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Working As A Divisional 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

  • $105,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Divisional 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 Divisional 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 5.3 years
Plant Controller 4.8 years
Group Controller 3.9 years
Finance Controller 3.8 years
Unit Controller 3.6 years
Reporting Manager 3.2 years
Top Careers Before Divisional Controller
Controller 15.8%
Accountant 4.4%
Auditor 1.9%
Top Careers After Divisional Controller
Controller 21.8%
Consultant 4.7%
Owner 2.0%
Accountant 1.6%

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Divisional Controller Demographics

Gender

Male

70.9%

Female

21.0%

Unknown

8.1%
Ethnicity

White

64.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

7.7%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.0%

French

20.0%

Polish

10.0%

Italian

10.0%
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Divisional Controller Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.4%

University of Houston

7.0%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

7.0%

Georgia State University

6.3%

Arizona State University

4.7%

Saint John's University - New York

4.7%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

DePaul University

4.7%

Babson College

4.7%

Northern Illinois University

4.7%

Wayne State University

3.9%

Seton Hall University

3.9%

Hofstra University

3.9%

University of Washington

3.9%

Pace University - New York

3.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.1%

Salem State University

3.1%

University of South Florida

3.1%

Sacred Heart University

3.1%

Bryant University

3.1%
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Majors

Accounting

48.3%

Business

27.1%

Finance

14.5%

Management

2.8%

Management Information Systems

0.7%

Business/Commerce

0.7%

Business Economics

0.6%

Taxation

0.6%

Accounting And Computer Science

0.6%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

0.4%

Marketing

0.4%

Economics

0.4%

Operations Management

0.4%

Education

0.4%

International Business

0.3%

Computer Information Systems

0.3%

Computer Science

0.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

0.3%

Project Management

0.3%

Nursing

0.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.8%

Masters

39.1%

Other

6.8%

Certificate

1.7%

Associate

0.4%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Top Skills for A Divisional Controller

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Payroll
  3. Ensure Compliance
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  • Communicate with domestic and international units to prepare consolidated financial statements with foreign currency translations, and reconciliation of inter-company accounts.
  • Prepared tax data and reporting documentation required for payroll and commercial vehicle fleet compliance.
  • Coordinated with legal to ensure compliance in execution of acquisition documents.
  • Manage operating expense budgets; cut operational expenses 300k in a 20% revenue growth year.
  • Analyze and reconcile General Ledger accounts; record journal entries.

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