Controller Job Description Template

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Controller Job Description Template


Job Brief

We are looking for a Controller to develop accounting policies and oversee all financial procedures of our company.


  • Document, monitor and update accounting policies
  • Ensure all payments are completed on time (including accounts payable and bank deposits)
  • Review quarterly and annual budgets for all departments
  • Analyze costs and profits
  • Set and track financial KPIs
  • Build risk assessment models to evaluate investments
  • Report on financial status on a regular basis and create ad-hoc reports when needed
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date filing systems
  • Perform internal audits and assist with external audits
  • Ensure compliance with accounting and tax regulations


  • Work experience as a Controller or similar role
  • Thorough knowledge of accounting principles, procedures and legislation
  • Hands-on experience with general ledger accounts payable and accounts receivable functions
  • Experience with cash management and risk assessment
  • Good knowledge of accounting software
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work with tight deadlines
  • BSc or MSc in Accounting or Finance
  • CPA or CMA preferred

What does Controller do?

A Controller is responsible for overseeing the financial operations of an organization. On a day-to-day basis, their tasks may include:

  1. Financial reporting: Prepare and review financial statements, including profit and loss statements, balance sheets, and cash flow statements.

  2. Budgeting and forecasting: Develop, monitor, and revise the organization's budget, as well as prepare financial forecasts and projections.

  3. Financial analysis: Analyze financial data and variances, identify trends, and provide insights to management for decision-making.

  4. Accounts payable and accounts receivable management: Oversee the process of paying vendors, managing invoices, and collecting payments from customers.

  5. Cash flow management: Monitor cash flow, including daily cash positions, cash forecasts, and cash flow projections.

  6. Internal controls: Establish and enforce policies and procedures to ensure the accuracy and integrity of financial transactions and internal controls.

  7. Financial planning and strategy: Collaborate with management to develop short-term and long-term financial objectives, and provide recommendations to improve financial performance.

  8. Compliance and regulations: Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal financial regulations, as well as company policies and procedures.

  9. Team management: Supervise and train accounting staff, review their work, and provide guidance and support when needed.

  10. Auditing: Coordinate and participate in internal and external audits, including ensuring the accuracy and completeness of financial records.

It's important to note that the specific tasks performed by a Controller may vary depending on the size and industry of the organization.

Controller Job Description Examples

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Controller• Robert Half

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