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Camino - Financial Controller


Greenlife Tours LTD is a Tour Operator specialised in activity holidays on the Camino de Santiago, Activity holidays in Ireland and other hiking routes worldwide. Founded in 2011, we are now the world leader for the Camino de Santiago. Every year over 10,000 clients travel with us worldwide.

We are looking for a Financial Controller to join our team in Dublin 8 to head our Finance function and drive the implementation of financial criteria for commercial decision-making. The role will be reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Greenlife Tours, for all regulatory issues the role will be reporting directly to the Board of Directors.



You are an ambitious and energetic team player who will challenge and influence others within the organisation. You will use facts to impact commercial decision-making and support growth and profitability agendas by providing key financial data to the management team.

You are a highly organised, accountable, goal-orientated and hands-on financial manager with excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to plan and organise a finance department in an SME environment. The ideal candidate will make decisions soundly and timely and facilitate the growth of his/her team by encouraging the team to grow professionally.



Managing the Accounting Process.

Together with the Finance team, you will produce management and statutory accounts, P&L, cash flow and ad hoc reports to strict timeframes and oversee all accounting functions. This includes all accounts payables and receivables processes. Over time you will streamline our accounting processes and distribute and delegate more and more tasks within the Finance team. The Team and you will be handling and recording all banking transactions as well as overseeing the staff payroll.


Management Information Systems

You will be generating accurate and timely financial reports as well as detailed sales reporting. In these reports, you and the team will ensure that the management team have full visibility of company performance data, forecasts, P&L & budgets. You will be setting up standard reporting and controlling on profitability of product lines and markets. Together with the Finance Team you will be creating analysis-based financial models, strategies, plans, budgets and forecasts, allowing for clear decisions and actions to achieve growth and profit targets.



As Financial Controller, you will ensure that Greenlife Tours will be meeting regulatory requirements in relation to all payroll-related issues, all tax-related issues, as well as overseeing the preparation of accounts and preparation of the auditing process.


HR and Office Management

You will be handling all HR administration issues together with the team on behalf of the company. In this role, you will be the initial interface with employees for any HR administration-related issues, as well as with our HR outsourcing provider. You and the Finance Team will own the maintenance of our “HR Locker” database. The Finance Team will also handle all office management issues on behalf of Greenlife Tours.


Team Management

You will be responsible for all team management issues in relation to the current Accounts and Finance team. It will be your role to define and distribute clear responsibilities and design processes that makes best use of the experience and skillset we currently have in the team. You will be reviewing your team regularly and implement a culture of healthy feedback loops on performance management.



1. Personal Accountability: Being answerable for personal actions.

 (Demonstrates the ability to self- evaluate. Strives to take responsibility for his actions. Evaluates many aspects of his personal actions. Recognises when he has made a mistake. Accepts personal responsibility for outcomes. Utilises feedback. Observes and analyses data to learn from mistakes. Sees new possibilities by examining personal performance. Accepts responsibility for actions and results. Willing to take ownership of situations. )


2. Goal Orientation: Setting, pursuing and attaining goals, regardless of obstacles or circumstances.

(Acts instinctively to achieve objectives without supervision. Expends the necessary time and effort to achieve goals. Recognises and acts on opportunities to advance progress to meet goals. Establishes and works toward ambitious and challenging goals. Develops and implements strategies to meet objectives. Measures effectiveness and performance to ensure results are attained. Acts with a determination to achieve goals. Demonstrates persistence in overcoming obstacles to meet objectives. Takes calculated risks to achieve results. Employs a strategy that affects how they approach tasks and future projects.)


3. Decision Making: Analysing all aspects of a situation to make consistently sound and timely decisions.

(Demonstrates an ability to make thorough decisions in a timely manner. Gathers relevant input and develops a rationale for making decisions. Evaluates the impact or consequences of decisions before making them. Acts decisively once all aspects have been analysed. Focuses on timely decisions after the situations have been completely diagnosed. Willing to update decisions if more information becomes available. Provides a rationale for decisions when necessary. Systematically analyses information before making a decision. Looks at all aspects of a situation including historical components. Asks the right questions rather than making assumptions to produce a timely decision.)


4. Interpersonal Skills: Effectively communicating, building rapport and relating well to all kinds of people.

(Strives for self-awareness in a social setting. Demonstrates sincere interest in others. Treats all people with respect, courtesy and consideration. Respects differences in the attitudes and perspectives of others. Listens, observes and strives to gain understanding of others. Communicates effectively. Shows sensitivity to diversity issues. Develops and maintains relationships with many different kinds of people regardless of differences. Handles any situation gracefully by using non-verbal communication, in-depth questioning and listening skills. Recognising other’s perspectives, by actively listening, thus providing many views of a given situation.)


5. Employee Development/Coaching: Facilitating, supporting and contributing to the professional growth of others.

(Inspires confidence in others’ ability to grow professionally. Identifies and facilitates developmental opportunities. Encourages initiative and improvement. Provides opportunities for enhancement. Gives new and challenging work assignments. Acknowledges and praises improvements. Supports, coaches and mentors the development of others. Views mistakes as opportunities for learning. Promotes learning and professional growth. Understands the uniqueness and current level of each participant.)


6. Time and Priority Management: Prioritising and completing tasks in order to deliver desired outcomes within allotted time frames.

(Effectively manages difficulties and delays to complete tasks on time. Effectively manages time and priorities to meet deadlines. Presents completed tasks on or before the deadline. Demonstrates an ability to maintain deadlines in the midst of crisis. Strives to improve prioritization. Balances timelines and desired outcomes. Takes initiative and prioritises tasks to stay on schedule. Accepts responsibility for deadlines and results. Creates an environment conducive to effectiveness. Reduces the amount of time spent on non-priorities.)


7. Planning and Organizing: Establishing courses of action to ensure that work is completed effectively.

(Works effectively within established systems. Utilises logical, practical and efficient approaches. Prioritises tasks for optimum productivity. Develops procedures, processes and systems for order, accuracy, efficiency and productivity. Anticipates probable effects, outcomes and risks. Develops contingency plans to minimise waste, error and risk. Allocates, adjusts and manages resources according to priorities. Monitors implementation of plans and makes adjustments as needed. Establishes action plans to ensure desired results. Allows for practical, systematic and organised conclusions.)



The role requires a qualified accountant – ACA, ACCA or CIMA with proven experience working in financial/monthly reporting with a strong commercial focus, so experience in a similar role is essential

Min 3- 5 years financial controlling expertise working in a real business environment.

Outstanding relationship building skills and an ability to really influence and partner with key people is very important.

A history of delivering high quality management information accurately and consistently on time.

A strong understanding of all functions of accounting and real business operations.

Excellent communication skills both verbal and written.



Competitive remuneration package available DOE + bonus scheme. Immediate start.

Additional Staff Benefits Include annual familiarization trip on one of our routes, option to travel on our routes during annual leave, pension/health benefits, 22 days annual leave plus one extra day added for every second year with us, development training, staff parking at our office in Dublin 8.


To apply send your CV and cover letter to .

Additional Info
Reference: TL1810/21
Location: Dublin 8
Salary: Competitive remuneration package available DOE + bonus scheme
Closing Date: 30 Nov 2018

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16 11 2018 20:55