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Working As An Unit 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

  • $90,467

    Average Salary

What Does An Unit 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 An Unit 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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Unit Controller Career Paths

Unit Controller
Senior Finance Manager Accounting Director
Assistant Corporate Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Finance Controller Finance Manager
Business Manager-Finance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Finance Vice President
Controller General Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Control Operator Controller
Controller/Director Of Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Regional Controller Finance Controller
Controller/Finance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager/Finance Accounting Plant Controller
Corporate Accounting Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Finance Controller Senior Finance Analyst
Cost Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Vice President Interim Controller
Division Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis Manager, Finance Analysis
Finance Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Controller Corporate Controller
Finance Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Division Controller Corporate Controller
Interim Controller
15 Yearsyrs
Regional Controller Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
Manager, Finance Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Finance Consultant Finance Project Manager
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Finance Consultant Senior Finance Analyst
Manager/Finance Accounting
8 Yearsyrs
Division Controller Controller
Regional Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Finance Manager
Regional Finance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Manager Division Controller
Senior Accounting Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Controller Finance Director
Senior Director Of Finance
14 Yearsyrs
Control Operator Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
Senior Finance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Manager Finance Planning And Analysis Finance Director
Strategic Planning Director
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Plant Controller 4.7 years
Finance Director 3.9 years
Group Controller 3.7 years
Finance Controller 3.6 years
Reporting Manager 3.1 years
Unit Controller 3.0 years
Interim Controller 1.3 years
Top Employers Before
Controller 11.4%
Accountant 4.6%
Top Employers After
Controller 18.5%
Consultant 4.7%
Manager 2.8%

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Unit Controller Demographics

Gender

Male

67.6%

Female

30.6%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

10.1%

Unknown

3.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

German

13.3%

Portuguese

10.0%

French

10.0%

Italian

10.0%

Chinese

6.7%

Mandarin

6.7%

Dutch

3.3%

Japanese

3.3%

Polish

3.3%
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Unit Controller Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.5%

Wayne State University

6.6%

DePaul University

6.6%

San Jose State University

5.3%

Sacred Heart University

5.3%

Houston Baptist University

5.3%

Drexel University

5.3%

Saint Louis University-

5.3%

George Washington University

5.3%

Pace University - New York

5.3%

Eastern Michigan University

3.9%

Case Western Reserve University

3.9%

Lake Forest Graduate School of Management

3.9%

Chapman University

3.9%

State University of New York Albany

3.9%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.9%

Bryant University

3.9%

Indiana University Bloomington

3.9%

University of Akron

3.9%

Vanderbilt University

3.9%
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Majors

Accounting

34.6%

Business

31.3%

Finance

19.3%

Management

3.5%

Economics

1.6%

Electrical Engineering

1.2%

Psychology

0.9%

Criminal Justice

0.9%

International Business

0.7%

Information Technology

0.7%

Operations Management

0.7%

General Studies

0.7%

Project Management

0.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.5%

Medical Technician

0.5%

Liberal Arts

0.5%

Mathematics

0.5%

Marketing

0.5%

Taxation

0.5%

Health Care Administration

0.5%
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Degrees

Masters

42.6%

Bachelors

42.4%

Other

10.5%

Associate

2.5%

Certificate

1.7%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Real Unit Controller Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Business Unit Controller-Americas RÉMy Cointreau Travel Retail Americas, Inc. Miami, FL Sep 13, 2010 $115,000
Business Unit Controller, Structured Finance Commerzbank AG-New York Branch New York, NY Aug 01, 2011 $92,000
Finance Business Unit Controller UBS Securities LLC Stamford, CT Apr 12, 2010 $90,000 -
$110,000
Director, Business Unit Controller UBS Services LLC Stamford, CT Sep 20, 2010 $85,800 -
$138,000
Deputy Local Business Unit Controller ABB Enterprise Software, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Jul 20, 2015 $84,718 -
$108,100
Business Unit Controller, Equities Derivatives/I UBS Securities LLC Stamford, CT Jun 10, 2011 $83,990 -
$90,000
Unit Controller 3 Sodexo, Inc. Stony Brook, NY Sep 14, 2015 $80,000 -
$100,000
Business Unit Controller Schaeffler Group USA, Inc. Fort Mill, SC Nov 15, 2011 $80,000 -
$90,000
Business Unit Controller Bayer Healthcare LLC Emeryville, CA Feb 14, 2011 $80,000 -
$95,000
Business Unit Controller Professional Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation McLean, VA Mar 15, 2016 $71,365 -
$76,425
Business Unit Controller Professional Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation McLean, VA Jun 29, 2016 $71,365 -
$76,425
Authorized Officer, Business Unit Controller/IB B UBS Securities LLC Stamford, CT Oct 01, 2010 $69,400 -
$90,000
Business Unit Controller Senior Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation McLean, VA Dec 16, 2012 $63,600 -
$108,200

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Top Skills for An Unit Controller

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  1. Financial Statements
  2. Payroll
  3. A/P
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  • Implemented financial controls to ensure safeguarding of company assets as well as guaranteeing the accuracy and completeness of financial statements.
  • Administered payroll and monthly commission calculation and disbursement processes, as well as monthly benefits distributions.
  • Manage staff of twelve, including A/P, A/R, Staff Accountants and Accounting Manager.
  • Performed as Compliance Manager ensuring compliance to DSM Corporate standards/requirements by actively challenging Business Unit and Business Group Management as appropriate.
  • Created and implemented new corporate policies and procedures for reporting and internal control to safeguard company assets.

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