New job for Qualified Accountant based in Derry/Londonderry

Qualified Accountant up to 45k Derry/Londonderry

Due to continued growth and success this well-established construction and property firm are looking for a Group Accountant who will report directly to the Group Finance Manager.

This role would suit a qualified and experienced Accountant with minimum 2 years post qualifying experience who is looking for progression.

The ideal candidate will be hard working and self-motivated with an eye for detail.

This is a rewarding role for the right candidate.

The Role

  • Prepare job costing reports and profitability tracking including liaising with other departments to obtain and verify information.
  • Verify and prepare valuations.
  • Prepare, liaise with external accountants and submit year-end statutory accounts including supporting reconciled schedules for multiple group  companies (UK & ROI).
  • Assist with preparation of monthly/other accounts and analysis.
  • Prepare and submit VAT (UK & ROI) returns and assist with queries.
  • Liaise with peers and external parties to resolve VAT/PAYE/CIS/RCT queries.
  • Assist management with development of the finance function.
  • Prepare and submit other statutory returns.
  • Assist in the preparation of the annual budget and forecasting.
  • Assist with financial analysis on ongoing operational projects within the
  • Ad hoc reporting / tasks.

Skills and experience

  • Be a qualified accountant (ACCA/ICAI), with at least two years PQE or qualified by experience.
  • Hands on experience in job costing (preferably within Construction industry)
  • You must have a good understanding of different rates of VAT
  • Preparation of management accounts is required, preferably within the construction industry.
  • Experience in year-end statutory accounts for NI/UK and ROI jurisdictions.
  • Excellent working knowledge of computerised accounting and related systems.
  • Experience of identifying areas for improvement plus implementing internal efficiencies and systems of control desirable.
  • Ability to take accountability and work on own initiative without supervision as well as within a team.
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Have strong technical accounting knowledge, excellent communication skills and strong Microsoft Office (in particular Excel) skills.
  • Experience working with Sage 50
Click or drag a file to this area to upload.

New Year New Career 2023

New Year New Career 2023

As we approach the end of 2022, it has given us time to reflect on the past year.

One thing we all do is make New Year’s resolutions. This could be to lose weight or get fitter or change jobs. There is no better time than January to start looking for a new job, it’s a fresh start plus the start of annual holidays too!

People are more motivated in January.

The pandemic and cost of living crisis has given people time for self-reflection and time to realise they need more money, changing jobs is the only way to get it. Change is good so embrace it!

The good news is, there are more jobs to choose from, it’s a candidate’s market.

However, as most employers are now back working in the office there are less employers offering working from home. Most employers will expect you to work in the office at least a few days per week. You will find larger companies are the ones offering more flexible working from home. Mindsets need to change.

Candidates now have more choice, so if you are an employer reading this and your staff want more money. I would recommend giving it to them, if you financially can afford it and value them, otherwise they will only leave and it will cost you more to replace them.

Candidates have more choice now and if you are not offering or paying a competitive rate you will lose good staff.

Remember good staff are hard to come by!

If you are looking for a new job in 2023 please contact me by email in strictest confidence.

or if you are an Employer struggling to recruit the right person, please email me on for more information.

Happy New Year for 2023 wishing you all good health and happiness.





Top Tips finding a New Job in the New Year

Top Tips finding a New Job in the New Year

Are you looking for a new job and don’t know where to start?

The process of searching for a new job can seem lengthy and complicated, but the good news is that there are plenty of job opportunities out there.

Here are a few tips to help you land that job.

  • Make sure your CV is up to date, with plenty of relevant content on what you do in your current job.
  • Start from your most recent job and work back. Make sure you do the same with your education and qualifications.
  • If the opportunity arises, add in a cover note explaining why you are looking for a new job and a brief summary of skills, qualifications and experience. This is particularly useful if you want to change industries or job type and have transferable skills.
  • You should also tailor your cover letter for each job you apply for.
  • Set up Google alerts for the type of job you are looking for.
  • Register with online job boards (these should be free).
  • Find a Recruiter or Recruitment Agency that will help you and build a relationship with them. If you email a CV and don’t hear back, follow up with an email or a call.
  • Recruiters prefer proactive candidates: that way we know you really want a job!
  • Be selective in the jobs you apply for. Make sure you read the job description and have the relevant experience and qualifications required.
  • Have your profile on LinkedIn and join industry groups online in your preferred industry.
  • Speak to your network of contacts and let them know you are actively looking word of mouth can be the best recommendation.
  • If you haven’t had an interview in a long time, brush up on your interview techniques. This can be the difference in securing a job or not.
  • Don’t forget to dress appropriately for interviews, as first impressions count.
  • Finally, show your personality at interview: smile and open up and don’t use one-word answers. Employers want to find more about you and to see how you will fit into their organisation.

