Keeping up financial health
On any given day you can find Jean in meetings with management, responding to emails from employees, or on the phone with various third-party vendors. She is truly the “go-to” person on a daily basis for many people.
Her official title is that of “Controller.” She was hired in this role over three years ago and has been an integral part of the Fire Systems team since.
By definition, a controller is an individual who has responsibility for all accounting related activities, including high-level accounting, managerial accounting, and finance activities, within a company. The controller takes on multiple tasks that may also include preparing budgets and managing budgeting schedules throughout a company. This is intricate work that involves monitoring variances, summarizing trends and investigating budget deficiencies. The controller then reports to the management team on any variances.
“I am responsible for the company’s financial information. This includes the proper allocation of revenue and expenses, financial statements, reconciliations, payroll, and sales taxes. I also compile all of our information for the outside CPA firm for preparation of our federal and state income tax returns,” explains Jean. “In addition to the financial aspects, I also am the go-to person for HR and am the point person for our 3rd party vendor websites along with health and liability insurance.”