Department of Regional NSW
Animal, Wallaby, Kangaroo, Mammal, Wildlife, Antelope

Business Unit Finance Manager

Business Unit Finance Manager

  • 494113
  • Accounting and Financial
  • Construction and Architecture
  • Projects
  • Salary of $110,745.00 + superannuation + leave loading
  • Full time – Ongoing role;
  • Newcastle Location

Our Department is responsible for building resilient regional economies and communities, strengthening primary industries, managing the use of regional land, overseeing the state’s mineral and mining resources and ensuring government investment in regional NSW is fair and delivers positive outcomes for local communities and businesses.


We encourage applicants from all backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees, and people with disability. We support an inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team members to drive innovation, productivity and delivery of high-quality services. We provide dignified access to reasonable adjustments both during the recruitment process and in the workplace. If you require reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process, please call or text the contact for this role.

Who we are

Public Works Advisory (PWA) is part of the Department of Regional NSW. PWA supports local and state government agencies to deliver critical infrastructure initiatives by providing expert advisory, planning, delivery and support services. We bridge the gap between the government and the private sector, helping clients to maximise value, optimise costs and manage risks in their infrastructure programs and the lifecycle management of their assets. These services are built on a solid foundation of more than 160 years of effective delivery and management of critical infrastructure projects for the State of NSW.


About the role

The Finance Manager/Business Analyst provides commercial support and advice to PWA Hunter New England management. The role works closely with Project Managers across all facets of project delivery including fee calculation, project tracking and analysis, cash flow, billing, debtor management and contractor payment.

The role is responsible for, but not limited to:

  • Lead and direct a team of 4 finance professionals
  • Preparing and modelling forward estimates, analysing commercial risks and opportunities and identifying strategies consistent with business goals and objectives.
  • Develop and prepare management reports, analyse financial performance (including benchmarking against agreed performance metrics) and make recommendations that promote sustainable commercial performance.
  • Prepare year end financial accounts including all reconciliations and reports for the  Hunter New England business unit.
  • Maintain productive business relationships with stakeholders, including shared service providers.
  • Provide commercial advice to Senior Management and Project Managers when pricing proposals, progressively reviewing project performance, client and service type profitability and internal controls
  • Ensure compliance and consistency with Departmental financial policy and procedures, financial legislative requirements (including Public Finance and Audit Act/Auditor-General) and Australian Accounting Standards.


About you

We are seeking a highly motivated, qualified accountant with experience in the building project management or building construction industry. Of importance are:

  • a client- focussed and flexible approach;
  • clear and concise verbal and written communication skills;
  • Extensive experience in mainframe accounting systems together with advanced excel skills (SAP financial experience highly regarded); and
  • a proactive and improvement- orientated attitude


Closing date – Thursday 22 April at 11:59pm


To apply, please submit a copy of your CV and cover letter (maximum two pages) outlining your relevant experience and capabilities.


To learn more about the exciting work we do please click here to visit our website.

To learn more about the role click here to view the role description. If you would like to discuss the role or need clarifications regarding the role, please contact – Wayne Watts – – 0425 264 969.


Applications must be lodged electronically via the Department’s recruitment system, Page-Up. A talent pool may be created from this recruitment action for ongoing and temporary roles of the same standard that may become available for filling over the next twelve months. The successful applicant in this role may be required to undergo a police check, health assessment and other assessments as required.


Closing date: Apr 22, 2021

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