If you need help finding a job, email with a cover note of the role you are interested in.

Alternatively, click on this link to view jobs:

New Job for Business Development Manager covering Republic of Ireland

Business Development Manager covering republic of Ireland

Euros 34k-38.5k OTE 46k, not capped + Car mileage + lunch allowance

This role would suit someone who lives on the border either Monaghan/Cavan in the South or border counties 

My client is an established innovative flexible packaging company that provide solutions to the food, industrial and horticultural industries. As they experience a period of sustained growth, they are looking for an experienced Business Development Manager with a proven track record in field sales, packaging industry desirable although not essential.

The company pride their selves on quality, flexibility, rapid response and reliability and require the successful candidate to possess these qualities

The ideal candidate should be self-motivated, resourceful with a strong sales background with the ability to negotiate and close sales.

The Role

  • This role will be divided between new business development and account management.
  • The successful candidate will be responsible for generating new business, identifying new leads and sales opportunities.
  • You will also be responsible for account management with established clients and upselling new offers and products to them.
  • Proactively put steps in place to build relations with past, current and future customers
  • The ideal candidate must be used to working in a target driven sales environment and target focused and driven.
  • You will be resourceful by mapping out potential leads and opportunities.
  • The role involves working with the Internal sales team who will be there to support you.
  • Strong organisational skills required as you must be able to plan and organise your workload and appointments.

Qualifications and Skills

  • The successful candidate must have minimum 3 years proven track record in field sales working to targets.
  • A track record in achieving goals and working to targets is essential.
  • Experience working and selling packaging products to food industries/Industrial and horticultural industries desirable.
  • Commercial awareness and business acumen necessary to secure business in a range of markets.
  • Packaging experience would be an advantage although not essential.
  • Strong negotiating skills with the ability to close essential.
  • Exceptional communication skills with a passion for building relationships
  • Ability to communicate and negotiate comfortably at all levels
  • Full clean driving licence
Click or drag a file to this area to upload.

Employers, are you struggling to Attract and Retain Candidates in Today’s Challenging Market?

Employers,are you struggling to Attract and Retain Candidates in Today’s Challenges Market?

Are you struggling to recruit the right staff, or find you are you having trouble attracting the right talent for your organisation?

September marks the end of the summer, and with everyone back to work, recruitment has never been so challenging and Now is the time to invest in your current staff and be open- minded when recruiting.

You can no longer rely on posting adverts online or on job boards: you need to widen your recruitment net, otherwise you won’t fill those important roles. Working with a Recruiter you trust can alleviate this, a trusted recruiter knows the market well.

