Senior Finance Manager

GOAL, Dublin, Ireland

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
13th January, 2018

Job Description

The SFM will report directly to the Finance Director.  The SFM will sit on the finance management team and will have global responsibility for cashflow operations for the organisation. The SFM will ensure financial accountability  across  all  functions  and  field  offices  in  the  organisation, developing a relationship with each of the Country Directors and other Senior Management Team (SMT). In addition, the SFM will support the Finance Director in their role representing the financial reporting role to the Audit & Risk Committee & Board of Directors.


  • Oversees all company finance and accounting practices, including finance departments, preparing budgets, financial reports, payroll, tax and audit functions both at HQ and for country programmes
  • Directs financial strategy, planning and forecasts; conferring with Finance Director and Senior Management Team
  • Work closely with Senior Management Team and Regional Directors on major applications, budgeting, work plans and cash flow
  • Monitors cash transactions to ensure that bank account balances to the report and any unusual items are investigated.
  • Forecasts, monitors and tracks cash flow (weekly, monthly, quarterly etc.).
  • Prepares cash flow reports, and identifies and evaluates variances.
  • Overall management responsibility for the cashflow forecasting and budget process for the organisation
  • Plan the strategic financial development of the organisation alongside the Finance Director
  • Build, deliver and support a global financial infrastructure to support the organisation growth strategy
  • Working to a set time scale, all board, management, statutory and financial reporting must be carried out in accordance with Organisational Policy
  • Any other duties as may be deemed appropriate

Key relationships:

  • Audit and Risk Committee
  • Finance Director
  • General Manager/CEO & management team
  • Regional directors
  • Finance department staff


It is expected that you will:

  • Carry out these accountabilities within the operating and process frameworks that apply to the whole organisation
  • Work together with all your key stakeholders: line and functional to ensure organisational objectives, mission and vision are met
  • Exemplify the organisations standards of integrity, purpose & values
  • Be in a position to travel, and spend working time in the organisation’s African programme countries as required

Requirements (Person Specification)


  • Qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA, CPA) with 8+ years’ experience
  • Masters degree in Accounting, Finance or Business an advantage
  • Up to date knowledge of current financial and accounting computer applications
  • Strong IT skills incl. expert level in Excel and ability to use complex modelling techniques
  • High level of initiative, motivation, commitment and professionalism
  • Strong managerial, planning, organizational, decision-making, team working, interpersonal and lateral thinking skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, along with the ability to communicate and negotiate with a variety of internal and external constituencies
  • Willingness to work in remote locations/travel regularly
  • Exceptional attention to detail and analytical skills


  • Financial experience in the NGO sector desirable but not essential
  • Hands-on experience of systems implementation

Our package includes a competitive salary, 22 days annual leave and the possibility to join our Health care scheme. Additional benefits are available after 12 months of service. Salary range for this role is € 75,000 - 85,000. Candidates must be entitled to work in Ireland at the time of application.

GOAL has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Child Protection Policy, which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants and children from exploitation. GOAL also has a confidentiality policy ensuring the non-disclosure of any information whatsoever relating to the practices and business of GOAL, acquired in the course of duty, to any other person or organisation without authority, except in the normal execution of duty. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to these policies any job offer made is also subject to police clearance. GOAL is an equal opportunities employer.


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