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Working As A Corporate 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

  • $127,500

    Average Salary

What Does A Corporate 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 A Corporate 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 5.0 years
Plant Controller 4.6 years
Chief Accountant 4.5 years
Audit Manager 4.3 years
Accounting Manager 4.3 years
Corporate Director 4.0 years
Finance Director 3.9 years
Finance Controller 3.8 years
Corporate Manager 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 17.0%
Accountant 3.4%
Manager 2.8%
Top Employers After
Controller 17.7%
Consultant 5.9%

Corporate Controller Demographics

Gender

Male

71.8%

Female

25.7%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

80.3%

Asian

8.4%

Hispanic or Latino

8.4%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

1.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.9%

French

9.3%

Portuguese

8.4%

Mandarin

7.5%

Chinese

5.6%

German

4.7%

Cantonese

3.7%

Japanese

1.9%

Malay

1.9%

Teochew

1.9%

Hindi

1.9%

Italian

1.9%

Russian

0.9%

Shanghaiese

0.9%

Swedish

0.9%

Finnish

0.9%

Norwegian

0.9%

Gujarati

0.9%

Carrier

0.9%

Tagalog

0.9%
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Corporate Controller Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.2%

DePaul University

8.5%

Northern Illinois University

7.2%

Northeastern University

7.0%

San Jose State University

5.1%

Pace University - New York

4.9%

University of Southern California

4.7%

Georgia State University

4.3%

University of Houston

4.3%

University of Utah

4.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.0%

Santa Clara University

4.0%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

University of Notre Dame

3.8%

Villanova University

3.6%

Illinois State University

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.4%

Temple University

3.4%

San Diego State University

3.4%
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Majors

Accounting

49.0%

Business

28.1%

Finance

13.1%

Management

2.1%

Economics

1.4%

Taxation

1.2%

Law

0.6%

Education

0.6%

Computer Science

0.5%

Business Economics

0.4%

Marketing

0.4%

International Business

0.3%

Project Management

0.3%

Business/Commerce

0.3%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

0.3%

Supply Chain Management

0.3%

Computer Information Systems

0.3%

Psychology

0.3%

Hospitality Management

0.3%

Real Estate

0.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.8%

Masters

40.0%

Other

6.6%

Certificate

1.5%

Doctorate

1.0%

Associate

0.9%

Diploma

0.2%

License

0.1%
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Real Corporate Controller Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Corporate Controller Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 10, 2013 $550,000
Corporate Controller (Senior Director) Couchbase, Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 09, 2016 $209,435 -
$210,000
Corporate Controller Aegis Media Americas, Inc. New York, NY Mar 01, 2014 $200,000
Corporate Controller IXYS Corporation Milpitas, CA Aug 05, 2013 $190,000
Corporate Controller Quantenna Communications, Inc. Fremont, CA Oct 19, 2015 $182,853 -
$210,000
Corporate Controller Aegis Media Americas, Inc. New York, NY May 29, 2012 $175,000
Corporate Controller Skyworks Solutions, Inc. Woburn, MA Mar 28, 2011 $170,363
Corporate Controller DCG Systems, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 28, 2015 $168,000
Corporate Controller Easic Corporation Santa Clara, CA Dec 29, 2014 $165,000 -
$195,000
Corporate Controller Fujitsu America, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Nov 04, 2013 $152,610
Corporate Controller WPCS International Incorporated Exton, PA Sep 17, 2012 $152,000
Corporate Controller-Containment Service Line Select Energy Services LLC Houston, TX Oct 02, 2012 $150,000
Corporate Controller Timec Company, Inc. Carson, CA Oct 01, 2010 $150,000 -
$200,000
International Corporate Controller Olympus NDT Ne Waltham, MA Aug 26, 2012 $141,000
International Corporate Controller Olympus NDT Inc. Waltham, MA Aug 26, 2012 $141,000
Corporate Controller DCG Systems, Inc. Fremont, CA Feb 21, 2011 $140,000
Corporate Controller DCG Systems, Inc. Fremont, CA Feb 21, 2011 $137,500
Corporate Controller Modular Mining Systems, Inc. Tucson, AZ Aug 27, 2013 $130,000
Corporate Controller Heartland Motor Company Bremerton, WA Oct 15, 2010 $130,000 -
$150,000
Corporate Controller Heartland Motor Company Bremerton, WA Feb 01, 2012 $130,000 -
$150,000
Corporate Controller Haselwood Buick Pontiac Co. Bremerton, WA Nov 06, 2007 $120,000 -
$150,000
Corporate Controller Summer Pool Services Inc. Port Saint Lucie, FL Oct 06, 2016 $117,354
Corporate Controller CTP Transportation Products, LLC Franklin, TN Jan 20, 2014 $113,304 -
$132,696
Corporate Controller Triumph Hospitality Group New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $110,323
Corporate Controller Prince Resorts Hawaii, Inc. Urban Honolulu, HI Sep 08, 2010 $110,000
Corporate Controller Flex America, Inc. Elizabethtown, KY Feb 27, 2012 $108,000
Corporate Controller Flex America, Inc. Fort Lee, NJ Jul 01, 2011 $108,000

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Top Skills for A Corporate Controller

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Top Corporate Controller Skills

  1. Monthly Financial Statements
  2. External Auditors
  3. Payroll
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Budgeted general administrative expenses; maintained general ledger; prepared weekly cash flow reports and monthly financial statements.
  • Act as primary interface with corporate banking institutions, external auditors and outsourced tax professionals.
  • Partnered with external Tax Accounting consulting firm for tax extensions and payroll audits.
  • Retained valuable core assets and realized profit on the sale of both entities.
  • Reported directly to the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer for the remodeling franchise company with annual revenues of $29 million.

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