Accounting Controller Job Description

Accounting Controller Job Description

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Accounting controller provides technical accounting guidance (both US GAAP and IFRS) to internal customers and prepare technical accounting position papers supporting conclusions reached.

Accounting Controller Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Assist with the management of core finance processes/functions including Accruals, GL, Fixed Assets, FX, and Consolidation
Develop and support finance/operations process improvements
Lead communications, coordinate and engage the GRE Controller and Finance teams to ensure lease obligations are properly reflected on the Income Statement and Balance Sheet
Consistently analyze financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner
Calculate and record straight-line rent adjustments prepare monthly reconciliation and analysis
Month end close process, prepare and analyze financial statements
Cost accounting and inventory responsibilities
Assist with the management of the month/quarter/year end close process
Develop and improve efficient & scalable processes using best practices that tie into the overall company operational structure
Assist with audit preparation and support

Accounting Controller Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Accounting Controller

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: CPA, HUD, SOX, CA, CPFO

Education for Accounting Controller

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the accounting controller job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, Education, Economics, Business/Administration, MBA, Management, Graduate, Communication

Skills for Accounting Controller

Desired skills for accounting controller include:

Microsoft Office
Accounting concepts
Finance
Range of financial products and markets will be expected from you in this role
Excel
US GAAP
ERP systems
IFRS
Internal control processes and systems
SAP and programming skills helpful

Desired experience for accounting controller includes:

Must have ability to work in a collaborative, high-paced environment
Strong knowledge of accounting, audit, tax, treasury, business processes, and controls
Challenge the status-quo & drive for results in a fast paced and dynamic environment
Keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills which allows for strategic data interpretation versus
Responsible for ensuring proper accounting of revenues, including review / interpretation of sales contracts and analysis of accrued/unbilled revenues and deferred revenue
Responsible for other technical accounting analysis such as development cost capitalization and stock compensation accounting

