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Project and Contract Manager

Camperdown, Australia
Closing date
28 Apr 2024

Job Details

  • Full time continuing position for a Senior Management Accountant within our Service Excellence and Innovation area
  • Provide hands on support and guidance on complex financial issues and identify opportunities to continuously improve.
  • Starting base salary from $135,820 plus generous 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The Project and Contract Manager (Senior Management Accountant ) role is responsible for providing hands on commercial management accounting support and services across Central Operations Services (COS) and in liaison with the central Finance team. The role supports management reporting and the overall accuracy of divisional financial reporting to accurately record the accounts, drive insights and support effective decision making.

The COS management accounting team delivers accounts processing, complex reconciliations, monthly accruals, and ad hoc project reporting, as well as sound financial analysis. They provide advice to senior leaders to inform periodic financial planning, budgeting, costing, forecasting, monitoring, and reporting. The role will provide support and guidance on complex financial issues, ensure effective support of operations via financial reporting and insights, and identify opportunities to continuously improve team performance as well as build team capability that is aligned to current and future client needs and service delivery requirements.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • enable critical decisions through timely and accurate financial reporting and analysis
  • collect, review, and interpret financial information relevant to COS core activities, projects and initiatives
  • ensure the effective integration of the Archibus (work flow Management System) and ARIBA sub-ledger accounts and procure to pay systems with both the ERP Finance system, and operations management processes
  • identify financial requirements and issues, align proactive financial solutions/reports, and coordinate the allocation of financial resources to deliver high quality advice and services
  • management of BU accounting and reporting software policy and procedures
  • support bespoke accounting and reporting needs of projects and business case development within COS, and for partner functions
  • support the development of high quality analytical and visualization insights on COS teams and programs, and support the Analytics and Visualization team in the development of analytics, metrics, and dashboards
  • provide overall leadership to the management accounting team, as well as effective liaison and collaboration with the central Finance team
  • lead your team in the delivery of excellent customer service
  • ensure that customer expectations are met and/or managed, by using appropriate management tools to coordinate and guide your team in the delivery of SE&I services

About you

  • university qualifications in Accounting or Business Administration as well as equivalent combination of relevant training and experience (8+ years)
  • CA or CPA qualifications are required
  • experience in financial and management accounting, including gathering and analysing data, complex reconciliations, designing and maintaining reports, and presenting findings to stakeholders
  • relevant experience in management accounting and the use of ERP accounting applications/systems, with experience in Archibus and Ariba Procure to Pay systems desirable
  • exceptional ability to drive/present insights from financial data that supports leaders in their decision making and management practices
  • demonstrated ability to plan, develop, implement, evaluate and adapt strategic initiatives in a changing higher education and industry environment
  • strong business acumen and strategic thinking skills together with effective leadership and people management skills
  • demonstrated experience in the leadership, supervision, training, mentoring and performance management of staff.

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

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

How to apply

Applications (including a cover letter, CV, and any additional supporting documentation) can be submitted via the Apply button at the top of the page.

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Sunday 28 April 2024 11:59 PM


The University of Sydney was established in 1850 and is consistently recognised, both locally and internationally, for its outstanding teaching and research excellence. Sydney alumni include Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Nobel Prize winners and leaders in every field of endeavour.

The University offers a comprehensive range of courses, including a number of disciplines unique in Australia. Teaching is spread across nine different state-of-the art campuses, located across New South Wales.

The University of Sydney’s commitment to excellence in research has resulted in an outstanding record in national competitive funding and underpins an approach to teaching which has won nominations for excellence and resulted in high student satisfaction ratings. The University has 78 research centres and institutes and is home to three ARC Centres of Excellence.

The teaching, research and cultural life of the University is supported by extensive facilities, including the largest library collection in the Southern Hemisphere, the world-class Nicholson Museum of archaeological antiquities, the Macleay Museum of natural history and ethnographic collections and the University Art Gallery. Its outstanding sporting and recreation facilities provide a training centre for students and Olympic athletes.

The University of Sydney is a key member of the Group of Eight Australian major research-intensive universities, and the Worldwide Universities Network.


The University of Sydney has nine official campuses.

1.         Camperdown/Darlington Campus.

2.         Cumberland Campus. Home to the Faculty of Health Sciences (based in Lidcombe).

3.         Mallett Street Campus. Home of the Sydney Nursing School.

4.         Sydney Conservatorium of Music Campus. In Macquarie Street, central Sydney.

5.         Rozelle Campus. Home to Sydney College of the Arts.

6.         Surry Hills Campus. Home to the Faculty of Dentistry.

7.         Camden Campus. Contains facilities connected to the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

8.         Burren Street Campus. Facilties are currently under development.

9.         Sydney Medical School campuses. These include the School of Rural Health (in Dubbo and Orange), the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Hospital, Westmead Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Nepean Hospital, Northern Clinical School, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, and Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health.


The University of Sydney has 16 faculties.

1. Agriculture and Environment

2. Architecture, Design and Planning

3. Arts and Social Sciences

4. Business (Business School)

5. Dentistry

6. Education and Social Work

7. Engineering and Information Technologies

8. Health Sciences

9. Law (Sydney Law School)

10. Medicine (Sydney Medical School)

11. Nursing and Midwifery

12. Pharmacy

13. Science

14. Sydney College of the Arts

15. Sydney Conservatorium of Music

16. Veterinary Science

Number of Employees

Full-time employees: 7616

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