Grant Thornton Ireland

Financial Advisory Accounting Services - Finance Manager

09 Apr 2019
09 May 2019
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FAAS (Financial Accounting & Advisory Services)

FAAS is the fastest growing department in Grant Thornton. Our team has grown from 12 to 160 over the last 6 years. We are a specialist team who service complex large scale and multinational companies, providing solutions to accounting challenges in global finance functions. Our experienced and multinational team operates across 4 key service lines as per the below;

  • Global Compliance and Reporting Solutions

Centralised approach to the following services:

  • VAT
  • Income tax
  • Payroll
  • Company secretarial
  • Statutory accounts production
    • Conversion from group to local
    • GAAP
    • Supporting audit file
    • Tagging & filing
  • Audit and Accounting Advisory
    • Centralised coordinated audits
    • Conversion to new accounting frameworks
    • Implementation of new accounting standards
    • Technical accounting advice on new transactions
  • Effective Financial Reporting
    • Interim/Surge resourcing
    • Remediation and review
    • Transition management
    • PMO Offering
  • Business Process Outsourcing
    • Full or partial process outsourcing including PTP, OTC and RTR
    • Process optimisation
    • Reporting, budgeting and forecasting
    • Access to consulting advice for Shared Service Centre setup and implementation

The characteristics of the target client base we are selling to are as follows:

  • complex clients and group structures;
  • multi-jurisdictional;
  • technically demanding;
  • driving efficiency and change;
  • looking for value;
  • want a single point of contact ;
  • sophisticated procurement processes; and
  • often SEC regulated.

The service delivery therefore demands a combination of rigorous project management with clear communication protocols, technical excellence and a deep knowledge of shared service centre operating environments.

Role Responsibilities

The candidate should be experienced in delivering projects such as:

Projects regarding the achievement of operational excellence through:

  • Improvement in the financial statement close process through reduction in timelines, or increasing the robustness or quality of the output
  • Introduction of new or improved management information through the use of new BI tools or the introduction of and monitoring of appropriate KPI’s
  • Enhancing the effectiveness of the finance function through increased digitisation including the use of data analytics
  • Provision of support and or control of monthly financial processes

Projects related to the design and implementation of the ‘right sized’ finance function:

  • Feasibility of a SSC/GBS given the size of finance organisation at an entity
  • Redesign of existing finance function responsibilities to achievement improvement where SSC/GBS is not feasible
  • Transition management – assisting with the on-shoring or off-shoring of finance related processes
  • Consideration of technology in the finance function including review and selection of enabling technology and implementation of the business process aspects of such technology
  • Process redesign and implementation in relation to OTC, P2P, R2R


Projects which require diagnosis, stabilisation and process redesign arising from a critical business or P&L issues being highlighted by or to an entities key stakeholder group:

  • Audit findings - whether statutory or SoX driven, entities find themselves in a position where as a result of an inspection significant deficiencies may be identified in business or finance processes.
  • Data integrity – typically arising from foreign currency, inventory or intercompany, financial statement balances may be unexplainable, move in a counterintuitive manner or creating volatility or noise in the primary statements.
  • Regulatory findings – arising from unexplained differences on Regulatory reporting or findings on client asset reviews, mis-selling of financial services products or non-adherence to BAU regulatory requirements, a rapid response is required to formulate a plan of remediation of the process and demonstrate improvement in circumstances prior to the next inspection.

Individual’s experience, skills and attributes

  • 5 -8 years’ experience in a role which can demonstrate the experience required to achieve the above responsibilities, either in a professional services or industry environment.
  • Specific experience of having been part of large scale finance projects in a multinational environment
  • Appropriate professional qualification, which may be based in accounting or another appropriate discipline
  • A self-starter with an ability to work on their own initiative, but knowing when to seek assistance and work collaboratively.
  • Mature and confident person with excellent interpersonal skills, particularly communication skills.
  • Energy, enthusiasm and passion for a new challenge.

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