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Financial Accountant- 24 Month FTC


Job Summary

Zurich Insurance PLC is looking for a Financial Accountant to join the Zurich Insurance Plc (ZIP), Head Office Finance team in IFSC on an 24 Month FTC

The role is based in the Accounting & Reporting team who are responsible for the Legal Entity Statutory and Regulatory (Solvency II) Reporting of ZIP. The team ensures that the 13 European ZIP Branches report the required information on time and in accordance with relevant Regulations and Accounting Standards.Other key responsibilities within the team are branch interaction and oversight including balance sheet oversight, reinsurance oversight, operational risk oversight, cost controlling/allocations, tax compliance, and the implementation of legal entity projects.

This is a unique Dublin based opportunity to join the head office financial reporting team of a large European multi-national insurer. The role offers an excellent development opportunity for a recently qualified accountant looking to join an interactive team and gain a breadth of experience in IFRS, Irish GAAP and Solvency II reporting across a wide range of European markets.

Key Accountabilities

As a Financial Accountant your main responsibilities will include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following:

  • Assurance activities on the financial values reported quarterly by ZIP Branches (Solvency II), including being part of the teams performing Branch on site reviews.
  • Managing close activities for specified ZIP Branches in delivering quarterly and year end Irish GAAP/Solvency II reporting.
  • Responsible for review and production of assigned annual QRTs
  • Play an active role in the development and improvement of ZIP HO quarterly and annual processes and controls.
  • Play lead role in other finance reporting activities of ZIP.
  • Participating in IFRS17 project activities at ZIP HO including review of branch dry runs etc.
  • Participate in other ad hoc Finance projects as required.
  • Ensure strong financial control environment exists at all times. Review existing processes and procedures and introduce improvements where appropriate.

Business Accountabilities:

  • Independently collate and analyse Accounting data using pre-determined tools, methods and formats and make recommendations in order to support ZIP decision making process.
  • Assess and evaluate Accounting and Reporting processes in order to identify opportunities for improvement.

Performance Management Accountabilities:

  • Model behaviours that demonstrate commitment to corporate values.
  • Take accountability for participating in the performance management cycle.
  • Participate fully as a team member and contribute to the improved performance of the team.
  • Expand knowledge and exchange it with team members and business partners.
  • Take action to manage own personal development.

Job Qualifications

Your Skills and Experience
As a Financial Accountant your skills and qualifications will include:

  • Qualified accountant with at least 2-3 years PQE
  • Insurance industry and Solvency II exposure
  • Understanding of Irish GAAP and IFRS for Insurers
  • Experience in SAP reporting tools (Business Explorer)
  • Intermediate to advanced Microsoft excel skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Team player  - support colleagues to deliver on key objectives for ZIP
  • Positive outlook and flexibility to handle change, including need for exceptional effort as required
  • Strong communication skills, written and verbal, when interacting with ZIP HO team but also with ZIP Branch contacts
  • Ability to build strong  working relations, including with ZIP Branches
  • Customer centricity, Dedication to excellence, Integrity, Sustainable value creation
  • Intermediate level of problem solving skills.
  • Ensure strong financial control environment exists at all times.


Short Description

Additional Information


Primary work location is remote based at present. The role is based in the IFSC but occasional travel may be required to other Zurich locations.

If you value an exciting and varied working environment and meet the above requirements, then our recruiter Jemma Doran is looking forward to receiving your application by clicking on the button “Apply online”.


Who we are


Zurich is one of Ireland's leading insurance companies providing a wide range of general insurance and life insurance products and services. The company employs over 1,000 people across its locations in Dublin and Wexford.

Zurich is a strong brand. Zurich in Ireland is part of Zurich Insurance Group, a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets. Our 55,000 employees worldwide form the basis of our success, helping our customers in 210 countries and territories to understand and protect themselves from risk. In order to deliver our services, we offer a competitive compensation package and interesting opportunities for further training & development. As a Zurich employee you benefit from a multitude of advantages as well as a strong culture, characterized by acceptance, diversity and team spirit.

At Zurich we are an equal opportunity employer. We attract and retain the best qualified individuals available, without regard to race/ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.

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