Job Details
  • Reference375548A_1623208841
  • LocationCanberra
  • Job TypeContract
  • Posted7 days ago
  • Consultantsharrane martin

As one of the Australia's largest providers of human resources solutions, Chandler Macleod has a proven track record of unleashing potential in people and companies. For over 40 years Chandler Macleod's recruitment business has connected leading-edge projects and employers with outstanding business professionals.

Our Federal Government client is seeking to engage an APS5 Accountant on a contract for 2 months with potential extension of 3 month.

Position Overview

Accounting (General) Professionals analyse financial information and prepare financial reports to determine or maintain records of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, appropriations or other financial activities of the department. Accountants undertake high level financial administration of core financial functions including accounting, budget management, governance and policy, taxation, asset management, finance strategy, reporting, project management and financial systems.

Accountants are required to demonstrate a high level of productivity, which will be assessed in the context of their role within the agency.

Accountants work under the support and general direction of senior staff. They exercise a degree of independent judgement and make decisions within defined parameters that require some reliance on skills and knowledge. Accountants plan their work in the context of competing priorities and contribute to changes in workplace practices and business improvement strategies. They may have supervisory responsibilities in areas where there are lower level staff.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • allocate work to team members, using judgement to match issue complexity and employee capability, and reduce peaks and troughs in workload
  • assist in the mentoring and training of new staff to build knowledge and capability
  • contribute to the development and implementation of improvements and best practice in processes and procedures
  • draft a range of written material including business cases, reports, executive briefs and corporate documentation
  • escalate issues that adversely impact on policy, performance and/or service
  • establish, manage and provide financial management advice to internal and external stakeholders to improve the financial management and operations in the agency
  • exercise appropriate delegations in accordance with legislation and guidelines
  • maintain up to date knowledge of agency related legislation, policy and processes and transfer knowledge to other team members
  • monitor and manage work output and quality against established performance standards through quality analysis and reporting
  • monitor and report on the achievement of business outcomes, key performance indicators and quality assurance to assist local management to manage overall performance
  • provide feedback to staff to improve quality, consistency and accuracy of decision making
  • undertake financial administration across the division's cost centres and projects, including budgets, monitoring, forecasting and accruals
  • undertake weekly, end-of-month and end-of financial year SAP FI system rollover activities and provide assistance to users of SAP FI as required

Skills & Experience:

  • Ability to:
    • adapt to a changing environment and assist others to adjust
    • build rapport and maintain stakeholder relationships
    • collaborate with other staff in immediate area and in other areas of the agency
    • communicate confidently and present messages in a clear, concise and articulate manner
    • prioritise competing tasks and work collaboratively to see projects through to completion
    • research and make sound decisions based on sound subject matter knowledge and judgment
    • support and provide assistance others
    • work independently and as part of a team under general direction.
    • Mandatory qualifications and/or registration with professional bodies

Knowledge required:

  • Knowledge and understanding of:
    • legislation, policies, procedures and information management requirements relevant to the work area
    • relevant systems and tools
    • roles and responsibilities of the agency including the legislative, regulatory and compliance frameworks
    • the Australian Accounting Standards
    • the agency's Enterprise Agreement and conditions of employment
    • the agency's privacy, ethics, workplace health and safety and security protocols
    • the agency's strategic and operating environment
    • the function of the work area and its role in the wider agency
    • the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act (PGPA).

Mandatory Requirements:

  • The successful candidate will be required to have a Baseline security clearance.

If you feel you are a suitable candidate submit your application by hitting "Apply for this job". Alternatively, you can call Sharrane Martin on 02 6268 9726 or email for further discussion.