Institute of Technology Blanchardstown

Contact address:
Blanchardstown Road North Dublin 15 D15 YV78



Closing date:

Job Description

Role Overview

The role of Financial Accountant is a key role in the Finance Department within TU Dublin – Blanchardstown Campus.

The job will involve access to and processing of significant confidential information and would involve regular contacts with Management, staff, the general public, organisations and individuals at all levels where discretion, tact and courtesy would constantly be required.

This position requires an excellent knowledge and skill in accounting, finance and the use of Information and Communication Technologies. The successful candidate will be expected to use innovative techniques and technologies as they arise. The University will provide the necessary training as appropriate.

The successful candidate will report to the Finance Manager on a day-to-day operational basis.  The reporting relationship may be altered from time to time, in line with service needs and developments in the University.

Principal Accountabilities         

  • Directly support Academic and Research Departments in the preparation of budgets and cost plans, assessment of the financial viability of activities proposed, and the submission of proposals to external funding agencies


  • Prepare and return interim and final reports to external funding agencies regarding Self-Financing and Research activities


  • Report on, present and examine the performance of income generating activities in a timely manner


  • Maintain and report statistical, regulatory and Revenue returns as necessary including preparation of CSO returns


  • Administer Finance and Payroll systems to include user set-ups, user passwords and maintenance interfaces between systems


  • Upload to and maintenance of Fixed Asset Register


  • Systems maintenance to include user set-ups, general ledger codes, purchasing roles and other routine maintenance


  • Review and approve monthly payrolls and T&S payments


  • Assist with the preparation of unit costing


  • Directly support the Finance Department staff and be capable of resolving any queries which may arise


  • Administer pre-approved non-pay budgets, including budget releases, transfers and adjustments for all departments


  • Complete monthly ledger closure routines


  • Draft and update policies and procedures as required


  • Prepare audit schedules and work closely with the internal and external auditors to ensure that audits are completed in a timely manner


  • Prepare reports and reconciliations on a monthly and ad hoc basis as required


  • Participate in all committees/groups on which they are a member or are assigned


  • Prepare reports, financial analysis and complete financial reporting duties as determined periodically by the Finance Manager


  • Provide cover for other areas of the Finance Department when necessary


The list of duties and responsibilities as detailed is not exhaustive. The performance of the entire range of duties is not necessarily confined to any one staff member, as the work requires that the Finance staff function in a flexible manner, and work together as a team. The University retains the right to assign new duties and/or to re­assign staff to other areas of the University, in response to service needs.

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the appropriate mix of knowledge, experience, skills, talent and abilities as outlined below:


  • Professional Accountancy qualification, preferably with a relevant degree (Essential)



  • At least three years’ post qualified experience in a similar environment in the public or commercial sector (Desirable)

  • High proficiency in integrated financial management systems and in IT including Microsoft applications (MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint) (Essential)


  • A high level of analytical and problem solving experience in finance and business management (Essential)


Skills, talents & abilities

  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills including report writing and presentation skills


  • Excellent relationship management and interpersonal skills


  • Ability to work on own initiative, determine priorities and organise workloads in order to produce quality output within tight time-frames


  • Strong administrative and organisational skills


  • Excellent project and time management capabilities


  • A flexible approach to dealing with challenges


  • High levels of initiative and enthusiasm


Eligibility to compete

Citizenship / Permit Requirement:

Eligibility to compete is open to candidates who are citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. The EEA comprises member states of the European Union along with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Other candidates may be eligible to compete subject to their having or obtaining an appropriate work permit for the nature and duration of the position.

Former Public Service employees:

Eligibility to compete may be affected where applicants were formerly employed by the Irish Public Service and previously availed of an Irish Public Service Scheme including:

- Incentivised Scheme for Early Retirement (ISER)

- Department of Health and Children Circular (7/2010)

- Collective Agreement: Redundancy Payments to Public Servants

Applicants should ensure that they are not precluded from re-engagement in the Irish Public Service under the terms of such Schemes. This is a non-exhaustive list and any queries should be directed to an applicant’s former Irish Public Service Employer in the first instance.


Terms and Conditions of Employment

A full statement of terms and conditions of employment will be given to the successful applicant in accordance with the Terms of Employment (Information) Acts 1994 and 2001.

The main terms and conditions of employment are as follows:


The post is being offered on a whole-time basis (3-year contract).


This post is currently located in TU Dublin – Blanchardstown Campus.


The Grade VII Salary Scale is:

  • €48,978 - €63,673 (2 x LSI)

Appointments will be made at the appropriate point on the appropriate scale.   Salary may be adjusted from time-to-time in line with Government pay policy.

Hours of work

This is a whole-time post. Attendance is required from Monday to Friday.


Other conditions

Nature of the post

The post will be on a whole-time basis and pensionable, subject to the terms of the provisions of the Technological Universities Act 2018.

Application Process

Application Form

Applications will be accepted through the online application service at A CV will be required in addition to the application form. All correspondence from the University regarding your application will be by email. Please ensure that the security filters on your email provider will accept emails from TU Dublin.

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is 5pm 22nd February 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.

Contact information

For queries regarding this post or the application process, please contact Linda Fitzpatrick at (01) 885 1102 between 9.30 and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday or email

Further Information for Candidates

Canvassing will automatically disqualify.

Late applications will not be accepted.

You are also advised that you can only submit one application per competition.  Should you have any issues with your submission, please contact us.

Shortlisting of applicants may take place, on the basis of information supplied in the application form.

It is University policy to seek two written references, which are to the satisfaction of TU Dublin from your referees, one of whom must be your current or most recent employer. Candidates are advised to ensure that nominated referees are aware of this requirement.

TU Dublin is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the employment policies, procedures and practices, which do not discriminate on grounds such as gender, civil status, family status, age, disability, race, religious belief, sexual orientation or membership of the travelling community.

TU Dublin operates a policy of Garda Vetting & Disclosure of Criminal Convictions.  All applicants will be asked to disclose criminal convictions and will undergo Garda Vetting as part of the selection process.

Persons appointed to a whole-time position within the University are required to:

  1. a) Undergo a satisfactory pre-employment medical examination by a medical practitioner nominated by the University;

  2. b) Provide a passport (if a passport is not currently held, a birth certificate and a form of photographic identification is required);

  3. c) Proof of PPS Number (e.g. social services card);

  4. d) Qualifications: the successful candidate will be required to submit parchments of Degrees, Diplomas, Certificates and other professional qualifications.




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