Chief Financial Officer (SES2)

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
USD 249,701.00 - 360,000.00
14 Feb 2021
28 Feb 2021
Job role
Public sector
The Department of Treasury and Finance provides economic, financial and resource management advice to help the Victorian Government deliver its policies.

We strive for excellence in financial and economic management to improve the lives of all Victorians.

We aim to be a model employer providing an inclusive workplace that is understanding and respectful of differences such as gender, identity, race, disability or age. In addition, we are committed to supporting Aboriginal pathways between education and employment.

The Department strives to create an environment that supports a flexible and adaptive workforce. All requests for flexible working arrangements will be considered in line with operational requirements.

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An exciting opportunity exists for a Chief Financial Officer on a fixed term basis at the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.

As Chief Financial Officer, you will report to the Secretary of the Department of Treasury and Finance on the financial performance of your department, ensuring all reporting requirements are met and that strong financial outcomes are achieved for the State.

As a Financial leader of the VPS you will:
  • Develop and lead the financial management of the Department;
  • Be influential in a wide range of decision-making forums including committees and inter-governmental meetings;
  • Lead and participate in committees and forums as a finance leader for the Victorian Government representing the interests of the state;
  • Ensure effective management of the Department's budget priorities and build the CFO profile as a trusted financial leader;
    • Build and maintain effective relationships with CFO's across departments, senior leaders at the Department and DTF, across the public sector and with other portfolio agencies, with a focus on achieving best practice;
    • Lead, inspire and communicate a compelling vision for the financial management and strategy which aligns to the vision, mission, business and organisational objectives of DTF and the Department;
    • Develop strategic and influential relationships with the Advisory Boards and Committees across the public sector and proactively manage relationships with external stakeholders;
    • Ensure compliance with all statutory Departmental and professional standards including the Financial Management Act and the Directions of the Minister for Finance, Australian Accounting Standards, all Australian (State and Federal) tax legislation and policies and procedures of the Central Agencies;
    • Manage the timely and accurate reporting of all financial data to the relevant parties including Ministers' offices, the Secretary, Senior Executive Group and Finance and Strategy Committees; and
    • Provide timely, comprehensive and meaningful financial and resource management information and advice to the Secretaries and relevant senior staff.

As our ideal candidate, you will be required to demonstrate:
  • Extensive public or private sector experience in finance and leadership;
  • Strong knowledge of government financial principles and governance;
  • Sound decision making and judgement skills;
  • The ability to deal with ambiguity and complexity;
  • Outstanding communication (written and verbal) skills;
  • Strong executive leadership, strategic thinking and analytical skills;
  • Experience working with senior stakeholders in a complex environment; and
  • A leader who models constructive behaviours and motivates others to achieve their potential.

To discuss this role further, please contact Jamie Driscoll - Deputy Secretary, Budget and Finance on 03 7005 8808.

For more information on the position and key selection criteria, please refer to the position description.

The preferred candidate for this role may be required to complete a Misconduct Screening Declaration and Consent form Further information on pre-employment misconduct screening requirements is available on the VPSC website.

How to apply

Please provide a copy of your resume and cover letter summarising your skills and relevant experience. Applications close 26 February 2021.