Business Controller

Business Controller Resume Keywords and Skills (Hard Skills)

Here are the keywords and skills that appear most frequently on recent Business Controller job postings. In other words, these are the most sought after skills by recruiters and hiring managers. Go to Sample Templates ↓ below to see how to include them on your resume.

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  • Business Control
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Analysis
  • Finance
  • Managerial Finance
  • Accounting
  • Forecasting
  • Budgeting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Internal Controls
  • Financial Audits
  • Management Accounting
  • Management Consulting
  • Change Management
  • Business Strategy
  • Management
  • SAP Products
  • Business Analysis
  • Consolidation
  • Process Management
  • SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP BW)
  • International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
  • Business Planning
  • Microsoft Access
  • Hyperion
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Resume Skills: Software & Tools

  • Oracle Financials
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP
  • QuickBooks
  • SAP
  • Hyperion
  • Advanced Excel (VBA, Pivot Tables)
  • Microsoft Excel ( Pivot Table, VBA)
  • SQL
  • NetSuite
  • Oracle
  • MS Dynamics
  • Quickbooks
  • TurboTax
  • FreshBooks
  • Bloomberg
  • Oracle Financial

Resume Skills: Financial Tools

  • Oracle Financials
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP
  • QuickBooks
  • SAP
  • Hyperion
  • Advanced Excel (VBA, Pivot Tables)
  • NetSuite
  • Oracle
  • MS Dynamics
  • Quickbooks
  • TurboTax
  • FreshBooks
  • Bloomberg
  • Oracle Financial
  • QuickBooks Pro
  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV
  • Tableau
  • SQL

Resume Skills: Statistical Analysis

  • SPSS
  • SAS
  • Stata
  • EViews
  • Excel (PivotTables, vlookup)

Resume Skills: Financial Analysis

  • Budget Planning
  • Financial Forecasting
  • Operating Expense Analysis
  • Revenue Analysis
  • Valuation Modeling
  • Cost Analysis

Resume Skills: Regulatory Compliance

  • GAAP
  • IFRS
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) Compliance
  • Internal and External Audit
  • SOX
  • SEC Financial Reporting

Resume Skills: Accounting

  • General Ledger
  • Accounts Receivable and Payable
  • Cost Accounting
  • Financial Reconciliation
  • Audits
  • budgeting
  • forecasting
  • financial statements analysis
  • General ledger
  • Cost accounting

Resume Skills: Financial Analysis & Reporting

  • Cost Accounting
  • Budgeting
  • Forecasting
  • Financial Modeling

Resume Skills: Regulations & Standards

  • GAAP
  • IFRS
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)

Resume Skills: Additional

  • Risk Management
  • Cost Control
  • Performance Tracking

Resume Skills: Financial Frameworks

  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)
  • COSO framework
  • Basel III
  • Financial Risk Management (FRM)

Resume Skills: Microsoft Office Suite

  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Word
  • Access

Resume Skills: Financing & Modeling

  • Budget Modeling
  • Financial Forecasting
  • Revenue Generation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Capital Expense (CAPEX) Analysis
  • Operating Expense (OPEX) Analysis

Resume Skills: Audit & Compliance

  • Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Compliance
  • Internal Audit
  • External Audit
  • Forensic Audit
  • Risk Assessment
  • Cost Benefit Analysis

Resume Skills: Management & Strategy

  • Strategic Planning
  • Team Leadership
  • Risk Management
  • Financial Analysis
  • Business Planning
  • Process Improvement

Resume Skills: Finance et

  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Valuation
  • Investment Analysis
  • Risk Management
  • Cash Flow Analysis
  • Profitability Analysis

Resume Skills: Other Software

  • Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
  • Project Management (Basecamp, Asana, Trello)

Resume Skills: Languages

  • English
  • Spanish (Fluent)
  • Mandarin
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Sample Business Controller Resume: How To Include These Skills

