Business Partnering Finance and Project Advisor

Date Posted: 10 May 2024
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Location: Canberra, ACT, AU | Adelaide, SA, AU | Brisbane, QLD, AU | Melbourne, VIC, AU | Sydney, NSW, AU | Hobart, TAS, AU | Perth, WA, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The opportunity

  • ​​​​​​Join CSIRO - Australia's premier research organisation
  • Provide Financial advice & expertise 
  • Supportive, flexible working environment


The Finance Business Partner will provide day-to-do financial management advice and expertise with a strong focus on providing financial advice and analysis to either CSIRO’s Enterprise Services functions (including Growth, People and Operations functions), or CSIRO’s infrastructure portfolio (including an extensive property portfolio and IT portfolio including supercomputing infrastructure).  


The role will achieve significant financial reporting outcomes and contribute to the delivery of accurate, quality financial reporting, forecasting and modelling, supporting the Finance Manager and Coordinators in delivering strategic and analytical financial advice across CSIRO and assisting with the delivery of CSIRO business objectives.  


Your duties will include:

  • Preparation of internal management reporting, working closely with all of Finance to reflect insight on performance against operating and capital budgets, and to provide value-add commentary. 
  • Support the Finance Manager and Finance Coordinators through preparation of detailed organisational and functional forecasting, modelling and analysis, including working with internal stakeholders and managing the in-business forecast process and models.
  • Monitor and assess CSIRO’s performance against budget and work across the Finance team; provide value-add insight on issues and risks in performance to the Finance Coordinator for inclusion in management reporting and advice.
  • Provision of financial advice and analysis, including financial position, projections and risks, to support team outputs and processes.  Proactively engage with in-business finance teams and organisational stakeholders to develop knowledge of key financial issues and risks, and to develop a detailed understanding of the financial status within each business unit.
  • Contribute to the design, delivery and implementation of new processes and systems for management accounting in CSIRO, including responsibility for projects as required.
  • Support the preparation of the annual Financial Statements through accurate delivery of financial reports and advice.
  • Accurately undertake, supervise and complete work with prioritisation and adding value being core components of high-level service delivery and Finance performance.  


Location: Canberra preferred but other Australian CSIRO sites considered 

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

Tenure: Specified term of 2 years 

Reference: 96351


To be considered you will need:

  • A tertiary qualification in accounting or finance as well as study towards (or completion of) the CA or CPA Program, or equivalent relevant work experience.
  • Demonstrated technical knowledge and/or experience in management accounting, reporting, forecasting and project accounting in the government sector. 
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and analyse financial position and risk, develop appropriate recommendations, and escalate as required.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and analyse complex or ill-defined problems and develop and deliver appropriate alternative solutions. Demonstrated ability to ensure data integrity and compliance, proactive problem identification lead and recommend appropriate responses to resolve issues. 
  • Flexibility, initiative and agility to contribute to multiple teams, managing multiple priorities, and supporting various staff needs.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with stakeholders to achieve a high level of trust and respect to influence outcomes and communicate findings.



  • High level Microsoft Office and SAP skills.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description



This is a security assessed position, to be eligible you must hold an Australian Citizenship and be willing and able to meet Baseline Security requirements. 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

20 May 2024, 11:00pm AEST

11:00 PM

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