Honolulu Blue B!tch
- Jun 11, 2012
What finance/accounting positions have you held previously? Walking into a controller role without prior experience is damn near impossible. CPA never hurts. Skills.I'm in the military and I plan on getting out. I have a bachelor's and ms in finance. And working on ms in technology. What's your suggestion on getting into the controller route? Do you think I should get my CPA? What skills do I need to develop? What type of people are successful in this path?
Because become a financial controller/ executive could be my pathway to becoming a multi-billion industrialist.
Hard skills include being dope in Excel. Not average, not good, not great. Be a wizard. Goes without saying, knowing your way around a balance sheet and profit and loss statement.
Most of my job is communicating with others. Of course I have my staff, ten people deep. I've pushed for this however. Breaking down silos. I pushed to have finance meetings monthly with site directors for example. We'd send them financial statements but I was never sure they read them. In other instances, I got the COO on calls to discuss initiatives.
It's to the point that no one does anything without finance being in the loop. It wasn't like that before. Change agent is used a lot but you need to be that as a controller.