Financial Controller Resume Examples in 2023

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Downloadable Resume Examples

Example #1
Financial-Controller_Example-1.pdf

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Example #2
Financial-Controller_Example-2.pdf

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Example #3
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Example #3

Financial Controller Text-Only Resume Examples

Years of Experience
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  • Example #2 #2
  • Example #3 #3

Cameron Malfara
123 Windermere Rd., Seattle, WA 12345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected]

Profile

Financial Controller with 5+ years of experience in dynamic startup environments. Highly resourceful and versatile, adding consistent value in both a leadership or hands-on role. Committed to continually gaining and applying new work skills.

Career Highlights

Controller, PST Inc., Seattle, WA | August 2019 to Present

  • Manage all accounting, auditing, and budgeting operations
  • Helped the company navigate severe financial challenges and business disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. Successfully managed application for the Paycheck Protection Program
  • Established rigorous new reporting protocols that improved both legal compliance and internal communications

Accounting Director, RMW Inc., Seattle, WA | June 2017 to July 2019

  • Guided production of reports analyzing and projecting both short- and long-term revenue, expenses, and profit margins

Education

Bachelor’s Degree – Economics
University of Washington,
Seattle, WA  

Key Skills

  • Accounting Management
  • Budgeting & Cost Accounting
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Complex Problem-Solving
  • Financial Analysis & Reporting
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Internal & External Audits
  • Project & Program Management
  • Regulatory Compliance

Jessica Lang
123 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 12345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected]

Profile

Financial Controller with 5+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Committed to finding new ways to improve accounting efficiency and accuracy. Offer creative yet practical accounting solutions based on close analysis of available data and business resources. Ready collaborator who builds productive relationships with other finance team members and across functional lines.

Career Highlights

Financial Controller, CWD Institute, Nashville, TN | August 2019 to Present

  • Implemented new timesheet software that enabled third-party contractors to log work hours for efficiently and accurately
  • Streamlined sales invoice operations, reducing total accounts receivable by 30% and expediting average processing time by 15%

Finance Director, KPT Institute, Nashville, TN | June 2017 to July 2019

  • Led a 5-member team to meet/exceed 100%+ of objectives for timely and accurate financial reporting
  • Converted organization to a new payroll provider, affording more efficient biweekly processing for 300+ employees

Education

Bachelor’s Degree – Business Administration
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Key Skills

  • Accounting Management
  • Budgeting & Cost Accounting
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Complex Problem-Solving
  • Financial Analysis & Reporting
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Financial System Implementation
  • Internal & External Audits
  • Operational Streamlining
  • Payroll Coordination
  • Productivity & Efficiency Gains
  • Project & Program Management
  • Regulatory Compliance

Aliya Jackson
123 Pine Brook Dr, Miami, FL 12345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected]

Profile

Financial Controller with 5+ years of advancement and experience at major corporations. Strategist who played a key leadership role in periods of rapid business growth and change. Generate relevant, influential earnings analysis offering both big-picture insight and close attention to detail. Master of Science (MS) in Accounting.

Career Highlights

Corporate Controller, UNS Corp., Miami, FL | August 2019 to Present

  • Lead a 10-person team managing sophisticated accounting operations for five subsidiaries
  • Facilitated a key growth period by coordinating accounting aspect of three business acquisitions
  • Member of leadership team that set new long-term business objectives

Controller, OCB Corp., Miami, FL | June 2017 to July 2019

  • Oversaw quarterly and annual reporting to state and federal government agencies
  • Achieved zero findings on all internal and external audits

Education & Credential

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Master’s Degree – Accounting
Bachelor’s Degree – Business Administration 

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Key Skills

  • Accounting Management
  • Budgeting & Cost Accounting
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Complex Problem-Solving
  • Corporate Change Leadership
  • Financial Analysis & Reporting
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Internal & External Audits
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Project & Program Management
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Team Management & Motivation

Tips for Writing a Better Financial Controller Resume

1. Keep a clean, simple format

For finance professionals, a conservative resume format is usually best. Try using a traditional serif font like Century or Cambria for your body text and a clean sans serif font like Calibri for your subject headings. Use color sparingly, if at all, and keep your entire resume as one column rather than setting information off to one side. Avoid fancier Microsoft Word format options like WordArt, Tables, and Text Boxes (which can muck up ATS anyway). This conservative approach is well-suited to your field, but it’s also often simply the best way to display your various career information. As Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

2. Streamline how you show multiple credentials

When citing a college degree, certification, or other credentials, it’s best to list the information in this order:

Degree or Credential Name

Issuing School or Organization, City, ST 

But what if you have multiple degrees from the same college? Or multiple training courses from the same program? Following the above format causes you to list the same organization and location info multiple times, as in:

Master’s Degree – Accounting

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, Gainesville, FL

Bachelor’s Degree – Business Administration

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, Gainesville, FL

The effect can become tedious to the hiring manager. It’s especially distracting in cases where you completed a bunch of courses at the same training program.

There’s a better way. List the organization and location info first, once. Then indent the multiple items underneath, so the hiring manager sees they came from the same place:

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, Gainesville, FL

Master’s Degree – Accounting

Bachelor’s Degree – Business Administration

3. Capture the impact of your work

For each position in your work history, take up two simple questions:

1. What new things did you introduce?
2. What did those new things do? How did they make the company more efficient or profitable?

Your answers to these questions will translate to some of your best and most interesting points on your resume.

Examples:

  • Implemented new timesheet software that enabled third-party contractors to log work hours for efficiently and accurately
  • Converted organization to a new payroll provider, affording more efficient biweekly processing for 300+ employees

 

Key Skills Hiring Managers Look for on Financial Controller Resumes

For an effective financial controller resume, include a “Key Skills” section that gives the hiring manager a quick overview of the expertise and value you offer. Consider including any of the terms below:

Key Skills and Proficiencies
Accounting Management Budgeting & Cost Accounting
Cash Flow Management Complex Problem-Solving
Corporate Change Leadership Financial Analysis & Reporting
Financial Statement Analysis Financial System Implementation
Internal & External Audits Mergers & Acquisitions
Operational Streamlining Payroll Coordination
Productivity & Efficiency Gains Project & Program Management
Regulatory Compliance Team Management & Motivation

Common Action Verbs for Financial Controller Resumes

It’s easy to get stuck when writing the professional experience section of your resume. You might find yourself running out of action verbs to describe your work. To help you over the hump, we put together this list of strong resume verbs for a financial controller:

Action Verbs
Achieve Analyze
Audit Direct
Document Forecast
Generate Guide
Investigate Isolate
Lead Manage
Motivate Navigate
Oversee Prepare
Project-Manage Report
Streamline Uncover

How to Align Your Financial Controller Resume With the Job Description

When you find an interesting financial controller job posting, look closely at the required skills and credentials. Are there any you possess but haven’t featured on your resume yet? If so, add a mention of that experience to your resume’s Profile or Key Skills section.

For example, say the job has a strong leadership aspect. In that case, add a line to your Profile about any leadership experience you have. Also, consider adding a second line about the approach you take to overseeing and motivating team members (see Example 3 above). This extra step will make your resume more relevant to the job and more likely to attract the hiring manager’s notice.