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Careers in Finance at the Office of the Comptroller & Auditor General

The Office of the Comptroller & Auditor General provides independent assurance that State funds and resources are being used correctly and are being properly accounted for. The C&AG audits the accounts of central government such as the Revenue Commissioners, HSE, the Central Bank and NAMA. An entirely independent body, the C&AG reports directly to Dáil Éireann via the Public Accounts Committee.

Graduate Opportunities

The public service is vital to the economic and social life of Ireland, and offers the possibility of diverse work opportunities for graduates with a range of expertise and areas of qualification. Entrants to the scheme work as part of a team and will be engaged in general audit, examination of accounts, planning audit objectives and evaluating financial and performance related information. The scheme will see you either obtain a professional accountancy qualification, or develop your experience and skills in the public service if already professionally qualified. We offer a starting salary of €32,401 with annual increments, flexible working arrangements, funding and study leave for professional accountancy studies, good work/life balance and excellent career development opportunities. Recruitment campaigns for the Office are undertaken by the Public Appointments Service.

Graduate Profile

Name Alan Wynne

Job Trainee Auditor

My name is Alan Wynne and I joined the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General as a Trainee Auditor in March 2016. I chose a career in the Office as I wished to broaden my knowledge of auditing and gain an insight into Government spending. By doing so, I’m providing the public with information on the efficiency and effectiveness of that expenditure.

There are three directorates within the Office – Semi-State financial audit, Votes audit and Reporting. I was assigned to the financial audit side of the Office and became part of a close knit team that completed a number of audits on the accounts of large Semi-State agencies and Government departments. I am given the support and guidance needed to develop my skills which gave me the opportunity to excel from day one. Right now, I’m pursuing a professional accountancy qualification. The Office provides a package which has assisted me in successfully passing the exams that I have taken to date. This package includes both financial support and paid leave.

The majority of the audits I have been assigned to are based in Dublin city centre. This involves meeting with department officials which means my position is very people-orientated and requires strong analytical skills. One of the nicest things about working here is that you know your future is very much in your control. Not only are there obvious routes for upward progression once qualified, but there are sideways opportunities too.

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