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Head of Finance

Offaly County Council
Offaly, Leinster (IE)
Closing date
Dec 21, 2023

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Job Role
Finance Director/Head of Finance
Contract Type
Full Time

County Offaly is located in the centre of Ireland in the province of Leinster and is one of twelve local authorities comprising the Eastern and Midlands Region.  County Offaly has a population of 83,150 (2021 Census) with approximately 60% of the population residing in rural areas.  The principal towns are Tullamore (the county town), Edenderry, Birr, Clara and Portarlington.  Offaly shares a border with seven other counties and has a total land mass of approximately 200,000 hectares.  The county is traversed by the Grand Canal and is bordered by the River Shannon to the West and Slieve Bloom mountains to the South, both of which play a key role in the economic and tourism development of the county.

Offaly County Council consists of 19 members elected every five years; the most recent local elections having taken place in 2019. The county is divided into the three Municipal Districts of Tullamore, Birr and Edenderry with the local authority administrative headquarters located in Tullamore. 

A vacancy now exists in Offaly County Council for an experienced Senior Manager to play a leadership role as Head of Finance. Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Head of Finance will lead and manage the finance function within the Authority. As a member of the senior management team, the Head of Finance may also have other responsibilities in the overall management of the Authority.

As a key member of the Senior Management team, the successful candidate will be required to make a valuable contribution to the strategic management of the Finance function as well as provide a high level of independence and objectivity. This is an opportunity for an experienced finance professional to fully utilise their professional, technical and management skills in an environment that promotes a high-performance culture. As well as leading the finance function, additional responsibilities involving other function areas of the Local Authority may be assigned from time to time.

The successful candidate will have:

• A career record that demonstrates the necessary senior level leadership and management skills to manage, develop and motivate a large multidisciplinary team;

• Experience of managing change in a complex and dynamic environment;

• A significant record of achievement of results;

• Excellent stakeholder management, influencing and communication skills.

We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and encourage applications under all nine grounds of the Employment Equality Act.

Closing Date: 3pm Thursday 21st December 2023.

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