Chief Financial Officer

Posted: 2 June 2022

About the role:
As the Chief Financial Officer, you will be accountable for the operation, results and financial accountabilities of a Melbourne based Medical Research Institute.  The CFO has primary responsibility for the planning, implementation, managing and running of all the finance activities of this Melbourne medial research institute, including business planning, budgeting, corporate governance, forecasting and audit.

Primarily you will be responsible for:

  • Develop strategy, plan and implement necessary changes to ensure an effective and responsive finance group is in place that supports the research of the institute
  • Oversee the day-to-day management of the Institute’s finance operations
  • Lead a collaborative financial planning processes for the institute and ensure effective planning cycles are aligned with the strategic directions of the organisation.
  • Ensure an appropriate internal control framework supported by relevant financial and risk management policies including organisational compliance
  • Manage the processes for financial forecasting and budgets, and overseeing the preparation of all financial reporting
  • In conjunction with the GM Corporate Services, provide periodic management and financial reporting to the Director, Honorary Treasurer, Investment Committee and Board and oversee the development of operational, capital, foundation and project budgets for presentation and approval by the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee and the Board
  • Liaise with the Chair of the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee and GM Corporate Services to oversee the program of external audit and internal audit
  • Provide the Investment Committee and Risk and Audit Committee with advice regarding financial management, accounting, investment, internal/external audit, risk management, compliance, governance, taxation, regulators, internal processes and internal controls

About you:
As the Chief Financial Officer, you will have notable experience in a similar role and you’re familiar with science and the research community. Your passion for the sector and ability to strengthen and optimise the financial operations will help you be successful in this role.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Extensive finance experience at a senior level, with at least 10 years of experience
  • Relevant Accounting degree and CPA qualification
  • High level of operations and financial reporting at Board and Executive level
  • Demonstrated experience in leading a NFP or Research Finance team
  • Management of a Finance function with an organisation that has complex income streams and financial reporting requirements
  • Development and implementation of financial strategic and operational business plans
  • Analytical and report writing skills, particularly in relation to financial reporting and budgeting
  • Advanced knowledge and use of financial management systems

To apply:
Please email a cover letter and your CV to or contact Emma Reavell via the above email to arrange a confidential discussion.

What we offer:
Working at this Melbourne Medical Research Institute, offers you the chance to work with a dedicated group of researchers within a culture that focuses on equity, diversity and collaboration.

Other benefits include:

  • Wellbeing initiatives include flexible working opportunities and access to our employee assistance program
  • Up to 17% superannuation

All final applicants for this position may be asked to provide evidence of COVID-19 vaccination or consent to a criminal record check.


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