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Service Company Controller – Santry

o Financial Services

s 60,000 - 70,000

q North Dublin

p Permanent

r 2159

Our client is an international insurance company, who are looking for a Service Company Controller to join their team. The successful candidate will have a proven accounting and operations track record as well as team management experience.


This is a key  role  in  the  group  reporting  structure,  with  specific  responsibilities  for Service  Company  reporting,  financial  controls,  finance  processes,  tax compliance and management information. This role has team management responsibilities.


  • Direct  line  management  of  two  staff  members  (currently  one  person  in  Dublin  and  one  in France)  –  including  assigning  tasks,  reviewing  work  and  managing  professional  development and training
  • Develop a structure to cross train within the team to provide resilience
  • Ownership  for  the  preparation  and  review  of  Service  Company  statutory  accounts  and  liaison with external auditors in relation to same
  • Prepare  and  present  board  papers  for  all  relevant  Service  Company  boards.  Full  ownership  of relevant Service Company trial balances including –

o  Review of all monthly and quarterly balance sheet reconciliations

o  Ensuring  internal  commissions  are  correctly  recorded  and  reflected  within  the individual entities and group consolidation

o  Ensuring  the  ledgers  are  maintained  in  the  most  efficient  manner,  in  accordance  with internal  best  practice  and  are  compliant  with  both  local  and  group  wide  applicable accounting policy

o  Liaising  with  global  financial  reporting  teams  to  ensure  all  issues,  including  but  not limited  to  intercompany  transactions,  are  being  consistently  treated  across  group companies

  • Manage the relationship between finance and local outsourced accounting providers in multiple locations
  • Oversight  responsibility  for  processes  and  operations  that  impact  the  Service  Company financial reporting
  • Drive the implementation of agreed changes to Service Company financial reporting
  • Review both financial and non financial specific information relating to the performance of the Service  Companies  and  strive  for  improvement  of  MI  to  facilitate  meaningful  performance review
  • Responsible  for  operating,  monitoring  and  reporting  the  status  of  controls  and  escalating significant control failings/weaknesses or events that may arise to risk management
  • Ensure service companies operate in line with internal transfer pricing requirements/policies and these adjustments are accurately reflected within the ledger
  • Ensure tax compliance  for all taxes  in terms of both local level  regulations  and  the group wide perspective (working with the group tax manager)
  • Preparation/  review  of  foreign  based  internal  service  companies’  tax  returns  and  liaison  with tax advisors
  • Assist  in  the  design,  testing  and  implementation  of  the  Service  Company  target  operating model across all service companies in the Group
  • Drive  improvements  to  underlying  settlement  processes  ensuring  the  optimisation  of  Autorek (reconciliation tool)
  • Develop  policies  and  procedures  where  needed  to  ensure  operational  consistency  between centralised and local service company activities and finance and non-finance activities
  • Ensure  any  new  products  or  initiatives  are  undertaken  with  the  correct  level  of  finance  input and in line with recommended service company blueprint
  • Liaise  with  the  credit  control  owner  to  ensure  the  credit  control  MI  is  consistent  with  the financial statements
  • Lead/ input into finance projects and process improvements to ensure that they drive efficiency and align with the finance systems strategy


  • Qualified Accountant
  • University degree
  • Ability to lead and manage a team
  • Computer skills – Advanced Excel / MS office
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Must be able to work as part of a team
  • A proactive, self-starter
  • The ability to manage time, meet deadlines and prioritise
  • Knowledge  of  non  –  life  insurance  company  and  Lloyd’s  accounting  is  preferred  but  not essential
  • Experience of working in a technical accounting environment
  • Experience of multiple currency ledgers
  • Experience of operating in a complex data and systems control environment
  • Self-motivated, flexible and enthusiastic.
  • Professional approach to successfully interact with senior management / colleagues /  external suppliers.

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