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Business Controller

Vacancy Details

Location: Dublin
Region: Republic of Ireland
Job Type: Specialist
Category: In the Office
Closing Date: 03/22/2019
Date Posted: 03/08/2019
Reference: M1456


Role Title: Business Controller  
Finance Department 

Applications are currently being invited for the role of   Business Controller to join our growing Finance Department. The successful candidate will be responsible for overall management of this critical finance transactional function and will be a key member of the Aer Lingus Finance team based in Dublin.

The Business Controller will have experience in best in class vendor management and will have responsibility for a number of critical internal finance departmental functions as well as being responsible for several key internal and external relationships.
Your role:

Financial Leadership
Building a close working relationship with functional management with the objective of becoming a trusted and critical finance business partner.
Ensuring consistent and timely inputs into the Reporting and Accounting team and events in the functional areas which may have a management or financial reporting dimension.
Working with functional management and internal audit to identify measures to address areas where financial and other controls may be improved or which would lead to a strengthening of the overall control environment.
Tracking delivery of cost reduction tasks and challenge the functional area to deliver reduced CASK.
Providing support and contributing to all investment cases in the respective functional area.
Understanding and explaining performance variances (both positive and negative).
Coordinating monthly review process, budgeting and forecasting for the functional area. 
Ensuring monthly reports budgets and forecasts are prepared and delivered on time and provide required level of insight.
Designing new monthly reports and / or update existing monthly reports to be used by functional management. 
Recommending appropriate metrics for performance measurement in the functional area as well as target values for these metrics both on an annual and five year planning basis. 
Supporting setting of targets for functional area.
Working with functional management to address queries raised by the IAG financial reporting and investor relations teams. 
Recommending appropriate metrics (financial and non-financial) for performance measurement in the functional areas as well as target values for these metrics on an annual and five year planning basis. 

Performance management 
Developing a deep understanding of the functional areas’ business model and the links between the functional areas’ business drivers and financial performance. 
Working with functional management on identifying cost reduction and efficiency initiatives and quantifying their current year and projected five year financial effect (including IAG synergies).
Taking responsibility for monitoring progress on major cost reduction and efficiency initiatives and provide concise and timely updates on such initiatives to executive level if required. 
Working with functional management to identify new or alternative models of performing existing operations.
Studying approaches applied by other airlines or industries to address commercial, operational and strategic challenges in the functional areas. 

Strategic planning
Maintaining standing financial models for the functional areas and ensure that these models are updated as new initiatives and forward looking commercial and operational information becomes available.
Facilitating the integration of five year projections for the functional areas into the overall Aer Lingus corporate finance year plan. 
Ensuring that the likely future financial impact of business cases and investment proposals is correctly reflected in business cases and the five year plan. 
Taking responsibility for periodic in-year financial forecasting for the functional areas.


Capital discipline  
Working closely with functional management to identify potential commercial / operational proposals that might be suitable to take forward in the form of business cases / investment proposals.
Constructively challenge and review business cases from a financial perspective. 
Ensuring that business cases are completed on a timely basis, in line with Aer Lingus / IAG templates with sufficient time allowed for senior management and executive approval.
Tracking multi-year realisation of financial benefits as set out in business cases and investment proposals identifying any issues with non-delivery on a timely basis.
Ensuring compliance with the Aer Lingus / IAG approval authorisation matrix so that proposals are prepared with the appropriate level of approval in mind from the outset. 
Ensuring that the benefits and risks of the business case / investment proposal are correctly explained. 

To be considered for the role of Business Controller candidates must meet the following criteria:

Your qualifications & key criteria: 

Previous experience in senior financial role at publicly listed company or comparatively large private company.
Accustomed to operating in a complex, highly competitive and margin focused business environment. 
Ability to grasp intricacies of airline business model / business drivers / processes by area.
Accustomed to balancing the need to focus on short-term results while delivering on a long-term vision that requires sustained transformation.
Qualified accountant or solid grounding in accounting and financial principles.
Demonstrated leadership ability and interpersonal skills.
Experience with managing a large team of finance professionals
Key competencies and skills required: 
Ability to lead large improvement initiatives and projects (issue identification, structuring, organisation, follow up etc.).
Keen analytical ability allowing meaningful review of facts and numbers and ability to couple this to solutions and actions.
Working in partnership with non-financial management in addition to other functions.
Demonstrate strategic and tactical capability to have an impact on the top and bottom line of the relevant business area, balancing short-term results with a sustained push towards turnaround of medium to long-term business performance.
Demonstrate opportunism, entrepreneurial spirit and clear eyed financial and commercial judgment in providing business decision support for the redefinition of the future strategy of the business units.
Working in partnership with non-financial management in addition to other functions (IT, HR, Legal) to deliver the future direction of the business.
Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office suite of software applications combined with general proficiency in IT systems. 
Proven ability to systematically analyse and apply internal management financial and non-financial data to generate new ideas, improve business performance and track results.
Focused attitude to work, with the ability to constantly meet deadlines while ensuring excellent attention to detail & high levels of accuracy. 
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, to include proven report writing & presentation skills.
First class organisational skills and a willingness to apply direct effort to delve into detail.
Highly commercial and acts as a business enabler for the relevant business area.
Confident self-starter who is assertive and focused.
Outstanding relationship builder with sound emotional intelligence and ability to work closely with non-financial management.
Unquestionable ethics and integrity.
“Can-do” approach and thirst for driving continuous improvement.
Drive and determination to deliver outstanding results.
Fluent in English, both written and spoken.
Eligible to live and work in the EU.
Hold a current unrestricted worldwide passport.t
Provide 3 verifiable references.
Able to pass a strict airport security vetting procedure which includes a 5 year back ground check* or be in possession of a current airside pass for the airport this position is based in.


*If you are a non Irish Citizen, you will need to be in possession of a current police disclosure certificate from your home country. If you have lived outside the Republic of Ireland for more than 6 months you will also be required to hold a current police disclosure certificate from that country/countries.

What we offer:

Competitive salary
Generous paid annual leave 
Annual performance related bonus 
Heavily discounted staff travel privileges with Aer Lingus and some select partner airlines
Prime location in Dublin Airport 
Annualsalary reviews 
Employer pension contribution to a Defined Contribution Pension Scheme
Life assurance cover
Income protection cover
Paid sick leave
Employee assistance program
Cycle-to-Work scheme and Tax Saver Scheme
Subsidised staff canteen 
Subsidised dry cleaners and various airport discounts
Learning & Development support through a catalogue of courses 
Opportunity to work in a team environment and to grow your career in Ireland’s only 4 star airline
Annual Make a Difference Day and team social events

Closing Date: Friday 22nd 2019  
If you will be unavailable at any stage within three weeks from the closing date of this SVN, please indicate this clearly on your application form. For ease of administration please include an alternative contact number (mobile number) on your application form to facilitate contact outside of regular working hours. 


In order to apply for this vacancy, you must be able to supply the required answers to the following questions:

  • Are you eligible to live and work in EU without restriction?
  • Will you be 18 years of age on 1st September 2018?
  • Are you fluent in English, both spoken and written?
  • Can you provide a verifiable 5 year background/employment history?
  • Can you provide 2 verifiable references?
  • Have you been convicted of a criminal offence in Ireland?
  • Is there anything that would prevent you passing our security clearance process?
  • Are you prepared to complete a medical questionnaire & medical examination?
  • Have you been convicted of a criminal offence (ref Criminal Justice Act 2016)

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