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Controller (m/f/d)

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Controllers: more than just analysers

Being a controller means having a comprehensive overview of a company’s key figures and being able to analyse them. In addition to preparing reports, controllers also plan and control processes and performance.

Which career opportunities do controllers have?

Starting a career in the controlling area can be achieved either through further training measures, mostly subsequent to a qualification as a financial accountant, or through cooperative vocational education including practical training. Figure-based planning and process control are important for companies. Thus, there is a high demand for controllers and their specialist knowledge.

What are the tasks and responsibilities of controllers?

The controller’s profession developed from the field of accounting. While (financial) accounting deals with already completed transactions, controlling is a forward-looking activity taking account of current figures.

Controllers plan, control and monitor corporate processes and the related results.

  • Recording and control of corporate processes
  • Analysis and optimisation of processes
  • Budget planning and sales forecasts
  • Planning and implementation of strategies
  • Reporting on planning processes to the management board

Which hard skills and soft skills should controllers have?

To start a career as a controller, an MBA or another academic degree in business administration with specialisation in controlling and accounting is definitely beneficial. Alternatively, it is possible to undergo a further training programme subsequent to a vocational qualification in the commercial area. Furthermore, good controllers are characterised by their analytical way of thinking, good planning skills, flexibility and assertiveness.

They must have good English skills and be experienced in using the most important software solutions.

  • Aalytical and planning skills
  • Educational background and experience in controlling and accounting
  • Knowledge of relevant IT applications and software
  • Good English skills
  • Resilience, flexibility and assertiveness

What is the average salary of controllers?

As experts in finance management and process analysis, controllers have a good starting salary: on average, EUR 45,000 per year. With growing experience, they can even reach the upper management level and thus earn a lot more.

Find your ideal job as a controller – with Hays

As a controller, you do not only keep track of the corporate processes but can also prepare your analysis results for the management board and derive appropriate strategies.

With us, you will find a position that meets your qualifications as a controller. Contact us and learn more about the benefits of finding a job with Hays!

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