  • The first thing to do is don’t delay in your recruitment process, it’s all about timing.
  • If you have CVs, start reviewing them asap and make contact with candidates even by telephone call to double- check they are still interested. You can do an initial screening call which will speed up the process.
  • If you have a closing date, do not wait until it has passed to review CVs: by then it could be too late.
  • Remember good candidates will not wait around the old saying, “ the early bird catches the worm” and applies equally in recruitment.
  • Start interviewing ASAP, and ideally at the start of the week. Remember most candidates who are in employment need to hand in 4 weeks’/ one month’s’ notice and if you wait until the middle or the end of the week , this could run into another week.
  • Don’t have candidates hanging on:, make decisions quickly. This reflects on your company and how you work. People like to work with companies that are decisive and don’t delay when making decisions. Your recruitment process reflects this.
  • Review your salary structure and make sure it’s competitive. You will no longer be able to pay below the market rate.
  • Review company benefits to attract candidates. Since the pandemic, this has made a game changer when candidates are moving jobs.
  • You need to not only offer a competitive rate but also additional benefits e.g., pension, health insurance and maybe additional holidays which can be accrued with service, rewarding loyalty:, things like giving candidates their birthday off can be a sweetener.
  • Flexible working or hybrid working is something that’s here to stay. This can be very difficult for companies that can’t offer this due to business demands. If this is the case there could be something else you could offer, even one day working at home or finishing early on a Friday.
  • Make sure when you are interviewing you are aware of candidates who are just using the opportunity to get more money from their current company.
  • This will depend on your interviewing techniques and how you ask the relevant questions of candidates. If you establish this at the start of the interview, it will save you a lot of time.
  • Make offers asap: don’t delay.
  • Check references immediately and even ask candidates if it is ok to ring their referees and get the reference confirmed on paper too.
  • Check when they can start, ideally the sooner the better. This is where it can all go wrong, so keep in touch during their notice period.
  • Send out an offer letter as they will want something in writing before they hand in their notice.
  • They will also want a contract, too. Most candidates prefer this before starting so you may have to adapt your procedures. Just because it’s been this way before, doesn’t mean you can’t change it now.
  • If you want the right candidate, you need to be flexible
  • Timing is everything in recruiting staff so ensure you keep in touch with candidates once they hand in their notice and confirm a start date.
  • Then make sure you are in touch regularly every week until they start. This is when they can change their mind right up until they start
  • You as an employer need to put an effort in to keep in contact during their notice period. They could have had another interview after they accepted your offer and decided to take it.
  • If this happens, you will have wasted anything from 4-12 weeks trying to recruit and then you have to start again, costly and very time consuming.
  • Once they start, make sure they have an induction to the company and are made to feel welcome. This doesn’t cost money but will ensure your candidate settles in well
  • In conclusion, recruiting is very time- consuming and costly, especially in today’s challenging market. Putting an advert online or job board is no longer enough, invest in a good Recruiter you trust who will spend their time focusing on filling your vacancy while you can get on with your business.
  • In today’s market, this is essential

If you need help, please get in touch, and please also check out my testimonials to hear what my clients and candidates say.

Email or call 07751856436

Thanks Cathy

New Job for Operational Manager with plumbing/Bathroom experience & background at Management level

Operations Manager ( Retail/Wholesaler) c40k Euros  + incentive +  company vehicle – Buncrana Co Donegal

A new role has been created for an experienced proactive Operations Manager from a retail background or customer focused background in any of the following areas: Plumbing, tiling, bathrooms, tiling, kitchens or construction.

The successful candidate must have a proven track record in managing people as well as the day-to-day operations of the business. The successful candidate must have a positive can-do attitude offering new ideas and solutions in driving the business forward. This is a senior role reporting to the Directors.

The Role

  • You will be responsible for managing all staff looking after the warehouse, show room and trade counter for this organisation.
  • Industry Knowledge within plumbing, bathrooms and tiles advantageous.
  • You will manage operational processes to ensure the effective flow of goods into, through and out of the warehouse to the point of delivery. Maintain focus on quality management systems and lean principles.
  • Have a clear commercial focus and well-rounded understanding of business requirements and objectives, including financial understanding and the impact the warehouse has on overall profitability.
  • Understand the importance of customer service and the company culture relating to meeting our customers’ expectations and manage the team effectively to ensure this is achieved, within company guidelines.
  • To oversee the running of the showroom to ensure that the showroom is visually merchandised to an excellent standard and to ensure that the highest levels of Customer Service are given at all times.
  • Liaise effectively with the ICT & Marketing Executive to ensure effective implementation of relevant marketing strategies.
  • Ensure that the sales team are appropriately trained to question and understand customer requirements and match their needs to the company’s excellent and diverse product range.
  • Ensure that all sales team members complete quotations in line with Company pricing and accurately record all customer information to ensure efficient follow up.
  • Ensure and reinforce that all customer quotations are to be actively followed up within 3 Days of initial visit to the showroom.
  • Ensure that all orders are planned and scheduled so that clients’ expected delivery times are met.
  • Actively drive the performance of the sales team to maximise all revenue opportunities through developing strong customer relationships and the upselling and cross selling of products and associated materials
  • Ensure the efficient and accurate inspection of materials, products, or equipment to detect defects to eliminate customer returns
  • Attend weekly Senior Management team meetings, advise the MD, prepare reports and contribute to the development of the Company business plan.
  • Ensure that systems are established, monitored and maintained to deliver the best possible service standards.
  • Encourage and build mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
  • Provide guidance and direction to all operatives, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance through daily/weekly meetings,
  • Keep records of employees’ attendance and hours worked.
  • Through improvements in efficiency and mechanization continually challenge targets for on time delivery, quality, waste and other KPIs.
  • Take full ownership and responsibility for all quality and delivery issues to ensure they are investigated and an acceptable outcome is reached by working with relevant departments.
  • Lead the morning meeting, ensuring all points raised can be responded to and resolved appropriately.
  • To reach planned delivery schedules at all times and ensure that any challenges are tackled pro-actively ensuring customer expectations are not affected.
  • Recommend or implement measures to motivate employees and to improve work methods, equipment performance, and efficiency.

