Senior Finance Officer

Boroondara, Australia
14 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
24 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • Part-time opportunity (2 days p/w), Fixed term contract until December 2018
  • HEW 6 $77,616 – $83,686 (pro rata) + 17% Super
  • Hawthorn Campus

About Swinburne

Swinburne is a progressive university that aims to increase Australia’s capacity in science, technology and innovation as the drivers of modern, internationalised economies and workplaces. Our university is focused on high-impact global research, high-quality teaching and active engagement with both industry and the community.

About the job

A fixed term contract opportunity is available for an experienced Senior Finance Officer to support the Executive Director (Reconciliation Strategy and Leadership) in the administration of the financial, human and physical resources in the Moondani Toombadool Centre.

The Senior Finance Officer will be responsible for:

  • The preparation, analysis, monitoring and reporting processes for budgets and financial plans; 
  • Management of accounts receivable and accounts payable
  • Ensuring appropriate approval processes are adhered to
  • Authorising payment of sessional staff; and responsible management of physical resources within the Centre

This role will provide staff with authoritative advice on University systems, policies and procedures related to the management of financial, human and physical resources. The incumbent will also be expected to review existing process, make recommendations for improvements, and assist as required in the development of unit business processes.

The ideal candidate will need to possess well-developed organisational, time management and problem solving skills, be extremely flexible, have the ability to use initiative and be responsive to the needs of those that the position directly supports.

Skills and experience

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • A tertiary qualification (preferably in accounting or finance) with subsequent relevant experience or extensive experience in a senior administration role with finance and resource management responsibility, preferably within the Higher Education sector
  • An understanding, and experience in the use of computerised management information systems is essential. Particular experience with Finance 1 and Activiti is highly desirable 
  • Demonstrated experience in the preparation and monitoring of budgets and the interpretation of financial reports, accounts management and processing along with Demonstrated experience in the management of resources

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply


The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We have an inclusive working environment with employees from a variety of backgrounds. We acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and our capacity for innovation. We welcome applications from Indigenous people, workers of all ages, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2016 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2025 vision to be world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation. Swinburne has also received the Victorian “High Commendation” Multicultural Excellence Award (Business Category).

As a Swinburne staff member you will have access to many benefits such as career development opportunities including 50% study reduction and staff and management development programs. You will receive up to 17% employer contributions (pension) and various discounts on annual Myki cards, private health insurance and movie tickets. We also recognise the need to support the work/life balance and flexible needs of our staff. As such a range of flexible working arrangements including paid maternity/partner leave, onsite childcare, working from home and part time options are available.

To find out more about the extensive benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit:

Further information, contacts and support

To start an application click on 'apply' at the bottom of this page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description.

Swinburne University of Technology is a Child Safe Organisation and as part of this commitment, we require all employees to have a current Working with Children’s Check. 

All appointments are subject to a valid Working with Children’s Check, therefore it will be a mandatory requirement to have and maintain a current Working with Children Check.

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information about the position, please contact Andrew Gunstone on +61 3 9214 5101 or at

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Consultant, Dr. Walter Robles, on, or our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Officer, Sherrin Trautmann on 

Applications close at 11:30 pm, Sunday 24th June 2018

For further details on How to Apply, including Hints & Tips, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions section.

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