Senior Financial Accountant

RMIT University

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Australia: Melbourne - CBD
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Education & Training

Vacancy Type
  • Full time, ongoing position available 
  • Based at the City campus, but may be required to work and/or be based at other campuses of the University
  • Be part of the central Finance & Governance portfolio

About us

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff globally. RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online programs to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

Our purpose is to offer life-changing experiences for our students, and to help shape the world with research, innovation, teaching and industry engagement. With strong industry connections forged over 130 years, collaboration with industry remains integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally focused graduates.


Our Values inspire us, wherever we are in the world, and guide how we live and work together.

Imagination. Agility. Courage. Passion. Impact. Inclusion.

What unites us is our purpose and our values; they are at the heart of who we are, what we stand for, how we make decisions and connect with each other.

Our people make everything at the University possible. We encourage new approaches to work and learning, stimulating change to drive positive impact. RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. You will be a part of a productive and collaborative team, who values working relationships and outcomes through open and inclusive planning, continuous information sharing and transparent work practices.

About the role

As the Senior Financial Accountant, you will be part of the Control and General Accounting team, you will be responsible for the statutory reporting and general accounting oversight and will have 3 or 4 direct reports. In this role, you will manage the provision of accurate, high-quality financial information pertaining to RMIT financials and divisional/group performance ensuring that information is compliant with both internal and external accounting and statutory reporting requirements. This role will see you analyse risk frameworks, potential for fraud and effectively communicate outcomes of each audit assignments while making recommendations to redesign process.

In addition, the Senior Financial Accountant will:

  • Manage of all financial audits and related internal and external audit programs
  • Maintain the financial risk management framework
  • Oversee the delivery of project accounting, expense audits, general asset, inventory transfers and movements and all other accounting activities undertaken by direct reports
  • Monitoring of the management and audit of the internal financial controls including preparation of financial statements, management of statutory reporting and audit.

About you

To be successful in this position, you’ll have:

  • Strong in-depth technical knowledge of Australian Accounting Standards and other relevant reporting and account standards relating to governance, risk management and the test of policies and process
  • Significant experience in financial accounting/auditing including in statutory reporting within complex organisational matrices and/or global/group environments
  • Proven track record of solving complex and/or technical issues using a variety of innovative approaches to drive culture, sound decision making, change and high performance
  • Highly developed business acumen, a willingness to challenge the status quo, analytical, insight generation with strong self-development skills
  • Previous experience in budgeting and forecasting specific to balance sheet and cashflow
  • Ability to synthesise and share data insights and lead conversations with stakeholders on how data can best be used to quantify solutions to problems.


A relevant tertiary qualification and membership of a professional association (CA/CPA) and/or experience in a financial management role in a large, complex organisation.

Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing Police and Working with Children Check.

Bring Your Whole Self to Work

We are better for our diversity. When we listen to those who are different to us, or challenge us, we grow stronger together. When we feel like we belong, we can achieve so much more. We respect each other, embrace our differences and build a sense of belonging in our team and beyond.

We are proud that our dedication to diversity has been recognised by a broad spectrum of external organisations. Visit our Linkedin Life pages to learn more and see some of our most recent wins.

To Apply 

Please submit your CV and covering letter addressing your suitability for this position by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link below.

Applications close on Friday, 8th of January 2021 at 4pm.

 PD - Senior Financial Accountant.pdf

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RMIT is a Disability Confident Recruitment Team and we are happy to adjust the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. Please contact us at telling us your preferred type of communication and we will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss your requirements.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

Please note that whilst we still accept applications from any persons interested in our roles, due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications from those with current working rights in Australia and who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia’s immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak:


Trans and Gender Diverse applicants

Inclusion is at the durrung (or heart) of who we are. We aim to create an environment where staff and students who identify as trans and gender diverse feel supported to succeed and belong.

We recognise the challenges faced by the trans and gender diverse community when applying for a new role.

At RMIT, we aim to support you from the start. Our Talent Acquisition team are active members of the RMIT Ally network.

For enquires or support through the application, recruitment and onboarding process, applicants who identify as trans or gender diverse are invited to contact Mat Lewis at

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