Meet the Finalists - Early Career Accountant of the Year 2016 - Lincoln Recruitment Irish Early Career Awards
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Meet the Finalists – Early Career Accountant of the Year 2016

Accountant of the Year

Meet the Finalists – Early Career Accountant of the Year 2016

Thank you to all the accounting professionals and employers that submitted applications for the first-ever Irish Early Career – Accountant of the Year Award. Our judges selected three professionals from an incredibly diverse and inspiring set of applications.

Congratulations to our 2016 finalists:

Meet The Finalists


Jonathan O’ConnellAccountant of the Year

Director, International Finance – DAQRI

Over the past 10 years, Jonathan has seen his career grow from strength to strength working with some of Irelands largest national and multinational organisations including AdRoll, Facebook, Google, TV3 and PwC.

Jonathan worked as a Senior Manager of International Finance in Facebook, helping to build the finance team during a period of expansion at Facebook where the company grew from 30 to 1,000+ employees. Jonathan also achieved similar, while working in Google as Finance Manager.

Jonathan then moved to a position with a start-up company, AdRoll, as Director of Finance. Here he helped scale the organisation while managing compliance and reporting.

Jonathan is currently working with DAQRI as Senior Director – International Finance, enabling them to roll out new products and operate an R&D function



Accountant of the YearStephen O’Callaghan

International Accounting Manager – Stripe

With over 9 years PQE, Stephen graduated from UCD in 2004 where he then took up training for 3 years with EY while studying for his ACA exams.

Stephen’s career has subsequently been centered around the technology industry working with Google and Facebook.

While working at Google Stephen held a Financial Accountant role for over 18 months before joining Facebook as a Senior International Financial Accountant and later getting  promoted to Finance Operations Manager.

Stephen is currently working as International Accounting Manager for Stripe, where he is responsible for financial reporting, statutory compliance and tax compliance for Stripe outside of North America.



walterWalter Martin

Financial Controlling Director – Metal Division – Ardagh Group

Walter is a highly driven chartered accountant with experience in both practice and industry sectors. Graduating from Trinity with an Honours degree in Business Studies in 2008, Walter then joined PwC on a training programme.

After completing his ACA Qualifications and reaching Assistant Manager level in Practice he transitioned into Industry with Ardagh in 2013. Walter joined the organisation as a Group Accounting Manager before being promoted to Head of Group Finance Projects and subsequently on to become Director.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our nominees within this category and wish our three finalists the very best of luck on the night and in their future careers.