Applications are invited for the above permanent role in our Finance & Legal Directorate


EirGrid Group is responsible for the safe, secure and reliable supply of electricity – now and in the future.We have a pivotal role in the economies of Ireland and Northern Ireland, supporting competition in energy, promoting economic growth, facilitating renewable energy and providing essential services.

The Group develops, manages and operates the electricity transmission grid through EirGrid in Ireland and SONI (System Operator Northern Ireland) in Northern Ireland.  The transmission grid brings power from where it is generated to where it is needed to supply industries and businesses that use large amounts of electricity.  The grid also powers the distribution network, which supplies electricity for everyday use in homes and businesses across the Island.

We operate the SEM (Single Electricity Market) which is the wholesale electricity market on the Island of Ireland and we own and operate the East West Interconnector, a high voltage link between Ireland and Great Britain.We see ourselves at the forefront of innovations in the industry, transitioning towards a low-carbon, technology enabled smart future.

Group Financial Control 

The Group Finance team is responsible for reporting the financial performance of the Group to the Board, managing financial interactions with stakeholders, financial modelling, managing cash and debt positions, raising significant new funding for the business, taxation and insurance matters.

The role holder will work within a team that is responsible for the preparation of monthly consolidated management accounts, annual report, financial statements and annual budgetary process.The team actively champions the Group’s corporate governance compliance programme.

Role Description

We now seek a Senior Financial Accountant to deliver as part of a small multi-disciplinary high performing team.The successful candidate will be responsible for providing timely and insightful financial information to the Board and to management.

The role holder will lead the development and successful implementation of the Group internal control procedures to fulfill regulatory and statutory requirements. In addition, the role holder is responsible for the ongoing review and development of the Group’s financial information systems, including preparation of the annual report and financial statements and liaising with auditors where required.

Reports To:               Group Financial Controller

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage the monthly process for the production of consolidated financial information.
  • Production of monthly management report including Finance KPIs and commentary for Executive Team and the Board.
  • Updating best practice frameworks to ensure all reporting is compliant with regulatory and governance requirements.
  • Partner with Finance management to deliver continuous improvement of the Group’s reporting structures and preparation of budgets and forecasts.
  • Manage the annual audit process and the production of the Group and subsidiary financial statements in compliance with IFRS and company law.
  • Proactive collaboration with internal stakeholders on the co-ordination of the Annual Report.
  • Lead and support the Client Support Accountants across the Group in the preparation and delivery of quarterly and yearly financial and budgetary reporting and executive level reviews.
  • Manage reporting to and relationships with key stakeholders including the New Economy and Recovery Authority (NewERA).  
  • Longer term financial modelling for the Group, including annual equity valuation.
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of Group Finance strategy.
  • Lead the Finance team’s compliance with the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.

Critical Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Qualified Accountant (ACA/ACCA) with a minimum of 6+ years relevant experience
  • Excellent working knowledge of accounting packages and Microsoft Office applications
  • Excellent technical accounting knowledge
  • Significant experience in consolidation of group accounts
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Ability to provide insightful commentary on the financial results.
  • Significant experience of leading the annual audit process at group level and of producing group financial statements to the highest standards, in compliance with IFRS and company law requirements
  • Strong analytical and problem solving abilities
  • Strategic thinker, able to translate complex strategic concepts into operational reality
  • A high level of planning and organising skills with excellent attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to manage critical processes against tight deadlines
  • Ability to identify issues arising and work with senior management towards resolutions

Closing Date: 11/12/2017