Vacancy – Financial Accountant

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Junior Achievement Ireland (JA) is a member of one of the world’s largest educational non-profits, helping prepare young people for their futures by delivering hands-on, experiential learning in entrepreneurship, employability, financial literacy and the value of STEM.

Reaching more than 12 million young people each year, JA was established in Ireland in 1996 and since then has built up a strong demand from schools throughout the country and created successful partnerships with 180 leading organisations. 

We now have a requirement for a qualified accountant with high level financial accounting experience to join the team.  The successful candidate will report directly to the Finance Director and provide high quality financial reporting to business deadlines, whilst maintaining strong internal controls. The financial accountant will use judgement, initiative and experience to support JA to achieve its objectives effectively and efficiently.

Key Responsibilities

  • Prepare and report quarterly management accounts, budget projections, analysis of variances and other financial information when required.
  • Manage the organisation’s cash flow.
  • Work alongside the Finance Director to prepare quarterly finance report for the Finance Committee and Board of Directors.
  • Manage the annual audit. Prepare statutory accounts in compliance with SORP and liaise with the external auditors.
  • Prepare the annual budget (€1.8m) in conjunction with the management team.
  • Work with relationship managers to create budgets for funders. Complete expenditure reports, ensuring effective controls and procedures are adhered to.
  • Develop and implement effective procedures for large projects (restricted funds) and create robust internal controls and monitor adherence to them.
  • Manage systems to ensure accurate accounting and reporting of all income streams. Oversee income invoicing process.
  • Process monthly payroll, including treatment of the Employee Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS).Manage revenue compliance and payments in ROS.
  • Manage employee pension scheme and insurance requirements.
  • Prepare the monthly payment run, with support from the office administrator.

Education and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will be a qualified accountant with a background in or a strong appreciation of the non-for- profit sector in Ireland.

Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to manage own time, meet deadlines and prioritise work
  • Strong communication skills 
  • Organised and methodical approach to work and problem solving
  • Ability to apply critical thinking as part of the role
  • Team player with the ability to work on own initiative
  • Good IT skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook
  • Knowledge of Sage & Tasbooks

Knowledge and Experience

  • 2+ years’ experience in a similar role
  • Experience of payroll administration
  • A proven ability to deliver results
  • Proven organisational skills and ability to identify and manage priorities within the workload
  • Experience of charity finance reporting and practices (SORP) would be advantageous

All applications to be sent to Lisa McKittrick [email protected], Director of Finance, Junior Achievement Ireland