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Finance Assistant (HEO)

The Role


The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) is seeking to recruit an appropriately qualified and experienced Finance Assistant to undertake responsibility for management accounting and pension administration. The overall purpose of the role will be to support the budgeting, forecasting, management reporting and pensions administration of the SFPA.


  • Contribute to the SFPA’s budgetary and financial forecast process as required

  • Support the Financial Accountant in the production of high quality monthly management accounts with variance analysis and business unit cost centre reports in a timely and efficient manner

  •  Undertake data analysis / modelling, cost / benefit analysis and produce management information for use in SFPA pay, non-pay and capital budgets and forecasts 

  • Support the budget allocation process within the SFPA and implement cost centre financial reporting to business units

  • To support the implementation of the SFPA’s new financial system which will encompass the Authority’s cost centre and management reporting structure

  • Responsible for day-to-day administration of SFPA public sector pension schemes

  • Provide expert advice, support and preparation of files to staff who are members of SFPA pension schemes, including:

    • Preparation and calculation of pension benefits

    • Preparation and recording of preserved pension records

    • Preparation and despatch of annual pension benefit statements

  • Provide expert advice and support to employees in relation to Purchase of Notional Service,  Professional Added Years, Cost Neutral Early Retirement and Transfer of Service from other bodies

  • Develop, implement and maintain relevant best practice policies and procedures and governance standards for pension administration

  • Provide support and information pertaining to the SFPA pension schemes to staff through talks, workshops, relevant circulars and other awareness raising initiatives

  • Application and implementation of circulars received from DPER in relation to the SFPA pension schemes 

  • Complete superannuation returns for submission to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine or other state bodies as required

  • Ensure that declaration forms are completed by all pensioners on an annual basis in accordance with SFPA requirements

  • Keep abreast of all developments, which are likely to have an impact on superannuation legislation and administration

  • Liaise with relevant organisations and legal representatives on matters relating to superannuation issues

  • Participate as required in external working groups / fora in relation to superannuation projects and initiatives

  • Support and assist the payroll unit to resolve queries relating to pension administration

  • Work closely with the HR Unit in the overall development of the pension administration function

  • Assistance with month end and year end procedures and 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

  • Ad hoc management reporting / pension related activities as assigned

  • Undertake such other duties and responsibilities as may be determined by the Director of Finance / Financial Accountant



Essential Entry Requirements

  • At least 2  years’ relevant experience in a similar role with demonstrable evidence of success in management accounting or pension administration

  • Have a relevant third level qualification

  • IT skills, strong proficiency in Microsoft Office

  • Ability to work well under pressure, on own initiative and as a part of team

  • Analytical skills and evidence of systematic approach


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

  • Pensions QFA (Qualified Financial Advisor) qualification

  • A registered qualified accountant with a recognised Accountancy Body

  • Public sector experience, while an advantage, is not essential




Note:  This job description should be regarded as an outline of the major areas of accountability at HEO 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.




Closing Date


Your application must be submitted on the online application portal by the 19th October 2018 by 5pm (GMT) exactly. 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


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