Trainee Accountant – Galway Simon Community

Job Title:

Trainee Accountant

Reports to:

Financial Controller

Job Location:

Office based in Galway Simon Community offices at 18 Tuam Road Centre, Tuam Rd., Galway

Contract Details:

3 year Fixed Term Contract, 37 hours per week

Salary Details:

Basic salary DOE and training package

Job Purpose:

Galway Simon Community requires a highly motivated Trainee Accountant who will be given the opportunity to complete professional ACCA accountancy exams while gaining experience working in a busy Finance Department.

Main duties & Responsibilities:

  • To work with and under the supervision and direction of the line-manager.

  • Assisting with the month-end management accounts

  • Preparation of bank reconciliations

  • Responsible for accounts payable function including matching of delivery dockets, coding and payment of invoices

  • Processing of weekly wages for employees based upon in house time and attendance system

  • Assisting with year-end audit process

  • Preparation of reports/cost analysis in Excel

  • Preparation of cheque requisitions and cheques as required by Managers/Team Leaders

  • To participate in relevant training and development courses as agreed with your manager.

  • To undertake any other such duties commensurate with the role that may be assigned by the Line Manager.

  • To be vigilant in relation to Health Safety and Welfare Risks in the workplace and bring concerns to the attention of the Line manager or Health and Safety representative.

Person specification:


  • Third level Degree in Accountancy, Commerce or a relevant field or extensive experience working in a finance department

  • Must be currently working towards a qualification in ACCA, or about to commence

  • Ambitious, energetic and motivated individual

  • Attentive to detail

  • Willingness to learn

  • Strong communication skills

  • Be trustworthy and conduct the role with integrity

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

  • Strong team player

  • Ability to adapt and be flexible

  • Excellent time management, planning and organisation skills

  • good analytical skills

  • Proficient in using in Microsoft Office 365 in particular Excel

  • Fluency in written and spoken English


  • Previous experience using Quickbooks Accounting Software

  • Previous experience using Collsoft payroll software

  • Experience working with a not for profit organisation

Interested applicants must complete and return the Job Application Form, available on to by the closing date, Friday 13th September.

All job offers will be subject to satisfactory pre-employment medical checks and Garda vetting. Galway Simon Community is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

  • Closing Date for Applications
    5pm Friday 13th September