ETYM Cf. French accomptant, Old Fren. acontant, p. pr.
Someone who maintains and audits business accounts; SYN. comptroller, controller.
Person responsible for drawing up accounts, usually for a business organization. Accountants have traditionally concentrated on recording what has happened financially in the past. However, in management accounting, accountants are increasingly involved in helping to formulate policy for business organizations, providing information for decision-makers and frameworks for making those decisions.