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Continuous Improvement Lead – Finance Shared Services

Type Permanent

Salary Negotiable

Location Dublin North

Ref # 8407

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ROLE:                             Continuous Improvement Lead – Finance Shared Services

REPORTING TO:             Finance Shared Services Director

LOCATION:                     Dublin

Barden is delighted to be partnering exclusively with our Client to support the appointment of an experienced Continuous Improvement Lead for their Shared Services Function.

“We are seeking a dynamic and strategic individual for the role of ‘Continuous Improvement Lead – Finance Shared Services’. This is a pivotal position within our finance shared services function, tasked with driving transformation and operational excellence. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in leading finance-related projects, implementing cutting-edge automation solutions, and managing optimisation programs. Strong communication skills and a passion for continuous improvement are essential. The successful candidate will join our Finance Shared Services function, fostering change and enhancing efficiency across our multinational, complex B2B operations. Relevant project management experience in similar large-scale, fast-moving industries is required. Finance Shared Services Director


This is a key appointment within the business. The successful candidate will have expertise in leading transformation and running projects within finance and will play a pivotal role in executing the strategic direction in the area of operational excellence, and technological advancement of our finance shared services function. They will be a strong communicator and passionate about continuous improvement. They will leverage their proven experience in coordinating transformation initiatives and implementing cutting-edge automation solutions. They will be responsible for the implementation of optimisation programs, enhancing efficiency and delivering exceptional service across the organisation.

Reporting to the Finance Shared Services Director, and part of the Finance Shared Services leadership team, they will provide professional leadership and manage the continuous improvement program within the team, and promote change within the organisation.

Candidates will possess the relevant project management experience, ideally from an analogous industry sector with large headcount, multinational operations, dispersed operational footprint, fast moving, low margin and complex B2B business of relevant scale.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Build and execute the Finance Shared Services Centre Continuous Improvement Program (process design, development and implementation) in alignment with the organisation’s needs and goals.
  • Lead and inspire cross-functional teams to embrace change and drive continuous improvement through process reengineering, digitalization and automation.
  • Lead process improvement initiatives using adequate project methodologies (i.e. Lean Six-Sigma).
  • Prepare and facilitate project methodology training programs and workshops.
  • Effectively communicate the vision and benefits of transformation initiatives to stakeholders at all levels, promoting a culture of innovation and continuous improvement.
  • Co-ordinate and project manage the Finance Shared Service Centres Projects.
  • Collaborate with and build relationships with internal stakeholders, including Finance, IT, Operations to gather requirements, align goals and secure buy-in for transformation initiatives.
  • Build and manage performance reporting for the function (i.e. Metrics, KPI’s, SLA).


  • You will possess a robust comprehension of project management methodologies, tools, and techniques, with the capacity to customize approaches to suit project needs.
  • BA in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or a related field.
  • A qualification in project and program management is required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and strong communication ability with proven record of partnering with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Proven track record of successfully leading large-scale financial transformation projects and driving process automation initiatives.
  • Strong understanding of emerging technologies such as RPA, AI, data analytics and their application in a finance.
  • Demonstrated experience in change management and the ability to influence others through organisational changes.
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of relevant experience in Project Management roles preferably within Finance and Shared Services.
  • An ability and confidence to challenge the status quo and promote change.

Join our dynamic team and make a significant impact by reshaping our financial services landscape through innovation, automation, and promoting continuous improvement. This is a unique opportunity to drive change and lead the organisation into a future of enhanced efficiency, accuracy and financial excellence.


Hi, we’re Barden.  We’re the Partner Led Talent Advisory & Recruitment Firm that puts Talent first. With practices across Accounting & Tax, Business Support, Financial Services, Legal, Life Sciences, Supply Chain, and Technology, we help build world-class teams for Ireland’s top companies and we help top Talent achieve their ambitions. Simple.

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With over 11 years of technical recruitment experience Dan sits within our Technology Talent Advisory and Recruitment Practice as Business Lead specialising in Analytics roles. Over the years Dan has helped clients from start ups, SMEs to Multi-Nationals scale their teams with talent across Infrastructure, Software Development, IT Security, Solutions Architects, Database and Data Analytics. Dan recruits nationally in Ireland and has experience helping local clients add talent to their teams in mainland Europe.

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