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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

  • $134,000

    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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Controller, Vice President Career Paths

Controller, Vice President
Chief Finance Officer
Chief Finance And Operating Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Chief Finance Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Finance Vice President
Senior Vice President
13 Yearsyrs
Finance Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President
Executive Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Vice President
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Vice President
6 Yearsyrs
Finance Director
Senior Director Of Finance
14 Yearsyrs
Finance Director
10 Yearsyrs
Executive Vice President
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Chief Finance And Operating Officer
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Vice President And Manager
Executive Director
10 Yearsyrs
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Corporate Vice President
Operations Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Corporate Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Operations Vice President
Senior Vice President-Operations
14 Yearsyrs
President
Board Of Directors Member
8 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Managing Director
Senior Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President-Operations
Executive Vice President Of Operations
13 Yearsyrs
President/Chief Executive Officer
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Director Of Administration & Finance
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Administration & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer
Founder And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
President & Chief Operating Officer
Business Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Director
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Division Vice President
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Division Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Vice President & General Manager
Owner And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Administration Vice President
Human Resources Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Administration Vice President
6 Yearsyrs
Group Vice President
9 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Information Technology
Business Director
10 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Group Vice President
Vice President, Corporate Development
12 Yearsyrs
Regional Vice President
Development Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Regional Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Founder And Chief Executive Officer
Interim Chief Executive Officer
16 Yearsyrs
Chief Information Officer
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Finance Services Director
Revenue Director
13 Yearsyrs
Finance Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Risk Officer
9 Yearsyrs
Board Of Directors Member
Chairperson, Board Of Directors
6 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Executive Vice President Of Operations
Chief Executive Officer And Operator
9 Yearsyrs
Vice President Operation Manager
Director Of Project Management
12 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Project Director
Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Controller 5.3 years
Group Controller 3.9 years
Finance Controller 3.8 years
Top Careers Before Controller, Vice President
Controller 15.2%
Accountant 3.5%
Manager 3.4%
Top Careers After Controller, Vice President
Controller 15.1%
Consultant 6.1%
President 1.9%
Director 1.8%
Owner 1.7%

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Controller, Vice President Demographics

Gender

Male

70.1%

Female

21.7%

Unknown

8.2%
Ethnicity

White

63.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

7.7%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.1%

French

9.6%

German

6.8%

Mandarin

6.8%

Chinese

5.5%

Portuguese

4.1%

Greek

4.1%

Italian

4.1%

Russian

2.7%

Japanese

2.7%

Cantonese

2.7%

Swedish

1.4%

Shanghaiese

1.4%

Hindi

1.4%

Gujarati

1.4%

Carrier

1.4%

Armenian

1.4%

Arabic

1.4%
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Controller, Vice President Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.8%

Pace University - New York

8.4%

Saint John's University - New York

7.1%

New York University

6.7%

Hofstra University

6.6%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

6.2%

Fordham University

5.9%

DePaul University

5.4%

Northeastern University

4.9%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

University of Houston

4.0%

Baruch College of the City University of New York

3.7%

Michigan State University

3.7%

Northern Illinois University

3.7%

Temple University

3.5%

University of Texas at Austin

3.5%

University of South Florida

3.4%

Villanova University

3.4%

University of Chicago

3.4%

Ohio State University

3.2%
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Majors

Accounting

44.9%

Business

27.3%

Finance

15.4%

Management

2.7%

Economics

1.5%

Law

0.8%

Taxation

0.8%

Accounting And Computer Science

0.7%

Marketing

0.6%

Business/Commerce

0.6%

Computer Science

0.5%

Education

0.5%

International Business

0.5%

Management Information Systems

0.5%

Real Estate

0.5%

Business Economics

0.4%

Computer Information Systems

0.4%

Psychology

0.4%

Political Science

0.4%

Management Science

0.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.8%

Masters

37.4%

Other

7.0%

Certificate

1.2%

Doctorate

1.2%

Associate

1.1%

Diploma

0.2%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$92,000
Min 10%
$134,000
Median 50%
$134,000
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$134,000
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$134,000
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$134,000
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Max 90%
Best Paying Company
BorgWarner
Highest Paying City
Oakland, CA
Highest Paying State
Montana
Avg Experience Level
5.6 years
How much does a Controller, Vice President make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Controller, Vice President in the United States is $134,284 per year or $65 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $92,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $194,000.

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
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 Model Validation and Control Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation Jersey City, NJ Oct 01, 2014 $200,000
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
VP, Finance and Controlling T-Systems North America, Inc. Rochester Hills, MI Oct 01, 2009 $180,000
Vice President, Financial Control & Supply Chain Kerry Inc. Beloit, WI Oct 01, 2009 $180,000
Vice President Finance and Controller Securitas Electronic S Securitas Electronic Security Inc. Uniontown, OH May 02, 2016 $175,000
Vice President, Valuation Controller Deutsche Bank New York Branch New York, NY Mar 27, 2014 $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, Market Risk Control TD Securities (USA) LLC New York, NY Mar 31, 2014 $160,000
Vice President, Finance and Controller Arteris, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 12, 2013 $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, Commodities Valuation Control Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Sep 10, 2011 $125,000 -
$200,000
Vice President, CCB Treasury Capital Controller Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Apr 17, 2016 $125,000
V.P. Risk Assessment & Control Assurance Cit Group (Nj) LLC New York, NY Sep 30, 2014 $120,000

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Top Skills for A Controller, Vice President

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. External Auditors
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  • Provided assistance to external auditors regarding audited statutory financial statements and other insurance related issues.
  • Managed major vendor and all contractor relationships; reviewed/approved all contractual agreements to ensure compliance with corporate standards.
  • Managed activities with internal and external auditors; consistently received satisfactory ratings for financial and internal control audits.
  • Reduced working capital level 10% by strengthening working capital analysis procedures and maintaining close working relationships with internal businesses.
  • Developed accounting policies and procedures for start-up company which resulted in safeguarding of company assets and limited financial risk to owners.

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