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Controller Job Description; What are the current key functions and responsibilities of controllership?

Controller Job Description


Richard Casinelli
Title: CFO
Company: Equity Search, Inc.
(CFO, Equity Search, Inc.) |

It depends on the size of the organization. Google the word and you will see
various job descriptions. Usually rolls up to CFO and reports to this person.

Ken Stumder
Title: Finance Director / Controller
Company: Ken Stumder, CPA
(Finance Director / Controller, Ken Stumder, CPA) |

A Controller job description varies with the size of the org. Someone posted a good breakdown of the controller role as it varies from the CFO role here a bit ago; it might have the level of detail that you want. I'll try to locate.

Ken Stumder
Title: Finance Director / Controller
Company: Ken Stumder, CPA
(Finance Director / Controller, Ken Stumder, CPA) |

Here is the link. If you do a search in Proformative you will find some additional input on this topic.

Jack Noodelman
Title: Budget Director
Company: Canada Economic Development
LinkedIn Profile
(Budget Director, Canada Economic Development) |

Excellent synopsis. Thank you.

James Oates
Title: Owner
Company: James D. Oates, CMA
(Owner, James D. Oates, CMA) |

To me, the primary role is to ensure that the assets of the business are safeguarded so that they can be utilized to their best extent in the operations of the business..

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Regis Quirin
Title: Director of Finance
Company: Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP
LinkedIn Profile
(Director of Finance, Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP) |

The size of the organization is important but also where they are in the their formation of the company. A fully established company, in a mature stage of their life, may have room for both a Controller and CFO. But, in a newly formed company, the CFO will be spending about half their time in Controller like activities related to Accounting system establishment; and half their time in CFO like activities related to investor interaction.

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Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
LinkedIn Profile
(President & CFO, |

The Controller is essentially the Chief Accounting Officer reporting to the CFO (assuming there is a CFO).

Thus their job is to make sure the accounting and financial reports are accurate and timely.

In smaller companies the Controller assumes some of the responsibilities held by a CFO when there is none.


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