Maritime Area Regulatory Authority (MARA) - Finance Leads (2 vacancies)


The Maritime Area Regulatory Authority are hiring! 📢🌊

MARA are currently recruiting for two permanent senior management positions as Finance Leads at Principal Officer Level. 

Role: Finance Leads - Revenue Collection Lead & Finance Lead (APO)
Location: Wexford
Duration: Permanent
Salary: €75,822 - €94,491
Application Closing Date: Wednesday 24th April 2024

Principal Duties
The successful candidates’ primary duties will involve:  

Revenue Collection Lead

  • Leading the Revenue Collection team to manage all aspects of revenue collection to a high standard, to collect rent, levies and fees due for MACs, Licences and extant Foreshore consents in accordance with the statutory requirements of the Maritime Area Planning Act 2021 (as amended);
  • Leading the development of internal processes in respect of revenue collection for MACs, Licences and extant Foreshore consents and contributing to the development of relevant policy and the necessary secondary legislation;
  • Leading the development of an efficient rent review process for the extant Foreshore consents
  • Collaborating on the design and development of automated/online revenue collection processes;
  • Working closely with MARA’s other functions including consenting, data, research, monitoring, compliance and enforcement functions;  
  • Communicate effectively in respect of the revenue collection and financial processes, both in writing and orally to MARA’s Board, senior management and applicants;  

Finance Lead

  • Leadership and oversight of the day-to-day activities of Mara’s Finance Team.
  • Preparation & submission of monthly management accounts and cash flow reports to the Board & management team.  
  • To formulate, present and monitor annual and longer-term financial budgets, including analysis and management of the parent Department budget and expenditure reporting requirements.
  • Management of the year-end audit including preparation of statutory accounts in accordance with FRS102 and coordination with Office of the Controller & Auditor General. Assistance in managing and supporting the internal audit function.  
  • To work closely with the Head of Corporate Affairs to ensure good financial governance. Ensuring financial procedures are adhered to and accounts receivable and accounts payable are accurate, effective, and timely.
  • Review of existing accounting systems and controls and identification and development of systems to deal with organisational growth, in line with existing and emerging best practice, audit, and State Body compliance requirements, with a focus on automation, systems integration and efficiency.  


  • Providing a leadership role for their team, responsible for staff motivation, development, mentoring and coaching; work planning, allocation, delivery, quality and reporting; performance management; and promoting and driving effective and timely team, divisional and organisational communications.
  • Contributing to the leadership team in MARA, responsible for the implementation of the MARA’s business objectives by contributing to the overall planning, direction and highlevel management of the organisation.
  • Engage with cross-agency teams, interest groups, applicants and other stakeholders, senior public sector officials and political representatives - locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Other Duties: Carrying out any such other duties as may be assigned from time to time


Essential Qualifications and Experience  

  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a revenue collection or financial role at an appropriately senior level;
  • Have demonstrable experience in the implementation of revenue collection or financial oversight and policy development.
  • Ability to build relationships, influencing and liaising effectively with external stakeholders in a regulated environment;
  • Possess strong oral and written communications skills;
  • Strong analytical skills, ability to manage information for multi-disciplinary sources, sound judgement and evidence based decision making;  • A track record of developing and implementing policy and procedures;
  • An ability to critically assess processes and procedures, identify improvements and manage change effectively.  


  • Possess a minimum level 8 qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications in a legal, financial, regulatory, public policy or a related discipline;
  • Qualified ACA/ACCA.
  • Demonstrable experience in problem solving in a multidisciplinary environment;  

Candidates must also demonstrate the key competencies for effective performance at this level which are:

  • Leadership
  • Judgement, Analysis and Decision-Making
  • Management and Delivery of Results
  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
  • Specialist Knowledge, Expertise and Self-Development
  • Drive and Commitment to Public Service Values 

Additional Information