Research Payments Officer

Sydney, Australia
Base Salary $89,759 + 17% superannuation - pro rata
29 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
12 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • 0.8 FTE, part time, fixed term until June 2023
  • Great opportunity to provide your payment, invoicing and contract management expertise to support the Research and Development Unit ensuring effective management and oversight of contractual arrangements
  • Base Salary $89,759 + 17% superannuation - pro rata
  • Great secondment opening for those wanting continual learning and development opportunities

About the opportunity

The Research Payments Officer plays an active role implementing Faculty strategies and initiatives designed to foster excellence and innovation in research, improve research performance and research culture, improve the researcher experience of systems and processes related to the management of grant related funding. Offers support and operational advice on research payment issues to the researchers and key stakeholders within the Faculty.

The Research Payments Officer supports the research activities of the Faculty by undertaking activities related to the payment of third parties as indicated through research agreements and contracts. This includes ensuring effective management and oversight of contractual arrangements as they pertain to third party payments.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • ensure accurate maintenance of third-party payments by reviewing and processing payment requests, ensuring adherence to contractual schedules
  • ensure contract and agreement data is accurate and consistent with third party payments by working with key stakeholders such as the UniBuy, Finance and DVC (Research) teams
  • make sure records are appropriately set-up and maintained to enable third party payments
  • deliver customer centric support services in relation to third party payments by building supportive and trusted relationships
  • monitor and manage standard reports to monitor progression of third-party payment matters within remit
  • manage accounts payable/receivable, daily ad hoc financials, invoices, third party contract agreements and assist with budgeting activities
  • manage business unit shared inbox and allocation of tasks and activities within the team

About you

  • has proven experience in invoice and payment related matters in a University/higher education research environment
  • has a good understanding of financial, invoice, contract management and budgeting activities
  • account payable and account receivable experience would be highly advantageous
  • highly desirable if you have experience with university systems such as UniBuy and budgeting project tools
  • has experience in reviewing the terms and conditions of third party contracts/invoices
  • proven experience in a position requiring high attention to detail; and ability to plan, prioritise, and organise workloads
  • has excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • can work both independently and as part of a team, and has the ability to build partnerships and communicate between multidisciplinary teams
  • has excellent computer and shared inbox management skills
  • excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, together with excellent conflict resolution skills
  • excellent time and workload management skills with demonstrated ability to prioritise effectively, manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines

This is a great opportunity to work in an excellent team environment, with the flexibility to work in the office and remotely. The position offers the opportunity for career development, upskilling and exposure to multiple stakeholder groups

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Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

How to apply

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Tuesday 12 July 2022 11:59 PM

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