What's it like to be a Financial Controller?
A Financial Controller is also known as a Chief Accounting Officer, overseeing the financial and accounting functions that take place within an organisation. This can include managing day-to-day accounting activities, being in charge of tax matters, and preparing financial reports that help stakeholders make sound business decisions.
Tasks and duties
- Monitoring internal accounting matters and financial activities.
- Overseeing financial transactions made by the company.
- Managing and streamlining accounting functions and operations.
- Analysing financial data and making financial reports.
- Preparing company budgets.
- Managing tax affairs and preparing tax statements.
- Managing cash flow and payroll.
- Collecting debt and payments.
- Reviewing ways to reduce costs in the company.
Financial Controllers are expected to be highly analytical and detail-oriented, with an aptitude for numbers. A university degree in finance, accounting, business, or mathematics may be preferred by hirers.
Graduate with a university degree, preferably in any of the following fields: finance, accountancy, economics, mathematics, or business.
You can also consider getting a masters degree in finance to be promoted to a senior level position.
Seek globally recognised qualifications such as a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) or Chartered Accounts programme to gain an edge in competitive hiring.