Experience & Qualifications

  • Previous experience working as an Operations or Retail Manager within a builders merchant or Plumbing/Electrical/heating/Tiles whole saler required.
  • Must have minimum 4 years’ experience working in a management role at this level in any of the following areas: Retail management, store management, builders merchant, plumbing wholesaler, electrical wholesalers, tiles or kitchen or any relevant discipline.
  • Experience managing a show room preferable.
  • Experience managing a warehouse also preferable.
  • A positive can-do attitude and willingness to work as a team player.
  • Problem solving skills and customer focused.
  • Priority will be given to candidates with relevant experience.

This job is based in Buncrana in Co Donegal.

Hours of work are Monday – Saturday 8.30 – 5.30 pm and Saturday 9.30 – 3 pm with 2 days off. Please only apply for this job if you can work the hours stated and able and happy to commute daily to this location.


Click or drag a file to this area to upload.

New job for Project Manager based in Belfast or North West

Project Manager ( Sign Manufacturer)

c50k + OTE 80k + car or car allowance

This role can be based either in Derry /Londonderry or Belfast

 This well respected and local specialised design manufacturer are looking for an experienced Project Manager to join their busy team.

They have an amazing portfolio of client throughout the UK and Ireland and deliver a high-quality service to their clients. They take immense pride in their work and their reputation among their clients is first class. They take pride in their staff offering a competitive salary with additional benefits.

They have a great opportunity for an experienced Project Manager who has worked with delivering projects in a manufacturing/construction setting, with the ability to manage installation on client sites.

This is a permanent position and will require travel to clients throughout Northern Ireland. The Republic of Ireland and UK.

There will be flexibility in work hours due to travel

The role

  • You will be the main point of contact for a project and liaise directly with the client.
  • You will be responsible for looking after a wide range of projects at one time and must be able to coordinate and run these.
  • You will liaise with the design team on artwork and any amendments required.
  • Co ordinate with the following departments design, production, finance and liaise directly with clients.
  • Achieve design sign off with the design team
  • Procure outsourced elements that are required.
  • Handover to production in-house elements
  • Agree timescales with customer
  • Keep budget tracker for each project
  • Provide health and safety pack for each project
  • Arrange installation and dates
  • Ensure quality of finished job.
  • Gross Profit margin for each job on target
  • Attending meetings internally and externally as required
  • Delivered on budget and on time.
  • Liaise with internal teams at all and communicate back to client
  • A completed client feedback form for each project

Qualifications and Skills

  • The ideal candidate must have previous experience working on project management either in a construction, kitchen manufacturer or manufacturing industry.
  • Experience working for a manufacturer and installing on site and managing the whole process preferred.
  • Experience working in any of the following industries an advantage; Kitchen manufacturer, Construction, Architects, Printing or sign manufacturer.
  • Good IT skills – Office & online meetings
  • Project management experience essential
  • Construction knowledge & experience
  • The ideal candidate must be a good communicator, confidence inspiring with an eye for detail and a can-do attitude.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
Click or drag a file to this area to upload.

New Job for HR Manager or experienced HR Officer

HR Officer / Manager – c45k- 55k Euros,depends on experience – Buncrana Co Donegal  

Due to expansion a new role has been created for an experienced HR Manager based in Buncrana in Donegal

Will consider a HR Officer that cna stand on their own.

The company are product and tech-focused, operating multiple brands (online and retail) in the gaming market. You will be part of a small management team in a growing multi-site environment with the experience, security and leadership of an established business that has been in operation for over 40 years.

You will be responsible for the development and delivery of human resource projects, plans and strategies that help enable the teams reach their departmental and organisational potential. You will play a leading role in the development and continuity of the organisation. In addition, you will be actively encouraged to engage with continuous learning to ensure your own personal development.

