Accounts Assistant

Due to expansion and ongoing growth, we are delighted to be recruiting for a full-time Accountant to join our Finance Team in Activ8 Energies. This role will report to our in-house Management Accountant with the support and ability to grow within the team. The role will be based in our newly built, state-of-the-art Carrickmacross office on the N2, situated just 25 minutes from Dundalk.

Duties & Responsibilities

Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable

Data entry of the bank

Assisting in the preparation of monthly management accounts

Preparation of reconciliations for review (Bank, debtor, and creditor accounts)

Creditor Payment Run Management

Submission of VAT/RCT Returns

Assisting in the preparation of the Annual Financial Statement and liaising with company auditors.

Requirements:

Accounting qualification desirable

Newly Qualified/Part Qualified invited to apply

Experience in a similar role

Ability to work as part of a team

Good People / Communication skills

Education:

Leaving Certificate

Experience:

Accounts payable & receivable: 2 year (required)

License/Certification:

Accounts Technician or related Accounts qualification (preferred)

Salary starting from 30,000 DOE

Reference ID: Accountant

Expected Start Date: 1/2/2022

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: From €30,000.00 per year

Reference ID: Accounts Assist

Application deadline: 28/1/2022

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: From €30,000.00 per year

Additional pay:

  • Yearly bonus

Benefits:

  • Company events
  • Gym membership
  • On-site parking
  • Wellness program

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Carrickmacross, County Monaghan: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)

Education:

  • Leaving Certificate (required)

Experience:

  • Accounting: 2 years (preferred)

Work authorisation:

  • Ireland (required)

Work remotely:

  • No

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    Commercial Solar PV — What To Look Out For

    With over 15 years of experience in the Irish solar industry, we understand it can be difficult to navigate the procurement process of the right solar panel installer. We’ve helped our fair share of both commercial and domestic customers in our time. As solar comes to the forefront of people’s minds, the number of options open to you is greater than ever. This is a great thing for us as an industry and for you as a potential solar energy producer. But as a commercial entity in the commercial and industrial sector, diligence and care is of the utmost importance as we enter 2022.

     

    “Solar PV remains the powerhouse of growth in renewable electricity, with its capacity additions forecast to increase by 17% in 2021 to a new record of almost 160 GW.”

     

    The proliferation of solar PV globally has been reflected by its growth here in Ireland also. Many people now realise the efficiency of solar PV in our climate and debunking the myth of it being an isolated solution in sunnier climates such as Spain, Australia, and the like. With its growth in the Irish market and our experience of the industry on our island, it’s very important to remember that there are a number of steps you can take to make sure you are working with a suitable operator.

    A recent installation for McArdle Skeath in Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan. They also installed a second system on their Hollystown premises in Dublin.

    What to look for?

    Experience

    You need to establish that the solar company you want to partner with has the adequate experience or at least shown the adequate skills on similar installations to carry out the scale of installation you are planning. This should be the foremost question when going to tender – can they do it?

    Longevity / History

    The most indicative way of showing you will be there for a client in the future is to show how you have been there for other clients in the past. Of course, this isn’t all-encompassing when you consider that everyone must start somewhere. But it should be important for you to understand that if you are installing a solar PV system on your premises in 2022 and warranties for this are there in 2027, 2032 and so forth – these warranties may only exist on the basis that your chosen installer is still in operation – so it’s important to consider whether or not they will be there for you in 2025 and beyond. Some things to look at here would be credit checks and checking the companies financial standing through their previous years accounts filings. Simple tools such as SoloCheck or Credit Safe allow you to perform some simple financial due diligence. They can also make you aware of any backings behind the company. For example, we are 50% owned by SSE Airtricity which offers reassurance of our standing in the market now and long into the future.

     

    Expertise

    When making the decision to pursue solar, you want to make sure you’re dealing with a trusted installer whereby the design of the project, the project managers and engineers managing this are in-house. When an installer is designing and managing a project in-house, they know that they’ll have full responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the system post-installation. They’ll therefore go to the lengths required to make sure that the design of the system, product used, and installation measures are all of the highest quality to guarantee a high performing system is in place for many years afterwards.

