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Executive Officer - FINANCE UNIT (Payroll)


 Role Summary

The Finance Senior Administrator Role

The individual appointed will report to the Director of Finance.  The successful candidate for this role will be a motivated self-starter with the ability to:

  • Prepare and review payroll time and attendance data for each payroll period

  • Prepare, review and process payroll for each payroll period in accordance with the agreed payroll calendar

  • Ensure all payroll transactions adhere to payroll policies and complies with relevant law and statutory requirements 

  • Research any discrepancies of payroll information and / or documentation to ensure accuracy and adherence to procedures prior to processing

  • Maintain payroll information, files and records and providing up to date reference and audit trail for compliance

  • Develop expert knowledge of public service pay scales and pay provisions

  • Understand taxation implications of employer paid benefits and Social welfare benefits       

  • Record payroll transactions on an accounting package and reconcile to payroll reports and Revenue returns

  • Prepare payroll reports for Revenue payments

  • Remit voluntary payroll deductions to relevant organisations on a monthly / quarterly basis

  • Assist with the integration of a new time and attendance system to payroll system

  • Process and review of motor travel, domestic and foreign subsistence claims in line with SFPA and public sector procedures

  • Work with the Director of Finance on the updating of procedures in line with best practice

  • Plan, prioritise and organise their workload on their own initiative

  • Be competent in dealing with all internal & external customers in a professional and competent manner

  • Assistance with month and year end procedures, processing and analysis

  • Assistance with internal and external audit requirements

  • To work efficiently and productively in a multi-task environment on a daily basis

  • Identify and analyse problems using sound judgment to effectively resolve issues

  • Deal with finance related queries in a timely manner







Essential Entry Requirements


Candidate must meet the following essential requirements prior to their appointment:

  • Possess 2 to 3 years’ relevant payroll experience

  • Experience with industry financial systems

  • Excellent numeric & accuracy skills

  • Excellent computer skills with strong working knowledge of an accountancy software package and MS Excel

  • Excellent attention to detail/customer service skills

  • Strong ethos of confidentiality

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

In addition to the minimum qualification entry requirement candidates must also have:

  • Fluent spoken and written English is absolutely essential

  • Full driving licence



Desirable entry requirements

  • Have a third level qualification or a payroll qualification for example IPASS qualification

  • Good knowledge of the principles and practices of payroll in the public sector

  • Experience in processing public sector payroll would be advantageous

  • Have experience as an accounts administrator

  • Have a Finance qualification


  • This job description should be regarded as an outline of the major areas of accountability at EO Level at the present time, and will be reviewed and assessed on an ongoing basis.

  • It is an absolute requirement that candidates declare any potential conflict of interest at the application stage of the recruitment process.  Failure to declare such conflicts of interest which later come to light may result in the candidate being disqualified from the competition or, if the candidate is offered and takes up a role with the SFPA on the basis of misleading information may result in immediate dismissal from the SFPA.








1. Download the Job Information Booklet and Application Form below.


2. Complete the Application Form.


3. Upload the completed application form to the online portal below (page opens in new window).




Only Application Forms fully submitted online will be accepted into the campaign. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date.



Closing Date:

Your application must be submitted on the online application portal by 5pm (GMT) on the 5th January 2018. Applications will not be accepted after this time.


If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your application within 24 hours of applying, please contact


Campaign updates will be issued to your registered email address as entered on the online application portal.


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Sigmar Recruitment accepts no responsibility for communication not accessed or received by an applicant.

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