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Controller Job Description Template

What Does a Controller Do?

Controllers (or Corporate Controllers or Senior Accountants) play a key role in managing a company’s accounting function and operational financial requirements.  The focus of the role is on efficient financial management of an organization.

Controller Job Overview

In the Controller role, you will be responsible for budget management, payroll, financial analysis, revenue & expense forecasting, accounts payable & accounts receivable and all associated financial reporting. You will work closely on all financial matters with company management.  Success in this role will be demonstrated through actionable data-driven analysis and efficient financial operations for the organization.

Controller Job Responsibilities and Duties

  • Develop and maintain financial controls for all company business operations
  • Monitor company financial performance
  • Create and monitor department budgets on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis
  • Analyze company spend and identify areas for improvement and cost savings
  • Create and enforce company expense policies and procedures
  • Manage preparation for company payroll
  • Develop financial reports and deliver company metrics for senior management and board members
  • Ensure all financial processes meet regulatory and compliance guidelines and standards 
  • Lead, manage and direct financial support and accounting team members

Controller Job Requirements

  • 5-10 years of financial management and accounting experience in a corporate environment
  • Knowledge of accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll procedures
  • Experience with financial data analysis and reporting
  • Proven ability to create financial reports and presentations 
  • Expertise in spreadsheets and financial accounting software
  • Deep understanding of federal and state tax regulations and reporting requirements
  • Strong quantitative and analytical ability
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, finance or related field.  MBA a plus.


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