Controllers maintain all finances and budgetary practices for a company by bookkeeping, budgeting and creating financial reports. They act in a financial leadership role by overseeing the activities of the accounting department and help to ensure that a company is financially successful.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Maintain a documented system of accounting policies and procedures
  • Oversee the operations of the accounting department
  • Ensure that suppliers are paid correctly and on time
  • Ensure that payments from customers are collected promptly
  • Process payroll in a timely manner
  • Maintain all financial information in an organized manner
  • Create and present financial statements
  • Check company manufacturing costs and ensure that the company is operating efficiently
  • Coordinate the preparation of the corporate annual reports
  • Develop monthly forecasting reports, financial models, budgets and metrics
  • Manage the production of the annual budget and forecasts
  • Provide recommendations for company cost-saving measures
  • Comply with local, state and federal government reporting requirements and tax filings

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • mathematics
  • personal finance
  • English
  • business
  • statistics

Education/Training Required:

You must have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree in accounting or business administration to be a controller. Higher degrees, like a master’s in business administration or a related degree, will give candidates a competitive edge. Often controllers have passed an exam and have become either a certified public accountant or certified management accountant.

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