Finance and Planning Group
The University of Melbourne
MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANT – CORPORATE COMPLIANCE
Organisation Unit: Finance and Planning Group
Budget Division: Senior Vice-Principal
Classification: HEW Level 8
$74,180 - $80,292
Superannuation: Employer superannuation contributions of 17 per cent
Employment Type: Full time continuing
Other Benefits: www.hr.unimelb.edu.au/careers/info/benefits
Current Occupant: Vacant.
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1 Position Summary
The principal role of the Management Accountant, Corporate Compliance is to
assist in support finance staff within Budget Division Business centres and
assist in a successful transition to operating under a new Responsible Division
Management framework. The role supports the Senior Management
Accountant (Corporate Compliance) in providing discipline leadership to
Finance Officers within dispersed Budget Division Business Centres. Finance
Officers within Business Centres provide a management accounting, financial
advisory and support function to University Departments. The Management
Accountant, Corporate Compliance has responsibility for monitoring compliance
with finance policies, procedures and delegations, the provision of expert
advice, and supporting the professional development and training of Finance
Officers within Business Centres.
The incumbent will assist in coordinating the provision of expert financial
advice, strategic support and training to Business Centre staff in managing their
financial resources and responsibilities within University and Government
policies and procedures along with external reporting requirements.
In carrying out this role the incumbent will be expected to influence Finance
staff across the university, to ensure they are making the most effective use of
systems, reports and processes available to them.
2 Selection Criteria
Tertiary Qualifications in one of the areas of Accounting, Commerce,
Business, or Finance along with membership of a Professional Accounting
Management experience and proven expertise in leading and developing a
team of professionals
Demonstrated experience and capability to contribute to the
conceptualisation, development and review of major policies, objectives and
strategies at corporate level.
Demonstrated capacity to understand and communicate specialist and
complex information encompassing written and verbal communication skills
of a high standard
Proven ability to influence decision making and implement change within
designated client group in a complex organisation
Demonstrated ability to perform financial analysis and provide advice of a
business nature including high standard of accounting and financial
Excellent computer skills particularly in the areas, spread-sheeting and in
the use of large Enterprise Resource Planning systems (preferably Oracle
A postgraduate qualification in the area of Accounting, Commerce,
Business, Finance or Administration
Working knowledge of GST, FBT, PAYG taxation legislation and issues
3. Special Requirements
4. Key Responsibilities
The Management Accountant, Corporate Compliance supports the
Senior Management Accountant (Corporate Compliance) in their
compliance and quality assurance role via regular review and
communication with Business Centre finance teams to assess their
effective operation. This role has no direct staff supervision
responsibilities, however, as Management Accountant, Corporate
Compliance, the incumbent is involved in training, professional
development, providing information for use in performance reviews,
and the provision of advice to Business Centre finance officers.
A large proportion of the role is influencing Business Centre Managers
across the university, and others, to ensure they make effective use of
systems and structures available. To successfully carry out this role
the Management Accountant, Corporate Compliance is required to
provide tools and information to build and maintain the confidence and
skills of the Business Centre finance staff in their dealings with the
broader University community.
The incumbent will:
Communicate and liaise effectively with Budget Divisions to identify where
changes in policy, procedures and controls are required and act as a
change agent. Such activities can include the internal structure of
Business Centres and developing effective financial reporting to monitor
compliance and performance.
The incumbent must develop a clear understanding of the Financial
Framework and promote this framework in the broader community.
Communicate and liaise effectively with key senior staff within the Finance
and Planning Group to ensure a consistent message is delivered to the
wider University. In particular, a key relationship should be built and
maintained with relevant staff in the University Budget and Divisional
Planning team to ensure that the liaison with Business Centre staff is in
unison and that both parties are across the work that Divisions are being
requested to perform.
Ensure that finance officers within Business Centres develop a high level
of relevant knowledge about the financial system (Oracle) and are able to
communicate and liaise effectively on systems related issues by
promoting and assisting in the development of relevant training material.
Under the direction of the Manager – Compliance, Policy & Projects
review Business Centre activity to ensure that financial service delivery to
clients is accurate, effective and efficiently delivered. This will involve the
continual communication with Business centres, in order to ensure a
consistent approach to service delivery.
Provide feedback to management, Themis module experts and others to
ensure continuous improvement of systems and procedures.
iii Technical Expertise
The incumbent is expected to carry out the following broad duties:
Provide an expert internal consulting and compliance function that will
draw on the incumbent’s knowledge of accounting principles and
practices. Using the University’s accounting requirements as a framework,
provide ongoing strategic advice to University Business Centres on
financial resource management and reporting responsibilities.
Provide leadership and guidance to others in a finance role within
Divisional Business Centres by being a recognised authority on all
aspects of University finance procedures, accounting issues and
principles, taxation legislation and the structure and operation of
University administrative systems.
Support the activities of Business Centres by the development and
communication of training materials and tools to assist them in
consistently interpreting and implementing accounting principles and
practices and ensuring that the correct procedures, financial and
otherwise are followed.
Understand the breadth and diversity of all University operations and
assist Business Centre managers to understand how to best manage their
finances using the systems provided. Promote the role of the Business
Centre staff in effectively utilising Themis reporting, and assisting in
business planning and process improvement processes.
Contribute to the development of goals and strategies and approaches
with a view to providing financial services in line with “best practice” with
the objective of increased effectiveness and efficiency.
