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Expense Analyst - FTC


Expense Analyst FTC


Zurich Insurance Plc is looking for a Qualified / Part-Qualified Accountant to fill a position in the Planning and Performance Management (“PPM”) team reporting to the PPM team lead. The PPM team is responsible for the provision of financial management information to the Irish General Insurance business, producing the annual comprehensive 3 year P&L Budget, and work closely with local Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) team to ensure the integrity of the Financial Statements. 

Your Role


This is a Management Accountant role, the successful candidate will be responsible for the Performance Management of Expenses, ensuring that functional managers fully understand their Budgeted Expenses and their performance to these targets. 


Planning and Forecasting


  • Annually produce a comprehensive 3 year Expense Budget for the General Insurance business, explaining movements and providing commentary on movements from previous forecasts. 
  • Working with the business to update forecasts for inclusion in reporting pack on a quarterly basis.
  • Reporting of actual results versus forecasts to Group including commentary.


Management Reporting and Business Support


  • Work closely with back office support teams located in Zurich’s Centre of Excellence in Krakow, to ensure integrity in the Monthly reported Expenses.
  • Understanding the expense results and communicating these to business management teams and underwriting where required.
  • Produce Monthly management information packs.
  • Conduct variance analysis and provide business commentary.
  • Providing the necessary financial support for production of Business unit reviews packs.
  • Ad-hoc Management information reports.
  • Respond to business queries and follow up on identified issues.


Other Duties


  • Work closely with local Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) team to ensure correct booking of all accounting numbers and to ensure the integrity of the entity balance sheet.
  • Work with business partners on ad hoc projects, acting as a Finance Business Partner.
  • Continuous development of tools and automation of processes in reporting area.


Performance Management Accountabilities 


  • Model behaviors that demonstrate commitment to corporate values. 
  • 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. 



Your Skills and Experience



As Qualified Accountant your skills and qualifications will include: 




  • Qualified / Part Qualified accountant ACA, ACCA or CIMA.
  • +4 Years’ experience in a Analytical Role.
  • Strong academic background with relevant Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience within the Insurance industry is desirable but not essential.



Technical Competencies:


  • Strong analytical skills
  • Expert Microsoft excel / PowerPoint skills are essential
  • Understanding of Irish GAAP and IFRS
  • Previous experience in working with consolidation ledgers (SAP) is an advantage
  • Understanding of Insurance and Financial Services.



Non-Technical Competencies:


  • Positive, flexible can-do attitude.
  • Take ownership for area of responsibility.
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Self-starter with ability to use own initiative.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to communicate effectively at all levels.
  • Ability to establish and maintain constructive business relationships with all contacts inside and outside the Company.
  • Customer focused approach.





  • Working at all times lawfully and in accordance with pre-defined regulatory, compliance and financial requirements e.g. Data Protection, Code of Conduct, Health & Safety and regulator standards.
  • Working at all times in accordance with group/company policy and processes.
  • At all times follow best practice.



Additional Information


Primary work location is Dublin. 

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



Who we are 


Zurich is one 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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