This page contains job description for an Accounting Director and Executive in general. Different industry may have different description though.  So, it is not intended to be one description fit all. 

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Accounting Director

  • Responsibilities include directing and overseeing all or one of the following accounting functions: general accounting, payroll, and cost accounting.
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in area of specialty with at least 10 years of experience in the field or in a related area.
  • Familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures.
  • Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Performs a variety of tasks.
  • Leads and directs the work of others.
  • A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.
  • Typically reports to top management.

 

2010 Accounting Director and Executive Base Salary

2010 Accounting Senior Manger Base Salary

Source: Abrashoff Salary Guide 2010

Notes:

Average Base Salary By Company Size

  • Small – Based on less than $50 million in annual sales, all industries. This figure represents the national average.
  • Medium – Based on $50-$200 million in annual sales, all industries. This figure represents the national average.
  • Large – Based on greater than $200 million in annual sales, all industries. This figure represents the national average.

 

Auditing Director

  • Directs the auditing of accounting and financial data of various departments within an organization.
  • Designs, develops, and implements of internal auditing policy and procedure within the organization.
  • Ensures accuracy and compliance with government guidelines and laws.
  • Identifies improper accounting or documentation and makes recommendations for improvement to top management.
  • May require a bachelor’s degree in area of specialty and at least 10 years of experience.
  • Familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures.
  • Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Performs a variety of tasks. Leads and directs the work of others.
  • A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.
  • Typically reports to top management.

 

 

Chief Financial Officer

  • Responsible for directing an organization’s overall financial policies.
  • Oversees all financial functions including accounting, budget, credit, insurance, tax, and treasury.
  • Designs and coordinates a wide variety of accounting and statistical data and reports.
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree and at least 15 years of direct experience in the field.
  • Demonstrates expertise in a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures.
  • Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Performs a variety of tasks.
  • Leads and directs the work of others.
  • A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.
  • Typically reports to CEO or COO.

 

Controller

  • Responsible for directing an organization’s accounting functions.
  • These functions include establishing and maintaining the organization’s accounting principles, practices, procedures, and initiatives.
  • Prepares financial reports and presents findings and recommendations to top management.
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree and at least 15 years of direct experience in the field.
  • Typically requires a CPA.
  • Demonstrates expertise in a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures.
  • Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Performs a variety of tasks. Leads and directs the work of others.
  • A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.
  • Typically reports to top financial officer or CEO.

 

Assistant Controller

  • Assists the corporate controller in directing an organization’s accounting functions.
  • These functions include establishing and maintaining an organization’s accounting principles, practices, and procedures.
  • Oversees the preparation and evaluation of budgets and other financial operating reports, and presents findings and recommendations to top management.
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in a related area.
  • Familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures.
  • Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Performs a variety of tasks. Leads and directs the work of others.
  • A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected. Typically reports to the corporate controller.

 

Finance Director

  • Directs an organization’s financial policies.
  • Oversees all financial functions including accounting, budget, credit, insurance, tax, and treasury.
  • Typically represents the 2nd most senior finance executive.
  • Typically requires an advanced degree with at least 10 years of experience in the field.
  • Familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures.
  • Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of tasks.
  • Leads and directs the work of others.
  • A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.
  • Typically reports to top management.

 

Sarbanes Oxley Director

  • Directs programs, policies, and practices to ensure the organization is in compliance with the Sarbanes Oxley Act.
  • Oversees development and testing of internal controls, financial results reporting, and identification of process deficiencies and improvements.
  • Stays abreast of changes in regulations to ensure timely compliance with SOX 404.
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in area of specialty and at least 10 years of experience in the field or in a related area.
  • Demonstrates expertise in a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures.
  • Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Performs a variety of tasks. Leads and directs the work of others.
  • A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.
  • Typically reports to top management.

 

 

Tax Director

  • Directs and oversees an organization’s tax policies and objectives.
  • Monitors reporting and planning to ensure compliance with applicable tax statutes.
  • Ensures accuracy of tax returns and works to minimize the organization’s tax obligations.
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree with at least 10 years of experience in the field.
  • Familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures.
  • Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Performs a variety of tasks. Leads and directs the work of others.
  • A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.
  • Typically reports to top management.

 

Top Audit Executive

  • Oversees all aspects of an organization’s auditing function.
  • Responsible for planning and directing all accounting and financial data.
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree with at least 15 years of experience in the field.
  • Familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures.
  • Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Performs a variety of tasks.
  • Leads and directs the work of others.
  • A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.
  • Typically reports to top management.

 

Top Credit and Collections Executive

  • Leads the overall credit function.
  • Responsible for policies regarding the investigation of customers, extension of credit lines, and collections.
  • May require an advanced degree and at least 15 years of direct experience in the field.
  • Familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures.
  • Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Performs a variety of tasks. Leads and directs the work of others.
  • A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.
  • Typically reports to top management.

 

Top Credit Executive

  • Leads the overall credit function.
  • Responsible for policies regarding the investigation of customers and extension of credit lines.
  • May require an advanced degree and at least 15 years of direct experience in the field.
  • Familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures.
  • Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Performs a variety of tasks.
  • Leads and directs the work of others.
  • A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.
  • Typically reports to top management.

 

Treasurer

  • Responsible for the direction and management of an organization’s treasury activities.
  • These activities include procurement, custody, and investment of funds and other assets.
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree and at least 7 years of direct experience in the field.
  • Familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures.
  • Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Performs a variety of tasks. May lead and direct the work of others.
  • A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.
  • Typically reports to top financial officer or CEO.

 

Assistant Treasurer

  • Assists the corporate treasurer in the direction and management of an organization’s treasury activities.
  • These activities include procurement, custody, and investment of funds and other assets.
  • May monitor results of pension investment and other activities that fund benefits.
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in a related area.
  • Familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures.
  • Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Performs a variety of tasks.
  • Leads and directs the work of others.
  • A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.
  • Typically reports to corporate treasurer.