Trainee Accountant

Dublin (City), Leinster (IE)
Commensurate on Experience & Qualifications
15 Dec 2017
15 Jan 2018
Mr Alex O'Connell
Public sector
Contract type
Full time

The Department
The Trainee Accountant will be assisting with the day-to-day accounting records of the Association, thus ensuring records are kept up to date on its financial accounting systems (including postings and entries).  The Trainee Accountant will provide support to the Financial Accountant and wider finance team as and when required.

The Reporting Relationships
The Trainee Accountant will be a hands-on key member of the finance team and will have the ability to develop strong relationships with the different internal departments in the Association and with key stakeholders. The position will report directly to the Financial Accountant up to the Finance Controller under the remit of the Finance Director. 

Responsibilities include:

• Post accounting entries to the purchases and sales sub ledgers and to the nominal ledger
• Assisting in preparing bank reconciliations and payment runs, including preparing all income tax documentation and carrying out all other necessary accounting functions
• Assisting in preparing monthly management information reports in accordance with a month end timetable to include an income and expenditure account, cash flow and balance sheet 
• Responsible for generating the monthly actual v budget reports for each cost centre with supporting detailed back up
• Assisting with Balance Sheet reconciliations on a monthly and quarterly basis
• Responsible for setting up a Fixed Asset Register on Sage and the continuous update and maintenance of the register

• Under the direction of the Financial Accountant, liaise with and provide support to all departments to help them formulate their annual budget requirements and carrying out constructive critical analyses in order to consolidate those into an annual budget and business plan for the Association in accordance with a budget timetable
• Assisting in the year-end audit process 
• Assisting in maintaining the annual budgets on Sage
• Assisting in the reviewing and analysing the monthly club financial information
• Assisting in updating an accounting manual to consist of the Association’s key accounting policies and standing instructions
• Assisting in preparation of submissions to relevant Government, Sporting and Other Bodies to obtain subventions and other available funding in order to maximise the Association’s revenue stream
• Any other duties deemed necessary under the direction of the Financial Accountant, and as the role evolves including project work as assigned under the annual performance planning process 

Key Skills Required:
The successful candidate will have the following: 

Experience, you will be:
• A Part Qualified Accountant - ACA, ACCA, CIMA or equivalent
• 1-2 year’s professional experience working in finance 
• Ideally in an audit background within a similar industry
• Advanced IT skills in Excel/ Outlook and other financial operating systems e.g. SAGE/In house packages
• Experience of working within specific timeframe

• Third Level Degree in Finance or equivalent
• Part Qualified Accountant working towards ACA, ACCA, CIMA or equivalent

Abilities, skills and knowledge
• Ability to establish and sustain relationships with internal and external stakeholders
• Excellent communication skills, and being able to demonstrate the ability to prioritise workloads
• Demonstrates that can consistently achieve objectives and targets within the Finance Department whilst working within tight turnarounds, meeting strict deadlines, thorough and detailed/task orientated
• An accomplished and motivated professional with excellent organisational and interpersonal skills
• Strong work ethic, flexible within the demands of the role 
• Demonstrated experience with reporting deadlines, a high performance achiever

Informal enquiries made to Alex O’Connell, Financial Accountant -

Process of application is via the careers page on the FAI website at

The Football Association of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.

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