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Research Finance Consultant

Job no: 0052064  
Location: Parkville  
Role type: Full time; Fixed Term until September 2025  
Department/School: Research, Innovation and Commercialisation   
Salary: UOM 7– $98,402– $106,519 p.a. plus 17% super  

  • Positive and flexible hybrid work environment

  • Opportunities for growth and advancement  

  • Competitive salary and benefits 

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.  

About - Research, Innovation and Commercialisation   
RIC is a specialist team dedicated to enabling the University's research and enterprise mission working closely with our academics, professional colleagues, industry partners, funding agencies and government agencies. We have a passion to see our academics and their collaboration partners succeed, achieve research excellence and translate their discoveries into real-world innovation and impact. RIC operates University-wide across all ten Academic Divisions and Chancellery.  

About the Role  
As the Research Finance Consultant, you will manage a portfolio of complex funding programs / streams and awards allocated to the faculty. You are the single point of contact for Chief Investigators (CI's) for the duration of the funding programs, including supporting CI's in managing financial resources and navigating complex funding rules. You will manage all financial aspects of the various projects within the portfolio, including but not limited to; advice on budgeting, interim and final cost claims, expenditure reports and reporting to partners where required.   

Responsibilities include:  

  • Proactively manage a portfolio of complex and diverse funding programs, providing Chief Investigators (CI’s) with a single key point of contact for post award administration through the life of the award. This will include monitoring budgets, interim and final cost claims, expenditure reports 5 and, where the faculty is the consortium coordinator, ensuring all reports and claims are submitted by partners on time, helping where required and distributing payments to partners  

  • Ensure the Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) is maximised when providing advice on post award matters including ability to fulfil HERDC validation requirements  

  • Provide support to academics in the development of grant and contract budgets, including assistance with calculating in-kind contributions  

  • Provide support to Head of Department / Finance Manager / Senior Administrative Manager who requires oversight of how funds available for research are tracking against objectives / targets  

About You  
As the successful candidate, you will have outstanding written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to prepare high-quality written materials in multiple formats. You must be able to build and maintain long-term relationships with key stakeholders whilst undertaking several concurrent tasks and have excellent organizational, prioritization, and time management skills. 

You will also have:  

  • A relevant tertiary degree in Accounting/Finance and significant on-the job experience or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and education/training

  • Relevant experience in managing research, projects or contracts  

  • Demonstrated ability to show good judgement, initiative and undertake tasks independently, seeking advice and escalating as required.  

Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia.  

About the University  
The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.  

Benefits of Working with Us  
In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:  

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave  

  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading  

  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs  

  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club  

  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families  

Be Yourself  
We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.  

Join Us!  
If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with your CV and cover letter outlining your interest and experience.  Please note that you are not required to provide responses against the selection criteria in the Position Description.  

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact us at  

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