Controller vs. Comptroller

By Jaxson

  • Comptroller

    A comptroller is a management-level position responsible for supervising the quality of accounting and financial reporting of an organization. A financial comptroller is a senior-level executive who acts as the head of accounting, and oversees the preparation of financial reports, such as balance sheets and income statements.

    In most Commonwealth countries, the comptroller general, auditor general, or comptroller and auditor general is the external auditor of the budget execution of the government and of government-owned companies. Typically, the independent institution headed by the comptroller general is a member of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI). In American government, the comptroller is effectively the chief financial officer of a public body.

    In business management, the comptroller is closer to a chief audit executive, holding a senior role in internal audit functions. Generally, the title encompasses a variety of responsibilities, from overseeing accounting and monitoring internal controls to countersigning on expenses and commitments.

  • Controller (noun)

    One who controls something.

  • Controller (noun)

    Any electric or mechanical device for controlling a circuit or system.

  • Controller (noun)

    A person who audits, and manages the financial affairs of a company or government; a comptroller.

  • Controller (noun)

    A mechanism that controls or regulates the operation of a machine, especially a peripheral device in a computer.

  • Controller (noun)

    An iron block, usually bolted to a ship’s deck, for controlling the running out of a chain cable. The links of the cable tend to drop into hollows in the block, and thus hold fast until disengaged.

  • Controller (noun)

    The person who supervises and handles communication with an agent in the field.

  • Controller (noun)

    The subject of a control verb. See Control (linguistics)

  • Controller (noun)

    In software applications using the model-view-controller design pattern, the part or parts of the application that treat input and output, forming an interface between models and views.

  • Comptroller (noun)

    The chief accountant of a company or government.


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