University of Melbourne
Parkville, Victoria, Australia
Competitive Salary
Apr 30, 2021
May 12, 2021
Job Role
Contract Type
Full Time
Manage a portfolio of complex funding programs / streams and awards allocated to your client cluster
In 2021 The University of Melbourne has embarked on the Professional Services Redesign (PSR) to enable services improvement and more effective ways of working. This opportunity has been newly created as part of the PSR.

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 Research Finance Consultant, you will manage a portfolio of complex funding programs/streams and awards allocated to your client cluster. You will be the single point of contact for Chief Investigators (CI's) for the duration of the funding programs, including supporting them 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.
You will also work with the Cluster Lead to implement process improvements and system changes that drive efficiency and enhanced customer service.

Please note, we currently have multiple Research Finance Consultant opportunities (UOM7) available, supporting our various client clusters. These positions are available on a continuing basis and as fixed-term opportunities (2 years).

About you

Your flexibility and excellent written and verbal communication skills allow you to build strong relationships in a team environment and communicate effectively with stakeholders. You will have excellent organisational skills with the ability to prioritise tasks and work to competing deadlines.

You will further have:
  • A relevant tertiary degree in Accounting/Finance and significant on-the-job experience or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and education/training.
  • Strong understanding of the rules and requirements of various funding schemes, e.g. ARC, NHMRC
  • Highly desirable: Relevant (2+ years) experience in managing research grants and contracts in the University sector.
  • Demonstrated ability to show good judgement, initiative and undertake tasks independently, seeking advice and escalating as required.
  • Commitment to the provision of quality service, with demonstrated ability to provide user friendly, responsive client service.

  • Benefits

    - Maximise your benefits through our Salary Packaging scheme

    - Flexible family friendly policies, providing generous leave and working conditions

    - The opportunity to work in a culturally rich environment

    - A substantial discount to eligible staff and their immediate families in undertaking further studies at the University of Melbourne

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    The University is a vibrant campus. We have well-established clubs and networks giving the opportunity to engage and collaborate with other staff around the University. We strive to create an environment where staff and students promote culturally inclusive behaviour and activities, ensure cultural differences are heard and explored, and actively seek to learn from other cultures.

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