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Financial Accountant

Branch: Canberra

Full time - 12 month contract


Multi-faceted role with competitive salary and benefits


Centrally located in Braddon


CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn is a leading not-for-profit organisation with a presence in the community for over 60 years providing a range of services. We have a great opportunity for an experienced Financial Accountant to join our small finance team.  Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer and working closely with the wider team, you’ll be involved in all areas of finance and accounting.


The Role


This role will suit a motivated and high-performing Financial Accountant who is able to work independently and has strong attention to detail. The right person will be able to confidently engage with various stakeholders. Key responsibilities include:

  • Ensure the timely completion of end of month balance sheet reconciliations, including identification and clearing of unreconciled items and end of month reporting. Key issues of concern are escalated for discussion with the CFO.
  • Regular review of accounts to ensure transactions are classified to the correct general ledger codes.
  • Grant acquittals.
  • Manage and support Finance staff with accounting queries.
  • Produce financial reports by 15th of each month for Directors.
  • Maintain the Fixed Asset Register.
  • Develop robust financial processes and train finance staff.
  • Carry out other duties as deemed reasonable and appropriate to the role as directed from time to time.


The person


The ideal person will have 5+ years’ experience in a similar role.  You’ll have a strong knowledge of accounting processes and concepts such as accruals, month end reconciliations, maintaining a fixed asset register etc. Your exceptional organisational skills are a given, as is your ability to work autonomously and as part of a small team.


What we offer


Rewarding opportunities exist for enthusiastic people seeking meaningful careers. CatholicCare's employment benefits include a generous salary packaging option and professional development in a family friendly environment.


About us


CatholicCare is the social services arm of the Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. Our mission is to provide quality services to people by promoting healthy, inclusive communities through relationships, partnerships and collaboration while adhering to our values of Solidarity, Stewardship, Respect and Excellence.


Selection Criteria


  • Demonstrated experience (5+ years) working in the financial operations of a commercial organisation, government agency or NFP with exposure to relevant accounting processes.
  • CPA/CA qualified.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce and deliver accurate and timely financial information.
  • Demonstrated experience in training staff in financial processes.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of accounting concepts and month end accounting processes.
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills.
  • Experience in using Tencia and Crystal reporting desirable.
  • Be willing to undergo a police check and apply for a working with vulnerable people card.
  • Applicants MUST be a permanent resident or Australian citizen to be considered for this opportunity.
To apply you must:
  • Attach an updated resume
  • Covering letter
  • Address each area in the selection criteria.
Applications that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered. Previous applicants need not apply.


Please download the selection criteria:Financial Accountant PD 10.02.21


Please send your applications to:


Melissa McCarthy - Director People & Culture email: melissa.mccarthy@catholiccare.cg.org.au


Closing Date: 5pm Friday 26th February


*Please note shortlisting and interviews will be ideally undertaken within two weeks of the closing date. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


CatholicCare is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. Applications are strongly encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; people with a disability; people who identify as LGBTIQ; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.