what is a director FP&A?

As a director FP&A, your goal is to improve the operations of the company you work for. You'll use financial data as well as what you learn from the day-to-day operation of the business. You report to the highest levels of the company: the chief financial officer (CFO) and chief executive officer (CEO).

Use your communication skills and goal-oriented mindset to grow the company via an understanding of key financial indicators and office performance and productivity. Make important decisions about the company's budget and future.

With your background and education in business, finance or economics, you'll increase your success with your skills in accounting and financial analysis. Collaborating and planning with the finance team and demonstrating your business savvy is part of your everyday routine.

Would working as a director FP&A suit your desire for innovative thinking? Then read on to find out what competencies and qualifications you need to thrive in a director FP&A role.

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average director FP&A salary

The average salary for a controller position is $95,000 a year, with a range of $40,500 to $220,000. Factors like location play a big role in how much money you make. If you live in an area where the cost of living is high, such as San Francisco, CA, or Bridgeport, CT, you can expect to make more. You can also command a greater salary with more responsibility by challenging yourself with tasks that are substantial in complexity. More experience and education play a vital role in the types of jobs that are available to you. You'll be more competitive, plus you'll have access to higher-paying jobs with more opportunities.

Wondering what you can earn as a director FP&A? Find out immediately with the Randstad salary checker! You can easily see what the average salary of a director FP&A is.


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types of director FP&A

Different types of employers in different industries require different types of director FP&A. Generally speaking, the bigger the company, the greater the choices or opportunities offered. Director FP&A fall into either of these categories:

  • financial controller: In this role, you are responsible for the management and financial planning of a company. You work with auditors, managers and CFOs to ensure tax code compliance and to oversee spending and revenue.
  • marketing controller: As a marketing controller, your duties include analyzing and evaluating a company's spending on marketing and advertising. For this role, you'll need a strong background in marketing and finance.
  • human resources controller: As a human resource controller, your duties include making top decisions about personnel, including maximizing personnel training and efficiency as well as optimizing employee programs and benefits. Your other duties are to support maximum personnel costs and to help obtain and keep good personnel.

working as a director FP&A

What does a director FP&A do? And what would your daily work life be like? Here is what you can expect when working in this field.


director FP&A skills and education

Good director FP&A have a strong background in business finance and budget planning. To be a director FP&A, you must earn a bachelor's degree in accounting or business administration. For some companies or industries, a master's degree in accounting or an MBA is preferred but usually not required. A CPA certification is preferred but not required.

skills and competencies

To be an effective director FP&A, you must be adept at organizing and leading teams of employees. Attention to detail is vital, especially since you'll be working with financial reporting and auditing. Additional requirements are soft skills, such as the ability to communicate with top managers on vital issues regarding corporate funds.

Director FP&A must be able to use basic math and algebra to work well with money and investments. They must also pay attention to details to avoid costly errors. In this role, you'll need to write accurate reports and present your findings to corporate executives and shareholders. This requires good communication skills and accuracy.

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FAQs about working as a director FP&A

Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions about director FP&A (financial planning and analysis).

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