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Director Finance

  1. Dublin
JR114168
  1. Accounting & Finance
  2. ICON Full Service & Corporate Support
  3. Office Based

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Role: Director Finance

Location: Dublin 18 (Hybrid)

ICON plc is a world-leading healthcare intelligence and clinical research organisation. From molecule to medicine, we advance clinical research providing outsourced services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and government and public health organisations.

With our patients at the centre of all that we do, we help to accelerate the development of drugs and devices that save lives and improve quality of life.

Our people are our greatest strength, are at the core of our culture, and the driving force behind our success. ICON people have a mission to succeed and a passion that ensures what we do, we do well.

The Financial Business Planning group is the departmental financial analysis function of ICON. The department role is to provide independent, objective financial and consulting services designed to add value, direction and leadership to assist the business in attaining success.

The Financial Business Planning group plays an integral part in enabling ICON to accomplish its objectives by bringing a global, systematic, disciplined approach to evaluating finances and strategy.

The Director of Finance is responsible for the PFA Team, driving Revenue growth, forecasting, billing, sponsor project margin and external reporting for their portfolios.

People Leadership

  • Lead & manage Project Finance Analytics (PFA) team with high quality delivery and focusing on centre of excellence.
  • Hiring right talent people for your team based on requirement and on board them based on agreed timeline.
  • Recognize, exemplify and adhere to ICON's values which center around our commitment to People, Clients and Performance.
  • As a Manager, the employee is expected to recognize the importance of and create a culture of process improvement with a focus on streamlining our processes adding value to our business and meeting client needs.
  • Must possess exceptional communication and management skills with a strong dedication to customer service and operational efficiency.
  • Embed and develop Own It @ ICON Culture and the ICON four Values
  • Focus on talent development, building a strong team that can cater for customer requirements.

Sponsor Project Ownership

  • Ownership of Study project E2E – Understand the health of the study by analysing the financial margins, operational metrics such as FTE overrun or buffer, Invoicing, potential billing opportunity, financial KPIs – Support of Project Manager, for example if any adverse metrics will be accommodated by Sponsor in upcoming Contract Change Order if any and reporting the same to Vice President of the study – to help in decision making and in total to comprehend the viability of study
  • External Reporting to Sponsor – Monthly and quarterly reporting involving Ownership of sponsor level MIS including Fee – budgeted and forecasted, pass through expenses, Units achieved, milestone reached and Invoiced, Out of scope activities rendered to ensure potential invoicing is not missed and any additional ad hoc MIS reports to assist decision making by liaising with operational team and Project Manager
  • To assist the team in ensuring that timely and accurate reports are prepared, and that our Work Orders are monitored so that our revenue, work performed and forecasts are objectively tracked and managed, in order for the company to meet established goals and objectives.
  • Drive the development, enhancement of the monthly Revenue financial actuals, forecasts and budget reconciliations for the business unit.
  • Analyse, summarise business unit Monthly / Quarterly financial results and key Performance indicators. Prepare monthly Business unit reporting packages with insightful commentary and analysis.
  • Identification of key Revenue and Margin drivers within the portfolio.
  • Build strong working relationships across the Project Management group.
  • Drive our culture of process improvement with a focus on streamlining our processes, adding value to our business and meeting client needs.
  • Co-ordinate, develop and lead the DOF team and provide accurate & relevant reports from your team on time and at a high quality departmental forecasts, budgets and long term plans. Identify risks and opportunities to the forecast and budget and devise risk mitigation plans.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative partnerships with stakeholder and promote effective and efficient practices and exemplary service delivery
  • Manage customer relationships and expectations to ensure high client satisfaction
  • To work with other team members to prepare accurate consolidated reports, KPIs & variance analysis of financial results to previous forecasts, budgets and prior periods
  • Develop ad hoc financial analysis/reporting to support current & emerging initiatives.
  • Collaborate with the Financial Reporting team to ensure GAAP compliance and adherence to Company policies and procedures

Experience, Skills & Knowledge Requirement:

  • Minimum 10 years of experience in Managing large teams and performed yearly appraisal for teams. (Team size should be minimum 20
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Demonstrate ability to present complex data in understandable format to senior mgt
  • Have experience and detailed knowledge in Project Revenue Business.
  • Excellent working knowledge of system and process including support large projects
  • Prior experience in Oracle Financial systems, Hyperion, Alteryx, Power BI, Excel Macro etc.
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) and influencing skills.
  • Required to have financial education (CA, CPA, CMA, MBA or other relevant financial education)
  • Experience in Financial Analysis and planning required

Educational Requirements:

  • Completed Bachelor’s degree or its international equivalent
  • Professional Accountancy Qualification (CPA/ CWA/CA/ CMA)
  • 10+ years of Post Qualification Experience.
  • Other education qualifications an advantage (CFA, Project Mgt etc.)

Benefits of Working in ICON:

Our success depends on the knowledge, capabilities and quality of our people. That’s why we are committed to developing our employees in a continuous learning culture – one where we challenge you with engaging work and where every experience adds to your professional development.

At ICON, our focus is to provide you with a comprehensive and competitive total reward package that comprises, not only an excellent level of base pay, but also a wide range of variable pay and recognition programs.  In addition, our best in class employee benefits, supportive policies and wellbeing initiatives are tailored to support you and your family at all stages of your career - both now, and into the future.

ICON, including subsidiaries, is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer and is committed to providing a workplace free of discrimination and harassment. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please let us know through the form below.

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