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Your Name
Business Controller
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded February 2019 - Present
Senior Business Controller
Led a cross-functional team of 12 in managing financial operations achieving a 22% efficiency increase by implementing new Oracle Hyperion software.
Defined and introduced a strategic financial planning system which increased company's market share by 18%.
Managed a $15M budget, accurately forecasting variances within a 1% range, driving optimal resource allocation.
Established performance measures aligning with company strategy, contributing to an increase in annual revenue by 24%.
Achieved 20% cost reduction by analyzing operational processes and initiating efficiency improvement measures.
Resume Worded January 2018 - December 2020
Senior Financial Analyst
Streamlined the budgeting process, reducing preparation time by 40% and facilitating timely decision-making
Implemented SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse for efficient financial reporting and data management
Improved financial analysis process, identified operational inefficiencies reducing expenses by $2M annually April 2016 - January 2019
Corporate Controller
Executed and monitored internal controls, reduced financial risk by 35%.
Introduced SAP software in financial processes, and achieved a 15% increase in overall productivity.
Led continuous improvement initiatives which resulted in a 20% reduction in project delivery time.
JP Morgan Chase July 2013 - December 2017
Managed a portfolio of $3M in client accounts, reconciling complex transactions accurately
Led financial audits and developed a comprehensive internal controls system, mitigating financial risks by 30%
Leveraged advanced accounting skills to prepare accurate and timely financial statements for senior management
Microsoft May 2011 - March 2016
Financial Analysis Manager
Implemented a robust financial modeling tool, enabling a 30% more accurate projection of quarterly revenues.
Spearheaded a team of 8, enhancing productivity by 25% through professional development initiatives.
Cut down report generation time by 50% by simplifying complex data into a new customized dashboard.
IBM August 2007 - April 2011
Senior Financial Analyst
Implemented a new budget forecasting model reducing data processing time by 30%.
Reduced month-end close process by 3 days by implementing streamlined procedures.
Achieved 98% accuracy in budget forecasting by adopting advanced Excel features in data analysis.
Resume Worded University December 2017
Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Finance Focus
Coursework included: Advance Financial Analysis, Strategic Management, Corporate Finance
Resume Worded Academic Center June 2013
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Passed all sections of the CPA Exam in the first attempt
Financial Analysis & Reporting: Cost Accounting, Budgeting, Forecasting, Financial Modeling
Software & Tools: QuickBooks, Microsoft Excel ( Pivot Table, VBA), SQL, SAP, Hyperion
Regulations & Standards: GAAP, IFRS, Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)
Additional Skills: Risk Management, Cost Control, Performance Tracking
Certifications: Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1
Conference & Seminars: Attended Annual Conference of Financial Professionals, 2020
Publications: Co-authored 'Effective Cost Management Strategies' published in the Journal of Business Finance, 2019
Volunteering: Volunteer tax preparer at local community center, 2015-present
Your Name
Financial Controller
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded January 2018 - Present
Chief Financial Controller
Directed the financial management function for the organization, managed assets of over $80M, increased return on investment by 15%.
Increased cash flow by 20% through comprehensive financial planning and strategies.
Customized SAP-based system to provide real-time financial data to stakeholders which increased efficiency by 30%.
Streamlined financial budgeting processes, improving accuracy by 90% and cutting down processing time by a week.
Led cost minimization efforts reducing overhead costs by 25%, contributing significantly to the bottom line. July 2017 - Present
Finance Manager
Implemented effective financial forecasting, improving prediction accuracy by 35%
Led a team of 10 finance professionals and improved team efficiency by facilitating cross-training
Managed a budget of $10M and introduced cost-saving measures, reducing overhead costs by 15%
Identified opportunities for business growth through financial analysis and facilitated management decision making
Mitigated risks by introducing robust internal controls and reduced audit findings by 25% July 2014 - December 2017
Finance Manager
Developed new financial controls and policies, resulting in a 30% decrease in audit time.
Incorporated advanced financial modeling techniques, leading to a 25% improvement in budget forecasting accuracy.
Promoted digitalization of finance processes which led to a 20% reduction in paperwork.
Deloitte September 2012 - June 2017
Senior Accountant
Managed comprehensive accounting cycle for high-value clients, delivering accurate financial reports
Streamlined reconciliation process, saving 10 hours per week
Designed and implemented a new management accounting system improving profitability analysis by 20%
Walmart June 2010 - June 2014
Senior Financial Analyst
Reduced financial reporting deadlines by 20% by creating automated Excel reports.
Produced accurate monthly, quarterly and annual forecasts for a division with $200M in revenue.
Implemented improved analysis models which led to 15% reduction in forecasting errors.
Citigroup May 2007 - May 2010
Investment Analyst
Conducted in-depth data analysis to positively influence investment strategies, increasing investment returns by 10%.
Implemented revised risk assessment methodology which cut potential investment risks by 25%.
Resume Worded Institute June 2013
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) - Level II
Completed certification while working full-time at Deloitte
Resume Worded University June 2011
Master of Business Administration - Finance
Dissertation title: 'The Role of Financial Control in Ensuring Corporate Sustainability'
Graduated Magna cum laude
Financial Software: QuickBooks, Hyperion, SAP, NetSuite, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Oracle
Financial Frameworks: Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), COSO framework, Basel III, Financial Risk Management (FRM)
Accounting Skills: Audits, budgeting, forecasting, financial statements analysis, General ledger, Cost accounting
Microsoft Office Suite: Excel (Advanced), PowerPoint (Advanced), Word (Expert), Access (Expert)
Certifications: Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Volunteering: Mentorship Program, Finance for Non-Finance Managers, Resume Worded Academic Center
Projects: Developed cost-saving financial control system at Deloitte, leading to 15% cost reduction per annum
Your Name
Business Finance Controller
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Oracle September 2015 - Present
Financial Analyst
Implemented strategic change management initiatives, improving operational efficiency by 25%
Developed new business strategies, resulting in an $8M increase in annual revenue
Designed and rolled out new financial reporting workflows, improving report accuracy by 40%
Introduced new consolidation processes, that increased accuracy of financial data by 50%
Managed financial audits, implementing recommendations to reduce financial risks by 15% January 2011 - August 2015
Assistant Controller
Provided support for budgeting process, improving forecast accuracy by 18%
Assisted in the development of managerial finance strategies that increased business profitability by 20%
Provided critical support during internal audits, helping to maintain high company standards in financial reporting
Resume Worded University August 2010
Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Finance
Concentration in Corporate Finance and Investment Banking
Resume Worded University May 2007
Bachelor of Science in Business - Accounting
Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Minored in Economics
