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Financial Accountant at Purple House Cancer Support

Purple House Cancer Support
Financial Accountant
Expiry Date
16 Feb 2024
Posted on
24 Jan 2024

Join our team! We are looking to recruit a Financial Accountant at Purple House Cancer Support Centre in Bray, Co. Wicklow. 


Purple House Cancer Support is to the forefront in providing a range of professional support services to people of all ages affected by Cancer in Ireland. 


Founded in 1990, our aim is to help rebuild the lives of families affected by Cancer. Purple House is at the heart of the community. 


This is an opportunity for you to join our team and help the organisation meet the needs of our current stage in growth and development.  


The role of Financial Accountant is an important one in Purple House as you will be a vital player in the expansion and development of our Cancer Support Services through robust financial management. 


Reporting to: Reports to the CEO.  


Key responsibilities include Financial management including reporting to funders and ensuring full compliance with regulatory requirements and accountability for funding received, strategic input into the organisation's sustainable development.  


Contract Type: One Year fixed term contract. 


Working Hours: The role can be offered on a part time basis 2 / 3 days a working week for the right candidate. 




Financial Management Duties include:  


Analysis of financial information to assist in the identification of options for decision making in relation to managing scarce resources.  


Co-Management of the organisation's cash flow.  


Reporting to Funders through preparation of financial returns and ad hoc financial reports as required; preparation of funding proposals and submissions; liaising with Funders and preparing information as required.  


Attendance at HSE Financial Review and Service Level Agreements meetings. 


Ensures full oversight of regular book-keeping tasks including; banking requirements; revenue requirements; and ad-hoc problem solving.  


Preparation and presentation of financial information to the CEO, Management Team and Board of Trustees on a monthly basis or as required.  


Liaise with external Auditors and ensure yearly audit is completed. 


Assist in the writing and financial elements of grant applications. 


Regular review of shops' financial performances for discussion with Shop Manager.  


Oversee communication and management of payments to the Revenue Commissioners.  


Ensure monitoring and reconciliation of use of the company Credit card in line with financial procedures. 


Prepare, update and monitor compliance of internal financial procedures, in line with funder requirements, auditor recommendations and best practice for charities  


Management of organisational bank accounts including opening and closing of accounts, updating signatories, banking online, as well as general administrative tasks  


Any other ad hoc duties as requested by the CEO  


Compliance Duties include:  


Keep up to date and understand relevant laws and regulations in relation to the charity sector accounting and governance practices.  


Take a lead role in assigning compliance responsibilities, raising awareness, organising training, and conducting internal audits.  


Investigate irregularities and non-compliance issues.  


Highlight or escalate areas of concern.  


Provide full co-operation with the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner. 


Update the Charities Regulator with the required documentation to ensure full compliance. 




Accounting qualification, preferably with experience of the charitable sector including budgeting, management accounts, cash flow, and payroll.  


Preparation of annual accounts using SORP accounting for charities  


Interest in Cancer and Cancer related issues.  


Knowledge of accounting software. 




Communicates at all levels of organisation - Board; CEO; Middle Management; Departments, volunteers, and relevant external bodies. 


High level of verbal/written skills  




Makes decisions for the organisation on accounting methods and procedures. 




Constantly maintains high standards of behaviour and performance, exercising due care and discretion ensuring necessary and sufficient controls are in place to safeguard the financial health of the organisation.  


Employee Benefits: 


• Competitive salary based on agreed working hours.  


• Opportunity to arrange a mutually suitable hybrid working schedule. 


• Occupational pension scheme (Upon completion of probation period) 


• 21 Days Annual Leave (Pro-rata) 


 At Purple House we have a duty of care to all our Staff, Therapists and Volunteers to provide staff support and supervision on an ongoing basis to help you deal effectively with the emotional impact of your Role in a Community Cancer Support Centre.  


The services that are available to our teams include the following: 


• Weekly Relaxation Classes for Staff 


• Physical Activity such as Walking groups and Yoga. Use of our gym facilities after hours 


• One to One Counselling Support to cope with your work involving Clients and to prevent emotional fatigue 


• Annual team building days 


• Car parking  


Please note that Garda vetting may be a requirement for this position.  


To apply for this role, a CV should be submitted by email to Mr. John Woods, Chairperson, Board of Trustees C/O by close of business Friday 16 February 2024. 


Please use reference code: Purple House Financial Accountant in the subject line.  


Purple House Cancer Support Centre strives to be an equal opportunities employer. 


15 - 17 Leinster Street South
Dublin 2

t. 01 541 4770

RCN: 20043964
CRO: 335412

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