Controller outsourcing

Free up your accounting staff to
focus on financial strategy and tactics.

Tap into our highly trained accounting professionals

The AGH professionals available in this capacity have extensive accounting experience and can serve as an advisor for situations requiring additional experience or expertise.

See how you could benefit from AGH's accounting experience.
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Controller outsourcing service

Consider who benefits

Organizations with insufficient accounting staff or expertise

Organizations whose software or financial systems do not support the level of financial information and analysis desired or required

Organizations whose accounting systems and staff need guidance, training and/or technological assistance to advance to a higher level of value to the organization

Organizations seeking to outsource non-core functions

Consider the benefits

Access to high-level financial strategy and expertise with current training, technological support and a dedication to client service

Provides back-up to internal controller/treasurer/CFO staff members during planned or unexpected absences such as vacation, illness, family leave or termination

Reduces the range of staff expertise required for financial management

Access to AGH's consultants and advisors for financial, tax, accounting, audit, employee benefits, corporate finance, organizational development, HR and investment issues

Increases security and confidentiality of financial decision-making

Flexibility of controller on-site or housed at AGH, as desired by client

How our controller outsourcing service can help your organization

Beyond ongoing accounting needs such as accounts receivable/payable and payroll, organizations requiring a higher level of accounting leadership have access to AGH's professionals through an outsourced CFO or controller arrangement. The AGH professionals available in this capacity are more highly trained, have experience in top financial/accounting positions, and can serve as a trusted advisor in situations requiring additional experience, analysis and leadership. They may advise on business process improvement, supervise monthly and year-end closings or recommend consideration of various tax, financial, or accounting strategies to improve client profitability.

Our professionals work with a wide range of types and sizes of organizations, including governmental and not-for-profit entities.

Frequently asked questions

Why should I use outsourced controller services?

Talent is getting harder to hire and retain. Outsourcing some or all of your accounting functions is a solution to your talent problems. AGH provides accounting staff at all levels, from clerks to executive level and everything in between. We can assist you in a short-term pinch or partner with you for the long-term.

By outsourcing, organizations have the expertise available when it is needed in a cost-effective way. You can use more hours during one part of the month or year and fewer hours later. Outsourcing is also a good way to implement stronger internal controls by segregating conflicting financial duties.

When would I think about outsourcing controller services?

The scenarios are endless but here are some common examples:

  • Transitional support – Sometimes personnel leave and/or transitions are planned, but other times they come as a surprise. If possible, we train with the exiting employee, maintain the functions until a new employee is hired, and assist with the hiring and training of the new employee.
  • Special projects – Perhaps you have a seasoned controller or CFO, but a special project pops up that requires additional time. We can supply additional support at the skill level needed.
    • Catching up on bank reconciliations (yes, we run into this situation often)
    • Cleaning up accounting books and records
    • Assisting with bringing on an acquisition
    • Audit workpaper preparation
    • Documenting procedures
  • Ongoing oversight – Many organizations just do not need a full-time controller or CFO. You may have staff to handle the day-to-day accounting operations like paying the bills and invoicing customers, but you need someone to prepare monthly financial statements or handle unique situations as they arise. AGH can provide the right level for the necessary amount of time, and we can flex up or down throughout the year depending on your organization’s needs.

How does it work?

Our services are custom-tailored to your situation. First, we sit down with you to analyze your unique situation and needs. Next, we put together a mutually agreed upon plan. We continue to communicate throughout the duration of our service to ensure we are still meeting your needs or determine how we need to modify the plan.

For example, owners ask us to analyze their processes, staff, and internal controls. After interviewing employees and observing practices and processes, we review our areas of concern or improvement with the owner, and if requested, implement the changes needed so the organization can upgrade its performance and better serve its stakeholders.

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Cindy McSwain

Senior Vice President
Outsourcing Services

Cindy McSwain leads AGH’s outsourcing services group. Her team provides payroll, accounting, funds disbursement, controller, and other financial outsourcing services to numerous clients throughout the U.S. Prior to joining the outsourcing group, Cindy served AGH’s audit clients for 10 years, working with a wide range of middle-market, closely held and family-owned organizations.

Her current clients cross many industry sectors, including manufacturing and distribution, restaurants, retailers, medical and not-for-profit. She has participated in numerous SEC filings and public registrations and has experience in mergers and acquisitions. Cindy is a certified public accountant and a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Jandrea Blumanhourst

Senior Manager
Outsourcing Services

Jandrea serves as a financial and accounting consultant for AGH's outsourcing services group. She helps clients with a broad range of accounting and consulting services including monthly financial close-out, assistance during peak workloads or special projects, training new accounting personnel, internal control reviews, and assistance with departmentalizing financials and cost allocations.