How to Hire a Controller

Does your growing business need a controller? Controllers are responsible for the financial planning, budget management, and financial analysis.

Here are some tips to help you find great controller candidates and make the right hire for your business.

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Salary Information

  • Common wage in US: $36.40 hourly
  • Typical wages range from $15.50$99.00 hourly
  • Find more information on Indeed Salary

*Indeed data (US) – Jan 2019

Why hire a Controller?

Controllers play an essential role in corporate operations, and a great hire can help your business:

• Manage all of the accounting processes including AR, AP, payroll, cash flow
• Oversee tax preparation and ensure your company complies with both state and federal regulation
• Establish and monitor policies and procedures that govern accounting, reporting, auditing, and budgeting

Skills to look for in a great Controller

The best Controller candidate will, at a minimum, possess the skill sets and abilities as follows:

• At least a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business or economics
• Expert knowledge in preferred accounting software program, e.g. Quickbooks, Sage, etc.
• CPA certification
• Excellent verbal and written communication
• Professional interpersonal approach
• Strong leadership abilities

Writing a Controller job description

One of the best ways to attract qualified Controller candidates is to write detailed job description. A well written Controller job description includes a thorough summary of the role, a detailed list of duties and responsibilities, and both the required and preferred skills for the position.

Consider including keywords that job seekers are using to search for Controller jobs, such as:

• Financial Controller
• Controller
• Director of Finance

Interviewing Controller candidates

Strong candidates for Controller positions will be confident answering questions regarding:

• Crucial factors for developing a budget
• How they’ve helped to increase revenues in prior positions
• Controls they’ve incorporated and whether or not they had a major impact

See our list of interview questions for more examples.

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