Financial Analysis: Budget Planning, Financial Forecasting, Operating Expense Analysis, Revenue Analysis, Valuation Modeling, Cost Analysis
Software and Tools: Oracle Financials, Microsoft Dynamics GP, QuickBooks, SAP, Hyperion, Advanced Excel (VBA, Pivot Tables)
Regulatory Compliance: GAAP, IFRS, Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) Compliance, Internal and External Audit
Accounting: General Ledger, Accounts Receivable and Payable, Cost Accounting, Financial Reconciliation
Certifications: Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
Volunteering: Financial Advisor at Non-profit for Underprivileged Kids' Education
Professional Affiliations: American Institute of CPAs, Institute of Management Accountants
Your Name
Financial Manager
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded March 2017 - Present
Sr. Financial Manager
Aligned financial management initiatives with strategic objectives increasing net profit margin by 18%.
Introduced cost controls which realized $2M in savings in the first year.
Updated and implemented new SAP ERP system resulting in 20% faster data processing.
Established new financial KPIs which led to a 30% increase in performance efficiency.
Enhanced the financial closing process, reducing the cycle time by 40%. December 2012 - February 2017
Finance Controller
Oversaw a range of financial functions and improved financial reporting turnaround by 25%.
Introduced automatic payment procedures for customer transactions, reducing transaction processing time by 20%.
Implemented a cost reduction strategy that reduced operating costs by 15%.
Facebook May 2008 - November 2012
Finance Supervisor
Managed an annual budget of over $50M and consistently achieved monthly and annual budget targets.
Simplified reporting procedures reducing labour costs by $250,000 annually.
Developed a new financial strategy, which improved ROI by 10%.
Amazon July 2004 - April 2008
Financial Analyst
Developed trend reports to analyze sales patterns, resulting in a 15% increase in quarterly sales.
Implemented a new cost-benefit analysis tool reducing financial planning time by 30%.
Resume Worded Institute January 2017
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) - Level II
Awarded CFA Charter upon passing all three levels of the CFA Program consecutively
Resume Worded University May 2008
Master of Business Administration - Finance
Graduated with Distinction, Member of Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society
Financial Software: Bloomberg, SAP, Oracle Financial, QuickBooks, TurboTax, Microsoft Dynamics GP
Statistical Analysis: SPSS, SAS, MATLAB, Excel (PivotTables, vlookup)
Regulatory Compliance: SOX, GAAP, IFRS, SEC Financial Reporting
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Fluent), Mandarin (Conversational)
Certifications: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
Leadership & Volunteering: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program (Volunteer Tax Preparer, 2010 - Present), Big Brother Big Sister Program (Mentor, 2005 - Present)
Awards: Resume Worded ‘Leader of the Year’ Award (2019), ‘Top Performer’ Award (2016)
Projects: Established company-wide budgeting process in Resume Worded, reducing financial waste by 15%
Your Name
Finance and Operations Manager
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded September 2016 - Present
Director of Finance and Operations
Planned, monitored, and managed a $70M annual budget, exceeding savings goal by 30%.
Implemented financial risk management strategies that reduced company's potential risk by 25%.
Oversaw integration of a cloud-based budget management system, improving process efficiency by 20%.
Successfully negotiated contracts with suppliers, resulting in 15% reduction in supply costs.
Initiated cost optimization project that delivered $5M in cost savings within the first year. August 2012 - August 2016
Financial Controller
Managed a team of 11 employees and improved productivity by 20%.
Introduced data visualization techniques for monthly reports, reducing the reporting process by 25%.
Initiated cost control measures that reduced departmental expenditure by $2M.
Google June 2008 - July 2012
Finance Manager
Partnered with sales and operations to improve gross margin by 10%.
Managed budget plan of $35M, achieving 100% accuracy in quarterly forecasting.
Reduced account receivable days by 30% by introducing a new follow-up process.
Apple January 2005 - May 2008
Business Analyst
Coordinated financial planning processes, resulting in a 15% reduction in planning cycle time.
Developed a new financial reporting system, increasing reporting efficiency by 25%.
Resume Worded University August 2008
Master of Business Administration – Finance
Specialized in Corporate Finance and Investment Management
Resume Worded Institute March 2007
Certified Financial Manager (CFM)
One of the top 5 performers in the Financial Decision Making and Financial Planning category
Finance Skillset: Financial Modeling, Business Valuation, Investment Analysis, Risk Management, Cash Flow Analysis, Profitability Analysis
Financial Software: SAP, Oracle Financials, MS Dynamics, Quickbooks, TurboTax, FreshBooks
Statistical Software: SPSS, SAS, Stata, EViews, MATLAB
Other Software: Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Word), Project Management (Basecamp, Asana, Trello)
Certifications: Certified Corporate FP&A Professional (FP&A) – Dec 2012, Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) – March 2011
Leadership & Volunteering: Helped raised $10,000 as part of a non-profit campaign for children's education (2019), Volunteered as a Finance Chair at a local community center (2018)
Professional Affiliations: Member, The American Finance Association (AFA) since 2008, Member, The Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) since 2012
Continuing Education: Attends annual Financial Management Association workshops and conferences to keep skills up-to-date
Your Name
Director of Finance
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded July 2017 - Present
Vice President of Finance
Managed $500M+ portfolio to generate the best risk-adjusted return, outperforming the benchmark by 5%.
Led finance transformation initiatives through implementation of fintech solutions, achieved 20% cost reduction.
Implemented a new financial policy which increased shareholder return by 10%.
Oversaw financial strategic planning, achieving a 20% net profit increment in first year.
Reduced quarterly closing cycle by 50% by implementing process improvement initiatives. June 2013 - June 2017
Director of Finance
Led the team achieving a 20% reduction in overall team hours spent on monthly reporting.
Implemented new financial planning tools which improved forecasting accuracy by 15%.
Initiated profitability analysis of marketing campaigns leading to a 25% increase in marketing ROI.
Pfizer February 2009 - May 2013
Senior Finance Manager
Implemented robust financial analysis system, improving accuracy by 15%.
Reduced financial discrepancies by 30% by introducing stringent financial controls.
Managed a $100M project budget, completing projects while staying 10% under budget.
L'Oreal Inc January 2005 - January 2009
Lead Financial Analyst
Improved financial reporting efficiency by 25% through automating monthly reconciliations.
Developed new financial strategies, which increased operational efficiency by 20%.
Resume Worded University June 2011
Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Finance
Concentration in Strategic Finance Management
Resume Worded Academic Center May 2007
Bachelor of Science in Economics
Minor in Business Administration
Dean's List 2005 - 2007 (Top 10%)
Financing & Modeling: Budget Modeling, Financial Forecasting, Revenue Generation, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Capital Expense (CAPEX) Analysis, Operating Expense (OPEX) Analysis
Financial Tools: Oracle Financials, SAP ERP, QuickBooks Pro, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Tableau, SQL
Audit & Compliance: Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Compliance, Internal Audit, External Audit, Forensic Audit, Risk Assessment, Cost Benefit Analysis
Management & Strategy: Strategic Planning, Team Leadership, Risk Management, Financial Analysis, Business Planning, Process Improvement