     

    For example, you could check the staff numbers of any given “supplier/installer” – low head count means that they will be outsourcing many of the required processes involved in designing and installing your system. Bringing in contract workers to design a project is not ideal as once that contract is over, the expertise leaves with it. With over 60 people directly employed by us here in Activ8 our full-time staff are here to bring you from onboarding right through to operation and maintenance in years to come.

     

    Product

    It’s very important that high quality, tested product is used on your system. It is only through longevity and experience that a supplier can testify for the components they use. Dealing with inverters, panels and switch gear manufacturers over many years allows you to truly understand the reliability and ease of use that different product provide when they are installed and put into operation here in Ireland. It’s important that any selected installer has a relationship with suppliers built up over time – rather than using an installation partner that is choosing product based on price and availability for any given job.

     

    Warranty

    This feeds into the quality of product and relationship management mentioned above as well as the overall health of the installer you are choosing. If there are product or installation issues several years post-installation, it’s important first of all that your chosen installation partner is still in operation and that they have the appropriate channels established to help deal with any potential product issues that may arise.


    Our Workplace // Mind Your Health — Spectrum Life For Staff

    Workplace and employee wellbeing is a very important part of how we operate here in Activ8 Solar Energies. We have spent a lot of 2020 and 2021 planning out our future home, the new Activ8 HQ. But bricks and mortar is only aspect of how employees are looked after. While we were planning our new premises, 2020 and 2021 brought their own unique challenges. We all know that. So we brought in Spectrum Life…

    We announced this externally last week. CIF (Construction Industry Federation) Ireland held their annual Safety Week from Monday 25th October until Friday 29th. Like every other year, 2021 was a week where we got involved and with Tuesday’s theme being Mind Your Health – it was an ideal time to announce our Spectrum Life platform.

    The International Labour Organisation defines employee wellbeing as:

    “Workplace wellbeing relates to all aspects of working life, from the quality and safety of the physical environment, to how workers feel about their work, their working environment, the climate at work and work organisation.”

    Activ8 are delighted to be able to offer our employees and their family the wonderful services at Spectrum Life.  This includes:

    • Mental Wellbeing Support
    • Financial Assistance
    • Life Coaching
    • Career Counselling
    • Consumer Advice
    • Mediation
    • Support for non-nationals and their families
    • Legal Assistance
    • Depression, anxiety & stress
    • Grief & bereavement
    • Addictions
    • Relationship & marital problems
    • Work stress and work-life balance issues

    2020 brought with it a number of additional hurdles, which are still visible this year, with that in mind, encouraging our employees to be mindful of both their physical and mental health became a priority focus for Activ8 Solar Energies.

    The Government’s Healthy Ireland’s Strategic Action Plan 2021-2025 outlines priority focuses for the next three years including:

    Keeping Active – We continue to encourage our employees to keep active through our company challenges (One Step at a Time), offering free gym membership in our local gym and through our digital gym program via Spectrum Life.  Promoting physical activity is vital for both our mental health and our overall wellbeing.

    Staying connected – It is important more than ever that we support each other to stay connected and talk.  Whether that is over a coffee in person or virtually.  Providing professional support through our Spectrum Life app provides an additional provision to engage in a confidential way.

    Eating well – Eating well can increase our physical activity levels and promote our mental wellbeing.  Our spectrum life app provides healthy, easy recipes with nutritional information to assist making healthier choices.

    Minding your mind & body –   it is important that we recognise when we are stressed or if we are feeling physically unwell that can access expert advice to understand and access support or treatment.  Alongside contacting our GP’s, we offer our employees and their family professional medical and counselling support and advice through the Spectrum Life App.

    We all need to look at ways in which we can individually improve our own mental health, and be mindful of the changes ahead.  Providing our employees with additional support whilst raising awareness of the importance of minding your health has been vital throughout these challenging times.

    • Be aware of your own wellbeing, accept help when it is offered;
    • Be mindful of maintaining a good work-life balance by setting clear boundaries and learning how to switch off;
    • Communicate more, is your employer aware of your current situation, talk to your employer!
    • Offer support to others, ask your colleague how they are, don’t forget to check in on people.
    • Stay social, even virtually.

    See the images below that fully encapsulate the Spectrum Life offering.

    What makes Activ8 a great place to work? The people! So let’s look after each other.


