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University of Melbourne

Senior Finance Business Partner - Arts



Senior Finance Business Partner - Arts

Job no: 0051913 Location: Parkville Role type: Full-time; Continuing Department/School: The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Group Salary: UOM 9 - $134,320 - $139,749 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Mentor and support the growth of the CFO Group, fostering a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Translate complex financial data into actionable insights, driving informed decision-making.
  • $134,320 - $139,749, 17% super, benefits, and a flexible hybrid work environment!
  • About the Role In this dynamic role, you'll be a key collaborator, working closely with leaders in the Faculty of Arts who hold significant financial responsibilities, such as School and department heads, to drive strategic and operational success. Building strong and enduring stakeholder relationships will be at the heart of your mission, fostering trust and open communication.

    Operating within an integrated business partnering framework, you'll be instrumental in optimising financial performance, ensuring resource allocation efficiency, and delivering valuable financial insights to inform decision- making. You'll play a vital role in supporting the Associate Director, Finance Business Partnering in leading the service cluster. The upcoming ERP implementation will allow your strong problem-solving, continuous improvement, and influencing skills to be at the forefront during a critical time of finance transformation.

    Your responsibilities will include:

  • Finance Business Partnering: Be a highly credible and trusted financial advisor, ensuring financial resources are allocated efficiently and effectively in support of strategic and operational goals.
  • Financial Analysis and Insights: Utilise data and metrics for timely, accurate, and insightful financial analysis. Identify performance drivers, opportunities, risks, and implications for the outlook, and implement relevant solutions.
  • Leadership: Mentor and support the professional development of Finance Business Partners and Management Accountants
  • Who we are looking for We're looking for an experienced Finance Business Partner with strong data visualisation and “storytelling” skills to simplify intricate data into actionable insights. You'll possess exceptional written and verbal communication abilities, enabling you to provide clear and concise outputs from in-depth financial analysis, and facilitating informed decision-making. Additionally, you'll excel in time management, independently prioritising tasks, and delivering high-quality results amidst competing demands. A keen eye for detail, advanced analytical proficiency, and the capacity to thrive in fast-paced environments will set you apart in this role.

    You will also have:

  • Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualifications; relevant finance/accounting degree, or equivalent experience and training.
  • Demonstrated ability and passion to work closely with stakeholders to develop a deep understanding of the business you support.
  • Expertise and knowledge of financial management, financial planning including budgeting and forecasting, and associated processes in complex environments.
  • Experience in and ability to identify and implement continuous improvement and efficiencies.
  • For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements please refer to the attached PD.

    This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

    Your new team – The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Group

    The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Group provides financial expertise and leadership to ensure the University remains financially sustainable in the short and long term. It does this by:

  • Developing and implementing financial strategy;
  • Allocating financial resources efficiently and effectively to strategic and operational goals;
  • Monitoring, analysing, and assessing financial and business performance and position;
  • Highlighting risks and opportunities and recommending or implementing actions;
  • Ensuring value for money in commercial dealings; and
  • Ensuring compliance with relevant financial legislation and obligations
  • What we offer you! In addition to joining a supportive team, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services, and discounts on graduate courses. For more information check out our benefits page!

    The University of Melbourne We're tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

    Be yourself The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences, and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities, and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality, and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

    We are dedicated to ensuring barrier-free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process, please contact the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

    For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -https: //

    Join Us! If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with your CV and cover letter outlining your interest and experience. Please note that you are not required to provide responses against the selection criteria in the Position Description.

    If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact the Professional Talent Acquisition Team via email at Professional- [email protected], ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

    If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

    Advertised: 19 Sep 2023 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Standard Time

    Applications close: 03 Oct 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

    Job details


    Senior Finance Business Partner - Arts


    University of Melbourne




    September 19, 2023

    Application deadline

    October 03, 2023

    Job type



    Business and Economics,Social Science

    About the employer

    When the University of Melbourne was established in 1853, it was a mere cluster of buildings in a large park on the fringe of the city, with four professors and 16 students. The university now sits at the heart of a thriving international city and is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world and number one in Australia. 

    Over 8,000 academic and professional staff support a vibrant student body of around 65,000, including 30,000 international students from over 130 countries around the world. Four Australian prime ministers and five governors-general have graduated from the University of Melbourne, located in the city dubbed Australia’s “cultural capital”. 

    Indeed, Melbourne is a seven times winner of the Economist’s World’s Most Livable City award, and is a UNESCO City of Literature, as well as the birthplace of Australian rules football and a major center for street art, music, and theatre. 

    Melbourne is known for offering students an experience that’s a lot more than just structured learning. The main Parkville campus is close to transport, cafes, shopping, arts and sports venues and accommodation. 

    Students will find a blistering array of cultural activities on campus here, be it theatre, comedy, film or public lectures, and it’s easy to find people with matching interests by joining one of over 200 affiliated clubs and societies, ranging from Chess Club to Women in Science and Engineering, to the Chocolate Lovers’ Society. Sports enthusiasts are well catered for too, with a 25-metre six-lane heated indoor pool, an athletics track and sports field, and a large strength and fitness gym. 

    The university has 10 residential colleges where most students live, which provide a quick way to build an academic and social network. Each college provides sporting and cultural programs to enrich the academic experience, which is at the center of university life. 

    Degrees at the University of Melbourne stand out for being modelled on those from top institutions overseas. Students spend a year exploring a range of subject areas before choosing a major. They also study subjects outside as well as inside their chosen discipline, giving Melbourne students a breadth of knowledge that sets them apart.

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