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Becoming a Contract Controller by Ron Rael

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Chapter 3What Is the Contract Controller’s Job About?

It is not the contract that defines what you need to do!

Introduction

Now that we have summarized and differentiated the role of the Controller and of the CFO, let us get more specific about the job of the contractor or Hired Gun.

While there are a tremendous amount of similarities, there are some differences and the rest of the book will highlight them. Even if you decide that being a contractor or part-timer is not for you, you still will get tremendous value as we focus on the skills and attitudes that contribute to a Hired Gun’s success.

For everyone who is currently or has been a Controller, your job description (I assume you had one.. .but you know the joke about making assumptions!) defines what you accepted responsibility for. As we delve into the role that the contract Controller plays, we will start with analyzing several job descriptions for actual Controllers.

After completing this chapter you should be able to

  • Redefine the role you must play to benefit your client or employer.

  • Decide which duties you will take responsibility for.

  • Recognize the reasons why a company might need a contract Controller or CFO.

  • Understand the general role the contract professional plays.

  • Use the Controller’s mantle of authority for positive results.

  • Select a role that fits your interests.

Main Difference in Expectation of the Roles

When you are hired as the Controller in a regular situation (meaning that you are a full-time employee ...

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