Manager – Finance and Business

Manager - Finance and Business

Permanent Full-time

Salary: Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010
(Social and Community Services Employee) Level 8.1

Join a purpose-driven organisation dedicated to addressing gender inequality and improving the health and wellbeing of women in Southern Metropolitan Melbourne. As a vital member of our management team, you'll be instrumental in shaping our dynamic and strengths-based approach. Lead the business and finance arm of a prominent women's not-for-profit, driving impactful change through strategic financial oversight and operational excellence.

Your role is pivotal in supporting, nurturing, and optimizing our organisation's effectiveness. We invite you to contribute your skills and passion to make a direct impact on the lives of women in our community. Thrive in a collaborative, purpose-driven environment where your leadership will play a key role in fostering empowerment and inclusivity.

This role reports to the CEO.


  • Business management
  • Financial management
  • Operational management
  • Leadership and management; planning and reporting

About You

Academic and trade qualifications

Essential qualifications

Degree/Tertiary Qualification in accounting, economics or other business related discipline.

Desirable qualifications

Qualifications in business

Work experience and skills

Essential experience

  • 5 years experience in managing business operations with experience of managing diverse teams including at least 4 years experience in accounting, financial role with equivalent accountability and responsibility; full cycle accounting experience; in depth understanding of Australian accounting principles and their application to not for profit organisations.
  • Solid experience in Xero financial accounting software and strong computing skills including advance excel software skills
  • Experience in producing high quality month-end and year-end reports to senior management and Boards providing key information and insights on financial health of the organisation; significant experience in administering annual audit processes and producing organisation wide and project budgets.
  • Significant working knowledge of current accounting and financial measures and trends; Ability to accurately analyse, interpret, summarise, and present financial information.
  • Demonstrated business acumen derived in a high paced environment.
  • Demonstrated significant working knowledge of supplier management, including managing IT/Technology services, implementation of new policy/procedures and suppliers/tools in similar organisations.
  • Experience in providing advice to leadership on opportunities to improve policies and procedures to improve impact and effectiveness.
  • High level capacity to communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Capacity and experience of working and supporting small teams to improve organisational capacity and business operations to deliver to a strategic plan and mission.
  • Experience in working for not for profit and/or government funded organisations that run programs in community.

Desirable experience

  • Experience in providing secretariat services to Boards of Governance including knowledge of governance compliance obligations of Not for Profit organisations.
  • Working knowledge of not for profit and membership programs.
  • Knowledge of gender equity, health promotion and the social determinants of health.
  • Working knowledge of Southern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne inclusive of the public health and community services sector.

People who work with and for WHISE are effective, efficient and bring their own ideas and experience to their work. Our staff have:

  • A feminist ethos and perspective and commitment to working with an appreciation of intersectional experience
  • Approach to working in a way that is collegiate and collaborative
  • Willingness to “roll sleeves” up to get activities done
  • Reputation as an enabler and as a person who seeks to support the strengths in others
  • Tolerance and adaptability to work in an environment that evolves at the pace of government policy and community need
  • Demonstrated qualities in line with WHISE values

We also require our staff to undertake a police check before commencing with WHISE.

Applicants are also advised that WHISE has an exemption under the Equal Opportunity Act and as such the roles that we are recruiting for are identified for women, and also, where noted, for women with migrant and refugee background/proficient in a language other than English.

What We Offer

We offer a values-based, caring organisation. In addition to offering competitive remuneration, we seek to provide a working environment that is flexible and mindful of the reality of working women’s lived experience.

Our work is evidence based, and mission focused – we work to improve the lives of women. We want our staff to feel that they are engaged with their role and that through their work they are part of a broader network of organisations and people, working to create gender equity for all women.

How to Apply

To apply for this role please submit a cover letter that responds to the position description and also a copy of your latest CV. We are keen to understand how your experience can achieve the goals and outcomes of the role and also, why you want to work with WHISE.

Mark your correspondence Atten: Kit McMahon, CEO, Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE)

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