Controller role and responsibilities

A controller is responsible for managing the accounting operations of the organization. As a controller, you may also:

  • Direct and plan the preparation of reports that summarize and forecast company business activity and financial position in areas of income, expenses, and earnings, based on past, present, and expected operations.
  • Oversee determination of depreciation rates to apply to capital assets
  • Establish or recommend major economic objectives and policies for company or subdivision
  • Hire and manage financial staff
  • Report to top financial officer or CEO


  • Leadership skills, including motivation and organization of teams
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to influence organizational financial decisions
  • Superior communication skills
  • Technical skills in financial controlling
  • Time management


Depending on the job you want, you may need:

  • A bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration or related field
  • An advanced degree or certification, like CPA or CMA
  • 10+ years of direct experience in the field
  • Familiarity with financial programs and software
  • Management experience and skills

Prepare for these 5 bookkeeper interview questions

Your controller interview will go a lot more smoothly if you're ready to answer these questions candidly—not just with the answers you think the interviewer wants to hear.

  1. What factors do you consider when developing an organization's financial strategy?
  2. How do you handle pushback from organizational leadership?
  3. How do you motivate your teams and keep them engaged?
  4. Where in the organization to do you turn for insight?
  5. Have you helped junior level employees advance in their career?

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Similar positions

  • Assistant Controller
  • Senior Accountant
  • Auditing Director
  • Treasurer

Career Advancement

Depending on the path, controllers can become:

  • Finance Director
  • Treasurer
  • Chief Financial Officer

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