25 September 2017
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Finance Manager

Job Specification

The Organisation

Epilepsy Ireland is the national organisation supporting and representing the 37,000 people living with epilepsy in Ireland. Established in 1966, the charity is committed to working for, and to meeting the needs of everyone with epilepsy in Ireland and their families and carers. Our vision is to achieve a society where no person's life is limited by epilepsy. Through our head office in Dublin and our nine regional locations, we provide a range support services including one-to-one support, outreach services, nurse-led helplines, local and online support groups, educational and training programmes, group-based self-management programmes and a variety of seminars, events and publications. We are also actively involved in raising public awareness of epilepsy and supporting Irish research into the condition.

The Role

Epilepsy Ireland currently have a vacancy for a Finance Manager. The Finance Manager a key member of the Head Office Management team in Epilepsy Ireland and is responsible for all aspects of the organisation's financial management and deliverables.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and maintaining accounting principles, practices and procedures to ensure accurate and timely financial statements. This position involves tight deadlines and a multitude of accounting activities including general ledger preparation, monthly management accounts, year-end audit preparation and the support of budgeting and forecasting activities. The Finance Manager will report directly to the CEO of Epilepsy Ireland.

Key Responsibilities

Key responsibilities of this role will include but are not limited to:

  • Preparing monthly management accounts including income and expenditure accounts, balance sheet and cash flows detailing the comparison to budget and prior year accounts;
  • Preparing annual financial statements for audit in accordance with Charities SORP/ FRS102 and liaising with the auditors to ensure that the audit is completed in a timely and efficient manner;
  • Completing annual budgeting process in conjunction with the CEO and management team
  • Preparing & processing payroll, PAYE/PRSI returns to Revenue, pensions and Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) transfers to staff bank accounts;
  • Completing financial returns to HSE and other funders, CRO and Charities Regulatory Authority; 
  • Supervising accounting aspects of fundraising activities and ensuring monthly reconciliations between finance and fundraising are completed;
  • Developing, maintaining and updating effective financial procedures processes and internal controls for the organisation;
  • Maintaining effective electronic accounting systems;
  • Managing cash flow and investments;
  • Managing the work of the Accounts Assistant;
  • Processing and analysis of invoices and payments in line with procedures;
  • Processing and analysis of incoming payments including grants, fundraising and other income; preparing bank lodgements;
  • Completing bank reconciliations;Managing insurances, leases, contracts and fixed assets;
  • Recommending and implementing cost-reduction measures;
  • Assisting where required with the preparation of funding applications;
  • Acting as the main point of contact for all financial queries;
  • Keeping informed of relevant changes in legislation; charity regulation and governance requirements;
  • Attending Management and Finance & Audit Sub-Committee meetings; participating in business planning.

In addition, general responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting the development of Epilepsy Ireland's overall work to meet its mission and strategic objectives;
  • Developing and maintaining an understanding of and commitment to Epilepsy Ireland's work and the needs of our service users;
  • Adhering to Epilepsy Ireland's policies and procedures;
  • Maintaining appropriate confidentiality at all times;
  • Upholding the reputation of the organisation and representing it in a professional manner;
  • Ensuring all people are treated with respect in the course of your work, thereby promoting Epilepsy Ireland's core values;
  • Participating in relevant training and development activities as agreed with CEO;
  • Participating in Epilepsy Irelands performance management system and engaging in supervision and appraisal;
  • Remaining vigilant of any Health, Safety and Welfare risks in the workplace and bringing any concerns to the attention to the Health & Safety Officer;
  • Undertaking such other duties as might be reasonably assigned from time to time.

The Person

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate:

  • A professional accountancy qualification & member of a recognised accountancy body
  • A minimum of 5 years' experience in a similar role
  • Experience of producing monthly management accounts and bank reconciliations;
  • Knowledge of computer based financial accounting systems and software such as Exchequer, Sage or similar;
  • Experience of producing periodic and annual forecasts and budgets;
  • Experience of end of year accounts and external liaison with auditors;
  • Evidence of computer based payroll systems;
  • Strong leadership skills and strategic capabilities including a proven ability to manage and supervise others
  • A high degree of analytical, conceptual, problem solving and numerical skills;
  • Highly-developed communication, negotiation, relationship management and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to be flexible, hands-on, to respond positively to change, to work effectively under pressure and deal with conflicting priorities;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively.

The successful candidate should also be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Evidence of financial management experience in the NGO/Charity sector;
  • Evidence of being self-motivated with the ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Knowledge of and experience of working with the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) for charities would be a distinct advantage.

Terms and Location:

The post is a full-time, permanent contract subject to a probation period of six months.

The role is based at Epilepsy Ireland's head office at 249 Crumlin Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12, D12 RW92. 

Please note that the successful candidate will be required to go through the Garda Vetting Process with the National Vetting Bureau.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Your application: Mazars will be managing all aspects of this recruitment project on behalf of Epilepsy Ireland. Applications to be submitted online at and must include:

  1. A cover letter outlining why you wish to be considered for the post and where you believe your skills and experience meet the requirements of the position of Finance Manager;
  2. A comprehensive CV clearly showing your relevant achievements and experience in your career to date.

All enquiries relating to this role should be directed to the Executive Recruitment Team by email to or by telephone on +353 (1) 449 4400

No enquiries or canvassing should be made directly to Epilepsy Ireland.

Deadline for applications: Friday 13th October at 5pm GMT.

Epilepsy Ireland is an equal opportunities employer


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