Job Title: Regional Controller Of Accounting
Education: BA and MS in Accounting, Bentley College
Previous Experience: Temporary staff accountant Manager of Accounting Controller Regional Controller
Job Tasks: I am responsible for ~15 branch offices throughout New England. I am responsible for monthly financials for these branches. I also must visit each location at least once a year to conduct internal audits. I am also responsible for all tax documentation for our company, and the state and federal government.
I supervise a staff of five who assist me in compiling Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable information. I prepare Powerpoint presentations for regional managers and corporate officers. It is vital that all of my work is done in a timely manner, which can require longer work hours at the beginning of the month. Also, I must work with tax auditors and government inspectors, sometimes on short notice. I could be asked to travel throughout the country to visit other regional controllers.
It is very important that I understand all aspects of this construction business, including products and services that we supply. Because construction is seasonally, I find myself much busier in the summer months than in the winter. I must be able to answer financial questions at any time - I give input on benefits, salaries, job hiring and firing, expense reports, and technological development. I am responsible to be up to date on tax laws and accounting principles. Not only are monthly financials prepared, but so are yearly financial closing documents. It is important that I delegate responsibilities to my staff, or I would never leave the office!
This is a rewarding job as I get to see my company prosper despite a tough economic climate.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of this job is having the responsibility of a company's accounting department and being able to travel locally
The worst part of this job can be the occasional long hours each month where I can expect to be in the office at least twelve hours a day
1. Be educated in your area - if you want to be an accountant, focus on that, not just general business principles.
2. You do not need to be a CPA to be an accountant - only if you wish to be a tax account that audits companies.
3. A masters is vital if you do not have a CPA - this will allow you to compete in the business world on equal footing
Additional Thoughts: Accounting is a career that every business needs - no business can exist without it - so there is an element of job stability.
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