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To support job seekers in their search through some of the wonderful employment opportunities that exist within the agri-food and rural development sector, we are kicking off our online job of the week segment.

Founded in 1975, ifac is Ireland’s market-leading farming, food and agri-business specialist professional service firm.

ifac is currently hiring for the role of head of people development and training.

The award-winning employer is one of Ireland’s top 10 accountancy firms and operates in more than 30 locations nationwide.

In summary, it would be a reputable and valuable spot to work.

About the job

The organisation is essentially looking for a coach, an individual who carries values of honesty and integrity, to instil in all team members, ensuring that they feel supported, motivated and confident throughout their career.

Echoing this sentiment, Una Burgess gives a brief overview of the importance of this role.

“We have some absolutely super people working in ifac. We want to put a conscious effort into developing those people, in line with the organisation. This somebody that will be a go-to person, for everything to do with training and development across the organisation.

"We are really excited about welcoming someone into this brand new role and it is absolutely key for us to find this candidate right now.”

Working closely with HR team and senior leaders, the candidate will drive the company’s training and people development initiatives, ensuring all team members continue to seize every potential opportunity within the firm.

About you

You pay great attention to detail and have excellent project management skills, with solid commercial awareness.

You have a keen understanding of leading-edge training methods and the professional services sector.

You have a coaching qualification and possibly have experience in a professional services environment, an interest in psychology or a working knowledge of psychometric tools.

As well as the above, you have a passion for helping people, with a high level of ambition.

To qualify for the position, you must be a driven leader, with the ability to motivate people to action.

"The character we are looking for is someone who can really empathise and relate to people - someone who can communicate and is a really good listener. They will be liaising with a lot of people, so will need to be very strong in their interpersonal skills," Una said.


The successful applicant will receive a market-leading salary, as well as a performance-related bonus, substantial employer pension contribution, paid professional subscriptions and mobile phone.

More than this, Una says there will be long-term professional and personal rewards.

“The person in this role will be able to develop their career within a growing dynamic business. Personally, they will get a great sense of achievement in helping people and would be made to feel very valuable within our organisation.

"You will be making a real difference in this role, which is so important for your own job satisfaction. It is a very rewarding position.”

Application details

“We would like the person to be located in Leinster ideally, but we are flexible and are not going to turn down an excellent person because of their location.

"The candidate might have to travel to different locations, when allowed to do so. They may also do some work from home.”

Application deadline for the role of head of people development and training is Friday 27 February.

Apply in confidence by emailing careers@ifac.ie.

View www.ifac.ie to see all available job roles.

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