For the past number of years’ tourism has been one of Northern Ireland’s most recognisable good news stories.
The staging of The Open in 2019 raised our profile as a welcoming destination to a global audience like never before. Further success for the industry in 2019/20 was evident in our growing Game of Thrones® screen tourism offering, the Taste the Island food and drink initiative as part of an extensive programme of major events, as well as the development and launch of our new destination brand Northern Ireland – Embrace a Giant Spirit.
In today’s climate, we are committed to supporting the tourism industry to rebuild, boost visitor revenue and create employment opportunities across Northern Ireland. The following post will be critical to our success.
The Job Holder will assist the Unit Manager in providing a comprehensive Finance and Procurement Service within Tourism Northern Ireland (Tourism NI). Key areas of responsibility will include the preparation of monthly management accounts, monitoring and controlling budgets and funds in excess of ₤20 million and maintaining effective procurement across Tourism NI.
The Job Holder will be responsible for the following areas and activities:
- Assist in the budgeting and reporting process across multiple units, including variance analysis.
- Forecast income and expenditure with budget holders.
- Forecast Cash requirements.
- Assist in Financial Monitoring of EU Funding Schemes.
- Supervise Payroll and Expenses.
- Provide advice and guidance on the procurement process for Tourism NI, including the review of Business Cases.
- Assist in reviewing and updating accounting procedures and the implementation of new financial systems.
- Ensure all accounting procedures are applied correctly.
- Maintain and control adequate systems for EU Funding Schemes.
- Train “account users” in relevant procedures.
- Liaise regularly with the Department for the Economy (DfE) in regard to the Annual Grant, Quarterly Monitoring and Monthly drawdowns.
- Produce accurate and timely monthly management accounts.
- Assist in the production of monthly Board and Senior Management Team Reports.
- Assist in the production of the year-end accounts and act as a key point of contact for audit processes.
- Prepare budgets, management accounts and statutory accounts for any subsidiaries of Tourism NI in accordance with compliance procedures.
- Support the Unit Manager in recruiting, managing, motivating and developing the team to ensure that key activities are undertaken professionally in an efficient and effective manner.
- Support the Unit Manager to ensure that Unit activities are managed in line with Tourism NI Policies and Procedures and values and behaviours.
- Provide Line Management responsibilities for the Finance & Procurement Team including coaching and learning and development.
- Assist in the delivery of project work within the Unit and across Tourism NI including representation at working groups and meetings.
- Contribute to the development and delivery of the Annual Unit Operating Plan, the achievement of targets and promote corporate values and behaviours within the Team and across the organisation.
- Provide cover for Management within your Division to include decision making and attending meetings in their absence.
- Attend training as and when required and keep abreast of current and projected developments in your area of work.
- Provide briefing material and draft responses and reports/e-mails as and when required by Tourism NI Senior Management Team/the Board/Employees, the Department, the Northern Ireland Assembly and members of the tourism industry/public within the specified timelines, in an appropriate and professional format.
- Maintain, store and dispose of unit records in accordance with Tourism NI policy including the use of the EDRM (Electronic Document Record Management) system and/or Sharepoint systems, as appropriate.
- Any other relevant duties required by Tourism NI management.
3. Person Specification
ESSENTIAL CRITERIA – EDUCATION/QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
- A third level qualification in a relevant field and be a fully qualified Accountant.
- Membership of a main accounting body (i.e. ACA, ACCA, CIMA, CCAB, CIPFA).
- A minimum of 2 years’ relevant accountancy experience (to include preparation of statutory accounts, interpreting and applying financial standards).
ESSENTIAL CRITERIA - Personal Effectiveness
The Job Holder will also possess a high standard of:
- Excellent communication skills – both oral and written.
- Sound negotiation, interpersonal and problem solving skills within a business environment.
- Excellent IT/Computer literacy skills including a high level working knowledge of Excel.
- Sound organisational and planning skills including the ability to work to strict deadlines, prioritise tasks and attention to detail.
- The ability to work within a Team environment, on own Initiative and take the lead where necessary including problem solving.
- Customer care and an ability to improve services within a business environment.
- Experience in preparing statutory accounts under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
- Experience of the Public Sector Procurement processes and guidance.
- A minimum of 2 years’ experience managing resources, including staff and budgets within the public and/or private sector.
Applicants must also possess a current driving licence and use of a car for business purposes, or have access to a form of transport which will permit the applicant to meet the requirements of the post in full.
Tourism NI is committed to equality and will comply with the Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act (1998) statutory duties which requires designated public authorities to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity in relation to the nine equality categories and to have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations between persons of different religious belief; political opinion; and racial group.
The Disability Discrimination Act (1995) Section 49A requires designated public authorities to have due regard to the need to promote positive attitudes towards disabled persons, and to the need to encourage participation by disabled persons in public life.
This is not an exhaustive list of duties and requirements. The nature of the organisation is such that it must respond to the dynamic environment in which it operates and the nature of duties, tasks, knowledge and skills required for this post will evolve and change in time. The Job Holder is expected to adapt to these changes and develop the role as a result.
Those wishing to apply should submit a completed application form to the Human Resources Department no later than Monday 15th February 2021 at 12 noon
CV’s will not be accepted as a substitute/supplement to the application form.
TOURISM NI IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER