Manager, Budgets and Planning

Melbourne, Australia
02 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
22 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Strategy, Planning & Resources
Faculty of Arts

Salary: $115,726 - $120,404 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

About the Strategy, Planning & Resources department

The Faculty of Arts Strategy, Planning & Resources (SPR) team is responsible for facilitating programs and functions in the Budgets & Planning, Business Analytics, Finance and Accounting and OHS & Facilities portfolios. Arts SPR seeks to support business operations and the achievement of Faculty strategic and operational goals through the provision of high quality business support services and business partnering.

About the role

Reporting to the Manager, Strategy, Planning & Resources, the incumbent is responsible for leading and managing the finance and accounting function in SPR to support the Faculty’s long term financial sustainability and compliance obligations. The role develops the Faculty budget in partnership with Faculty leadership (encompassing research funds, student fee income, trust funds and strategic funds) and oversees the Faculty’s finance and accounting activities (non-transactional) related to research grants and contracts, trusts and in-year financial reporting and monitoring.

The role has significant input to the development of improved financial resource management policy and practices under the Faculty’s continuous improvement framework and assists in the provision of expert and robust financial analysis and advice to Faculty leadership in support of strategic and operational decision making and special projects. The incumbent is a key interface with University Services and Chancellery and will use their influencing skills to advocate for the Faculty with respect to the University’s financial model and other financial policy matters. 

About you - skills and attributes will be highly regarded:

  • Degree qualified in a relevant discipline and membership of a professional accounting body with proven expertise and extensive relevant experience in a senior finance role.
  • Proven expertise and demonstrated value adding experience in managing the financial planning and analysis infrastructure in complex environments.
  • Strong leadership and people management skills, with proven ability to maximise team outputs whilst fostering a positive, solution focused team environment. An ability to build and establish strong relationships and work collaboratively with individuals internal and external to the Faculty and University across all levels
  • Demonstrated extensive experience in the development, implementation and ongoing maintenance of policies, procedures and systems to ensure effective and efficient financial processes and compliance, with proven ability to drive continuous process improvements
  • Proven experience in developing and communicating financial analysis in the form of written business cases and presentations to senior management
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, with proven experience in developing effective recommendations based upon complex financial information.
  • Proven track record of minimising financial risk through implementing and maintaining effective financial controls in line with relevant organisational frameworks, regulations and policies.
  • High level of responsiveness and flexibility to changing priorities and a proven capacity to work well in a highly pressured environment. 
  • Demonstrated ability to ensure accuracy and attention to detail.


  • Maximise your benefits through our Salary Packaging scheme
  • Flexible family friendly policies, providing generous leave and working conditions
  • The opportunity to work in a culturally rich environment
  • A substantial discount to eligible staff and their immediate families in undertaking further studies at the University of Melbourne

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The University is a vibrant campus. We have well established clubs and networks giving the opportunity to engage and collaborate with other staff around the University. We strive to create an environment where staff and students promote culturally inclusive behaviour and activities, ensure cultural differences are heard and explored, and actively seek to learn from other cultures.

The University of Melbourne is the Number 1 University in Australia and among the leading Universities in the world, according to The Times Higher Education world reputational ranking, the National Taiwan University ranking, The Times Higher Education world university ranking and Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Close date: 22 Mar 2018

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