Accountant - Financial Accountant and Tax

Date Posted: 27 Mar 2024
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Location: Canberra, ACT, AU | Any CSIRO site, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The opportunity

  • ​​​​​​Join CSIRO - Australia's National Science and Innovation Agency
  • Provide accounting advice & expertise 
  • Supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment


Join team CSIRO! we are looking for an Accountant to join our Financial Accountant and Tax team. You will provide day-to-day financial accounting advice and expertise with a strong focus on providing financial support to CSIRO and its controlled subsidiary entities.


This position will see you contribute to the delivery of accurate and high-quality financial services, including preparation of monthly and annual financial statements, compliance activities and management reporting. You will be providing pivotal input to the delivery of value-add financial management and analytical advice and assist management with the delivery of CSIRO business objectives.


Your duties will include:

  • Work closely with internal and external stakeholders in CSIRO and its subsidiaries to provide.
  • Accounting advice, including forecasting and budget management of CSIRO’s smaller controlled entities.
  • Accurately and efficiently undertake and manage financial accounting activities for CSIRO and CSIRO’s subsidiary entities, including maintaining the general ledger, preparation of ad-hoc reports, financial statements, and tax returns ensuring statutory compliance and adhering to the CSIRO Finance policies and processes.
  • Analyse data, identify variances and trends and draw conclusions for reporting (written) or discussion with other stakeholders including ad-hoc, monthly, year to date and/or prior year budget and actual financial figures.
  • Provide technical accounting advice to CSIRO finance and subsidiary stakeholders, including on revenue recognition and application of government financial regulations.
  • Support the CSIRO consolidated financial statements process and reporting of financials to Department of Finance.
  • Accurately undertake, supervise, and complete work with appropriate prioritisation, adding- value and looking for improvements to processes to ensure a high-level service delivery and performance.
  • Responsible for contribution to ongoing knowledge transfer across the Finance team.
  • Provide recommendations that are insightful and pragmatic, addressing issues and/or providing improvements for current and future needs of the business.


Location: Able to be based from Canberra, Hobart or Melbourne

Salary: AU$93,267 - AU$105,517 plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 24 months

Reference: 96153


To be considered you will need:

  • A tertiary qualification in accounting or finance and /or equivalent relevant work experience in a financial environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing and delivering and managing accounting transactions, reconciliations, and reports, ensuring accuracy, timeliness, and relevance.
  • Demonstrated experience being proactive and using sound judgement and problem-solving skills to resolve issues and implement improved business practices.
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills and demonstrated proficiency in using the Microsoft Office suite of programs.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A proven ability to work well within a team, mentor, and coach team members.



  • Demonstrated proficiency in using SAP, Xero or other FMIS.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply financial policies, plan, prioritise and undertake accounting and Australian based tax activities including GST and FBT.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description



Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.


Flexible working arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 


Diversity and inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 



At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!


How to apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.


Applications close

9 April 2024, 11:00pm AEDT

11:00 PM

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