Part-time Assistant Accountant


Festina Lente provides a unique range of equestrian and horticultural activities, training, recreational events and employment services with a strong emphasis on social inclusion, choice and personal development. The services are provided through the following:

· Equestrian Training Programme
· Transition Training Programme
· Festina Lente Riding School
· Equine Assisted Interventions
· Saol Anois Day Service
· Festina Lente Gardens

These Services are funded through state agencies such as the HSE, POBAL, the KWETB and the DEASP, as well as public donations and commercial income from our Garden Shop and Equestrian Centre.

Job Title: Assistant Accountant
Contract Type: Part-time Permanent
Location: Old Connaught Avenue, Bray, Co Wicklow
Reporting to: Financial Controller
Responsible to: Chief Executive Officer

Main Purpose:

Assisting in various aspects of financial and management accounting functions.

Job Description:
The principal duties and responsibilities include:

Supporting the Financial Controller and wider Finance team with the month end process including preparation of Management Accounts
Processing all financial transactions relating to our on-site shop
Assist with the analysis of monthly P&L activity including splitting of costs across branches
Review and reconciliation of balance sheet accounts including prepayments, accruals and control accounts
Management of fixed asset register
Assist with the development of Internal Controls & process improvement
Assist with internal and external audit engagements
Other Duties will include:

· To contribute to the overall strategic planning of Festina Lente

· To undertake any other reasonable duties which may be assigned to you by the CEO

This job description is not exhaustive and the other duties may be assigned from time to time in accordance with the needs of the service. This job description may be revised to take account of changing circumstances or requirements.

Person Specification

Essential requirements the person must meet are as follows:

· 3 years ‘experience in a similar role
· IAT or part qualified ACCA would is desirable
· Knowledge of accounts package – preferably SAGE
· Competency in IT – minimum ECDL or equivalent
· A thorough, logical approach
· Strong mathematical skills
· Dynamic problem solving skills
· Strong commercial sense
· Competent in IT skills, particularly excel and the use of spreadsheets

Personal Attributes

· Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to adapt communication styles to suit the needs of individual trainees, service users, staff members and clients of Festina Lente.
· An ability to maintain calm and composed in a busy and demanding environment
· An ability to multitask
· Confidence in one’s own strengths and ability
· Willingness to learn and an openness to alternative approaches
· Highly organised, with a high level of concentration and attention
· Committed to working hard
· Proven ability to work on own initiative within a flexible, co-operative team structure
· Solution focused
· Fluent English is required
· Self-motivated with a proven ability to work to deadlines


Salary: Commensurate with experience

Hours: 25 hours per week

Pension: Employees have access to PRSA scheme.

Working Week: Monday – Friday 9am – 2pm (some flexibility)

Travel & Subsistence: A fleet of vehicles is available. However, there may be a requirement from time to time to travel in your own vehicle. If and when these occasions arise, expenses will be paid in accordance with Festina Lente travel rates

Annual Leave: Annual Leave will be 20 days per annum. Entitlement to Public Holidays will be in accordance with the Working Time Act of 1997

Location of the position: Old Connaught Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Application forms can be found on our website here:
Closing date for applications – Sunday 22nd October
Please email if you have any queries to

Week beginning Monday 23rd October 2023

SELECTION PROCESS: Selection will involve short listing of applicants for interview based on the criteria for the position as outlined in this job description. A panel may be formed from this process Please note a second interview may be held

Garda Vetting for all employees and volunteers is compulsory and those candidates invited for interview will be asked to complete a Garda Vetting form for submission at that time.

Festina Lente is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes suitably qualified applicants from all sections of society

Job Types: Part-time, Permanent
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Expected hours: 25 per week

Bike to work scheme
Employee discount
On-site parking

Monday to Friday
Ability to commute/relocate: Old Connaught Avenue, Bray, CO. Wicklow: To be able to reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)
Work Location: Bray, Co. Wicklow

Application deadline: 22/10/2023