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Finance Manager - The Cumming Global Centre



Job no: 0063123
Location: Parkville
Role type: 
Full-time; Continuing (research contingent)
Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
The Cumming Global Centre for Pandemic Therapeutics
                     The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
UOM 9 – $139,693 - $145-339 p.a. plus 17% super

As required by clause 1.15.9 of the 2024 EA, current casual or fixed-term employees of the University will be provided with 7 days of prior opportunity to apply for and be considered for vacant continuing positions if they meet the following criteria: 

  • they have been employed by the University over two or more semesters and over two consecutive calendar years, 
  • they have been employed on a 0.5 FTE or more time fraction, and
  • they have the skills, experience, qualifications, and expertise required by the Selection Criteria.

In addition, redeployment candidates will be given a prior opportunity under the Recruitment and Appointment Policy together; this cohort is known as Priority Candidates.

  • Manage financial services, reporting, and business support for the Cumming Global Centre for Pandemic Therapeutics (CGCPT), ensuring accurate and efficient financial operations.
  • Opportunity to lead strategic financial planning and reporting for a 20-year program, collaborating with high-level stakeholders and impacting global pandemic therapeutics.
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role
The Financial Manager at the Cumming Global Centre for Pandemic Therapeutics (CGCPT) will lead financial services, reporting, and business support, ensuring compliance and accuracy in financial operations. Reporting to the MRI accounting function and working with the CFO group, this role involves budget development, financial performance monitoring, and providing expert accounting advice. The manager will also prepare regular financial statements, engage with audit processes, and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Lead and manage the finance function: developing budgets, monitoring and reporting on financial performance at the organisation, portfolio and project level, to ensure the sustainable and efficient financial operation of the Centre.
  • Working collaboratively with the CFO Group and University Decision Support, develop system generated purpose built reports for the Board and other bodies as required.
  • Develop and manage budgets and forecasts and financial management planning for the Centre’s 20 year program.

Who We Are Looking For
The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong interpersonal abilities, and the capacity to work collaboratively with clients and colleagues. They will exhibit initiative, flexibility, and self-motivation, with the ability to prioritize workloads, handle sensitive information confidentially, and convey complex financial matters in simple terms to non-financial staff.

You will also have:

  • A qualification as a certified practising accountant or a chartered accountant.
  • Extensive experience with accounting packages and with accounting systems such as Workday. Advanced skills and experience in using Excel.
  • Demonstrated financial management experience including reporting, a high level understanding of financial policies, practices and compliance issues.
  • Experience working with, reporting to and presenting to Boards and investors.

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.

The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
Finding solutions to prevent, treat and cure infectious diseases and understanding the complexities of microbes and the immune system requires innovative approaches and concentrated effort. This is why The University of Melbourne – a world leader in education, teaching and research excellence – and The Royal Melbourne Hospital – an internationally renowned institution providing outstanding care, research and learning – have partnered to create the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute); a centre of excellence where leading scientists and clinicians collaborate to improve human health globally.

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
We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.   

Be Yourself
The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact the employee listed on the first page of the Position Description found below, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -

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

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience

Applicants are not required to respond to the selection criteria in the Position Description.

Please note that as part of the interview process, applicants will be required to deliver a brief 10-minute presentation. Further details will be provided once the interviews are scheduled.

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Brett Verity via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

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.


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