbell, CA Sep 14, 2015 $184,600 -
$191,000
Vice President, Rotary Control & Isolation Mogas Industries, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 01, 2012 $182,699
Vice President, Financial Control & Supply Chain Kerry Inc. Beloit, WI Oct 01, 2009 $180,000
VP, Finance and Controlling T-Systems North America, Inc. Rochester Hills, MI Oct 01, 2009 $180,000
Vice President Finance, Business Controller Heineken Americas, Inc. New York, NY Jul 01, 2011 $175,000
Vice President Finance and Controller Securitas Electronic S Securitas Electronic Security Inc. Uniontown, OH Aug 02, 2016 $175,000
Vice President of Finance, Controller Money Mailer Garden Grove, CA Jun 21, 2016 $169,125
Vice President, Solids Control Republic Services, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 01, 2015 $167,648 -
$225,000
VP of Finance & Corporate Controller Money Mailer LLC Garden Grove, CA Sep 09, 2014 $165,000
Vice President, Finance and Controller Arteris, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 12, 2013 $160,000
Vice President, Market Risk Control TD Securities (USA) LLC New York, NY Mar 31, 2014 $160,000
VP of Finance, Controller Tramontina USA, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Oct 01, 2012 $156,000
Vice President, Market Risk Control TD Securities (USA) LLC New York, NY Mar 19, 2015 $154,690 -
$170,000
Controller Vice President-Finance Oracle America Inc. Rocklin, CA Sep 29, 2010 $153,000 -
$260,000
VP Controller HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Mettawa, IL Nov 01, 2013 $141,000
Vice President, PMO Controls LCC International, Inc. Overland Park, KS Apr 20, 2015 $132,662 -
$175,000
VP Corporate Oversight and Control: Firmwide Risk Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Jul 13, 2015 $130,000
Vice President, CCB Treasury Capital Controller Jpmorgan Chase &Amp; Co. New York, NY Apr 17, 2016 $125,000
Vice President, Commodities Valuation Control Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Sep 10, 2011 $125,000 -
$200,000
Vice President, Financial Control Omnium LLC Chicago, IL May 19, 2011 $120,000 -
$140,000

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Top Skills for A Controller, Vice President

MonthlyFinancialStatementsInternalAuditPayrollEnsureComplianceGeneralLedgerProductsDueDiligenceBalanceSheetAccountsAnnualRevenuesIncomeInternalControlsA/PGaapERPHumanResourcesAnnualBudgetSOXOversightFinancialAnalysisFinancialReports

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Top Controller, Vice President Skills

  1. Monthly Financial Statements
  2. Internal Audit
  3. Payroll
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared and analyzed monthly financial statements.
  • Presented financial results and Internal Audit projects and findings.
  • Decreased annual payroll costs by $400,000 after auditing payroll data related to 3000 employees.
  • Researched complex statutory accounting issues to ensure compliance with the NAIC Accounting Practices/Procedures Manual and state prescribed/permitted practices.
  • Review various general ledger and bank reconciliations prepared by Accounting personnel as well as personnel in other departments.

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