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Finance Business Partner

Black Dog Institute
  • Become part of a team that is devoted to making the world a mentally healthier place
  • Join a tight-knit team supporting the Financial Controller and the Director of Finance and Corporate Services in the provision of financial and management accounting
  • Working 3-5 days per week on a 12 month contract. Number of days to be negotiated with the successful candidate

About the Institute:

The Black Dog Institute is a Medical Research Institute and a global leader in translational mental health research. We harness the latest technology and other tools to quickly turn our world-class research findings into clinical services, education and e-health products that improve the lives of people with mental illness and the wider community.

We pride ourselves on translating our own world leading Workplace Mental Health research into an award-winning culture that encompasses a holistic view of wellbeing. We aim to create a positive, mentally healthy workplace that recognises the importance of meaningful work, balanced lifestyles, psychological well-being and continual learning whilst being guided by our core values - Collaboration, Compassion, Excellence, Innovation and Respect. We offer:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Salary packaging
  • Commitment to Learning and Development
  • Flexible working hours and work-life balance
  • Generous parental leave policy
  • Pet friendly office
  • Social and team events

About the Role:

As a member of the Black Dog team, the Finance Business Partner will support the Financial Controller and the Director of Corporate Services and Finance in the provision of financial and management accounting.

In the Black Dog Institute (BDI), the finance team are going through a process of transformation and change to strengthen the organisation through strong financial monitoring, modelling, reporting and budgeting. This role will assist in driving the goals and aims of the financial business plan, which underpins the BDI strategic plan.

The Finance Business Partner will provide sound advice and recommendations relating to all financial activities of the business and align financial policy and practice to support organisational change for continual improvement.

They will also ensure that appropriate processes and controls are in place and that all risks are managed and mitigated.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the Financial Controller (FC) in the preparation and submission of budgets, forecasts, balance sheet, reconciliations and the monthly financial reporting.
  • Take a lead in Business Partnering including:
    • building positive relationships with key stakeholders;
    • enhancing value add activity;
    • raising financial literacy;
    • promoting finance best practice while adhering to the overall BDI strategy.
  • Provide expert and knowledgeable advice of accounting practices, standards and best practice financial management in the day to day running of the BDI accounts and budgets to key team members and stakeholders.
  • Preparation of month-end close payments, accruals, journals, reconciliation and review activities.
  • Support and direct the Finance Officers in the day to day delivery of Accounts Payable and Receivable transactions and other regular financial and budget processes.
  • Responsible for ensuring adherence to procurement, delegations and authorisations policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for quarterly board report preparation.
  • Identify opportunities for operational efficiencies and recommend, as well as implement process improvements as required.
  • Undertake all other duties as requested by the FC.

Selection Criteria:


  1. Qualified member of professional accounting body e.g. CA, CPA, CIMA
  2. A minimum of three (3) years’ experience in managing financial operations and accounting services, including annual budget and statutory financial reporting.
  3. Demonstrated experience in the development and successful implementation of procedures and systems.
  4. Evidence of ability to effectively manage time, set priorities and organise work in an effective and efficient manner to achieve set objectives within the resources available to agreed timelines
  5. Highly developed interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, ability to communicate effectively at all levels both within and outside the organisation to effectively translate ideas, concepts and information.
  6. Demonstrate high levels of accuracy in budgeting, forecasting and processing of actuals and accruals.
  7. Minimum of 3 years experience with Microsoft Office products, in particular with Excel.
  8. Demonstrated capacity to analyse and solve problems and use judgement and conceptual skills to make sound decisions.
  9. Ability to demonstrate values of respect and compassion in workplace behaviour.


  1. Previous experience of accounting for tax in a Charitable organisation.
  2. An understanding of, or experience in, University financial processing and grants management and acquittals.
  3. Proven capability to implement and evaluate financial and business strategies and propose solutions to drive continuous quality improvement.
  4. Experience in the Not for Profit sector

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