Senior Accountant

Finance Sector Union of Australia (FSU) Job Vacancy

General Overview

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Accountant.

The FSU is a member driven organisation that represents workers in the finance industry. We organise workers across Australia’s bank, insurance, credit union and superannuation employers. Our members fight for and deliver improved working conditions in an evolving industry.

Operating nationally, the FSU has established a strong reputation for successfully representing the interests of its members in an environment of constant change. The working environment is engaging with a constant agenda of interesting issues. The Union has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. The Senior Accountant role can be based in any of these locations.

The Role

Reporting to the National Management Committee, the Senior Accountant manages the entirety of the Union’s financial requirements. It is a broad role and you will be exposed to treasury and property aspects and general finance administration. The successful applicant will be an experienced finance professional with the ability to manage a broad role which supports the objectives of the Union and its Executive.

The role leads a small team, in a fast-paced environment, working collaboratively with other members of the Operations Division. The role requires excellent interpersonal skills to enable effective communication on finance matters with a wide range of internal stakeholders, as well as excellent presentation skills. A demonstrated ability to be a hands-on team player is also essential.


  • Manage the financial regulatory and compliance obligations of the Union, particularly as required by the Fair Work Registered Organisations Commission;
  • Oversee and direct the preparation of the FSU’s Annual Report;
  • Manage the accounting, budget, audit, tax, treasury, financial planning, purchasing and Property Trust of the FSU;
  • Lead and mentor the other member of the Finance Team (Accountant);
  • Provision of support to the annual audit, including preparation of files and completion of financial statements;
  • Oversee and manage the record-keeping obligations and ensure adequate accounting controls, as required for auditing;
  • Treasury duties;
  • Ongoing review of the Union’s assets particularly its cash reserves, investments and property holdings and the provision of sound advice as to the prudent and optimal management of these assets;
  • Manage Cash Flow;
  • Appraise the FSU’s strategic financial position;
  • Ensure the timely production of periodic budgets/forecasts;
  • Prepare monthly accounts and financial reports for the National Secretary that provide measurement of income and expenditure results against budget expectations and meaningful interpretations of the financial results;
  • Report on Financial matters to the National Executive, on a regular basis;
  • Co-ordinate tax compliance programs;
  • Continually develop and enhance the centralised general ledger accounting system, covering all entities in the group (Union, Property Trust, Union Care Fund), including integration with the Union’s CRM system;
  • Develop and maintain a manual of group accounting/clerical policies and procedures, and ensure compliance with such policies and procedures;
  • Liaise with Union’s auditor to ensure the annual audit occurs within the timelines specified in the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009;
  • Review and make recommendations in respect to advice received from the Auditor in the annual post audit management letter;
  • Oversee and manage accounts payable and receivable;
  • Oversee and manage payroll matters and review/authorise the Union’s fortnightly payroll;
  • Insurance policy management;
  • Property management;
  • Company Secretarial duties relating to Property Trust.

Selection Criteria:

Essential Experience and Qualifications
  • A tertiary qualification in a Business/Accounting/Commerce degree qualified. Majors in accounting or finance desirable;
  • CA/CPA qualified;
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in a similar role working for a trade union or similar not for profit organisation;
  • Accounting for not-for-profit entities including relevant accounting standards;
  • Experience with GST, BAS, Payroll Tax, PAYG, FBT and Salary Packaging;
  • Demonstrated experience in leading, managing and mentoring a team;
  • Understanding of corporate governance requirements;
  • Excellent written communication skills including the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from internal and external stakeholders;
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills with the ability to multi-task and effectively prioritise competing demands;
  • Ability to adjust work practices to meet the needs of the union at the interests of its members;
  • A commitment to social justice and union values and will work hard to make a difference to members’ lives.

In addition, experience in the following areas would be highly regarded:

  • Knowledge and experience of using iMIS, Sage300 and Sage MicrOpay.


The union offers an attractive salary commensurate with skills and experience. FSU also offers excellent working conditions including employer superannuation contributions of 15%. The FSU is an equal opportunity employer.


Applications to:

Mel Brown, Senior Administrator

Closing date: 5:00pm on Friday, 6 November 2020

Authorised by Julia Angrisano, National Secretary