Corporate Controller

A corporate controller works closely with other members of a company’s financial team to help ensure a positive financial position. Controllers oversee and coordinate the preparation of income statements, balance sheets, and other financial reports as well as manage the auditing, accounting, and budgeting departments.

A corporate controller often prepares financial reports for regulatory authorities, making sure the information is current and accurate.

Because a corporate controller works closely with the finances of a company, anyone interested in this position should possess strong analytical skills and a trustworthy reputation.

Corporate Controller Degrees

Financial managers such as corporate controllers usually need a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, economics, or a related subject. Many have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA), finance, economics, or other advanced education.

Professional certification and license as a financial manager could prove beneficial, as well as staying up on the latest company laws and regulations.

Corporate Controller Salary*

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that median annual wages of financial managers were $99,330 with the middle 50% earning between $72,030 and $135,070. Those who worked for large organizations generally saw higher salaries than those in smaller firms, but location and type of industry also affected pay.

Candidates with a master’s degree and certification should see the best prospects.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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