How to write a Controller job description

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.

Examples of Controller job titles

    Controller
    Senior Controller
    Corporate Controller
    Controller (Full-Time)
    Accounting Manager

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 job seekers 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 organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of Controller responsibilities

    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 hire. 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.

Examples of Controller skills

    Bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, finance or related discipline
    Accounting designation (CMA, CGA or CA), or an equivalent combination of related experience and education
    Minimum 10 years of accounting experience in a senior accounting or financial management role with at least 5 years of 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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