Senior Financial Analyst job at FLINDERS UNIVERSITY

About Flinders

Our bold vision, reflected in our Strategic Plan: Make a Difference: Agenda 2025, is to be internationally recognized as a global research leader, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of the most enterprising graduates from Australia.

To achieve this ambition, we recently made a significant organizational change to a six-college structure with professional alignment of staff and services.

We recognize that the key to our success is exceptional people and we are looking for an exceptional individual to join our transformed university team.

Type of employment:

Fixed term (Fixed term)

Position Summary

Fixed term until 31 December 2024 | Full time

Pay level:
Higher Education Officer Level 7

Wage scale:
$88,384 – $97,837 per year

Pertaining to:
Manager, Rural and Remote Health
College of Medicine and Public Health

The Senior Financial Analyst is responsible for the provision of financial services for the Rural and Remote Health Discipline (Discipline). Working with the Operational Directors and Managers, Rural and Remote Health (RRH) and liaising with the College Finance business partner, the Senior Financial Analyst will develop budgets, undertake grant account management and monitor performance financial and disciplinary reports.

The Senior Financial Analyst is a member of the HR management team, providing financial advisory services and coaching and development of budget managers to support ongoing and effective management of financial resources.

The position can be located at any Flinders RRH campus (Northern Territory and South Australia). The incumbent will have to travel regularly to other sites on the RRH campus.

Main responsibilities of the position

The Senior Financial Analyst will be responsible for:

  • Oversee the provision of financial services for the discipline across the HRM footprint, in accordance with University policies and procedures.
  • Work with operational directors and managers of HR, RRH and College Finance Business Partner, to develop and implement improved short and long term planning, reporting, chart of accounts and financial information to enable the discipline to manage financial resources efficiently.
  • Provide the technical aspects of the discipline’s financial plans through budgeting, forecasting, modeling, performance reporting, finding new funding streams, and performing related financial activities.
  • Managed a portfolio of grant accounts, research projects and financial reports for state, federal and private sector funded contracts.
  • Monitoring of contracts and agreements.
  • Mitigate financial risks across the discipline, ensuring defined strategies are informed by financial reporting against budget allocations, and quarterly and year-end processes are followed.
  • Prepare analyzes and reports for formal and routine reporting and on an ad hoc basis and ensure that data recorded in university systems matches actual discipline results.
  • Build effective discipline-college-university relationships by participating in forums/meetings/committees to understand current and emerging financial needs.
  • Actively involved in discipline-related projects to ensure optimal financial advice and contribution.
  • Provide client-focused advisory services to members of the leadership team, supported by sound analytics and in accordance with University policy.
  • Coach and provide financial guidance to budget holders and relevant staff to support the ongoing management and monitoring of individual and regional budgets.
  • Work with the Manager, HRM and College Finance Business Partner to review the delivery of financial services and initiate continuous improvement and communication initiatives to improve services, processes and systems that meet the needs of disciplines, aligned with best practices and in accordance with University policies and procedures.
  • Investigate opportunities to further integrate service delivery with the College finance team and to articulate and integrate these interactions.
  • Any other responsibilities corresponding to the level of the role assigned by the supervisor and/or the University.

Capabilities of the key position

  • Advanced degree in accounting or related field, plus a CPA/CA qualification and subsequent relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of experience, education and training.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a positive work culture and role modeling behaviors that support the University’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and commitment to improving educational opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Extensive experience in a grant management/research accounting/risk and compliance function.
  • Proven experience of working collaboratively with various stakeholders, with the ability to influence through advanced knowledge, communication and presentation skills.
  • Proven ability to analyze and draw conclusions from reports and prepare reports on financial matters.
  • Proven ability to work within a geographically dispersed team to deliver consistent and efficient services in a matrix reporting environment.
  • Ability to identify opportunities for continuous improvement in financial services and implement solutions that improve the end user experience.
  • High level of knowledge and ability to use accounting software packages.
  • Knowledge and/or work experience in the Australian higher education sector would be an advantage.

For more information regarding this position, please contact: Ms. Amy Schulz

Prescribed conditions of employment:

Northern Territory Government legislation (the Child Care and Protection Act 2007) now requires that all persons engaged in employment relating to children or whose duties involve, or are likely to involve, contact with a child, hold a valid “authorization to work with children” (Ochre Carte). This position involves work related to children and is assessed as requiring a work with children authorization / ocher card.

A National Police Certificate satisfactory to the University will be required by Flinders University before the successful candidate can commence employment.

Flinders University has introduced a COVID-19 vaccination policy which requires all new staff to be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, subject to medical waivers and limited exemptions.

Information for applicants:

You must provide a declaration of aptitude of no more than three pages, addressing the core capabilities of the position, as outlined above. Additionally, you need to upload your CV.

A valid National Police Certificate satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful candidate can commence the position.

We seek to increase diversity to improve equal opportunity for employees, and therefore encourage female applicants, persons with disabilities and/or of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent to apply.

Please note that late applications and applications sent through agencies will not be accepted.

Closing of applications at 11:59 p.m.:

April 20, 2022

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