Head of Finance

Stirling Andersen

Make-A-Wish has one simple aim - to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, to bring hope, strength and happiness.

Make-A-Wish Ireland has one simple aim – to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, to bring hope, strength and happiness. 

Since 1992, Make-A-Wish has granted wishes for more than 2,600 brave children across Ireland.  A wish granted is true magic for the child, providing respite from their normal routines of hospitals, doctors and treatment. Make-A-Wish does not receive any government funding and relies overwhelmingly on the kindness of the Irish public to continue granting wishes. 

  • Ensure that strong internal financial controls are in place throughout the organisation, including up-to-date documented policies and procedures. 
  • Manage ongoing financial compliance requirements for our various income channels 
  • Prepare monthly management accounts and commentary 
  • Prepare the annual and 3-year financial plan 
  • Prepare a monthly financial forecast to year-end 
  • Prepare regular cashflow statements and forecasts. 
  • Prepare the year-end accounts and annual financial statements including the directors’ report 
  • Liaise with the auditors and manage the year-end audit process 
  • Manage and process all supplier payments. 
  • Manage income processes to ensure that income is recorded promptly and accurately. 
  • Manage the monthly payroll and all tax compliance liaising with Revenue 
  • Prepare the annual Charities VAT Compensation Scheme return. 
  • Manage all banking arrangements including deposit accounts and credit cards.
  • Liaise with the Treasurer, the Audit Committee and the Board. 
  • Compile board papers and presentations.  
  • Attend Board meetings. 
  • Oversee the development of finance and admin processes, in particular, the recent upgrade of the Sage accounts system, Salesforce development and the integration of the two systems. 
  • Liaise closely with other members of the management team so that the team has a seamless understanding of our current and forecast operations and of our financial position. 
  • Complete quarterly returns to Make-A-Wish International and liaise with International colleagues on areas of mutual interest. 
  • Carry out company secretarial work – B1 annual return and B10 change in director forms 
  • Comply with the requirements of the Charities Regulator including the annual return and change in director updates. 
  • Update the corporate risk register on an annual basis for approval by the Board. 
  • Support the Board in meeting its obligations under the Charities Governance Code. 
  • Liaise closely with members of the management team and marketing in relation to completion of the Annual Report
  • Support the development and implementation of the organisational strategy 
  • Manage IT development work and act as the primary contact for our IT managed services. 
  • Ensure that good procurement processes are in place and oversee the procurement process for key services. 
  • Manage all insurance requirements. 
  • Liaise with pension providers. 
  • Liaise with office and operational suppliers. 
  • Manage HR administration such as annual leave. 
The requirements:

The suitable applicant for this role will have at least 5 years of relevant experience at a senior level. You will ideally have an accounting qualification and knowledge of SAGE. You will have experience with all aspects of a finance function and be able to liaise with relevant stakeholders both internally and externally while ensuring that the organisation is compliant with all appropriate regulations. Knowledge of the Not-For-Profit or Charity sectors would be advantageous.  A strong attention to detail, exemplary communication skills and the ability to multitask are all key. 

Please note that Eirkoo are sourcing this role on a pro-bono basis for Make-A-Wish Ireland and therefore applications will be viewed by both Eirkoo and Make-A-Wish Ireland.