Financial Accountant

Location
Dublin (City), Leinster (IE)
Salary
72,578 to €89,921
Posted
20 Nov 2020
Closes
04 Dec 2020
Ref
TIIR2220
Contract type
Permanent
Hours
Full time
Experience level
Qualified accountant

GENERAL

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) was set up to deliver and operate safe and efficient light rail and national road networks.  TII’s mission is to deliver transport infrastructure and services that contribute to the quality of life of the people of Ireland and support the country’s economic growth.

TII’s ability to deliver and operate light rail and road networks efficiently is recognised, as evidenced by the portfolio of National Development Plan (NDP) 2018–2027 investments, entrusted to TII and its partners to deliver.

Under the NDP 2018–2027 there are three areas under the remit of TII which identify key priorities:

  1. Investment in public transport infrastructure to be delivered in line with the Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2016-2035 and our partners at the National Transport Authority (NTA).  This Plan commits to the undertaking of appraisal, planning and design of Luas network expansion to Bray, Finglas, Lucan and Poolbeg. Importantly, the Plan also sets out a firm commitment to deliver a metro rail system known as MetroLink that will run from Swords to Charlemont, connecting Dublin Airport with the city centre and providing interchanges with other public transport services including Iarnrod Eireann at Glasnevin, the DART at Tara Street and Luas at O’Connell Street and Charlemont.
  2. Investment in national roads infrastructure will be delivered in accordance with the guiding principles of the Department of Transport’s Strategic Investment Framework for Land Transport, and the strategic outcomes of the National Planning Framework. A number of the major road projects to be delivered are set out in the NDP.
  3. Investment in maintenance and renewal expenditure will increase over the lifetime of the NDP to meet the required investment levels for the current transport network and for new projects as they come into service.

TII’s ambitious plans will drive Ireland’s long term economic, environmental and social progress across all parts of the country over the next decade. The NDP, which is aligned with the delivery of the objectives of the National Planning Framework (NPF), sets out a significant level of investment which will underpin the NPF and drive its implementation over the next ten years.

To find out more about TII visit www.tii.ie

BACKGROUND

The primary function of TII’s Finance Department is to provide financial leadership to the organisation through the provision of high quality services and support in the following areas:

  • Support for the delivery of TII’s strategic objectives
  • Financial and management reporting and audit management
  • Provide financial analysis and decision support for TII management and Board
  • Manage TII’s current assets, liabilities and working capital requirements
  • Ensuring strong internal control over key financial and operational processes
  • Management of the corporate budgeting process
  • Processing payroll, expenses, accounts payable and accounts receivable
  • Provision of training and operational support for all systems deployed by Finance
  • Financial support for business cases, procurement processes and supplier management
  • Treasury and fixed asset management,
  • Preparing the annual financial statements and management of the annual audit process with the C&AG
  • Risk management for finance function

It is also important for the department to build and maintain strong relationships with its colleagues and with external stakeholders such as the Department of Transport, the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, the NDFA and TII’s bankers, financial advisers, solicitors and the Comptroller and Auditor General.

ROLE, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The role will report to the Financial Controller in the Business Services Directorate of TII.

Principal responsibilities will include:

  • Financial Reporting
    • Preparing elements of the financial statements and annual report.
    • Effective management of the audit requirements of the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General and other audit bodies.
    • Managing the preparation and submission of both regulatory & non-statutory reporting requirements.
  • Strategic financial planning, forecasting, reporting and analysis
  • Support the development and implementation of TII’s strategic actions
  • Lead the finance team’s support for the development, maintenance, aggregation and reporting of cash flow forecasts for all TII activities including capital investment, commercial and corporate activities. Maintain a high level multi-annual financing plan for TII.
  • Lead the finance team’s support for the development of the strategic financial planning process in TII
  • Capital and Revenue Projects
    • Support high standards of governance of capital and revenue projects attending project meetings where neccessary, providing reports, advice and analysis on expenditure, budget, funding, tax and internal controls
  • Operational treasury activities
  • Supervise and support the operational treasury activities of TII. This will include all banking arrangements and funding activities
  • Maintain and lead the development of treasury policies and procedures
  • Provide reports on the financial status of entities submitting tenders for the supply of goods and services to RPA and maintain systems to monitor the financial health of contractors/suppliers
  • Maintain and develop systems for reporting the income and potential income from levy schemes.
  • Internal Control, Systems and Procedures
  • Ensure all forecasting, reporting and payment systems have strong internal controls and documentation
  • Ensure all treasury activities are compliant with TII policies, legislation, relevant guidelines and TII Code of Practice
  • Manage a quality process of regular reviews over access and approval authorities in TII’s management and financial systems
  • Carry out regular review of end user spreadsheet and data base development and user practices. Ensure acceptable standards of construction and maintenance for programs serving critical business processes.
  • Communications, staff support and development
  • Develop strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders including TII staff, government departments, National Transport authority, Local Authorities, Banks, Advisors and Auditors
  • The role will have responsibility for supervision training and development of direct reports within the finance team
  • Develop and maintain a high level of awareness of conventional and cybersecurity matters relevant to your role in TII.
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Other responsibilities

  • Play a key role in managing projects and programs being led or supported by Finance. Such projects or programs will include the development of new or the enhancement of existing finance systems and the implementation of finance and information security training.
  • The role will be required to contribute actively to the enhancement of finance processes and controls, the development of finance education, training and strategy and the management of risk within TII.
  • Provide backup for the preparation of monthly management accounts.
  • Provide back-up for the supervision and processing of payroll, accounts payable and accounts receivable processes.
  • Undertaking such tasks, activities or other duties as may be required or assigned as appropriate to the grade.

Note:     The functions and responsibilities assigned to this position are based on the current stated role and may be changed from time to time. The person appointed will be required to demonstrate the flexibility necessary to fulfil other roles and responsibilities at a similar grade within TII and may be assigned to other such roles as business needs arise.

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

Character

Each candidate must be of good character.  

Health

A candidate for and any person holding the role must be fully competent and capable of undertaking duties attached to the role and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

Education & Experience

The successful candidate will be required to demonstrate the key competencies for a Grade 1 position, as well as the following experience and job-specific requirements:

  • Degree or third level professional qualification (HETAC Level 8 or equivalent) in Accounting.
  • 7 years’ experience in a responsible finance position.
  • A professional accountancy qualification and membership of a recognised accountancy body (i.e. ACA, CPA, CIMA, or ACCA), with a minimum of 5 years post-qualification experience.
  • Strong team working and project management skills.
  • A good understanding of the public sector regulatory and working environment.
  • A solid understanding of financial control processes and procedures.
  • Strong record of delivery and technical expertise in the key areas of financial and management reporting and accounting and tax compliance. 
  • Strong record of delivery in internal control, audit preparation and management, and resource and personnel management.
  • Experience of working with diverse teams.
  • Experience of undertaking and effectively managing a significant workload.
  • Highly motivated team player with an ability to work on own initiative, with strong multitasking capabilities.
  • Proven ability to organise and motivate teams and to prioritise workloads to meet deadlines as they fall due.
  • Advanced Excel and proficiency in Sage, Sun or equivalent systems.
  • Fluency in the English language, both written and oral.

To apply for or locate further information on these posts, please visit our website: www.tii.ie

Deadline for applications is 12 noon, Friday 4th December 2020.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland is committed to a policy of equal opportunity.

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