First listed on: 09 December 2018

Executive Manager - CSIRO Financial Control 

  • Do you thrive in complex and demanding environments?
  • Are you a leader that inspires others to meet exacting requirements?
  • Join CSIRO and lead the team delivering CSIRO’s reports to Government

As the Executive Manager (EM), Financial Control you will report to the Chief Finance Officer and deliver financial accounting and external reports, plus oversee CSIRO’s Financial Support Centres (AR, AP and Contract Administration/Project Support), a Training and Education (Financial) function, and the Procurement team.

You will manage a small team and be a key contributor to the successful delivery of value-add financial management and other related services by leading, developing and mentoring Finance team members.

Your duties will include:

  • Planning, managing and monitoring the delivery of all Financial Control activities, outputs and outcomes across the key areas of responsibility (including financial analysis, compliance, financial statements and year-end audits) to meet both the Government’s and CSIRO’s needs.
  • Developing and delivering accurate, timely, relevant and insightful papers on finance matters for the CFO to provide to the Executive Team, Board and Board Audit & Risk Committee.
  • Ensuring compliance with relevant legislation to ensure a strong financial control environment across CSIRO. Resolution of any financial control issues identified through the audit processes.
  • Proactively contributing to the delivery of CSIRO Finance goals and objectives as an effective and collegiate member of the ‘One CSIRO’ Finance team. 
  • Leading innovation improvements and change initiatives across Finance and within own teams, including staff (re)allocation due to changes in business requirements.

Location:      Black Mountain, ACT
Salary:          $134K to $148K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:         Indefinite
Reference:    59737         

To be successful you will need


Degree in accounting, commerce or business as well as completion of the CA or CPA Program, or equivalent relevant work experience

Essential Criteria:

  • Excellent financial leadership capability with a strong emphasis on using commercial judgment, planning and using experience to act proactively, prioritise, add value, and contribute to resolving escalated issues relating to reporting, procurement, and financial accounting while working under tight timelines and in a sometimes high pressure environment.
  • Strong technical capability, including expertise and experience in financial accounting, Government reporting and asset and investment accounting.
  • Strong technical capability to understand and demonstrate familiarity with financial accounting (revenue recognition, work-in-progress/deferred revenues etc.) so as to contribute to the definition and communication of related policies and understand and manage their impact on CSIRO financials.
  • Demonstrated capability in representing Finance by analysing current internal and external environments and providing key strategic financial advice to senior management.
  • Demonstrated capability in developing strong and trusted advisor relationships with senior Finance leaders, executives, external auditors and members of the Board Audit & Risk Committees.
  • Proven capability in fostering a cohesive team culture which projects respect, displays high levels of integrity and professionalism, and strives to focus on the management and resolution of complex staff issues.
  • Capable of understanding and committing to CSIRO Values, Code of Conduct and HSE policies and initiatives.

Special Requirement:

This position requires the successful candidate to hold or satisfy the requirements to obtain and maintain a Negative Vetting Level 1 security clearance

For details about who to contact and for more information please view Position Description

CSIRO’s Commitment to Diversity

We’re working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment. 

We’re working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

Apply Online

To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.

Applications Close: Friday 21 December, 2018

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