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University of South Australia

The University of South Australia (UniSA) is Australia’s University of Enterprise.  It is South Australia’s largest university and one of the very best young universities in the world.  UniSA prides itself on a dynamic and agile culture, embracing challenges and thrives on breaking new ground.  The University is also committed to the principles of excellence and equity.  With revenue of $700m and staff of over 2,500 FTE, UniSA is a major employer in South Australia.

Leading a team of around 100 staff across the Finance function, the Chief Financial Officer is a key influencer and internal trusted advisor to ensure that key business decisions are grounded in sound financial analysis.  Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer and working closely with the Vice Chancellor and the Enterprise Leadership Team, responsibilities of this critical role include:

  • contributing to the strategic direction of the organisation through the development and implementation of short and long term financial plans;
  • driving financial reporting, system and process improvement and optimising internal resource allocation in the achievement of key financial performance targets and strategic goals;
  • providing insights on sector-wide policy impacts to ensure a sustainable fiscal environment, incorporating new policy paradigms and dynamic competitor assessment into the decision making process;
  • maintaining and enhancing important relationships with a diverse range of key external and internal stakeholders.

Applications are encouraged from CA/CPA or equivalent status candidates with demonstrated ability to lead and manage professional and skilled staff within a large business unit that engenders a high performing and collaborative service culture.  Also important are highly developed skills in financial and resource planning analysis, best practice governance, negotiation, stakeholder management, project management and the ability to communicate with impact.  Authenticity, self-awareness, integrity, credibility and accountability are all essential for success.

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Applications should be addressed to Andrew Reed and Justin Hinora.  Please click on the Apply Today button to submit your application.

For a confidential discussion, please call (08) 8100 8827.

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