Accounting Controller Examples

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Accounting Controller Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking for an accounting controller. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for accounting controller
  • Act as key player from Finance on cross organizational projects or functional projects
  • Oversight of fixed assets, inventory, debt, accounts payable and billing
  • Involvement with future system conversion
  • Monitor compliance with policies and procedures
  • Record the fair value adjustments for investments in real estate and debt
  • Manage monthly close process
  • Assist with transition/integration work for acquisitions
  • Develop annual business plans & forecasting for multiple distribution centers
  • Provide decision support to execute key business initiatives
  • Lead the annual audit process
Qualifications for accounting controller
  • Assist with month end closing and financial reporting
  • Assist with year end closing and preparation of annual financial statements and notes
  • Strong knowledge of GAAP, in particular revenue recognition rules on software and hosting arrangements
  • Working knowledge with Great Plains is a plus
  • Experience in ERP system implementation is a plus
  • Superior analytical skills and a quick-study
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Accounting Controller Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking for an accounting controller. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for accounting controller
  • Establishes, implements, manages and monitors critical accounting and reporting processes and associated metrics
  • You will support the team in regulatory reporting, by analyzing changes and checking quality of deliverables
  • Regarding tax matters, you will be involved in controlling of travel expenses and compliance with German tax laws, other tax law specifics
  • The follow-up of transfer of pricing agreements, taking care of completeness of documentation and related bookings is another part of your job
  • You will support the preparation of German Balance sheet and tax declaration
  • You will also follow-up of inter-entity billings and of current accounts reconciliation
  • The preparation of documents for Review meetings (Business/Audit) will also belong to your work
  • Finally, you will be involved in certain projects
  • Reports to departmental Manager
  • Prepare and reconcile shares issuance, forfeitures and conversion associated with share-based compensation plans
Qualifications for accounting controller
  • Investment or Insurance Accounting knowledge or experience a plus
  • Multi-tasker who thrives within a fast paced and dynamic work environment
  • Team player but also a self-starter who is proactive and energetic
  • A mix of Public accounting and Private company experience preferable
  • Strong SOX, GAAP and SEC reporting experience preferred
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of GAAP and internal auditing
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Accounting Controller Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking for an accounting controller. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for accounting controller
  • Preparation of consolidated financial statement and notes in accordance with IFRS focusing on treasury and tax items
  • Active participation in developing group reporting principles, tools and processes, through IFRS/Controllers' Network
  • Handling other fund operations, as needed
  • Assists the Chief Financial Officer with internal/external presentations as needed
  • Assures department is adequately staffed with qualified personnel, evaluations are performed timely, and job descriptions are current
  • Other members of the SSF’s Accounting department
  • Other departments within the SSF, mainly Payroll, Group Tax and HR
  • Team leadership including supervising, coaching and training AOS personnel
  • Actively and independently involved with clients in serving as interim controller while their organization is in transition
  • Integral in the development of processes and procedures to improve financial data processing and reporting for clients
Qualifications for accounting controller
  • Experience with accounting software and ERP programs
  • 2+ years of Banking experience or 2+ years of Financial Services experience
  • 1+ year of ReconPlus application experience
  • 2 to 4 years of accounting experience, compensation accounting a plus
  • Excellent technical skills such that you can advise Senior Management on the treatment of technical accounting issues and work with the technical accounting group as needed
  • CPA or equivalent professional credential
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Accounting Controller Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is hiring for an accounting controller. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for accounting controller
  • Proactively identifing risks to the financial processes, and works with stakeholders inside and outside of Finance to address identified risks and financial process issues
  • Proactively monitoring the BSARs, MEC and Finance and ICS audits
  • Coordinate, in relation to accounting/finance, the set-up of new companies
  • Support deployment of the business's finance control processes in the Taiwan Office
  • Monitor and analyze monthly financials
  • Group Key figures calculation process
  • Service Delivery - You will be responsible for performing and/or managing the daily deliverables, reviewing and monitoring MIS of reconciliation breaks in amount and ageing to ensure all material breaks have been captured in the Financials
  • Efficiency and Controls - Encourages initiatives to drive Front to Back efficiencies and improve the control environment
  • Provides Direction- Responsible for the build-out of knowledge strategy for function supported
  • AP and banking responsibilities
Qualifications for accounting controller
  • Minimum five years accounting management experience in hospitality or related industry
  • Experience with MAS90, Oracle, Lawson, Springer Miller, FAS and other financial/hospitality software a plus
  • Opportunities to maintain and develop the accounting, tax and VAT skills from an international perspective
  • Various and challenging work-task in an international environment
  • Flexible working time with balance between office work and some travelling
  • Degree in Accounting or Business is preferred
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Accounting Controller Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking to fill the role of accounting controller. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for accounting controller
  • Determing accounting treatment for events and transactions of a complex, unique, and/or judgmental accounting nature, to apply new/revised accounting policies in consultation with Technical Accounting and Oversight (TA&O)
  • Requiring to review the trial balance (TB) and closing topics (Pre-MEC) in the monthly process, and lead the risk based Financial Reporting Review (FRR)
  • As the main point of contact for the business over the RTR processes, responsible to collaborate with the BP to ensure business requirements are captured and that stakeholders are updated on the status of KPIs and on resolution of accounting and process issues
  • Managing processes using LEAN tools, and use LEAN methods to address process issues and problems to address root causes and not just address the symptoms of the identified issue
  • Driving continuous improvement in the processes by regularly performing Kaizens, and by locally driving global improvement initiatives
  • Directly oversee accounting personnel and all related functions including the hiring, training and evaluation of those under his/her direct supervision
  • Assure generation of financial statements in a timely and accurate manner – in accordance with the relevant accounting policies and procedures
  • Review each financial statement and approval for closing the accounting period for each entity
  • Assure the accounting personnel maintain proper internal control procedures
  • Oversee banking processes to meet client requirements, and in compliance with company policies and procedures
Qualifications for accounting controller
  • Minimum of 7 years progressive experience in financial/accounting functions in a manufacturing environment
  • Demonstrated ability of performing financial analysis
  • Experience in performing multiple projects and priorities working with diverse teams
  • CPA, CFA, QuickBooks Pro Advisor, and/or Xero Certification are major pluses!
  • Advanced knowledge of Sage / Timberline ERP system
  • CPA license highly preferred, but not required

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