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Finance Manager

Organisation Name Early Childhood Management Services (ECMS)
Location Melbourne
Date Posted 2022-08-01
Job Type Permanent / Full Time
Job Number 934636
  • Facilitate the delivery of high quality children services across 61 sites
  • Reporting to the CFO, $45m annual revenue, 850 staff
  • Would suit candidates from NFP, health, aged care, and commercial sectors


The Organisation

Early Childhood Management Services (ECMS) is a children’s services organisation that has been providing high quality and inclusive early learning and care for children, families and communities for 25 years. With over 60 kindergartens and childcare centres ECMS influences the lives of 6,500 children across Victoria each week. Every ECMS kindergarten and childcare centre is designed to reflect the needs of its local community and families, ensuring that children thrive in life.
ECMS’s purpose is to “foster lifelong learning” for children, their families, our team, and our partners.

Benefits & Culture
  • Work with dedicated colleagues who are committed to the early childhood sector
  • Based in a sought-after location in Northcote with a high-trust working culture that promotes flexibility in where and how you work
  • Professional development opportunities, including a 2% budget for you each year, and space to grow your career
  • Work closely with a progressive Executive Leadership Team
  • Play a leading role in transforming an organisation to have a greater impact on children.
The Role
Reporting into the CFO and a key leadership role in the organisation, you will be accountable for the integrity of ECMS’s financial statements and associated reporting. The role will champion a continuous improvement agenda within Finance and play an important part in the broader organisational transformation.
Specifically, you will –
  • Lead the financial accounting team with clarity, direction and coaching
  • Oversee the month-end, year-end close and associated reporting
  • Review finance operations and processes advising on productivity and cost saving initiatives
  • Oversee cash flow management; including the preparation of cash flow projection models
  • Manage the internal control environment to ensure the integrity of the financial statements
  • Work with the Business Analysis Manager and key stakeholders to prepare monthly financial reports, variance analysis and commercial insights to share with key stakeholders.
This role is instrumental in an ambitious change agenda that will enable teams to achieve greater impact through improved systems, processes and cultural change. 
Skills Required
You are a proven and strategic finance manager, with advanced financial accounting and reporting skills.  You bring a commercial mindset and a progressive style of people leadership with the ability to implement strategy, mentor and inspire team achievement.
To be successful in this role you will have-
  • A CPA/CA or related accounting discipline qualification
  • Ability to effectively communicate financial and commercial concepts to non-finance staff
  • Influencing skills to engage a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Proven experience effecting organisational change and supporting teams to adapt.
If you are an experienced finance professional and want to use your financial expertise and people management skills to help deliver high quality early years learning to the Victorian community, please apply by submitting a cover letter addressing the skills required and a current resume. Alternatively, please call Anna Skeels on 03 8080 8976 to discuss further. 
Please note there is no formal closing date for this role, if you are interested we would encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Please be advised you can upload two attachments, including your resume and covering letter when submitting your application.