Choosing London as the location to pursue a role as a Controller is an excellent idea given the variety and calibre of the banks and economic businesses that call the UK capital their home. London’s financial sector is world-renowned so Controllers would find themselves in high demand and great company.
Controllers are vital in ensuring the smooth running of an Accounting and Finance team. As a Financial Controller, you will be responsible for overseeing the accounts department of a company. To do this your day-to-day tasks would include; checking the books, producing accounts, presenting to management and providing responses to customer and business issues. You may work alongside Actuaries and Accountants.
Companies requiring a Controller in London range from multi-national banks, to smaller firms with the likes of HSBC and Barclays often hiring. Working as a Controller in London you can expect to earn around £55,000 per year, but this varies widely depending on company, and often these roles can come with significant bonuses and perks.
This role requires a large amount of previous experience and qualifications. You will be expected to hold all of the relevant chartering qualifications and have plenty of managerial experience in order to oversee large teams under a lot of responsibility. You must be numerically excellent, very analytically minded and able to prioritise a number of tasks and challenges. On the other hand, as you will be responsible for reporting to managers and clients, you must have excellent communication skills and be able to present complex information in a simpler way. As a Controller, you will work alongside Finance Officers and Head of Finances.