Financial Controller

Be responsible for the financial and regulatory compliance of a company.
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What's it like to be a Financial Controller?

A Financial Controller functions as the lead accountant in a company. But beyond financial bookkeeping and filing taxes, the work of a Financial Controller helps businesses set strategic direction. Financial Controllers are in charge of drafting and presenting financial reports such as profit and loss statements, balance sheets, budgets, and financial prospectuses. They also complete and submit all paperwork for compliance to government regulations. Thus they need to be skilled in technical accounting and mathematics, and possess excellent communication skills.
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Tasks and duties

  • Conferring with the leadership team of the company.
  • Reviewing recorded financial data to make sure that it is current and accurate.
  • Creating an expense policy for employees and departments.
  • Coordinating the preparation of annual and revised budgets.
  • Providing financial data and statistics to management.
  • Supporting the financial closing process.
  • Coordinating with external and internal auditors.
  • Reviewing audit findings and ensuring that all points are resolved promptly.
  • Providing guidance to direct reports.
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The Financial Controller reports directly to the Chief Finance Officer (CFO) and often manages a team. For this reason, Financial Controllers also need strong leadership skills and be adept at solving problems.

How to become a Financial Controller

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To become a Financial Controller, you usually need a combination of a masters degree or a certified public accountant qualification and at least eight to ten years of experience in accountancy.

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in accounting or finance.
  2. Gain experience as an Auditor or Accountant. A minimum of eight to ten years experience in accountancy is required because Financial Controllers need to be experts in the field.
  3. Complete a Masters in Business Administration degree or become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). While not required, you may gain better job prospects with the advanced degree and professional certification. Consider joining the Malaysian Institute of Accountancy (MIA) as a Chartered Accountant Malaysia (C.A. (M)), the ASEAN Federation of Accountants (AFA), or the International Federation of Accountants (IFA), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and the International Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICEAW).
  4. Gain experience as an Assistant Controller.

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Skills and experience employers are looking for

Malaysian Institute of Accountants Membership
Accounting Software
Business Partnership
Interpersonal Sensitivity
Corporate Finance
Accounting Standards
Analytical Thinking
Professional Accounting Qualification
Team Leadership
Problem Solving
Commercial Acumen
Results Focused
Time Management
Microsoft Office
Computer Literacy
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