April 18, 2008, Newsletter Issue #75: Assistant Financial Controller

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Depending upon the entity’s size, the Assistant Controller can provide a variety of duties and responsibilities. Some of these include:

Supervises A/R, A/P, P/R personnel and transactionsResponsible for overseeing accounting procedures, internal controls (implementing, monitoring, enhancing), and database managementRandomly audits work flow to assure that all accounting transactions are appropriately authorizedSubstantiates and justified expenditures and expense reportsSupervises or prepares monthly journal entriesPrepares financial statementsSupervises or prepares general ledger reconciliationsAssures internal control complianceMay train staff on internal control procedures; assists Controller as neededReviews monthly closing processWorks on special projects, if requested; assist with yearly audit preparation. If involved in the financial field, Assistant Controllers will oversee the reporting and integrity of accounting for invested assets in bonds, mortgage loans, equities, limited partnerships and derivatives. Assistant Controllers must also have knowledge of GAAP, IRC, FASB, accrual base accounting, organizational auditing, fixed asset accounting, and tax filing requirements. They need to keep abreast of current industry events. They must have strong supervisory and analytical skills. Assistant Controllers must also a wide knowledge base of different software systems, and have strong computer usage experience.

Assistant Controller usually reports to the Controller. Salary varies according to firm size, geographical region, and individual position responsibilities. The positions requires 4-5 years experience, on average. It requires a Bachelor’s degree in either finance or accounting.

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