Financial Controller

Oversee the day-to-day operations of a finance department.
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What's it like to be a Financial Controller?

Financial Controllers are responsible for the day-to-day operations of a finance department. Depending on the size of the company, a Financial Controller provides broader vision and leadership as well as hands-on management.
Financial Controller

Tasks and duties

  • Managing annual budgets and forecasts.
  • Overseeing taxation activity.
  • Ensuring compliance to laws, and financial or tax regulation.
  • Maintaining relationships with auditors and banks.
  • Identifying business efficiencies and operational improvements.
  • Maintaining accounting procedure and policy documentation.
  • Solving complex accounting issues.
  • Day-to-day management of the finance department staff.
  • Oversight of financial statements and annual reports.
  • Measuring company performance against internal and external benchmarks.
  • Working with executive leadership to plan, scope and implement projects and programs.

How to become a Financial Controller

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To become a Finance Manager, it is recommended that you hold a bachelor degree or higher in a related field, in addition to having experience in the industry.

  1. Complete a Bachelor of Accounting or a degree in a related field.
  2. Get accredited as a Chartered Accountant or Certified Practising Accountant. You’ll need to have attained an approved undergraduate degree to apply for accreditation.
  3. Gain experience as an Accountant. Financial Controllers will need substantial relevant experience
  4. Considering pursuing postgraduate education, preferably in business administration, finance, or economics.

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Latest Financial Controller reviews

Latest reviews from 36 Financial Controllers surveyed on SEEK.

May 2021
Financial Controller is challenge job in this modern and fast changing business world
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Professional Accounting (CPA)
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
The good things The company culture is excellent. I find job satisfaction in this company. The boss is helpful and provides the support I need. He also always appreciates my job done.
The challenges
The challenges Helping the company grow and expand, I always have to deal with new challenges and multi-tasking. The other challenge was managing the difficult cash flow situation.
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May 2021
Financial controller can be a full on job but you'll be able to add value to the company
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Accounting
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
You'll be overseeing the financials of the company. You'll also be part of management team and able to influence and contribute to the decision making process.
The challenges
You'll need to be able to influence all stakeholders in the company.
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