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Working As An Interim 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

  • $100,272

    Average Salary

What Does An Interim 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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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 4.7 years
Group Controller 3.7 years
Finance Controller 3.6 years
Unit Controller 3.5 years
Interim Controller 1.0 years
Top Careers Before Interim Controller
Controller 18.9%
Accountant 5.3%
Consultant 4.4%
Manager 2.1%
Top Careers After Interim Controller
Controller 19.8%
Consultant 9.2%
Accountant 4.9%

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Interim Controller Demographics

Gender

Male

62.8%

Female

34.8%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

62.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.2%

German

11.1%

Russian

5.6%

Italian

5.6%

French

5.6%
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Interim Controller Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.7%

San Jose State University

6.3%

San Diego State University

6.3%

University of Houston

6.3%

Santa Clara University

5.2%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.2%

Arizona State University

4.2%

University of Kentucky

4.2%

Texas Tech University

4.2%

Georgia State University

4.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.2%

DePaul University

4.2%

University of Southern California

4.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.2%

Pace University - New York

4.2%

University of Oregon

4.2%

University of Florida

3.1%

New York University

3.1%

San Francisco State University

3.1%

Liberty University

3.1%
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Majors

Accounting

49.4%

Business

27.6%

Finance

12.0%

Management

2.2%

Taxation

1.4%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

0.8%

Business/Commerce

0.8%

Marketing

0.6%

Project Management

0.6%

International Business

0.4%

Computer Information Systems

0.4%

Business Economics

0.4%

Area Studies

0.4%

Health Care Administration

0.4%

Economics

0.4%

Journalism

0.4%

Secretarial And Administrative Science

0.4%

Information Systems

0.4%

History

0.4%

Education

0.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.1%

Masters

35.2%

Other

6.1%

Certificate

3.4%

Associate

1.3%

Doctorate

1.3%

License

0.4%
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Top Skills for An Interim Controller

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Audit
  3. Payroll
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  • Performed month-end closing, prepared financial statements, directed daily accounting operations and negotiated financing with banks.
  • Validated accuracy of RCM controls, developed audit programs and updated internal control narratives.
  • Performed weekly and bi-weekly payroll and benefits administration.
  • Full analysis and reconciliation of all General Ledger accounts.
  • Implement Resources Global Professionals Policy IQ ERP system to support Sarbanes-Oxley and manage account reconciliations.

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