Finance Manager

About ForestWorks

ForestWorks is an industry owned not-for-profit organisation offering services to support the skills development of the forest, wood, paper, timber, textiles and furnishing industries.

We work with businesses, government, industry associations, unions and the education and training sector to assist our industries, their people, and enterprises in developing a highly skilled and qualified workforce.

The organisation’s core focus is on skills development initiatives and programs that assist industry adapt to changing operating environments.

The Role

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Finance Manager will be responsible for performing high level financial outputs across the organisation to support ForestWorks’ financial objectives and contractual commitments. In addition to the broader organisational business as usual activities, will be the focus on the financial aspects of the Victorian Forestry Plan Workers Support Program. The Victorian Forestry Plan Worker Support Program will provide support for workers affected by native timber transition under the Victorian Forestry Plan, their families and community members.

A core component of this role is to undertake effective stakeholder management. The Finance Manager will also be required to perform other duties as assigned.

Key Areas of Responsibility

The Finance Manager coordinates and performs finance activities, with duties including but not limited to:

  • Preparation of financial accounts, statements, reports and financial modelling for review by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), other managers, and by the Board.
  • Preparation of budgets, including project budgets.
  • Administration of budgets, including preparation for Payments and Appeals meetings.
  • Development and maintenance of policies, procedures and systems associated with payroll and other financial activities.
  • Administering applications from eligible workers for worker support payments.
  • Seeking approval of, then making payments to workers.
  • Undertaking professional liaisons with external stakeholders, including Banking Relationship Managers.
  • Maintaining a fixed asset register and preparing monthly depreciation journals.
  • Preparing monthly bank reconciliations, and providing these to the CEO, Project Manager (Workers Assist Program) and other managers as directed.
  • Managing the payroll systems and the payment of supplier invoices, subject to the approval policies and procedures determined by the Board and/or CEO.

  • Reviewing financial processes and controls, identifying, and implementing improvements.
  • Credit cards:
    • Preparing monthly credit card reconciliations.
    • Verifying that invoices are approved by the appropriate line manager.
    • Providing reconciliation reports to the CEO and other managers as directed.
  • Preparing monthly reconciliation and maintenance of employee entitlements provisions, superannuation, and workers compensation liabilities to ensure compliance with company policies and regulatory requirements.
  • Processing of employee expense claims.
  • Monitor the cashflow position of the company and provide regular reports to the Chief Executive Officer.
  • Preparation and submission of taxation (FBT, BAS, etc) and other relevant statutory returns and reports.
  • Managing accounts payable and accounts receivable.
  • Preparing acquittals of government funded projects including the Workers Assist Program and others as determined by the CEO.
  • Providing regular reports on the adequacy of company accounting systems and procedures.

  • Adherence to managing financial governance processes, regulatory obligations, and risk management processes.
  • Liaise with external auditors and manage the audit process on a periodical basis.


  • Attendance at meetings as required.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

To be considered for this role you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Not-for-profit experience preferred.
  • CA or CPA Qualified. 
  • Minimum 7 years’ experience in a similar, senior financial role.
  • Experience in both MYOB, Xero and Dext would be highly desirable .
  • A great communicator to work with a range of stakeholders across the business. 
  • Sound technical accounting background, with extensive experience in financial planning and strategy, corporate finance, budgeting, and taxation.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and an ability to develop and build rapport easily.
  • Have experience with government funded contracts and their financial compliance.
  • Deliver meaningful, insightful, and timely management information.
  • Ability to drive further results through timely and accurate costing models.
  • Able to identify problems, the solutions and implement.
  • The ability to analyse financial data and solve complex problems is crucial for this role.


  • Transparent pay scale (Level 6) – see below excerpt from ForestWorks and CFMMEU Manufacturing Division Collective Employment Agreement 2021-2024 [2021] FWCA 5632
    • Level 6: $108,658 - $134,321 base salary
  • 13.5% Superannuation (as compared to the standard 10.5%)
  • Central office location with excellent public transport links.


ForestWorks Classification Structure and pay rates from 1 April 2023


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