Rugby in England is set for an exciting time, from developments in its governance through to the expansion of the professional and community game. That combined with the impact of Rugby World Cup 2015 and its legacy in this country in particular, suggests that London Irish is well placed to be in the vanguard of club rugby on and off the pitch for years to come.
London Irish – An Overview
London Irish ranks among the oldest rugby clubs in England. Founded in 1898 by a group of eminent Irishmen based in the capital, over the past 117 years the club has provided a “home from home” not just for Irish men and women but also for emigrants from many countries united in their passion for the game of rugby.
The club is known throughout the rugby community worldwide for the warmth of its welcome and the hospitality that it generously dispenses to friend and foe from far and near.
When the game went professional in this country in 1996, London Irish was a founder member of Premiership Rugby and has retained its status in the top tier of the game ever since.
London Irish is the only professional club to maintain a successful amateur section which currently plays in National League 3 South as London Irish Wild Geese. There is also a thriving mini rugby section.
After an itinerant existence in its early years, London Irish settled in Sunbury-on-Thames in 1931 when it bought a property on The Avenue that served as the club’s base until 2014 when it moved just under a mile to a purpose built, state-of-the-art training and administration complex at Hazelwood.
In December 2013 the ownership of the Club was taken on by a consortium of leading London Irish business people led by Mick Crossan, Chairman of Powerday plc.
An Exciting New Journey for the Club
Over the past 18 months the new owners have undertaken in-depth reviews of the club’s rugby and commercial operations. A rugby strategy that will enable the club to compete consistently in the Premiership and in Europe is now in place and being implemented. A similar strategy for the club’s commercial activities and operations is in hand.
Position: Accounts Executive
Location: Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex
Reporting to: Head of Finance
The Company: London Irish RFC
The Accounts Executive has primary responsibility for ensuring timely and accurate recording of invoices, pro-actively minimising outstanding debtors, and supporting financial reporting. The role is an important part of the club’s Finance team.
- Processing purchase ledger invoices;
- Matching invoices to purchase orders and ensuring correct authorisation has been obtained;
- Dealing with supplier queries;
- Credit control (issue invoices, chase outstanding debts and receivable reconciliation);
- Maintain bad debt provision;
- Daily cash postings and cash allocation;
- Processing of cheques and banking;
- Processing expense claims;
- Month end bank reconciliations;
- Assist with month end duties including posting journals and balance sheet reconciliations;
- Preparation of year end schedules for auditors as required;
- Adhoc projects as required.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Strong Excel skills and competent with Word and PowerPoint;
- Good organisation and time management skills.
- Minimum two years’ experience in a similar role;
- Strong previous experience of accounts payable and receivable;
- Experience in financial reporting is desirable.
- Experience of Sage accounting systems (ideally Sage 50 Accounts);
- Highly numerate with an excellent attention to detail;
- Good analytical skills;
- Ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines;
- Good communicator;
- A self-starter with a willingness to learn and the ability to work autonomously;
- A team player who is comfortable working within a close knit team;
- Acts as a role model in embodying core club values and culture.
- Customer Focus - Commits to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; acts with customers in mind; values importance of providing high-quality customer service;
- Planning and organising – Organises and schedules events, activities and resources. Monitors timescales and plans;
- Interpersonal sensitivity - Interacts with others in a sensitive and effective way. Respects and works well with others;
- Quality orientation - Shows awareness of goals and standards. Follows through to ensure that quality and productivity standards are met;
- Initiative Taking - Takes action to achieve goals beyond what is expected; drives to bring issues to a successful closure; self-starter.
This role is a full time role based at the Company offices in Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex.
London Irish is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.
Closing date 4th September. Interviews in the week commencing 7th September. Please email CV’s and covering letters to [email protected]. Only applicants to be invited for interview will be contacted.