April 25, 2008, Newsletter Issue #76: Controller Job Description

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The Controller position is complex, diversified, and varies according to industry and firm size. Here is a sample of a Controller job description: Directs budget and cost controls.
Financial analysis, accounting practices and reports.
Analyzes and interprets financial data and recommends changes to improve systems and financial performance.
In small firms, the controller may:
Maintain, analyze, summarize and general ledger accounts,Prepare or supervise preparation of financial statementsCoordinate year end auditsSupervises exempt and non-exempt accounting staffPresents financial information to senior management and/or Board of Directors.
Works on special projects as needed.
Maintains vendor and customer relations.
Develops chart of accounts. Educationally, a CPA is required. Must have at least seven years relevant work experience. Must be current with regulations and compliance issues. Strong supervisory skills required.

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