What does a Controller do?

Controllers are the number translators at companies and ensure that every aspect of a company's finances are properly analyzed, documented, and interpreted. They manage the company’s accounting department and are responsible for the monitoring and upkeep of its financial health. They create reports, direct investment activities, and develop long-term financial plans and goals for the organization.

Controllers typically lead a company’s entire accounting department and supervise the accountants, payroll tax, and financial managers. They ensure the company’s books are accurate and monitor money influx and out flux through expenses and invoices, which they strive to pay and collect in a timely and efficient manner. They provide detailed financial reports and analysis to the company's chief executives and advise them on finances and potential policies or procedures that need implementation. Controllers can create budgets, manage executive payrolls, and prepare financial statements, and they usually need at least a bachelor's degree in finance, business administration, accounting, or related fields.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Controller Salaries

Average Base Pay

£32,023 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £32K
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Controller Career Path

Learn how to become a Controller, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Controller Insights

Read what Controller professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
5 Jan 2021

“Supervisor was very good to work with and was able to have some balance between work and life.”

6 Jul 2021

“If you want to work a 40 hour job and have great benefits you can do this at Graco.”

Garden of the Gods Resort and ClubGarden of the Gods Resort and Club
Assistant Controller
9 Jul 2020

“Lots of opportunities to work in different areas to gain experience and grow in your career.”

Quality Controller
25 Sep 2019

“Some people are given better treatment than others based on who you are friends with.”

VFM DesignVFM Design
Financial Controller
9 Feb 2021

“Felxibility and close to home”

20 Aug 2021

“The industry is growing and career stability is solid”

Corporate Controller
28 Aug 2019

“It is innovative and nimble.”

UPL Environmental Engineers
Finance Controller
12 Aug 2019

“Good Salary and perks.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a controller

When working as a controller, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Microsoft Office Suite, GAAP, Powerpoint, Windows Operating Systems and Excellent Customer Service.

The most similar professions to controller are:
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Advisor
  • Finance Manager
  • Financial Consultant

The most common qualifications to become a controller is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.