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Head of Finance and Corporate Support Services

Would you like to join us in working for an Ireland where people experience dying, death and bereavement with the care and support they need?   Are you an experienced and committed senior finance professional with broad management and corporate support experience?  

If you answered yes, then this may be the job for you! 

Every day in Ireland, 80 people die and 800 of us are newly-bereaved. Our vision at Irish Hospice Foundation is an Ireland where people experience dying, death and bereavement with the care and support they need. As part of our new five-year strategy we would like to significantly increase awareness of the work that IHF does.  

We need a strong financial leader with solid support services experience to provide financial and operational leadership and ensure financial compliance and prudence in the work of the foundation.

The successful candidate for the role of Head of Finance and Corporate Support Services will report to the CEO and will be responsible to both the Finance & Remuneration and Audit, Risk & Governance Committees. S/he will be a member of the senior management team and will contribute to the overall success of the organisation by effectively managing the finance and corporate support functions and leading on risk and governance matters, as well as contributing to the overall management and strategic direction of the organisation.

Core Role and Responsibilities: 

    Finance and Internal Control

  • Prepare the Directors’ Report and Financial Statements in a timely manner, in accordance with best practice and GAAP ensuring the annual external audit is conducted in an efficient manner
  • Project manage the publication of the Annual Report
  • Produce timely and accurate monthly management accounts, providing key analysis and recommendations
  • Prepare annual budgets and financial forecasts to ensure the sustainability of the organisation and develop, manage, monitor and report on the business planning process across the organisation. In conjunction with the business plan, report on the financial performance of all income generating activities, support project planning with financial projections and prepare and report on funding applications to trust, foundations and State bodies
  • Process all day-to-day financial transactions including payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, expenses and banking
  • Develop, implement, and ensure compliance with internal financial and control policies and procedures including procurement
  • Work to support senior managers in the management of their devolved budget
  • Manage relationships with bankers, pension and insurance providers
  • Maintain regular communication with the members of the Finance & Remuneration Committee, scheduling and attending meetings and preparing all papers and minutes

Risk and Governance

  • Be the lead monitor of potential risks affecting the organisation and ensure appropriate management policies and procedures are in place to meet these risks, including maintaining the organisation’s risk register
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant laws and regulations
  • Maintain a robust governance framework and ensure compliance with all requirements of the Charities Regulatory Authority
  • Act as Company Secretary and ensure compliance with all Company Office requirements and all provisions of the Constitution
  • Maintain regular communication with the members of the Audit, Risk & Governance Committee, scheduling and attending meetings and preparing all papers and minutes


  • Contribute to the development and delivery of the strategic plan in conjunction with other members of the Senior Management Team
  • Develop the ongoing monitoring system for IHF strategy and annual business plan
  • Work with senior managers, to monitor delivery of business plan targets

Corporate Support Services

  • Lead the organisation’s HR function, ensuring compliance with all employment law and internal policies and procedures and managing day to day HR administration; (additional support is provided on this function)
  • Manage all health and safety requirements
  • Support the organisation’s IT network by providing first level support to staff and liaising with external suppliers on both day-to-day services as well as larger projects
  • Oversee all reception and facilities management activities
  • Assist in support COVID-19 return to office processes

Personal Experience, Skills & Qualifications: 

  • Qualified chartered accountant with a minimum of ten years post qualification experience
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in a multi-faceted senior management role
  • Demonstrable record of achievement in project management
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Excellent IT literacy
  • Some experience of HR management
  • Experience in the not-for-profit sector is desirable

This is a full-time role (37 hours per week) based in the organisation’s head office in Dublin city centre. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Please forward your CV (max 2 pages) with a brief covering letter to susan.geaney@hospicefoundation.ie by 11th August 2020.

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