    We're Hiring | Reception & Administration

    Department:

    Reception & Administration

    Reporting to:

    General Manager

    Job Description:

    We are currently looking for a Receptionist to join our Administration Department.

    Duties:

    • Answering and direct all incoming calls. Ensuring correct detailed messages are passed on.
    • Greet all visitors to the business ensuring their point of contact is notified on their arrival.
    • General Office Administration
    • Booking Solar Installations/Callouts/servicing
    • Maintain and manage customer files
    • Organise meeting room bookings
    • Manage and control stationary & housekeeping stocks

    Requirements:

    • Experience an advantage but not essential
    • Self – motivated
    • Ability to work on your own initiative
    • Good communication and interpersonal skills
    • Competent computer skills

    How to Apply:

    Please forward your CV to: hr@activ8energies.com

    Closing date for applications is Friday 9th April 2021.


    Qualified Roofer | Ireland's Solar Experts Are Hiring

    Careers

    Opportunities for qualified roofers with Activ8 Solar Energies

    We have currently have a vacancy for an ambitious roofer/carpenter to install solar PV systems on customer’s roofs. An opportunity to work at the cutting edge of renewable energy and with Ireland’s solar experts.

    Activ8 Social Club

    Our social outings are and wider social club is a core component of what makes Activ8 Solar Energies an enjoyable place to work with social events throughout the year.

    Mentoring

    We're in the solar industry for over 14 years, so come and learn about the exciting breakthrough technologies in the growing solar and renewable sector with Ireland's solar experts.

    Job Description

    We require a fully qualified roofer to install solar PV panels on our customer’s roofs. Nice, clean work, primarily on existing dwellings, but also on commercial buildings from time to time. Your job will consist of fixing solar panels to roofs along with other small works, as part of a team consisting of an electrician and a plumber bringing this cutting-edge product to the masses. Our ground-breaking products along with our unrivaled quality have brought unprecedented demand from our customers.

    Activ8 roofers working on a retrofit installation of solar PV on a rooftop in Co. Meath.

    Job Type | Requirements

    We will provide complete and thorough industry-specific training. Days are routinely early start and early home, with Saturday work always available upon request.

    Expected start date: 15/3/2021

    Full-time, Permanent

    Top rates paid

    Required Education, Skills and Qualifications

    • Fully qualified roofer
    • 2 years of qualified experience
    • Worked on both new builds and extensions/retrofits
    • Solar experience a bonus
    • Located close to Carrickmacross for morning pickups

    Benefits

    Along with very competitive pay, you will be joining an experienced staff of over 70 people, from admin to accounts, from plumbers and electricians to fellow carpenters who are all part of our quarterly social club events helping bring you into the Activ8 fold.

    Benefits:

    • Bonus scheme
    • On-site parking
    • Company events & social hours
    • Subsidised gym membership
    • Education reimbursement

    Email your CV to hr@activ8energies.com and we will be in contact.


    Feed-In Tariff 2021 - Sell Solar Electricity Back To The Grid

    In a welcome development, the Irish government, through Minister Eamon Ryan (Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications) announced that the design and consultation process was beginning in order to formulate how the scheme will look and function. Submissions for this are being accepted until Thursday February 18th. There are currently no support schemes in place and while we recently discussed the explosion in solar providers since the arrival of the SEAI solar PV grant at the end of July 2018, it was a very welcome addition to the government's strategy in encouraging micro-generation in private homes for the proliferation of solar pv and renewable energy throughout Ireland. This is the next step in our national goal of reducing carbon emissions. It's important that this feed-in tariff is brought in with micro-generation at the heart of it and here's why.

