Finance Officer - Medical Research with a Global Impact

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • May 14, 2024

Job Description:

Job no: 0062353
Location: Parkville
Role type:
Full-time; Continuing (continuing research contingent)
Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department: Cumming Global Centre for Pandemic Therapeutics / The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
Salary: UOM 6 – $92,749 - $100,397 p.a. plus 17% super

About the Role
Based within the Directorate of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, the Finance Officer will manage financial administration for externally funded projects, including those supported by DFAT and the Cumming Global Centre for Pandemic Therapeutics. Collaborating with an international network of partners, the role involves ensuring financial sustainability through effective budget management, reporting, and administrative operations. The Finance Officer will demonstrate professionalism, initiative, and strong communication skills while working autonomously within a multidisciplinary team, reporting to the Finance Manager—CGCPT and collaborating closely with project officers and finance officers at the Doherty Institute.

Your responsibilities will include:

Who We Are Looking For
The successful candidate should have experience in a tertiary institution and expertise in budgeting and forecasting, with a focus on managing financial portfolios for projects. They must demonstrate strong attention to detail and analytical skills, along with the ability to generate customised reports for management. Additionally, they should excel in communication within project teams and ideally have experience with University of Melbourne financial processes. Importantly, they should be driven by a desire to make a global impact.

You will also have:

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check. This is essential to guarantee a secure environment for all individuals at the University. In the case the selected candidate doesn't have a valid Working with Children Check, they will be able to apply for the WWCC as part of the initial onboarding procedures.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team – The Cumming Global Centre for Pandemic Therapeutics
The Cumming Global Centre for Pandemic Therapeutics is a mission-driven, globally connected research program that will enable rapid design and development of treatments for pathogens of pandemic potential. The Centre will be the world’s preeminent facility in developing molecular platforms to help fight future pandemics. The Centre goals are ambitious—to advance the science behind therapeutics that direct target the pathogen, to transform future pandemic management and to save lives.

What We Offer You!
In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne
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Join Us!
If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:

Please note that you are not required to respond to the selection criteria in the Position Description.

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Please note that in the event of sourcing a suitable candidate, the closing date for applications may be brought forward, and the job vacancy may be closed. Therefore, we encourage interested individuals to submit their applications promptly.