Location Ballymena, County Antrim
Job Type Temporary
Salary Negotiable
Published 3 months ago
Start Date asap
Contact Carla McCamley
Job Ref BA 00568_1553264167

Job Description

Our client in the Ballymena area are looking to recruit a full time temporary Accountant to join their team for at least 9 months.

The role of the Accountant will have primary responsibility for the main regulatory and technical aspects of the Finance Office including Payroll and Procurement, overseeing financial returns required and ensuring their accuracy and validity to meet the needs of the company and its regulatory bodies. This will include, ensuring systems, policies and procedures are in place to maintain data quality, the preparation of annual Financial statements , month end preparation of financial and budgetary information and other statutory returns. The post holder will act as deputy to the head of Finance and contribute to the strategic financial planning for ensuring that appropriate financial management systems are established and maintained.


To support the Head of Finance in ensuring that the strategic direction of the Finance Department enables and supports service delivery and Key Performance Indicators.

  • To provide technical advice and support on accounting and finance matters to the Head of Finance. To be responsible for ensuring that the company is compliant in respect of recommended Accounting practices, legislation, taxation and Governance directions.
  • To manage and co-ordinate the preparation of the Annual Financial Statements in accordance with Department and Public Sector Directives, Financial reporting requirements, audit guidance and other relevant legislation / guidance.
  • To ensure completion of all appropriate statutory returns and returns to the sponsoring Department or other Government bodies, for example; NDPB return, WGA, NFI, VAT, Tax, etc.
  • To assist in the development of policies, procedures and systems to ensure the efficient and effective operation.
  • To deliver written, oral and visual reports, which a variety of audiences are able to understand in order to inform decision.
  • To liaise with staff, sponsor Department, and external agencies in order to effectively research and analyse topics as directed by the Head of Finance.
  • To take lead responsibility for the day-to-day management of all the Finance Departments internal and external audit assignments and to co-ordinate timely implementation of audit recommendations, reviewing and redesigning processes where necessary.
  • To be responsible for developing and managing Corporate Banking arrangements including cash flow management and take lead responsibility for developing banking policies, procedures, controls and reconciliations.
  • To manage the production of monthly income and expenditure reports and supporting financial statements from the computerised accounting system in accordance with requirements and developing and testing systems to ensure a high level of internal control is maintained
  • To ensure that all standing financial procedures are regularly reviewed and updated to take accounts of best practice and guidance issued by Government Departments or audit reports
  • To be responsible for establishing, developing and maintaining financial management procedures for funded projects.
  • To be responsible for ensuring that all budgets, forecasts and projections are consistent with and are regularly reconciled to the College's monthly financial accounts.
  • To seek continual improvement to the efficiency and effectiveness of the finance function through the development and application of the use of information and computer technology.


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Candidates must have successfully completed the professional examinations and be a member of one of the following bodies: The Institute of chartered accountants in Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants; or The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy
  • Candidates must have a minimum of three years post qualification (membership) experience in a finance function, including responsibility for preparation of annual financial statements and liaison with audit

Desirable Criteria:

  • Working know and/or experience of current issues in the further Education sector and their impact on financial management
  • Minimum of 1 year post qualification (membership) experience of working in a public sector finance environment

Essential Criteria:

  • Proven experience of strategic financial planning, forecasting and budgeting.
  • Proven experience of providing financial leadership to include the development of financial strategies and policies.
  • Proven experience of making decisions and providing advice to senior management on complex and strategic financial matters.
  • Proven experience of developing and maintaining financial systems and procedures
  • Proven ability to analyse complex information, compile and present reports
  • Proven ability of managing customer and stakeholder relationships at the highest levels


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