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How do I add skills to a Business Controller resume?

Review the job posting closely.

Go through the Business Controller posting you're applying to, and identify hard skills the company is looking for. For example, skills like Business Control, Accounting and Financial Analysis are possible skills. These are skills you should try to include on your resume.

Add industry skills like Managerial Finance and Finance.

Add other common skills from your industry - such as Financial Reporting, Forecasting and Budgeting - into your resume if they're relevant.

Add skills into your work experience.

Incorporate skills - like Management Accounting, Internal Controls and Financial Accounting - into your work experience too. This shows hiring managers that you have practical experience with these tools, techniques and skills.

Highlight experience saving costs and managing budgets.

A common skill set recruiters look for on Business Controller resumes is your ability to be comfortable with managing budgets and financials. Try to highlight how you stayed on budget, allocated budgets or saved your employer costs.

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Try to add the exact job title, Business Controller, somewhere into your resume to get past resume screeners. See the infographic for how to do this.

Word Cloud for Business Controller Skills & Keywords

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Top Business Controller Skills and Keywords to Include On Your Resume

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What hard skills should you include on a Business Controller resume?

Some popular Business Controller hard skills are Business Control, Financial Reporting, Financial Analysis, Finance, Managerial Finance, Accounting, Forecasting and Budgeting.

Depending on the job you apply to, skills like Microsoft Access, Internal Controls, Financial Audits, Financial Accounting and Management Accounting can also be good to include on your resume.

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