Liaise with the Senior Management Accountant – Corporate Compliance
to ensure that any change in financial policy and procedures is understood
and adopted effectively within the Business Centres and Finance &
Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Environmental Health and
Safety (EHS) Responsibilities
All staff are responsible for the following safe work procedures and instructions:
cooperate with the University in relation to activities taken by the University
to comply with OHS and EHS legislation.
comply with the OHS and EHS manuals
adopt work practices that support OHS and EHS programs
take reasonable care for their own health and safety and the health and
safety of other people who may be affected by their conduct in the
seek guidance for all new or modified work procedures
ensure that any hazardous conditions, near misses and injuries are reported
immediately to the supervisor
participate in meetings, training and other environment, health and safety
not wilfully place at risk the health or safety of any person in the work place
not wilfully or recklessly interfere with or misuse anything provided in the
interest of environment health and safety or welfare
5 Job Complexity, Skills, Knowledge
5.1 Level of Supervision Independence
The incumbent receives broad direction from the Manager, Policy, Compliance &
Projects, and is expected to work effectively with the Senior Management
Accountant – Corporate Compliance to ensure the goals and objectives of the
Finance & Planning Group’s are met.
This role has no direct staff supervision responsibilities, however, as
Management Accountant, Corporate Compliance, the incumbent is involved in
training, professional development, providing information for use in performance
reviews, and the provision of advice to Business Centre finance officers to assist
in ensuring a consistent approach to development of finance discipline staff as a
5.2 Problem Solving and Judgement
The incumbent will be expected to:
Assess performance, non-compliance, development and reporting issues relevant
to Budget Divisions and develop innovative solutions and alternative approaches
to financial management and reporting within those areas.
Understand and communicate specialised and complex information and influence
Provide advice in resolving problems relating to the operation of the Business
Centre finance teams or of individuals and propose action that will enhance
quality service and delivery.
Contribute to the conceptualisation, development, and review of major finance
related policies, objectives and strategies which will involve liaison with Divisions
at a high level.
5.3 Professional and Organisational Knowledge
The incumbent is expected to have:
Thorough knowledge of University policy and procedures.
A thorough knowledge of accounting principles, concepts, and financial
analysis, other financial matters and where to research information when
The ability to use overall knowledge of the organisation and financial system
to promote the University’s Financial Framework.
An understanding of the University culture and organisational structure,
particularly Faculty and Department structures.
Possess knowledge of the Universities funding and budgetary processes.
A working knowledge of taxation legislation in regard to GST (Goods and
Services Tax) and Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT).
Proficiency in the active use of Themis the University’s Management
Information System. This includes a thorough understanding of the
University’s financial accounting system and its relationships with other
5.4 Breadth of Position
The incumbent performs a broad range of duties which contribute to the effective
operation and management of the finance teams within University Business
The incumbent’s interpretation of policy and identification for change or
improvement has broad impact across the University in regard to research
requirements, accounting and financial principles and practices and reporting
The incumbent is expected to make suggestions for change and contribute to the
continual development of policy and systems upgrades. It will be necessary for
the incumbent to consult with, and constantly be aware of issues affecting
University Business Centres in order to ensure their effective operation University
6 Other Information
6.1 Organisation Unit
Under the leadership of the Director of Finance, services are delivered through
the following units, each of which is responsible for a specific function:
Policy, Compliance & Projects
Financial Systems & Research Reporting
6.2 Budget Division
Office of the Senior Vice-Principal:
6.3 The University of Melbourne
The University of Melbourne is a leading international university with a tradition
of excellence in teaching and research. Melbourne’s outstanding performance
in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-
Pacific region and the world. The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked
by the THES among the world’s top 25 universities.
Established in 1853, shortly after the founding of Melbourne, the University is
located just a few minutes from the centre of this global city. The main Parkville
campus is recognised as the hub of Australia’s premier knowledge precinct
comprising eight hospitals, many leading research institutes and a wide range
of knowledge-based industries.
The University employs people of outstanding calibre and offers a unique
environment where staff are valued and rewarded. Further information about
working at The University of Melbourne is available at
6.4 Growing Esteem and the Melbourne Model
The Growing Esteem strategy, adopted by the University in December 2005,
lays out a ten-year plan to fulfil Melbourne's aspiration to be a public-spirited
and internationally-engaged institution, highly regarded for making distinctive
contributions to society in research and research training, learning and
teaching, and knowledge transfer. See http://growingesteem.unimelb.edu.au/
From 2008, as the cornerstone of Growing Esteem, the University will introduce
landmark educational reforms known collectively as the Melbourne Model.
These reforms are designed to create an outstanding and distinctive Melbourne
Experience for all students. The Model is based on six broad undergraduate
programs followed by a graduate professional degree, research higher degree
or entry directly into employment. The emphasis on academic breadth as well
as disciplinary depth in the new degrees ensures that graduates will have the
capacity to succeed in a world where knowledge boundaries are shifting and
reforming to create new frontiers and challenges. In moving to the new model,
the University is also aligning itself with the best of emerging European and
Asian practice and well-established North American traditions.
6.5 Equity and Diversity
Another key priority for the University is access and equity. The University of
Melbourne is strongly committed to an admissions policy that takes the best
students, regardless of financial and other disadvantage. An Access, Equity
and Diversity Policy Statement, included in the University Plan, reflects this
The University is committed to equal opportunity in education, employment and
welfare for staff and students. Students are selected on merit and staff are
selected and promoted on merit.
The Vice Chancellor is the Chief Executive Officer of the University and
responsible to Council for the good management of the University.
Comprehensive information about the University of Melbourne and its
governance structure is available at www.unimelb.edu.au
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