    The Future of Solar PV and Renewable Energy In Ireland

    When looking at the sectoral output of carbon emissions in Ireland, we know that the top 3 can be targeted and reduced by renewable energy projects. The top 3, are 1. Agriculture, 2. Energy and 3. Transport - with transport being the biggest mover from 1990 levels up to the current day. With agriculture, Irish farmers are known for being one of the most efficient nations in the world in how they operate. There are efforts being made all the time to further eliminate or offset emissions in this industry. We're even involved in this ourselves with our partners SSE Airtricity and Glanbia Ireland through FarmGen. When it comes to a micro-generation feed-in tariff, of course this will further incentivise farmers, but there is a greater opportunity in Ireland with domestic households and how they are projected to evolve over this decade. Through this avenue, we can tackle both the energy sector and the transport sector. The SEAI is already incentivising the sales of EVs here in Ireland and it is only a matter of time before they reach parity and then become cheaper to manufacture in comparison to their petrol/diesel-powered counterparts. So when we think of the evolution of transport in this country, we can't just depend on industry to implement these changes. We've seen how An Post has managed to eliminate much of its fossil fuel-powered fleet and replace it with electric mobility - they managed to make Dublin the first capital city in the entire world with zero emissions postal delivery and they are to be commended for such. It's time to place the power of change in the hands of the homeowner. With expected cost parity in the years to come for electric vehicles, we need the foresight to implement changes in our electricity/energy mix at a domestic level so that homeowners are ready to buy an electrical vehicle and have the ability to generate electricity in their homes. This way, we tackle both the energy sector and the transport sector through micro-generation in Irish homes.

    Learning From European Counterparts

    It's important to learn from appropriate case studies, not only how they were implemented, but more importantly, what worked and what didn't. Unfortunately, being in a position to learn and look back on foreign policy shows that we are way behind. In Germany, their guaranteed feed-in tariffs under Germany’s Renewable Energy Act (EEGsaw the share of renewable power, mostly coming from wind, solar PV and biomass, in electricity generation rise from about 3.5 percent in 1990 to 35 percent in 2018. But as of 2021, more and more renewable installations will lose their guaranteed funding as their 20 years of EEG payments come to an end. 20 years! Germany is at the end of their first feed-in tariff programme and for domestic solar, there are issues around fluctuating price points due to the old technology for metering - whereas we won't face that issue in Ireland with the modern technology available for metering purposes. So we do have technology on our side.

    National Appetite For Change

    It is important to note that as time moves and technology grows, it can be hard to see the slow-moving changes in one persons attitude, nevermind an entire nation. We feel that the appetite for countering climate change in Ireland has been consistently improving. There have always been steadfast advocates in this regard, but it's important that they are supported by more and more as the need becomes greater. No less, the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan that announced this consultation, has been a strong advocate in this area for many years. A younger Minister Ryan can be seen at the opening of our first head office in May of 2009 in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan. The same place where we are currently building our brand new headquarters, to help us continue our growth in the years ahead.

    We look forward to the consultation process and working both internally and with our dedicated partners in providing submissions to try and make sure our customers are justly rewarded for their generation and that we create a fair and equitable microgeneration market that encourages many more homeowners and businesses to start generating renewable electricity through the installation of solar panels.

    As a company that prides itself on our quality of service, we would love to hear from our customers and solar enthusiasts on what issues they would like addressed in the consultation phase and what they want to see incorporated as part of the scheme, you can send any and all submissions to info@activ8energies.com.

     

     


    The Irish Solar Market | A Reflection & Projection

    The Solar Landscape In Ireland | Reflection and Projection

    Now is as good a time as ever to take stock of the Irish solar market. 2020 was a year of unimaginable uncertainties for so many people here in Ireland and who knew that we would be entering 2021 with some of the same. We now have a vaccine and that brings us back towards normality and again, certainty.

    What makes now a good time to take stock? Well, here at Activ8 Solar Energies, we have a big year ahead, we're getting ready to celebrate 15 years in the solar business as well as opening a state-of-the-art headquarters. When we speak of certainty inside the four walls of Ireland's solar experts, we really own can be certain of one thing; change!

    We started off with flat-plate solar panel collectors before the famous financial crisis of 2008 threw Ireland into recession and we learned a lot with that experience. We know that our original product offering has changed from solar panels to heat hot water only (flat-plate, or "Solar Thermal") to solar panels that create electricity (Solar PV). The recession came and went (with the infamous IMF) and the country slowly got back on its feet. More recently, we even saw the rise and fall of Donald Trump and you might think, what has that got to do with solar? Well, we wrote about this in 2016 and the possible disaster this might have for climate change efforts around the world, and we were unfortunately proven correct.

