Job Vacancy: Financial Accountant

Position Title: Financial Accountant

Type: Full time, 3-year fixed term contract, Position available immediately. A job-sharing role is also a possibility for the right candidate

Location: Dublin city centre, Ireland, with flexible remote working option available

Application Deadline: 14th February 2022. Interviews will take place week commencing 21st February 2022 in our Dublin office.

A technical ability assessment will take place during the interview process.

Application Documents: A well-motivated application letter outlining why you feel you are a suitable candidate and possess the necessary skills and experience to fulfil the requirements of the role, together with a CV addressing our essential criteria, should be addressed to Laura Richardson, AquaTT Manager and sent electronically to:


At AquaTT we believe that scientific research can, and should, enrich our lives and help deliver a sustainable future for humanity. We understand that, for this to happen, the results of this research must reach the relevant decision makers, policy creators, scientists, industry groups and the wider public, so we work with European funded scientific projects to help ensure that the new knowledge they generate is effectively transferred to create maximum positive impact. We use our skills to make a difference and help research benefit society.

AquaTT has a proven record as an expert at managing European projects, with a strategic focus on knowledge management and transfer, dissemination and training. AquaTT operates extensively within the European scientific research arena and has demonstrated a track record in successfully pursuing, acquiring and managing a significant number of grants (across the FP7, H2020, Interreg and Lifelong Learning Programmes, Horizon Europe), enabling it to build a knowledge-based organisation with key networks among national and European stakeholders in the marine and other sectors.

The Financial Accountant will join our busy team, reporting to the Chief Financial Officer and will contribute to the management, control and reporting of the company finances

The main duties of the post include:

  • Ownership of the finance month end process
  • Production of the management accounts for management review
  • Monthly reconciliations to ensure the accounting system is complete and accurate
  • Production of quarterly department performance reporting for the team leads
  • Preparing financial reports on a timely basis, including the production of  quarterly and annual reports to allow for the analysis of results and trends.
  • Analyzing financial data and suggesting improvements for systems including accounting and time recording
  • Monitoring internal controls, ensuring all transactions are properly recorded and that balance sheet reconciliations are prepared on a quarterly basis and are accurate and reliable.
  • Participating in the annual budgeting process, including examining and commenting on overhead expenses and identifying cost reduction opportunities where possible.
  • Assisting with the year-end external audits to include liaising with external auditor to ensure compliance with all regulations.
  • Assisting with the financial management of our European funded projects from administrating the budgets through to the periodic financial reporting claims and audits of successfully awarded projects.
  • Any other ad hoc duties as may be assigned by the Chief Financial Officer.


AquaTT is looking for a pro-active, diligent and dedicated individual, who must have suitable skills to carry out the duties described above as well as excellent soft skills such as communication and networking, stakeholder engagement, time management, task prioritisation, the ability to work on own initiative and to meet tight deadlines.

Essential Criteria

  • Qualified Accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA) with a strong technical background
  • Minimum 2 years audit experience and a minimum of 3 years in a small-medium sized enterprise in a similar finance role
  • Accustomed to dealing with VAT accounting on a pan-European basis
  • EEA work authorisation
  • Strong understanding of double entry bookkeeping and automated accounting systems
  • Strong accounting and numerical skills with excellent attention to detail and accuracy
  • Self-motivated with an ability to work on own initiative and a willingness to learn
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels and work well within a team environment with people from varied nationalities and cultures, and both financial and non-financial stakeholders
  • Resourcefulness and the ability to challenge the status quo and problem-solve are highly valued attributes
  • Ability to work with multiple and tight deadlines
  • A willingness to understand and contribute to the broader operating environment
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly, courteously, and professionally to both finance and non-finance stakeholders
  • A highly organised and efficient approach to managing responsibilities and an ability to prioritise and execute tasks effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Task-oriented, responsible and autonomous
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Commitment to delivering on allocated tasks
  • Must be able to learn, understand, and apply new information
  • Sound working knowledge of MS Office systems, in particular MS Excel to Intermediate level

Desired criteria

  • Knowledge of Quickbooks and SAGE accounting system would be an advantage
  • Preparation of Financial Statements under FRS102
  • Preparation of Annual Budget

REWARD package

A salary within the range of €45,000 to €55,000 will be offered based on level of relevant experience along with a range of attractive benefits, including:

    • Bonus scheme
    • 20 days annual leave, plus 5 additional days at Christmas, plus the ability to earn a further 5 service days
    • Flexible working hours
    • Flexible working from home
    • Learning and Development Programmes
    • Defined Contribution Pension scheme
    • Life Assurance and Income Protection scheme

Note: the role may be remote initially due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, once the AquaTT office re-open in line with public health advice, then the position would require the successful candidate to work from the Dublin office with flexibility for a blended remote working arrangement.