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Engineer - Process

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A day for a Process Engineer at Intel can range from spending all day in what we call our 'bunny suits' or space suits as most people would recognise them as or a day of juggling meetings with working on long term projects that have a quality improvement for your product or have a cost saving for the factory. The key thing is to be adaptable, be organised and be able to communicate your plans clearly and concisely. You will be your own boss in many instances as an engineer and it is up to you to get the job done and do it well, while at the same time meeting goals and challenges that are set for the factory.

The great thing about a process engineer at Intel is that much or your work can be done remotely, which means you don't have to sit at your desk all day allowing you to get in to the machines and get stuck in. One should also be aware that you will be continuously learning in this sort of environment. Because our technology is so up to date we are always making changes to make this possible. Our products will range from mobile phone chips to top of the range computer chips so we need to be able to make changes to meet the demands of what the market is looking for.

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Accountants
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€23 - 150 
Related Information:
Tax Accountant: 45 - 60
Cost Accountant: 40 - 60
Newly Qualified Accountant: 30 - 52
Assistant Accountant : 30 - 45
Treasury Accountant: 40 -75
Accounts Receivable: 23 - 35

SYSTEMS / PROJECT ACCOUNTANTS
Systems Accountant: 45 - 90
Project Accountant: 45 - 85

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE STAFF
Accounts Payable Clerks: 23 - 35
Accounts Payable Supervisor: 35 - 42
Accounts Payable Manager: 33 - 65

TREASURY STAFF
Head of Treasury: 70 - 150
Treasury Manager: 50 - 90
Treasury Analyst: 35 - 50

FINANCIAL/MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANT
Financial/Management Accountants: 35 - 65
Financial Controller: 35 - 70
Financial Controller: (5+ yrs exp) 70 - 130
Data Source(s):
Collins McNicholas / Hudson / Morgan McKinley / Brightwater / Robert Walters

Last Updated: April, 2013

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Accountants and auditors with skills in Tax, Compliance, Solvency, and Financial Management, as well as specific industry experience, including Banking, Manufacturing. etc.

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Accountants & tax experts

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Chartered and certified accountants; management accountants; tax consultants and advisers; tax inspectors

Number Employed:

33,100

Part time workers: 10%
Aged over 55: 8%
Male / Female: 52 %/ 47%
Non-Nationals: 6%
With Third Level: 95%
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Analyses financial information and prepares financial reports to determine or maintain a record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organisation.


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Daran Gibney
AITI Chartered Tax Adviser  
Daren Gibney is an AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) who runs Tax Computer Systems operations in Ireland. He did a Business and Legal Studies (BBLS) Degree in UCD. Following this he embarked on a training contract with KPMG, during which he studied for and completed his tax qualification and was awarded the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) by the Irish Tax Institute.
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Aisling Molloy
Chartered Accountant  

Aisling Molloy is a Chartered Accountant. Having secured 490 points in the Leaving Certificate, she went on to do a BA in Accounting and Finance in DCU.  She got an honours degree, which secured her a place on the MBS in Accountancy in DCU, and together with her degree entitled her to exemptions from parts 1, 2 and 3 of the professional Chartered Accountancy exams.  She completed her 3 year training contract with Deloitte and now specialises in the area of Tax.

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Shauna Greely
Chartered Accountant  
Shauna Greely works as a Chartered Accountant. with Ulster Bank.  She holds a Business, Economics & Social Studies degree from Trinity College. She was offered a position as a trainee Chartered Accountant with KPMG. While in KPMG she did many audits of manufacturing, retail and distribution companies and was on the audit team for a small bank, which made her realise that she wanted to work in Banking once she qualified. 
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John Kehoe
Senior Manager - Audit  

John Kehoe works as a Manager in the Audit Department in Deloitte. Having completed a Degree in Commerce and German and a Masters Degree in Accountancy, John accepted a training contract with Deloitte to study for Chartered Accountancy. He has recently been promoted to Manager level within the organisation.

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Chester Reid
Chartered Accountant  
Chester Reid works as a Chartered Accountant. He holds a B.Comm degree from NUI Galway.  After a period in the workplace he decided to pursue a Chartered Accountancy training contract with BDO Simpson Xavier from where he passed his ACA exams. He is currently studying for the AITI qualification.
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Justine McCosh
Accountant  
Justine is from New Zealand and completed her secondary education and primary degree there. She moved to London and worked in the Banking sector for a while. She then studied to become a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA), and after moving to Dublin took up a position in the ESB.
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Jacinta Shinnick
AITI Chartered Tax Adviser  

Jacinta works as a Tax Senior in KPMG. She went to University of Limerick to take their BBS (Bachelor of Business Studies) degree, and joined KPMG after graduating. She completed her AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification with the Irish Tax Institute while with KPMG and also qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

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John McElhinney
Accountancy Partner  

John McElhinney is a Partner with John McElhinney and Company Chartered Accountants. He completed the IATI accounting technician course and following a 2 year stint in the banking sector where he completed the Financial Services exams and the Investment Advisor exams through the Institute of Bankers in Ireland he returned to the accountancy world and completed a Chartered Accountancy Contract. 

