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Assistant Controller Job Description

We are recruiting for a detail-oriented Assistant Controller to work under the direction of a controller and assist with the preparation of financial statements, budget reports and internal control systems. The Assistant Controller’s duties also include managing payroll, accounts payable/receivable, reconciling accounts and assisting with financial audits. You must be able to work independently and with the highest levels of integrity.

To succeed you should have exceptional accounting skills and knowledge of relevant industry regulations. The ideal candidate will also be well-organised and have excellent management skills.

Assistant Controller Duties and Responsibilities

  • Previous experience as an accountant, assistant controller or in a similar role.
  • Excellent understanding of GAAP and relevant financial accounting regulations.
  • Strong computer skills and knowledge of accounting software programmes.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Highly organised and detail-oriented.
  • Excellent maths and accounting skills.
  • Strong supervisory and management skills.
  • Degree in accounting, finance or in a related field.
  • Professional certification.

Assistant Controller Skills and Requirements

  • Prepare and consolidate financial statements and reports.
  • Assist with the development and evaluation of budgets and preparing budget reports.
  • Support the formulation and implementation of control systems within the organisation.
  • Overseeing accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll, identifying discrepancies and reconciling accounts.
  • Supporting the accounting department with all aspects of the general ledger.
  • Ensuring strict compliance with company and regulatory standards.
  • Prepare and manage accounts using various software programmes.
  • Prepare and assist with audits.
  • Follow changes in regulations and compiling reports regarding compliance issues, standards and accounting practises.
  • Previous experience as an accountant, assistant controller or in a similar role.
  • Excellent understanding of GAAP and relevant financial accounting regulations.
  • Strong computer skills and knowledge of accounting software programmes.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Highly organised and detail-oriented.
  • Excellent maths and accounting skills.
  • Strong supervisory and management skills.
  • Degree in accounting, finance or in a related field.
  • Professional certification.

Personalising Your Assistant Controller Job Description Advise

The hiring process and recruiting new employees to fill your key roles requires a degree of personalisation if you are to attract the best employees in a competitive employment market. The right person for a crucial role or more senior roles will likely have other employers targeting them. As your job description will be the first point of contact, you need to nail your pitch and provide the best possible service.

When creating your bespoke description and advert, you should cover and promote these points:

Job title: This should accurately reflect the role and include keywords that top talent might be using to search for jobs.

Job duties: The day to day duties, such as administrative tasks, which vary depending on the company and inform the candidate if they can complete the role.

Technical skills: These are the hard skills required through training, such as proficiency with Microsoft Office.

Soft skills: These include the interpersonal skills and general abilities the right candidates will possess. For example, the competency to prioritise multiple tasks, handle customer queries and customer complaints, work alone, or build a good relationship with coworkers.

The company’s culture: Highlighting your company culture and values ensures employees thrive and find outstanding job satisfaction. Candidates that are not the right fit won’t waste their time completing the application process, meaning you can focus on qualified individuals and hire in a more timely manner.

Career progression: Including the career path will entice candidates looking for career growth. 

Training and development programs: Smaller companies may need employees with previous experience or provide educational assistance over internal training offered by larger organisations with more significant resources. 

Employee benefits: Compensation and benefits often fail to appear in job ads and while you may want to hold your cards close to your chest, failing to include them is a mistake. Consider answering common questions, such as working hours and paid leave. Researching the average salary for the role in these early stages will ensure you don’t waste your interviewer’s and the candidate’s time.

Skill gaps: Your company may need to bring in new skills beyond those required to complete the key role and duties. Thinking on an organisational level can be beneficial when contemplating skills diversity.

Legal requirements: Ensure your job advert and description does not ask for inappropriate or discriminatory personal details, such as age, marital status, or religion.


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