    What has come before us is history and what will happen in the future is unknown, except for the knowledge that things will change and we here in Activ8 Solar Energies will adapt and evolve. We recently celebrated ISO certification in new areas, championing our commitment to process improvement internally, ultimately helping our customers. The reassurance longevity and experience brings cannot be underestimated. Customers of ours from 2007, 14 years ago, know that we're the same company that installed their solar panels in 2007 and although we've changed and grown over the years (for the better), we're still the same Activ8 Solar Energies.

    Through our own data analysis, we have come to see the solar market here in Ireland become a lot more crowded. For instance, in the summer of 2018, Activ8 was competing with 6 similar businesses on Google Ads, according to the Auction Insights Report. December 2020 shows 20 competitors for the same market. This isn't a bad thing as this increased level of competition means that supply side solar costs are sustainable and more importantly, that standards are set and maintained by national bodies as a result. Heck, our CEO Ciaran Marron was on the NSAI committee to help formulate these standards given our longstanding position in the Irish solar market. It helps that our motto internally has always been "We don't follow standards, we set them" and to remain as Ireland's Solar Experts, we must always strive for the highest possible standards.

    However, the sudden growth in 2018 may coincide with the introduction of the SEAI Solar PV grant at the very end of July 2018. As mentioned, it's great for the proliferation of solar and renewable energy throughout Ireland to have so many suppliers in the market going forward and here's hoping that as an industry, standards across the board are kept to a sustained, high level through the SEAI and other bodies.

    We're delighted to have been offering solar energy and solar panels for 14 years and look forward to delivering our exceptional level of service for many more years to come. Keep an eye on our pages for more information on our improved Customer Resource Centre as well as our growing Activ8 Solar Academy.

    Fingers crossed that 2021 delivers what we're all hoping for, a resumption to what we all call normal.


    Social Club Christmas Draw | Shop Local Carrickmacross

    Shop Local Carrickmacross | Our Social Club Christmas Draw 2020

    With the year that we've had and the inability for us to have our usual social club outings, we used our social club fund for a Christmas Draw bonanza. And more importantly, we wanted to support as many local businesses as possible. As the scramble comes for last-minute Christmas presents please try and support these local businesses if you can.

    They sponsor our local clubs and community events, they hire local staff and support so much more than we think.

    A massive congrats to our Social Club team who managed to spread the fund across so many businesses, organise a fantastic draw for our staff all whilst pumping €5,700 into our local community!

    Here is a list of the businesses:

    Cloughvalley Stores (Quinn's voucher)
    Valley Lodge Voucher
    Shirley Arms Voucher
    Super Valu Voucher
    Sinead's Place Gifts & Hardware Voucher
    Taveys Menswear Voucher
    Steeles Menswear Voucher
    Beauty Lane by Paulina Voucher
    The Ivy Voucher
    Fade Barber Shop Voucher
    Chamber of Commerce Voucher (Birdy's newsagent)
    O'Roukes Fuel Voucher
    Cassidy's Fuel Station Ardee Road
    Circle K (Cassidy's Fuel Station Dundalk Road)
    Matildas Bakery
    Gifts and Things Voucher
    Courthouse Voucher
    Maguires Pharmacy Ladies Hamper
    Hands Shoe Shop Voucher
    Howells Voucher
    T&L Paints Voucher
    Dress Up Voucher
    Uptown Girl Voucher
    TW Menswear Voucher
    Marron Electrical Voucher
    All care Pharmacy Hamper (Men's)
    Connollys Pharmacy Hamper (Ladies)
    McAllisters Voucher
    Unique Hair Design Voucher
    Lidl Voucher
    Aldi Voucher
    Cabra Castle Voucher
    Asus Chromebook | Marron Electrical
    EOS 4000 D Canon Camera | Marron Electrical
    Samsung 50" Smart TV | Marron Electrical
    Samsung Galaxy Smart Watch | Marron Electrical
    Eakins Pharmacy Hamper (Men's)
    The Hair Loft (Hairdressers)
    Ella Rose Voucher
    Nolans Butchers Voucher

    Activ8 Achieves ISO 14001:2015 & ISO 45001:2015 Certification | Adding To Our ISO 9001 Success!

