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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Help wanted: Ryanair boss seeks high-flying aide (no lefties need apply)

Ailish O'Hora

Published 16/08/2014 | 02:30

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Michael O’Leary: wants to recruit someone who can ‘spot a loony or a union head at 10 paces’. Photo: Bloomberg

DO YOU have the patience of a saint and the energy of a Duracell bunny? If so you could apply for what is arguably one of the most difficult jobs in the world.

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Michael O'Leary is looking for a new assistant.

"A bright, ambitious qualified accountant is required to assist Ryanair's CEO," the ad says.

The chosen one will need to help the Outspoken One "in a wide range of areas including treasury and portfolio management; investment analysis; tax analysis and returns; proactive management and reporting of various operations; and special project work".

Don't all rush at once now.

Not much to go on there but if Mr O'Leary's form is anything to go by it should be a lively enough role.

More recently he had to apologise after cracking a joke about sex with the Queen.

And it might be useful to remember that he hates 'bolloxology' and that he can also spot a 'communist', a 'loony' or a 'union head' at 10 paces.

Up until recently, at least, he didn't do email so communication skills would also be a boon.

Remember Michael O'Leary was once an assistant himself - to none other than the late Tony Ryan, the founder of Ryanair.

One thing is for sure, no loonies or lefties need apply.

In terms of experience and qualifications, the successful applicant is advised that "this role is a great opportunity for an ambitious, self-motivated, qualified accountant to work in a demanding, challenging and interesting role".

"There will be significant opportunities for the candidate if successful, to further develop their career by promotion in the management team at Ryanair," the ad states.

Or, if you don't fancy working that close to the boss, there are lots of other positions available at the airline.

For example, you could have the task of managing the airline's new 'friendly' online image. The social media expert is required to 'head up organic social media activity for Ryanair'.

There are, however, several much more challenging roles that will keep you in touch with the boss on a more regular basis.

There's a position for a Fraud Analyst based in Swords.

Or you could be the Director of Finance counting the money spent by Ryanair's 86 million customers.

If that's still not for you, then another position sounds like much more fun - as the company's Flight Simulator Engineer.

The only downside to that job however is that you'll have to move to Stansted.

For warmer climes, head to Milan where a job as an engineer is available - and no contact with the boss is required.

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