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Financial Accountant - Ireland

Company:  Certas Retail Ireland
Req ID:  3921
Salary:  Not Disclosed

Drogheda, IE, A92 T803

Contract Type:  Permanent
Date Posted:  09-Jun-2022

Title: Financial Accountant Ireland

Location: Drogheda, Co Louth

Reporting to: Head of Finance, Ireland

Principal Objective of Position:

Overseeing the smooth and efficient management of the General Ledger and Reporting functions for the Irish Retail business.


Assisting the Head of Finance with preparation of financial information for internal and external reporting.


Supporting the implementation of effective and efficient processes within the Certas Energy Retail Europe organisation. To be a key member of a high performing finance team.


Key Responsibilities:

Financial Accounting

  • Supporting the Head of Finance with month-end reporting to DCC Group including, preparation of monthly management accounts, monthly trading commentary and monthly checklists
  • Supporting the Head of Finance in preparation of annual financial statements and related schedules
  • Co-ordinating with auditors (both internal and external) to ensure a smooth and efficient audit process
  • Management of the month-end close process, including co-ordination with other members of the finance team to ensure timely completion of month-end tasks
  • Ensuring that all key month-end reconciliations have been performed by the appropriate team member and reviewed by an appropriate supervisor
  • Ensuring that a comprehensive month-end folder is prepared each month, containing all key month-end reconciliations, and supporting schedules for key balance sheet accounts
  • Ensuring compliance with all financial control requirements (e.g. manual journals, key account reconciliations, etc)


Overhead management/reporting

  • Co-ordinating with the accounts payable department to ensure that invoices are posted to the appropriate profit centres (site-level, network-level, central)
  • Responsibility for month-end overhead accruals process
  • Working with the Head of Finance to develop and maintain the Monthly Overhead Reporting in Qlikview
  • Working with the Head of Finance to prepare and maintain site-by-site and network level P&Ls in Qlikview – including monthly allocation of month end accruals, and ensuring that team members tag all margin postings by profit centre and by material


Property, Plant and Equipment

  • Overseeing the maintenance of a detailed fixed asset register for the business
  • Ensuring that assets are depreciated appropriately
  • Accounting for repairs/maintenance/upgrades



  • In conjunction with our tax advisors, ensuring that VAT returns, ROM 1 returns and corporation tax returns are prepared and filed in a timely


Property Management

  • Ensuring that all lease/rental payments are correct and are made on time
  • Managing capex spend
  • Assisting with capex proposals



  • Support the Head of Finance and Finance Director on ad hoc projects as and when required
  • Co-ordination with other managers within the business for cross-cover, and for co-ordination of any tasks that impact on the financial reporting functions
  • Interaction with external/internal parties including customers, auditors and DCC Group Compliance teams
  • Keep up to date on relevant accounting issues that may impact on this business
  • Perform role in line with all DCC Group HSE and other corporate policies
  • Cross train with other members of the Finance Team to ensure adequate holiday / leave cover can be maintained and ensure that all major team tasks are always managed

Competencies Required:

Education & Experience:

  • Qualified accountant or 5+years working in a similar role
  • Proven ability to work as part of a team
  • Proficient with Microsoft products
  • Experience of SAP an advantage


Core Competencies:

  • Good attention to detail, with an ability and willingness to work in the detail and take a hands-on approach.
  • Positive, can-do attitude, displaying a high level of commitment & motivation.
  • Demonstrates a desire to grow and undertake additional responsibility.
  • Highly organized and ability to adapt to quickly changing priorities.
  • Demonstrates articulate and professional communication style.
  • Demonstrates high levels of personal and professional standards.
  • Possesses strong financial acumen.
  • Ability to build strong business relationships.


About Certas Energy Retail Europe

Certas Energy Retail Europe is a division of DCC plc, managing and supporting a large European network of more than 1100 Retail Unmanned and Manned petrol service stations. The networks are managed via a Hub & Spoke model. The Retail Hub in Drogheda manages several functions for each of the countries including finance, IT, pricing, procurement and other back-office activities. The focus for the team in country is site operations and network development