Controller's Guide: Roles and Responsibilities for the First Years / Edition 1

Controller's Guide: Roles and Responsibilities for the First Years / Edition 1

by Steven M. Bragg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0471713937

ISBN-13: 9780471713937

Pub. Date: 01/17/2005

Publisher: Wiley

Controller's Guide: Roles and Responsibilities for the First Years helps new controllers develop a firm foundation in the concepts of managing the accounting department, locating GAAP information, analyzing and knowing what to do with key accounting information, and setting up control systems that reduce a company's risk of loss.

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Overview

Controller's Guide: Roles and Responsibilities for the First Years helps new controllers develop a firm foundation in the concepts of managing the accounting department, locating GAAP information, analyzing and knowing what to do with key accounting information, and setting up control systems that reduce a company's risk of loss.

Controller's Guide is the must-have resource for today's controller. It addresses the new role the controller has in dealing with company investors, including the informational needs of various investor groups, diverse methods of communicating with these groups, and using standard disclosure policy. It also covers the roles of both the controller and chief financial officer within companies of different sizes.

Controller's Guide: Roles and Responsibilities for the First Years is a go-to handbook that controllers, financial executives, financial analysts, internal auditors, and public accountants will use every day for the latest advice and information on:

  • Cost accounting
  • Analyzing information through the use of ratio and trend analysis, which can pinpoint control problems resolvable through control systems changes
  • The composition and role of the audit committee, as well as the general functions of the internal audit group
  • The globalization of business, including discussions of international trade, its impact on the U.S. economy, and how to successfully implement global business strategies
  • Accounting department staffing, including how to recruit, hire, promote, and motivate employees
  • Analyzing tax strategies that impact a number of key issues on a company's tax liability, including the cash method of accounting, inventory valuation, acquisitions, net operating loss carryforwards, transfer pricing, and more

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471713937
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/17/2005
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

1 Accounting in the Corporation.

Importance of This Chapter.

Tasks of the Accounting Function.

Role of the Accounting Function.

Role of the Controller.

Impact of Ethics on the Accounting Role.

Evolving Role of Accounting.

2 Controller’s Responsibilities.

Importance of This Chapter.

Variations on the Title.

Planning Function.

Control Function.

Reporting Function.

Accounting Function.

Additional Controller Functions in Smaller Companies.

Controller’s Job Description.

Relationship of the Controller to the Chief Financial Officer.

Future Changes in the Controller’s Origins and Responsibilities.

Managing Explosive Growth.

3 Chief Financial Officer: From Controller to Facilitator of Change.

Importance of This Chapter.

Understanding What Chief Executive Officers Want.

Task of the CFO.

Develop and Communicate a Compelling Finance Agenda.

Build a Commitment to Change within Finance.

Change Executive Management Practices.

Enlist the Support of the Chief Executive Officer.

Mobilize the Organization.

Institutionalize Continuous Improvement.

4 Accounting Principles and Standards.

Importance of This Chapter.

Committee on Accounting Procedure.

Accounting Principles Board.

Financial Accounting Foundation.

Financial Accounting Standards Board.

Government Accounting Standards Board.

International Accounting Standards Board.

Accounting Standards.

Accounting Research Bulletins.

Opinions: Accounting Principles Board.

Interpretations: FASB.

Statements of Financial Accounting Standards: FASB.

Statements of Financial Accounting Concepts: FASB.

Technical Bulletins: FASB.

5 Cost Accounting and Costing Systems.

Importance of This Chapter.

Purpose of Cost Accounting Information.

Input: Data Collection Systems.

Processing: Data Summarization Systems.

Processing: Job Costing.

Processing: Process Costing.

Processing: Standard Costing.

Processing: Direct Costing.

Processing: Throughput Costing.

Processing: Activity-Based Costing.

Processing: Target Costing.

Outputs: Cost Variances.

6 Ratio and Trend Analysis.

Importance of This Chapter.

How to Use Ratios and Trends.

A Caveat.

Measures for Profitability.

Measures for the Balance Sheet.

Measures for Growth.

Measures for Cash Flow.

Measures for Nonfinancial Performance.

Interrelationship of Ratios.

Setting Up a System of Ratios and Trend Analyses.

7 Internal Control Systems.

Importance of This Chapter.

Objectives.

Responsibility for Internal Controls.

Examples of Internal Controls.

When to Eliminate Controls.

Types of Fraud.

Preventing Fraud.

How to Deal with a Fraud Situation.

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

8 Internal Audit Function.

Importance of This Chapter.

Reporting Relationships.

Composition of the Audit Committee.

Role of the Audit Committee.

Internal Audit Objectives.

Internal Audit Activities.

Managing the Internal Audit Function.

9 Globalization: Complexities and Opportunities.

Importance of This Chapter.

Introduction: Pervasive Nature of Globalization.

Changing Nature of International Trade.

Impact of Global Trade on Segments of the U.S. Economy.

Determining and Implementing Successful Global Strategies.

Organization Structure in a Global Enterprise.

Virtual Corporation.

Technical Aspects of the Controllership Function under Globalization.

10 Recruiting, Training, and Supervision.

Importance of This Chapter.

Recruiting Sources.

Factors to Consider When Recruiting.

Factors to Consider When Promoting.

Importance of Reduced Turnover.

Importance of Developing Career Plans for Employees.

Importance of Communications with Employees.

How to Motivate Employees.

11 Controller’s Role in Investor Relations.

Importance of This Chapter.

Objectives of the Investor Relations Function.

Evolving Nature of the Function.

Communication Vehicles for Investor Relations.

Investor Relations Message Recipients.

Information Needs of the Financial Analyst.

Information Needs of Other Groups.

Disclosure Policy.

Organization Structure for Investor Relations.

Role of the Controller and Other Principals.

Changes in the Capital Markets.

12 Taxation Strategy.

Importance of This Chapter.

Accumulated Earnings Tax.

Cash Method of Accounting.

Inventory Valuation.

Mergers and Acquisitions.

Net Operating Loss Carryforwards.

Nexus.

Passive Activity Losses.

Project Costing.

Property Taxes.

S Corporation.

Sales and Use Taxes.

Transfer Pricing.

Unemployment Taxes.

Index.

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