Shire GL Compliance Accountant in Dublin, Ireland

Position Title

GL Controlling Accountant

Position Reporting To

General Ledger Controlling and Compliance Lead

Work Location



Corporate Business Services


Global Business Services

Primary Role

The General Ledger Controlling Compliance team has responsibility for ensuring the development and adherence to standardized general ledger controlling processes across Shire’s European entities. This includes key processes such as accruals, VAT accounting and reporting, and payroll accounting.

This role will primarily focus on the payroll accounting, but will be expected to provide cover on other accounting areas when team workload and priorities require. The role is the primary finance point of contact for the Payroll team.

Essential Functions


Job Duty and Description


Payroll accounting

re transactions relating to payroll are recorded accurately and on a timely basis and account balances are made up of identifiable and supportable items

  • Review and post payroll accounting entries for a range of European legal entities

  • Act as the main point of contact for the Payroll team, assisting them with the reconciliation process and ensuring timely follow up of items under query

  • Ensure all month end procedures relating to payroll accounting are carried out according to the monthly closing timetable


Accruals accounting and monthly compliance

  • Provide assistance on the accruals accounting and compliance, conducting review of the significant accruals (per defined thresholds) and obtain supporting evidence to substantiate the validity of accrual versus work done.

  • Provide assistance with other accounting tasks and provision of information, resolving queries etc.

Education & Experience Requirements



  • Degree or equivalent

  • Accounting professional exams – late stage studier or qualified

  • Experience of an ERP system

  • Microsoft Office experience, particularly Excel


  • SAP experience

  • Hyperion experience

  • US GAAP knowledge

  • Experience of shared services environment for a global operation

Key Skills and Competencies

  • Driven and committed – able to work on own initiative and with others under pressure and to demanding deadlines while managing conflicting demands.

  • Team player – demonstrated ability to work as part of a cross functional team.

  • Flexible – willing to work in a “hands on” manner to ensure that all tasks are achieved by the team on a timely basis.

  • Open and communicative – able to interact effectively at all levels of the organization, both within and outside Finance.

  • Strong analytical skills – able to identify anomalies in data and solve them quickly and effectively.

  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail.

  • Strong customer service focus – understand customer needs and possess the desire and ability to meet and exceed those expectations, demonstrating a high commitment to quality delivery.

  • Ability to solve problems and think creatively – capacity to provide pragmatic solutions and have the drive to see these through to a successful conclusion.

  • Ability to handle change effectively and deal with ambiguity.

Complexity and Problem Solving

  • Known complexity in international payroll / tracking liabilities on an individual by individual, case by case level.

Internal and External Contacts

  • GBS colleagues, particularly the General Ledger teams and Payroll function

  • Cost centre managers and finance partners across the business

  • Internal and external auditors

Shire is the leading global biotechnology company focused on serving people with rare diseases and other highly specialized conditions. We strive to develop best-in-class products, many of which are available in more than 100 countries, across core therapeutic areas including Hematology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Ophthalmics, Lysosomal Storage Disorders, Gastrointestinal/Internal Medicine/Endocrine and Hereditary Angioedema; and a growing franchise in Oncology.

Our employees come to work every day with a shared mission: to develop and deliver breakthrough therapies for the hundreds of millions of people in the world affected by rare diseases and other high-need conditions, and who lack effective therapies to live their lives to the fullest.