The Role:

  • Responsibility for all HR operational processes from hire to retire.
  • Provide best practice advice and guidance on all aspects of HR.
  • Build strong partnerships with managers fostering trust and collaboration.
  • Manage the recruitment process from start to finish.
  • Champion the onboarding process, ensuring the process is up to date, providing clarity and connection for all employees and their role in relation to the overall vision.
  • Manage probationary periods to ensure that coaching and feedback processes are in place and that the agreed action plans are implemented.
  • Manage and lead the performance review process.
  • Manage HR casework, including disciplinaries, grievances, appeals, probation, absence management etc.
  • Provide guidance on employment policies ensuring they are kept up to date and legally compliant.
  • Update and maintain HR Software Systems.
  • Maintain accurate and consistent employee files.
  • Coordinate staff training programmes.
  • Undertake proactive HR initiatives that deliver value to the business.
  • Responsible for health & safety.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in a similar role.
  • A 3rd level qualification in HR or a CIPD qualification.
  • Be accessible and approachable to the business.
  • Excellent knowledge of core HR policies, processes and best practices.
  • Ability to manage multiple competing priorities.
  • Exceptional communication skills, writing skills, interpersonal skills.
  • Adept to problem-solving and conflict resolution.
  • Be self-directed and motivated.
  • Ability to ask questions, be curious and have the confidence to challenge.
  • Show good judgement in decision making.
  • Familiarity with HR software and working knowledge of MS Office.

Are you struggling right now to recruit and retain staff?

Are you struggling right now to recruit and retain staff?

Why are companies finding it hard to recruit? There are a number of reasons why

The main reasons are as follows :

  1. After the worst of the pandemic, many people have got used to flexible working, working from home and not prepared to work full-time in an office. They know they are just as productive, if not more productive, working at home with fewer distractions.
  2. Employees want more flexible working, and those companies offering a hybrid option are more likely to retain top talent.
  3. Employees are not prepared to travel when they know their job can be done without it. This puts more pressure on employers to re-evaluate working conditions.
  4. There is still a skills gap and this needs to be addressed at an earlier stage from school, university, apprenticeships and career advice. There are a lot of jobs that people can create themselves that are never taught at school and people just fall into them. One of these would be online content creation from blogging to online selling via Instagram and social media.
  5. Some companies are not reviewing wages and people who have been loyal to companies through the pandemic have reassessed this and moved on. I know it’s tough for employers; however, I am addressing why companies can’t attract good talent. Money talks at the end of the day and this needs to be addressed.
  6. Companies need to listen to employees’ changing needs and consider offering improved pay, benefits and flexibility. They need to tune in to what their staff need and want and try to retain them. What drove people before the pandemic may not be what drives them now.
  7. Candidates are now prioritising their mental health and wellbeing. Employees believe that work-life balance is important to them, and they now prioritise self-care, health and wellbeing. Companies who can relate to this have a better chance retaining candidates. While good salaries will always attract top talent, demonstrating care for their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing will play a key part in guaranteeing their commitment long term.
  8. Some employers are now finding people accept jobs and then just don’t turn up with no explanation. They then have new candidates who start and leave early with no explanation. They just leave and send an email and don’t face their employer to let them know why they are leaving. Respect and common courtesy has gone!
  9. From my own experience from interviewing numerous candidates and asking them why they want to leave their current employment, feeling valued and flexible working are their main reasons.
  10. If employers want to retain good staff and attract new talent they need to reassess their current working hours, explore hybrid working and listen to what makes candidates want to show up daily.
  11. Remember that over the pandemic things have changed and we need to move with the times if employers want to retain good staff.

If you are struggling to recruit and need advice contact Cathy by emailing cm@cathymoranrecruitment,com or call 07751 856436



New Job – Senior Software Developer- Belfast

Senior Software Engineer- Belfast –  50k – 65k + bonus + Health Care + Pension + Additional Holidays

Are you looking to get out of an overpopulated, unexciting software house and to move to a company with personality where there is plenty of room to grow?

This is a unique opportunity!

This successful, software company based in Belfast has a dynamic and entrepreneurial team of dedicated specialists. This is a not just a job, it is a great chance to enhance your learning opportunities.

They are handpicking first-rate individuals to slot into their passionate team.

They aren’t a global company throwing their weight around and are very focused on where they want to go and how they are going to do it.

They punch well above their weight and their clients include global brands such as American Express and IKEA as well as a number of other high-profile organisations in the financial services sector in the UK, Ireland and North America.

They help businesses to be able to participate and thrive in today’s digital economy