First listed on: 10 May 2024

James Cook University (JCU) is committed to creating a brighter future for life in the Tropics and beyond, through education and research that makes a difference locally, and globally.

Join our dynamic team in the Financial and Business Services Directorate as a Finance Officer, where you'll be instrumental in delivering accurate financial reporting and record-keeping, ensuring compliance with University operations, external funding agencies, and legislative responsibilities.

  • Full-time and continuing position
  • HEWL 5: $72,059 - $81,732 per annum plus up to 17% superannuation (3.25% increase in July)
  • Based at the Townsville Bebegu Yuma campus.


With a focus on business partnering, you will collate a diverse range of financial information, reports, and data in alignment with standards, policies, procedures, and contractual requirements. Maintaining the integrity of financial data including budgets and forecasts will be one of your primary responsibilities. This includes preparing journals, financial transactions, and invoices, identifying anomalies, and rectifying in a timely manner. Liaising with internal and external stakeholders, your commitment to delivering high-quality, customer-focused financial support services will empower our University community. Building positive working relationships within the University, you'll ensure staff are well-informed of their financial responsibilities and compliance with documentation requirements.


With a degree in Finance, Business, Accounting, or a related field, you are an enthusiastic financial professional eager to advance your career. You will be supported with a professional pathway program should you wish to pursue additional studies toward obtaining the Charter of Professional Accounting (CPA) or Chartered Accounting (CA) qualification. You bring a proven ability to review and analyse data, prepare reports with attention to detail, and clearly communicate a variety of financial and non-financial information. Working with budgets and forecasts, you will partner with business leaders to provide financial advice and information for decision-making. Demonstrated experience in a finance business partner role or the development and communication of financial information will be highly regarded. Your customer service skills will shine as you manage high volumes of inquiries with confidentiality and discretion in a timely and professional manner. Your organisational and problem-solving skills will be evident as you identify and assist with the implementation of business process improvement initiatives. Proficiency in computer literacy including the Microsoft Suite and corporate accounting applications, ensures your readiness for the technological aspects of the role. You also bring excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with various stakeholders.


JCU offers a culturally diverse working environment with opportunities for professional and personal growth. Employee wellbeing is at the core of our values, and we support our people through the provision of flexible working conditions and many other exclusive benefits including:

  • A generous superannuation scheme with up to 17% employer contributions with UniSuper
  • 5 weeks of annual recreation leave
  • 15 days of paid sick/carers leave per year
  • Flexible working options
  • Attractive options for salary packaging
  • Fitness Passport – affordable access to fitness facilities for yourself and family members
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Ongoing professional development support
  • Staff study assistance
  • Access to online media subscriptions
  • Corporate discount on health insurance premiums
  • Well-equipped campus facilities including medical, childcare, gym and cafes.


If you are ready to contribute to a dynamic and collaborative work environment, apply now and join our team.

Visit the Careers at JCU website for more information and submit your application online.

Vacancy reference 18900 – applications close on 26 May at 11:59 PM AEST.

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