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Carol Kehoe
AITI Chartered Tax Adviser  

Carol works for Ernst & Young and is based in Waterford. She choose to do Accountancy and Finance in DCU, and went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant. She then completed her AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification with the Irish Tax Institute and qualified as an AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA).

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Gail Sterio
Corporate Accountant  
Gail Sterio works as a Corporate Accountant in McDonald's. She holds a Marketing Degree from DIT and recently completed her accountancy exams with the ACCA. It was while she was working part-time in McDonald's during her studies that she went for the interview for a full time position in the accounts department and was successful.  McDonald's encouraged and supported her to take her ACCA exams.
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Accountants help organisations and individuals manage their money. They examine financial records and statements and check them for accuracy. This allows them to provide their clients with a clear picture of their financial activities.  

Many limited companies are required by law to be externally audited. An external audit is a check carried out by a qualified person, who is not connected with the company. When doing an audit, the accountant has to examine accounting systems as well as check figures. Some accountants specialise in taxation.

Accountants work in various settings:

  • Public sector where they may work for bodies such as the Health Boards or local councils     
  • Public practice where they work for firms of accountants whose clients can vary from individuals to commercial and government organisations.

   
In both industry and the public sector, accountants are concerned with the day-to-day finances of their organisation. They provide analyses of costs and report on the financial implications of management decisions.  

Accountants who work for accountancy firms audit the accounts of their clients to ensure that the financial records give a true and fair view of the client's activities. Some accountancy firms also act as management consultants and advise clients on tax planning and ways to improve profits.

Accountants in Private Sector

All limited companies are required by law to be externally audited. An external audit is a check carried out by a qualified person, who is not connected with the company. When auditing, the accountant has to examine accounting systems as well as check figures. Some accountants specialise in taxation.    
   
Private sector accountants work in firms of accountants whose clients can vary from large commercial companies to self-employed people running a small business. An accountant's role is to audit accounts, making sure that records accurately show a company's activities and financial situation. Auditing is performed on the client's premises, so some travelling is necessary.    
   
When the audit is finished, an accountant presents financial statements to directors, shareholders and the Revenue Commissioners. Sometimes alternative accounting systems may be recommended. Accountants may also offer a company financial advice on taxation and investments.    
   
Large accountancy firms act as management consultants, investigating mergers and advising on ways to improve profits. Accountants doing this sort of work are less desk-bound than others because their work involves frequent visits to clients' premises.    
   
Accountants in the private sector sometimes take responsibility for executing wills and administering trusts. They also deal with the financial affairs of companies or people declared bankrupt. 

Accounts in the Public Sector (Government)

Public sector accountants (also known as public finance accountants) manage the financial records of public bodies. Although the work is similar to that of an accountant in public practice, a public sector accountant's main concern is not with raising profits. Instead, they aim to balance the cost of public services against income. Local government accountants also check and pay creditors' invoices, collect debts and charge customers for goods.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Prepare, examine, or analyze accounting records, financial statements, or other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting and procedural standards.

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Report to management regarding the finances of establishment.

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Establish tables of accounts and assign entries to proper accounts.

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Develop, implement, modify, and document recordkeeping and accounting systems, making use of current computer technology.

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Compute taxes owed and prepare tax returns, ensuring compliance with payment, reporting or other tax requirements.

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Maintain or examine the records of government agencies.

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Advise clients in areas such as compensation, employee health care benefits, the design of accounting or data processing systems, or long-range tax or estate plans.

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Develop, maintain, and analyze budgets, preparing periodic reports that compare budgeted costs to actual costs.

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Provide internal and external auditing services for businesses or individuals.

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Analyze business operations, trends, costs, revenues, financial commitments, and obligations, to project future revenues and expenses or to provide advice.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Systems Analysis:   Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported Work Activities in this occupation.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Performing Administrative Activities:  Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.


Personal Qualitiesheader image

To be an accountant you need to be capable of analysing and interpreting figures. As many accounting systems are computerised, you should also feel comfortable using computers. You'll need good written and spoken communication skills when communicating with clients. You also need to be numerate and analytical with an ability to handle complex information and pay attention to detail.     
In some areas of accountancy you will need to develop a thorough understanding of tax law.


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Organisation: Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  Address: 9 Leeson Park, Dublin 6
  Tel: (01) 447 5678
  Email: irelandinfo@accaglobal.com
  Url www.accaglobal.com/ireland
   

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Organisation: Chartered Accountants Ireland
  Address: Chartered Accountants House, 47 - 49 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 637 7200
  Email:
  Url www.charteredaccountants.ie
   


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