Join our team: Financial Controller required

April 2022
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About the role

Children’s Books Ireland is seeking a part-time Financial Controller (equivalent of 3 days per week) who will augment the strengths of our executive team and to further improve financial processes and procedures in the organisation.

This is a new role following a period of rapid growth and transformation. As a registered charity, good corporate governance and strong financial management are essential to Children’s Books Ireland. We believe in transparency and accountability to our stakeholders, funders, donors and sponsors. The Financial Controller will support the CEO and the board in the oversight and management of all aspects of finance within the organisation including ensuring financial and regulatory compliance and risk management. They will also support the executive in the management and oversight of project budgets.

Duties will include

  • Working closely with the CEO to ensure a robust financial management framework in the organisation
  • Reviewing, improving and ensuring adherence to financial policies, procedures and controls
  • Evaluating and improving the financial management systems and ensuring a comprehensive budgeting process is in place
  • Supporting the process of funding applications and proposals to help diversify income streams and enhance the ability of Children’s Books Ireland to implement their strategic plan
  • Reviewing and improving financial reporting packs for stakeholders
  • Preparing and analysing monthly management accounts
  • Managing monthly payroll and staff pensions
  • Manage the year-end audit including preparation of statutory accounts in accordance with Charity SORP (FRS102) and coordination with external auditors
  • Attending and preparing presentations for board meetings as required
  • Cashflow projections, including monitoring supplier payment terms and payment deadlines
  • Analysis of banking arrangements to ensure they are fit for purpose
  • Supporting the CEO with any other ad hoc projects to help develop the organisation

Requirements

The successful candidate will:

  • Be able to confidently carry out the responsibilities outlined above while working independently and as part of a small, creative, fast-paced team.
  • Be a qualified accountant with demonstrable experience working in a similar position, ideally with a charity/not for profit/arts organisation.
  • Have excellent digital literacy, with the ability to use QuickBooks, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Slack, Dropbox and Zoom to a high degree of proficiency.
  • Have strong organisational skills, with the capacity to prioritise and balance multiple demands in a fast paced environment
  • Be a clear communicator with the ability to write for and present to a wide range of audiences including the board, executive and funders.

Reporting to: 

Chief Executive Officer.

Location:

Currently from home, with in-person meetings taking place approx. monthly in Dublin City Centre. When the office reopens, we foresee the successful candidate getting to know the company and the team by working in the office at least 1 day per week. There will be flexibility to work remotely after the initial settling-in period.

Start date: 

As soon as possible.

Contract duration:

Permanent, with a six month probation period.

Hours of work:

24 hours per week including one hour paid lunch break on each of three days. How the hours are managed is flexible, with the option to work mornings/afternoons/three full days. Hours are flexible between 8 a.m. and 5.30 p.m.

Remuneration/benefits:

€27,000 per annum (€45,000 pro rata). 5% matching pension contribution after 6 months. 15 days’ annual leave. Ability to work flexibly. Access to Cycle to Work Scheme and TaxSaver Scheme.

To apply:

Email cover letter and CV (preferably in one combined document) to recruit@childrensbooksireland.ie, with FINANCIAL CONTROLLER in the subject line, before 4pm on 29th April 2022. Children’s Books Ireland is committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our work and we welcome applications from all qualified candidates. The position will be subject to reference checks.

About Children's Books Ireland

Children’s Books Ireland’s vision is simple: every child a reader. Our mission is:

  • to inspire a love of reading in children and young people in Ireland,
  • to share our expertise and enthusiasm with the adults who guide and influence them, and
  • to champion every child’s right to excellent books and live literature events and support the artists who make that goal possible across the island of Ireland.

Children’s Books Ireland is a registered charity. We deliver numerous projects that bring the joy of reading to children all over the island of Ireland including Laureate na nÓg (the children’s literature laureate), the KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards, Children’s Books Ireland Book Clinics, a magazine and annual reading guide, an annual conference and various book-gifting schemes which ensure that children and young people in areas of need have access to books.

Children’s Books Ireland is the go-to organisation for children’s book coverage across various media. For more information, you can read our Strategic Plan at the link below.