Controller Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Controller job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

  • Controller
  • Senior Controller
  • Corporate Controller
  • Controller (Full-Time)
  • Accounting Manager
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Example 1

***Immediate START*** *Company Overview* CSW Process Ltd are a market leading district heating design, install and commissioning contractor. We pride ourselves on offering a full ‘turnkey’ solution to the industry with the upmost quality, care, efficiency and commercial competitiveness. *Who We Require* An opportunity has become available for an experienced Quality Documentation Administrator to join our expanding district heating team. The key requirements will be to maintain the flow of documents and to carry out general office administration. Providing an auditable trail of incoming and outgoing documentation using the company procedures and systems, both manually and / or electronically. Tasks will include uploading / downloading, copying and printing of incoming and outgoing project documents. Archiving and filing will also be required. *Employee Responsibilities* * Ensure compliance with our internal quality management systems * Manage the control of certificates, specifications, drawings and design documentation etc throughout the lifetime of a project. * Preparation and production of O&M manuals to issue to the client * Track and control the issue of all technical and Design records including version control and recording * Manage & keep updated the document management systems in place * Create, organise and maintain internal filing systems. *Employee Essential Requirements* · Evidence of recent experience in providing administrative support within a busy office environment. · Be able to work under pressure, be a team player and have a high level of · Possess the ability to use your initiative to ensure new skills and tasks are picked up easily · Computer literate – Word, Excel, and Microsoft Project. · Excellent organisational, planning and time management skills · Good knowledge of construction methods, specifications, testing regimes, health, safety and legal regulations · Previous experience within civil engineering would be desirable Reference ID: DC00001 Contract length: 12 months Application deadline: 25/06/2021 *CSW Process Ltd provided the following inclusive hiring information: * We are an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants equally without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability status. Job Types: Full-time, Contract Salary: £100.00-£180.00 per day Schedule: * Day shift * Monday to Friday COVID-19 considerations: All COVID precautions will be discussed at interview stage. Experience: * Document management: 1 year (preferred) Work remotely: * No

Example 2

The Private Banking Controller team for EMEA excluding Switzerland is responsible for financial oversight of their business, and is tasked with ensuring that a strong control environment exists as it relates to all businesses, products and operational areas that impact the financials and regulatory reporting of the firm. This role provides an opportunity to interact with multiple lines of business and internal stakeholders while learning financial controllership end-to-end. The Vice President will be a key member of the team, playing a leadership role in overseeing the team's deliverables, and liaising with the line of business finance leads, operations and the Controller community to drive the business controller agenda. Specific responsibilities will include: Communicate and partner with senior leadership and various internal stakeholders across the firm on various matters impacting the financials Month-end analytical review of the buisness financials to ensure completeness and accuracy of the financial statements, and preparation of and contribution to various reports Drive process improvement to enhance reporting and gain efficiencies Financial accounting & control on a monthly basis, including oversight of the month-end close process, including oversight of LOB owned product system, review of inter-entity breaks and unnatural general ledger balance monitoring Investigate, analyze and resolve issues and respond to ad-hoc queries Assist in the on-going Legal Entity Control Standard compliance monitoring and drive accountability model with the line of business and LEC Controller teams globally Intercompany Activity Control including variance commentary and help drive root cause resolution Participate in and help drive the overall LBC agenda on Controls Management, Firmwide legal entity reporting projects including infrastructure and process improvement efforts and other Controller initiatives as needed Qualifications: 6-8+ years finance/accounting/LEC/regulatory reporting/products - related experience Bachelor's degree required Qualified Accountant Superior accounting and analytical acumen, with ability to understand, produce and explain income statement and balance sheet content and variances Advanced Excel and PowerPoint skills required Self-motivated, strong initiative and superior work ethic; ability to thrive in a changing work environment Ability to multi-task and work well under pressure, with an ability to be flexible in a dynamic and challenging environment Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, including an ability to prepare executive level presentations Ability to partner effectively with others, as well as act as an advisor to business partners within the lines of business or legal entity chains Superior attention to detail, ability to deep dive on processes/issues and improve Strong influencing and facilitation skills [website] Morgan is a global leader in financial services, providing strategic advice and products to the world's most prominent corporations, governments, wealthy individuals and institutional investors. Our first-class business in a first-class way approach to serving clients drives everything we do. We strive to build trusted, long-term partnerships to help our clients achieve their business objectives. We recognize that our people are our strength and the diverse talents they bring to our global workforce are directly linked to our success. We are an equal opportunity employer and place a high value on diversity and inclusion at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of any protected attribute, including race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital or veteran status, pregnancy or disability, or any other basis protected under applicable law. In accordance with applicable law, we make reasonable accommodations for applicants' and employees' religious practices and beliefs, as well as any mental health or physical disability needs.

Controller job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so jobseekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Controller job summary

Our agency is in search of a self-directed and experienced Controller to oversee all financial, accounting and human resources activities. The successful candidate will be responsible for budget management, financial analysis, payroll, forecasting, accounts payable, accounts receivable and financial reporting. Key areas within the human resources department will also be managed by the Controller, including policy and procedure compliance and ongoing maintenance of HR practices. This is a fantastic opportunity for a professional who thrives in a busy work place, and is well-versed in working closely with senior management.

Controller responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the employee reports to.

  • Participate in the development of and support the company’s strategic plans
  • Monitor the financial performance of the company
  • Compile and analyse financial reporting packages
  • Prepare monthly and annual operating budgets
  • Develop and manage financial controls in accordance with the company’s procedures
  • Communicate financial metrics to senior management
  • Provide leadership and support to accounts receivable and accounts payable departments
  • Manage the preparation of payroll for personnel
  • Keep up-to-date on current HR trends

Controller qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful employee. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Accounting, Finance or related discipline
  • Accounting qualification (AAT, ACCA or CIMA) or an equivalent combination of related experience and education
  • Minimum 10 years accounting experience in a senior accounting or financial management role with at least 5 years experience in human resources
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Impeccable analytical and organisational skills
  • Self-motivated and self-directed
  • Ability to work closely with a senior management team
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