A path to progress (Sponsored)

Feb 11, 2019
Global professional services firm, Accenture, offers fun and exciting career opportunities for accounting professionals.

Accenture is known across the world for applying its deep industry knowledge and end-to-end capabilities anchored in innovation to help clients improve performance by solving some of their toughest challenges. The firm’s global workforce of 469,000 people – 3,500 in Ireland – serves clients in more than 120 countries.

Accenture 1What may be less well-known is the range of opportunities the firm offers for accounting professionals. “Right now, we have 67 different nationalities working in our business here in Ireland,” says Finance & Accounting Team Manager, Darragh Moroney. “Whilst we are most known for hiring people with deep technical expertise or with vast industry knowledge in areas like retail, life sciences and consumer goods, we are actively hiring accounting professionals to work in our global finance team based in the heart of Dublin’s digital docklands. These roles are open to both part-qualified and qualified accounting professionals with at least one or two years’ experience in an accounting environment, right through to more experienced professionals.”

Accounting professionals work within the firm’s global finance hub in Dublin, which provides strategic, operational and analytical support to Accenture’s five client-facing businesses – strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Successful candidates will join other finance professionals who deliver the financial services and strategic business partnerships necessary to help drive and sustain profitable growth for the business. 

“Our Dublin hub comprises more than 15 teams across seven varied finance functions,” Moroney adds. “The services we provide to Accenture internally makes a career in finance very interesting and rewarding. Our team gains experience on the financials for proposals, contracts and projects, and report on country-
wide operations.”

Accenture 2Successful candidates can also look forward to an attractive overall package, which comprises a competitive salary and a range of financial, health and lifestyle benefits including private healthcare cover and a pension plan. “In addition, we cover the costs associated with professional exams for all the main accounting bodies as well as fully funding a professional organisation membership every year,” says Michele Martin, Recruitment Manager. “Employees are also supported with matched study leave and can take exam days as approved absence.”

The organisation is committed to a culture that develops and empowers its people, whether it is flexible working arrangements such as the ability to work from home a day or two a week, or the opportunity to build new relationships through its many clubs and societies like its choir, cookery club, rugby or rowing team. “We are focused on helping our people get the best results they possibly can and progress through the company,” Martin adds.

The full package

Finance Manager, Ciarán O’Reilly, joined Accenture in June 2004 having been attracted by the very competitive graduate salary and the opportunity to do interesting work matched to his skillset. Other factors were the excellent structure, including funding and study leave to support his journey to a professional accounting qualification.

“Accenture was my first real job,” he says. “Prior to joining, I had just finished my studies at Dublin City University, where I obtained a degree in international business and languages. I did a final year major in accounting as it was an area of interest. From the time I selected subjects for my Leaving Certificate, I had a strong idea that I would end up being attracted to the world of accountancy. During my time in Finance and Accounting, I achieved two promotions, developed a strong network across the organisation and deepened my skills in the areas of US GAAP and statutory accounting, all of which positioned me well for the promotion to my current management role.”

That role sees him manage one of Accenture’s global controllership teams. “We are a team of 14 accounting professionals, based in Dublin and Pune in India, who take care of finance integration for different parts of our business. It is an exciting and fast-moving space, and no two days have been the same since we laid the foundations of the team almost five years ago.”

Diversity

When asked what he most enjoys about working in Accenture, he says it is the culturally diverse mix of people. “I thrive in this environment,” he explains. “My global role means that I rarely go a week without meeting new people from different countries or parts of the organisation, who offer me the opportunity to expand my professional network and to learn and grow both professionally and personally.”

Flexibility is also important. “As a father of two young boys, work-life balance is very important to me. Accenture offers me the opportunity to work from home two days per week. This enables me to spend those precious extra hours with my family from Monday to Friday.” Were there any surprises? “The fact that work can be fun,” he says. “I quickly learned that our office in Grand Canal Plaza is genuinely a place I love working in.”

A rounded learning experience

Corporate Development and Transaction Services Specialist, Shannan Feeley, joined Accenture in October 2016 as a graduate on the Ireland Finance Development Programme. Having decided on a switch to industry, Shannan wanted to join an organisation that would offer a rounded learning experience and opportunities to build a career.

“I was attracted to the Finance Development Programme at Accenture due to its rotational structure and the exposure it offered to various finance functions,” she recalls. “Importantly, Accenture is a recognised training firm and I was therefore able to continue my training contract and professional qualification with Chartered Accountants Ireland.”

Shannan completed her FAEs in 2017 and will shortly be exiting her training contract. “In recognition of these milestones, I was recently promoted to a qualified position,” she adds. “My current role is within the transactions team; providing financial support to complex client transactions. This is a very fast-paced and challenging role, which has proven to be a continuous learning curve. The role is global and has provided the opportunity to travel.”

Shannan believes that the most enjoyable aspects of working for Accenture are the people and the culture within the organisation. “Everyone at every level is approachable and supportive,” she points out. “Help is always on hand. Aside from this, the other favourable aspects are the flexibility the company offers through its ‘work from home’ policy, the active societies and clubs scene and the variety of opportunities it has given to me within finance.”

For Shannan, the surprise came in the strong sense of community she found within Accenture. “I was surprised how welcoming everyone was and the sense of community that exists across the finance function on both a local and global scale given Accenture’s size. Joining a large organisation as a graduate can be daunting, but the sense of community that exists made this seamless.”

Looking to the future, she says she is very happy in her current role. “I will graduate from the Finance Development Programme in April 2020 and hope to continue building my career here,” she adds. “The Accenture finance function has evolved within the company and there are many doors to both diversify and develop. Many of the senior finance team members I work with have built their career in Accenture, working in a variety of roles and I can see there is a path to progress.”

For more information or to apply for a role in Accenture, email irelandrecruitment@accenture.com or visit www.accenture.com/financedublin to search for the latest roles in Finance.