    Having initially gained certification of registration Quality Management Systems to ISO 9001:2008 in February 2016 (Crazy to think we covered this in a blog post almost 4 years ago - click to read) and being the first solar company to introduce standards in the market, Activ8 Solar Energies successfully completed the transition to ISO 9001:2015 in December of the same year. In the following years, Activ8 solely focued on the continual improvement of both the effectiveness and the efficiency of the Quality Management System. In early 2020, we started the process of building a new integrated management system, combining all three standards with one set of policies and procedures and providing us with the ability to bring all of our objectives into a unified system. In early November we completed our initial audit of the integrated system with NSAI (National Standards Association of Ireland), and we are absolutely delighted to announce that we have successfully achieved certification in all three international standards.

    We are delighted to announce that having been the first solar company in Ireland to achieve certification ISO 9001 Quality Management standards in the solar market, we now have achieved certification in ISO 14001 (Environmental) and ISO 45001 (Occupational H&S). This is on top of record scores in Quality, Environmental and H&S in our annual Achilles Supply Line audit in 2020 also. This a huge achievement for our team in the most challenging year of them all! CEO Ciaran Marron would like to extend his thanks to all of the hard-working staff for their dedication and commitment to the management system. Although this type of certification is based around processes and policies, it is the attitude and dedication in delivering a high-quality service for our customers that really allows us to accomplish such achievements.


    Raymond Clarke, QEHS Manager with our three NSAI ISO Certificates & our Achilles Supply Line Audit Certificate 

    Raymond Clarke, QEHS Manager  - “It’s a huge milestone for Activ8 and it is down to the sheer hard work and dedication of all the staff and management. It has been a massive year with achieving record scores with our Achilles external audit and now having three international standard certifications. In the most challenging year of them all, everbody has embraced change within the company, allowing us to focus on a safer workplace, happy customers and a greener environment”.


    SEAI Energy Awards 2020 | Partnership Success

    SEAI Awards With A Twist In 2020

    The SEAI Awards were announced live on YouTube last week, a true reflection of the times, given the usual standing the award ceremony holds for those of us in the renewable energy industry. It has become a very important date in the calendar for many, as we all work hard towards improving standards and increasing the number of projects focused on energy efficiency and sustainability here in Ireland. With the latest lockdown restrictions, there were many of us waiting on the announcements from locations all over Ireland, be it from our home or office!

    With the announcements came cause for celebration for us here in Activ8 Solar Energies as we were involved with four finalists, three of them ultimately winning.

    The Winners

    Firstly, Terra Spirits & Liqueurs, won the Small and Medium Business – Exemplary Energy Performance category. Having installed solar PV in 2018 for Terra, Shaun McKevitt was keen to build on this effort and completed that with a further expansion of their on-roof solar, amongst other measures, to 340kWp and are every bit deserving for their 2020 SEAI Energy Award.

    Our partners, SSE Airtricity were also successful with SSE Airtricity Energy Services winning the Best Energy in Buildings category. A fantastic success by the team who we’re lucky to work with on a number of projects.

    In a somewhat different category that makes this a wonderful project to be involved with, Dunleer Sustainable Energy Community won the Inspirational Energy Community Award. These guys are amazing in the passion they show as a community-based energy saving scheme in Co. Louth. Having worked with Elizabeth and Fergus McCann over the past 5 years, installing solar PV on a number of projects including the Birches centre, a project we like to highlight in particular as it helps some of the most vulnerable in our society and only goes to showcase the amazing work Dunleer SEC are getting across the line.

    Finally, the efforts of Depuy Synthes – Johnson & Johnson saw them as finalists in the Energy Team/ Manager of the Year award, where they narrowly missed out. Having installed a 210kWp Solar PV system in the scenic location of Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork for Depuy Synthes in 2020, they are a true industry leader when it comes to the efforts they make in energy management and sustainability and it was a pleasure to work with a global leader on a solar project such as this one.

    As we look forward to 2021 and the many wonderful projects already in the pipeline, we’re always striving to deliver the best in class project management and we want to work with the innovative companies and communities we have here in Ireland. If you have a project in mind, please reach out to either of our Project Manager, Martin Mulholland or our Commercial Manager, Gary Connolly.

    martin.mulholland@activ8energies.com
    gary.connolly@activ8energies.com

    Contact Our Commercial Team