Finance Business Partner

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Crawley, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Deadline: 23 May 2024

  • Directly influence the direction and success of Education and Research initiatives for a World top 100 University.
  • Two full-time appointments available on a permanent/ongoing basis.
  • Base salary range: $140,667 – $146,147 p.a. plus 17% superannuation.

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research intensive universities. With a strong research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to innovate and inspire, there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top university.

About the team
As a Finance Business Partner within our Finance division, you'll play a lead role in supporting the University's strategic initiatives in Education and/or Research. Our Finance division operates at the forefront of stewarding the University's financial resources, providing strategic advice, establishing management frameworks, and ensuring accountability across all financial operations.

About the opportunity
You will collaborate closely with University and Finance Executives to provide expert financial advice, drive strategic decision-making, and integrate financial and operational strategies. Your role spans the full spectrum of strategic financial matters, from developing financial plans to executing effective policies and systems.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic financial advice on either Education or Research strategies, developing financial plans, and establishing KPIs aligned with University objectives.
  • Utilise evidence-based financial modelling and analysis to support decision-making processes and provide constructive insights for continuous improvement.
  • Drive financial understanding and communication across Education or Research initiatives, ensuring alignment with overall strategy and objectives.
  • Lead multi-disciplinary finance teams to deliver successful financial outcomes reflective of Education or Research strategies.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders to prepare timely and accurate financial data, reports, and presentations for internal audiences.
  • Develop stakeholder engagement plans to promote financial literacy, proactive business practices, and mitigate financial risks.
  • Cultivate trusted relationships and partnerships to enhance stakeholder and staff engagement across Education or Research sectors.
  • Lead specific projects and internal reviews to improve service delivery and contribute to continuous improvement initiatives within Finance.

About you
To be considered for this opportunity, you will demonstrate:

  • Over 10 years of experience in financial performance management or related disciplines, with a degree or equivalent qualification.
  • Full professional membership in a recognised accounting body.
  • Strong leadership experience in strategic planning, financial analysis, and management reporting, with a focus on governance and partnership orientation.
  • Demonstrated ability in financial modelling, scenario planning, and finding innovative solutions to improve financial performance.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, organisational, and time management skills.
  • Proven track record of process improvements and delivering high-quality financial advice and support.
  • Advanced problem-solving skills with a commitment to quality stakeholder management and achieving strategic objectives.

Note: A Current National Police Clearance will be required by the successful applicants.

About your application
Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position descriptions:   Position description - Finance Business Partner (Education) (517278).pdf    Position description - Finance Business Partner (Research) (516515).pdf

The content of your Resume and Cover Letter should demonstrate how you meet the selection criteria.

Closing date: 11:55 PM AWST on Thursday, 23 May 2024

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity
UWA is committed to a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace. We celebrate difference and believe diversity is fundamental to achieving our goals as a globally recognised Top 100 educational and research institution. We are committed to creating a safe work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with disability.

  • We have a globally competitive, gender neutral parental leave policy with 26 weeks paid leave after 12 months service and 36 weeks after 5 years.
  • We have on-campus childcare facilities for children aged 6 weeks to kindy.
  • We facilitate flexible working, with part-time and job-sharing arrangements considered.
  • We have an ongoing partnership with Pride in Diversity and were recently awarded a Bronze Employer status for LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
  • We have Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and actively work to improve gender equity.


Advertised:09 May 2024 W. Australia Standard Time
Applications close:23 May 2024 11:55 PM W. Australia Standard Time



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