Treasurers and Controllers

Finance > Business Finance

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Direct financial activities, such as planning, procurement, and investments for all or part of an organization.

Common job titles of Treasurers and Controllers include:

Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 43.33% said they needed a Master's Degree.

  • 36.67% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.


    Coordinate and direct the financial planning, budgeting, procurement, or investment activities of all or part of an organization.

    Supervise employees performing financial reporting, accounting, billing, collections, payroll, and budgeting duties.

    Receive, record, and authorize requests for disbursements in accordance with company policies and procedures.

    Receive cash and checks and make deposits.

    Provide direction and assistance to other organizational units regarding accounting and budgeting policies and procedures and efficient control and utilization of financial resources.

    Monitor financial activities and details, such as cash flow and reserve levels, to ensure that all legal and regulatory requirements are met.

    Perform tax planning work.

    Compute, withhold, and account for all payroll deductions.

    Evaluate needs for procurement of funds and investment of surpluses and make appropriate recommendations.

    Analyze the financial details of past, present, and expected operations to identify development opportunities and areas where improvement is needed.

    Develop and maintain relationships with banking, insurance, and external accounting personnel to facilitate financial activities.

    Maintain current knowledge of organizational policies and procedures, federal and state policies and directives, and current accounting standards.

    Prepare or direct preparation of financial statements, business activity reports, financial position forecasts, annual budgets, or reports required by regulatory agencies.

    Handle all aspects of employee insurance, benefits, and casualty programs, including monitoring changes in health insurance regulations and creating budgets for benefits and worker's compensation.

    Determine depreciation rates to apply to capitalized items and advise management on actions regarding the purchase, lease, or disposal of such items.

    Lead staff training and development in budgeting and financial management areas.

    Advise management on short-term and long-term financial objectives, policies, and actions.

    Develop internal control policies, guidelines, and procedures for activities such as budget administration, cash and credit management, and accounting.

    Monitor and evaluate the performance of accounting and other financial staff, recommending and implementing personnel actions, such as promotions and dismissals.

    Conduct or coordinate audits of company accounts and financial transactions to ensure compliance with state and federal requirements and statutes.

    Delegate authority for the receipt, disbursement, banking, protection, and custody of funds, securities, and financial instruments.

    Prepare and file annual tax returns or prepare financial information so that outside accountants can complete tax returns.


Tablet computers

Personal digital assistants PDA

Personal computers

Notebook computers

Desktop computers

10-key calculators


ADERANT Expert Back Office, Powered by Keystone

ADP software

ADP Workforce Now

Data entry software


Exact Software Macola ES

Hyperion Solutions System 9 Planning

All Technologies

Hypertext markup language HTML

IBM Cognos Impromptu

Infor ERP SyteLine

Intuit QuickBooks

Microsoft Access

Microsoft Dynamics

Microsoft Dynamics GP

Microsoft Dynamics SL

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Word

NetSuite ERP

Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition

Oracle Fusion Applications

Oracle Hyperion

Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne

Oracle PeopleSoft

Oracle PeopleSoft Financials

Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management


SAP Business Objects

SAP Crystal Reports

Structured query language SQL


Automatic Data Processing PC payroll for windows PCPW

Blackbaud The Raiser’s Edge

Corel QuattroPro

FileMaker Pro

Fund accounting software

Hyperion Enterprise

IBM Lotus 1-2-3

Job costing software

Microsoft FRx

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MOSS

MYOB Premier Accounting Small Business Suite

Oracle E-Business Suite Financials

Oracle Hyperion Planning

Sage 50 Accounting

Sage Fixed Asset Solution FAS

Sage MIP Fund Accounting

Tax software


Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Management of Financial Resources

Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Using mathematics to solve problems.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Quantitative Abilities › Mathematical Reasoning

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

Add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.

Cognitive Abilities › Quantitative Abilities › Number Facility

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