Head of Finance

Cluid Housing
Dublin (City), Leinster (IE)
€78,679 - €101,178 + benefits
05 Mar 2021
21 Mar 2021
Contract type
Full time
Experience level
Manager, Director

Role: Head of Finance

Location 159-161 Sheriff Street Upper Dublin 1

Job Title Head of Finance

Reporting to Director of Finance & Treasury

Responsible for Financial Control and Financial Reporting Teams

Contract Permanent 

Salary €78,679 - €101,178

Hours 35 Hours per Week (Monday to Friday)

Leave 22 days (+3 designated days Christmas week)

Clúid Housing is an equal opportunities employer and proud to be recognised as a top employer in Ireland. At Clúid Housing we firmly believe that our success is down to our dedicated and growing staff body working throughout Ireland. Clúid Housing is a company of talented people who bring enthusiasm, confidence, expertise, professionalism and respect to their work. Our staff consistently work towards achieving our vision of creating a society where everyone has a great place to live. 

Our employees benefit from a great working environment, great learning opportunities, a supportive management team and an extensive benefits package:

  • Competitive Remuneration
  • Excellent & Continuous Training
  • Development Opportunities
  • Flexible Working Arrangements
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Excellent Employee Benefits

If the above appeals to you, then keep reading ...and remember Clúid Housing is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. 

Finance & Treasury Department

The Finance and Treasury Team is led by the Director of Finance and Treasury and is split in to six sections

  • Financial Control
  • Financial Reporting
  • Treasury Strategy
  • Business Planning & Forecasting
  • Finance Business Partnering
  • Compliance

The Head of Finance is a well established role covering the first two of these, with responsibility for day-to-day finance operations and financial reporting, currently assisted by three direct reports; the Financial Reporting Manager, the Management Accountant and the Finance Operations Supervisor. The Head of Finance is a member of the Senior Management Team (Operations Team) responsible for progressing key operational projects to drive the business forward.

Role Overview: The Head of Finance leads the financial control team, and reports to the Director of Finance and Treasury (DFT). The role involves overseeing day-to-day financial operations, ensuring the delivery of a quality service to internal and external customers. The Head of Finance drives the development of, and adherence to, corporate policies and internal controls to optimise financial control and minimise exposure to risk.

Areas of Responsibility


  • Working with the DFT to manage Clúid’s financial affairs
  • Managing regulatory compliance activity
  • Managing the completion of tax and other statutory returns
  • Overseeing the operation, regular review and development of financial accounting policies, procedures and systems
  • Ensuring that financial reporting and practice complies with financial standards & statutory requirements
  • Maintaining appropriate safeguards to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of financial reports
  • Managing the operation of internal audit (currently contracted out) including preparation of supporting documentation and responses to information requests


  • Leading the compilation of annual financial statements including preparation of supporting documentation and information required by statutory auditors
  • Collaborating with budget holders to assist with budget compilation and the subsequent monitoring of performance against approved budgets
  • Developing management information packs to meet the changing needs of the organisation
  • Working with the Operations Team to plan and make appropriate budget provision for the annual maintenance programme
  • Managing internal financial reporting cycles and output to meet agreed requirements and targets
  • Overseeing owner management companies accounting and reporting


  • Assisting in the production and maintenance of the financial strategy including the development of key financial indicators to inform the monitoring and assessment of corporate performance
  • Contributing as required to corporate business planning working with teams and departments across the business
  • Evaluating new business initiatives, including risk assessment and the development of financial models to inform management decision-making
  • Managing improvement and efficiency projects within the finance team
  • Actively participate in Operations Team meetings, collaborating with senior leaders to drive key deliverables forward
  • Collaborating with the Director of Finance & Treasury to prepare and present financial information and updates for Executive, Committee and Board meetings.

Business Partnering  

  • Working with the Finance Business Partner to support managers in achieving effective budgetary control and performance management
  • Providing financial advice to management as required to support decision making
  • Working with the IT Department and external providers in the development of existing finance systems and/or the specification, acquisition and implementation of new, finance related systems and accounting software

Value for Money

  • Maintaining a constant focus on corporate cost efficiency and supporting senior management in the identification and pursuit of opportunities to improve value for money

People Management

  • Recruitment & Induction: Collaborate with HR to ensure the best candidate/s are recruited, to develop a thorough induction plan and actively manage the probation process
  • Engagement: Contributing to a positive work culture within finance and throughout the business
  • Managing & Supporting Performance: Providing direct reports with support and guidance to enhance their performance
  • Learning & Development: Creating annual individual and departmental learning and development plans
  • Safety & Wellbeing: Ensuring that direct reports work in a safe environment and actively partake in any company wide or team wellbeing activities
  • Promoting a culture of continuous improvement, customer care and Value for Money


  • Assisting the DFT with additional projects as required
  • Representing Clúid externally as required
  • Promoting the finance team both externally and internally throughout the business
  • Networking and fostering key internal/external business relationships 
  • Any other duties consistent with the role


  • Maintaining membership of your professional body
  • Attending continuing professional training as required by your profession’s governing body
  • Remaining informed of professional developments in accounting and finance which may impact Clúid Housing activities

Corporate Responsibilities

  • Ensuring all activity is aligned to Clúid’s values and contributes to the mission of supporting the development of thriving communities
  • Adhering to all Clúid policies and procedures
  • Exercising discretion
  • Fulfilling all care and standards regarding Clúid’s and your own health and safety obligations;

Key competencies required in the role

  • Commercial Acumen
  • Communication & Influencing
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Relationship Management
  • Analytical Skills
  • People Management & Leadership

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications

  • Degree in related discipline
  • Qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA) 

Knowledge / Skills

  • I.T. skills to higher level including excel
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to plan and organise at organisation and personal level
  • Openness to adapt to new IT systems
  • Strong communication skills, verbal, written, report writing, presentation
  • Strong analytical & statistical skills


  • A minimum of 5+ years in a similar role
  • Experience of working in a property orientated environment or similar SME
  • Experience of working in a team environment
  • Experience of performance management data analysis reporting
  • Experience of working with senior management
  • Experience of Value for Money reporting