A financial janitor, an organizational firefighter and a seasoned hostage negotiator at the same time. That’s pretty much my current job.
What do you mean this is not clear enough? Imagine what would happen if I will tell you the formal title I bear.
I am a Business Controller. Is that clear now? Yes? No?
The Bizzo Controllante. The Business Big Cheese. The Commercial Top Dawg.
There is a business. And then, there is a person who controls it. That’s me.
This role is a combination of a bean counter, a watchdog and a business partner. A mediator who is sitting between finance and the commercial business and they try to support everyone’s interests.
Having everything under Ctrl. #noshitsherlock
Sales, marketing, Supply Chain, Management, Finance and the headquarters. These are my stakeholders. And there is only one of me who is trying to keep all the balls in the air while staying sane and elegant.
Oh! And I am not allowed to shout, punch or (officially) blackmail any of them. So I actually need to either find win-win solutions or to be the bad news messenger to the losing side.
Seth Godin would call my position as the “linchpin role”. Quite useless by itself but extremely important to keep the whole wheel system rolling.
So, to reply to that question: Yes, it is hard to explain my job.
So I usually opt for the following: “I am Business Controller. I am basically an accountant but cooler, wittier and better dressed.”
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