What does a Business Controller do?

Chief financial officers are top-level company executives who are responsible for overseeing the organization’s financial operations. They create and implement annual budgets and spending plans. They establish and enforce official policies and procedures, and ensure that all financial matters are conducted in compliance with applicable standards and regulations. They supervise financial record-keeping and documentation management systems to safeguard the security and integrity of sensitive financial information and data. They may also guide long-term investment strategies.

Chief financial officers commonly have at least a bachelor’s degree in business or accounting, although an MBA or other advanced degree is often preferred. They commonly have a CPA license. They have an extensive background in accounting, banking, or financial management. These roles require strong leadership skills and solid strategic planning capabilities.

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Business Controller Salaries

Average Base Pay

$76,760 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$41K
Median: $77K
$145K
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Best LawyersBest Lawyers
Chief Financial Officer
Feb. 17, 2021

“It has provided me with so many opportunities to grow and I have felt supported along the way.”

GSE RenewablesGSE Renewables
Chief Financial Officer
Dec. 2, 2020

“Any candidate joining the team would get a good learning opportunity along with a good career”

Roberta Roller RabbitRoberta Roller Rabbit
Chief Financial Officer
Jun. 28, 2019

“Solid leadership team with one of the best groups of people that I have ever worked with.”

Superior Tank LinesSuperior Tank Lines
Chief Financial Officer
Jan. 11, 2020

“The owners takes care of the employees better than any other I have worked for.”

LeanplumLeanplum
Chief Financial Officer
Mar. 8, 2021

“Our board is incredibly supportive of what we are doing and they represent some of the best VC firms in Silicon Valley.”

National Society of Black EngineersNational Society of Black Engineers
Chapter Treasurer
Oct. 29, 2019

“You meet so many educated people of color and it really opens your eyes to our endless possibilities.”

HSBCHSBC
Financial Crime Manager
May 30, 2021

“Good salary but not enough for what you do”

Vitreoretinal Consultants of NYVitreoretinal Consultants of NY
Chief Financial Officer
Dec. 18, 2020

“Fantastic opportunities to expand your skillset and further your career!”

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