Financial Controller – Cheeverstown House – Dublin

Enabling people with an intellectual disability to have full and meaningful lives through quality person centred services in partnership with families”

Cheeverstown House is a voluntary organisation funded under Section 38 of the Health Act. It has an annual budget of over €25 million and a staff complement of 450.  We deliver services to over 450 children and adults with intellectual disability and their families from our campus in Templeogue and in 30 locations in South County Dublin.  We are now recruiting the following post:


Permanent, full-time contract (37 hours)

The Finance Controller of Cheeverstown has overall responsibility for the finances of the organisation including the production of the annual budget, the management of cash flow and the preparation of monthly management accounts for the CEO, Senior Management Team and Board.

The role also involves working closely in supporting the Chief Executive and the other members of the senior management team.  This is a highly challenging and demanding post, which requires exceptional strategic vision, outstanding leadership and management abilities.

The successful applicant will have a proven record of success at senior level and must demonstrate that he/she has the skills and expertise to promote and manage both strategic and day-to-day operations. He/she sets and delivers high performance standards and can demonstrate strong leadership skills and the ability to implement a major financial change programme.  The Financial Controller manages a team of employees including payroll, accounts payable and cash office staff.

Major Areas of Responsibility are:

2. Financial Accounting and Reporting
With their team, the Financial Controller is responsible for the preparation of the annual financial statements for all Cheeverstown entities.  He/she is also responsible for the preparation of monthly management accounts and forecasts to inform the Chief Executive and Board of Cheeverstown of the companies’ financial performance.  He/she will attend the monthly Board meetings.

He/she is responsible for the ongoing development and maintenance of the financial accounting systems for the production of timely and accurate financial statements appropriate for the users in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.  He/she will work with service delivery managers in the development and roll out of individualised services and budgets to people supported by Cheeverstown.

He/she will ensure that all statutory requirements of the organisation are met including taxation, charitable and legal requirements.  They will develop and maintain complete and accurate supporting information for all financial transactions.

2. Budget
The financial controller has responsibility for production of the annual balanced budget and producing information for the Chief Executive and Senior Management team.  He/she is responsible for costing of strategic initiatives to balance the budget.

Where individualised funding packages are in place, he/she will monitor performance against allocation and inform the connected parties as appropriate.

3.Cash Flow
The financial controller is responsible for the preparation of the annual cash flows for the Cheeverstown entities, profiling of cash flows for the year and ensuring that Cheeverstown operates within its facilities.  He/she is responsible for agreeing the cash flow profile with the HSE for the year.  He/she will liaise with the companies’ bankers with regard to facilities and other cash flow matters as appropriate.

4. HSE
The financial controller along with other members of the senior management team  is responsible for the production of the annual Service Agreement.  The financial controller will agree a cash profile for Cheeverstown with the HSE and that all funds due to Cheeverstown are invoiced and paid.  The financial controller will prepare the monthly integrated management report (IMR) and submit them to the HSE and will attend the regular meetings (IMR’s) with the HSE as required.  The financial controller will also prepare and submit any additional reports requested by the HSE.

5. Other Duties
The financial controller will also be appointed Company Secretary and will make all relevant returns to the Companies Office as required.
He/she will support the Superannuation Officer in the preparation of submissions to the HSE Pensions Management Unit.
The IT manager reports to the Financial Controller

6. Payroll:
The financial controller will support the payroll function as required. He/she will approve the monthly payroll for each company and prepare analysis of variances on payroll as required.

7. Insurance
The financial controller is responsible for maintaining Cheeverstown’s relationship with its insurers to include
annual renewal data;
ensuring adequate cover of properties;
ensuring that cover is in line with the requirements of the HSE.

8. Compliance
With the Audit and Compliance Committee, the financial controller will engage with Cheeverstown’s auditors in advance of the year to plan the annual audit. He/she will

Planning for year-end Annual Financial Statements.
Liaising with auditors on issues relating to accounts.
Managing the requests by the Auditor for information
Ensure that information requested is supplied.
Production of draft accounts for individual entities

He/she will also liaise with the Audit and Compliance Committee to prepare the Annual Compliance Statement for submission to the HSE.

The financial controller will work with the operations managers and accounts payable officer to ensure compliance with public procurement requirements.  He/she will support the operations and purchasing manager to undertake regular tendering to maximise value for money.

Position Requirements

Qualified ACA/ACCA/CIMA with 5+ years post qualification experience.
Proven track record in the management of a finance function in a medium sized organisation.
Proven ability to report to senior management and board level.
Highly motivated individual who is able to influence decisions and manage and positively motivate staff.
To be flexible with the ability to work to tight deadlines.
Previous experience in a Senior Financial position within a not-for-profit or healthcare environment would be advantageous but not essential.

Informal enquiries to Tom Nolan, Chief Executive Officer on 01-4993700.

Applicants are required to submit a detailed, current CV with cover letter, clearly outlining how their experience and skills meet the requirements of the post.  Please submit to or post to the HR Department, Cheeverstown, Templeogue, Dublin 6W.

Closing date for receipt of Completed applications: 5.00 pm, Friday 24th August 2015


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