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A large Irish retailer has retained Prism Executive to identify and appoint a Senior Financial Accountant & Business Partner to join their Finance team. The successful appointee will report to the Group Finance Director and will play a key role in preparing the month-end accounts, assisting in annual budgeting and quarterly forecasting and reporting on the key trading KPI’s. Using these insights and data to partner with the key commercial teams across the business to support decision making.

The Role:

  • Production of monthly management accounts packs within 10 working days to include P&L and Balance Sheet elements for these areas.

  • Leading business partnering with the respective commercial teams across the business who are responsible for the above areas, regularly reviewing performance versus budget and prior year, and supporting business performance improvement initiatives and key commercial decisions using data and insights available from the finance and BI reporting systems.

  • Direct management of 2 members of the finance team.

  • Work closely with the Senior Team on annual budget and quarterly forecast submissions, running scenario and sensitivity analyses according to variable key assumptions, building budget models and working closely with the key commercial teams on the construction of the budget.

  • Involvement in the year-end statutory audit with specific responsibility for the main trading companies and consolidated group accounts.

  • Ownership of month-end balance sheet reconciliations.

  • Continuous improvement of finance processes focussing on efficiency gains and enhancements to be derived from the new ERP system.

  • Ad Hoc project work including financial modelling of new stores, e-commerce initiatives and digital marketing campaigns.

The Person:

  • The successful individual must be capable of working in a focused, committed, diligent and professional manner, overcoming challenges to deliver high-quality results.

  • Consistently deliver accurate and relevant information against important business deadlines while maintaining a system of strong internal financial controls.

  • Tailor your communication style to suit the situation and be able to interact positively with key stakeholders, both internally and externally. Strong business partnering skills are essential.

  • The successful candidate will display initiative and have a strong commercial awareness and propose commercial ideas that generate positive results for the business. The ability to generate actionable insights from rigorous financial analysis will be important.

  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate a situation and propose possible solutions to a problem. This requires the ability to research the facts and engage with the relevant stakeholders to fully understand the issues and propose creative solutions to problems.

  • A team player with a positive, can-do attitude and the ability to be ‘hands-on’.

  • Highly organized, and structured, with clarity of focus and the ability to multi-task while performing under pressure in a fast paced environment.

The Experience:

  • Qualified Accountant with at least 5 years post-qualification experience.

  • Proven track record operating in a commercial and business partnering role.

  • Strong technical accounting skills with up-to-date knowledge of relevant IFRS standards.

  • Experience in the retail / FMCG sector is a distinct advantage.

  • Experience in managing, mentoring, and developing a team.

  • Strong appreciation of a robust framework of internal controls and reconciliations.

  • Advanced excel user and strong system skills required.

For confidential representation, Orla Brennan of Prism Executive is managing all expressions of interest. Please contact / 086 1720090


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