Center for Controllership™

Charting your course to success

Deloitte’s Center for Controllership™—a research, resource, and collaboration center—provides chief accounting officers (CAOs), controllers, and their teams direct access to valuable insights that can help organizations and leaders become more proficient, effective, and insightful—the three keys to achieving world-class controllership.

Center for Controllership™ resilience series

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Businesses and workforces are learning to cope with a virtual work environment as government orders to stay at home continue. Accounting and finance professionals are striving to maintain an organized controllership in unforeseen circumstances as financial reporting requirements remain in place to support the integrity of the markets. Stay tuned as we continue to offer insights in our special edition Resilience Series through the Center for Controllership.

Observing inventory in a different way

What are some considerations for a remote workforce to remember when performing internal controls over financial reporting (ICFR) relative to inventory? As many organizations find themselves performing internal controls in a remote working environment, here are some frequently asked questions professionals have had, and may continue to have, as they navigate risks and controls relative to the management of inventory.

Observing inventory in a different way

Critical questions to ask about cash flow

The closing checklist is designed to help identify the important alliance among the controllership and treasury functions during the close process. This guide illustrates three critical business process areas that reflect how treasury and controllership functions can work together to take a strategic approach to manage increasingly complex risks in order to sharpen their company’s competitive edge and provide better insights into liquidity and cash flow.

Closing checklist – Controllership and Treasury Alliance

Don’t lose control of your internal controls

The Frequently Asked Questions and Answers are designed to help you understand COVID-19’s impact on internal controls and navigate risk and controls in a crisis.

Frequently asked questions

We want to hear from you

To better understand and continue to offer insights that may help finance and accounting professionals manage a productive and resilient controllership in times of crisis, please take our quick survey to let us know how you are doing.

Virtual close self-assessment guide

The self-assessment checklist is a tool that can assist finance leaders and virtual teams in conducting a critical analysis of the first virtual closing of the books. Use this toolkit to help assess what worked and what didn’t, identify ways to improve the next virtual close, and gather insights into processes to better thrive with a remote workforce.

Virtual close self-assessment guide

Closing the books at a distance: Your virtual close toolkit

As many organizations find themselves approaching their second “virtual close,” there are some considerations finance leaders may use to support finance requirements and manage a successful workforce while closing the books at a distance.

A virtual finance team requires a different set of tools to manage a productive workforce in this new work-from-home model. From a broad Virtual Close Playbook, insights to activate a virtual command center, and tips to help optimize closing the books at a distance, Deloitte’s Virtual Close Toolkit offers considerations and strategies to maintain a resilient workforce and thrive in a virtual environment.

What's on your mind?

Our one-question “flash surveys” seek input on timely issues facing controllers and chief accounting officers. View the results to the most recent flash survey on our summary page.   

By participating in this poll, you consent and acknowledge that your responses may be disclosed without attribution by Deloitte in future publications, and you are authorized to respond to the poll on behalf of your company.

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Collaboration: Controllership Insights blog

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Looking for an easier way to stay up to date on technology, regulatory, and industry trends that can impact controllership? Our Controllership Insights blog provides timely perspectives on the latest developments facing chief accounting officers, corporate controllers, and others in the controllership function.

New series: Financial services industry (FSI) controllership modernization

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Regulatory expectations for financial institutions are at an all-time high while the need for highly granular, timely, and correct financial information is increasing. These and other factors are forcing FSI controllership organizations to evaluate and modernize across people, process, and technology in order to meet the needs of a growing list of stakeholders both internally and externally. Fortunately for controllers, digital core and finance automation technologies are emerging that can help FSI controllers achieve greater speed and efficiency, while generating valuable insights—but this requires controllers to embrace the modern era and put on their strategy caps.

Our series on FSI Controllership Modernization will focus in on the possibilities of modernizing the controllership organization through strategic enhancements to the technology stack, while also evaluating how controllers can fundamentally re-evaluate, and in some instances, re-design their operating models and governance structures to keep up with the changing times.

Resource: Controllership Perspectives webcast series


Anticipating tomorrow’s complex issues and new strategies is a challenge. Take the lead with Dbriefs—live webcasts that give you valuable insights on important developments affecting your business. This dedicated Dbriefs track is part of the Financial Executives series of webcasts and features practical knowledge from Deloitte specialists on topics of interest to controllership.

Resource: Deloitte Digest for Controllership

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Each month, the Deloitte Center for Controllership™ provides an easily digestible and regular stream of perspectives on the challenges facing controllers and those working in the controllership function. In each issue we share our latest thought leadership and details about upcoming Dbriefs webcasts to help you stay on top of the latest accounting, financial reporting, regulatory, and business developments.

Research: Evolving from a controller to a strategic business partner

IMA® (Institute of Managed Accountants) and Deloitte surveyed nearly 800 (majority US) financial professionals in the controllership function to learn how they’re navigating the challenges of their roles, what skills they feel they need to evolve, and how they continue to add value to their companies. This report provides information on factors that can have a more positive impact, provide more value, and help professionals in the controllership function evolve into strategists and catalysts within their organizations.

Stay connected

To get full access to our tools, research, labs, and thought leadership, visit our Subscription page to register your e-mail address and indicate your specific areas of interest. And then keep an eye out for the monthly Deloitte Digest for Controllership and other Deloitte communications. Feel free to email us directly at US Deloitte Controller Programs with any questions or comments you would like to share with our Center for Controllership™ leaders. 

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Beth F. Kaplan

Beth F. Kaplan

Managing Director | Deloitte &Touche LLP

Beth is the managing director for the Center for ControllershipTM. A Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory managing director at Deloitte & Touche LLP, she has more than 35 years of experience both as an ... More

Clint Carlin

Clint Carlin

Partner | Deloitte & Touche LLP

Clint leads Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory’s Controllership practice. He has more than 25 years’ experience serving energy & resource clients including large utilities, oil & gas companies and com... More

David Cutbill

David Cutbill

Principal | Deloitte & Touche LLP

David leads Deloitte’s Marketing and Advertising Risk Services, which provides brand and advertising assurance services to the CMO across traditional and digital media. The services focus on brand pro... More

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