Program Finance Controller

Job Description

Title: Program Finance Controller

Company Name: The Salvation Army

Vacancy: 2

Job Location: Sydney, CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs

Employment Status: Full Time

Program Finance Controller

Start your career with The Salvation Army today!

We are looking for compassionate people who share our mission and values, if you have the passion and drive to commit yourself to a challenging and rewarding role; we invite you to review our current vacancies.

ABOUT US

The Salvation Army is one of Australia’s largest and most-loved charities, helping thousands of Australians every year find hope in the midst of all kinds of personal hardship. The Salvation Army offers the opportunity to use your professional skills and expertise to make a real difference in the lives of people who need help most.


We are seeking a talented Program Finance Controller who has experience working on International Development projects for a permanent full-time role base in Redfern.

Reporting to the Head of International Development, you will be an integral member of the Salvation Army International Development team (SAID) that works in the pursuit of a better world for all, through the elimination of poverty, discrimination and injustice. Working in partnership with other Salvation Army Territories and Commands, SAID operates globally in developing countries, empowering vulnerable communities to achieve basic human rights.

The role of Program Finance Controller has strong emphasis on developing, implementing and overseeing financial systems and providing financial support to our international project staff. The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Ensuring financial monitoring processes and financial controls are compliant with regulatory bodies requirements (ie ACFID, ACNC ECS, DFAT, AG)
  • Finance Business Partnering & Systems support
  • In consultation with global stakeholders, support and continually improve financial reporting procedures, tools, templates and controls
  • Support and mentor Project Staff and overseas workers in appropriate financial practices
  • Undertake Project Management / Project analysis, budgeting, reporting, forecasting and modelling
  • Ensure project budgets accurately reflect the planned implementation, capturing costs, and revenue sources
  • Review financial reports to ensure there is accountability for the use of funds and variances to budget are explained.
  • Perform or review internal financial audits
  • Financial Risk Management


To be successful in this role, you will hold a Bachelor's degree (or higher) in finance, accounting, economics or business management and you will have demonstrated experience working in a similar role within a multi-faceted organisation with diverse operations and programs. While not essential, relevant experience in International Development would be favourable.

Key capabilities include

  • Strong business partnering skills/experience with offshore stakeholders in the international projects port folio
  • A broad understanding of diversity issues and demonstrated ability to deal sensitively and diplomatically with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Committed to continuous improvement and building strong partnerships with stakeholders
  • Strong knowledge of improving Finance Systems, processes and developing reporting tools
  • A strong understanding of governance models in the NGO/charity sector
  • In-depth knowledge of the ACFID Code of Conduct, DFAT accreditation standards.
  • Advanced level of understanding of the complexities of financial accounting in developing countries
  • High level analytical, conceptual and problem-solving skills to interpret and report financial information;
  • High level communication and interpersonal skills with the capacity to work consultatively and collaboratively with staff at all levels;
  • Excellent writing skills including a demonstrated ability to prepare reports using clear, concise language and data;

In return we offer our eligible employees real and meaningful benefits such as;

  • NFP salary packaging ($15,900 tax free) plus meals and entertainment benefits
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Paid parental leave
  • Financial, retail and lifestyle discounts and benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program - Independent confidential counselling service
  • Opportunity for career development
  • An inclusive culture of dedicated, passionate and professional team members
  • Positively supporting and impacting the lives of others through your career contribution

How to Apply

If you would like to work for one of Australia's leading not-for-profit organisations and have the satisfaction of knowing that your career contributes positively to the lives of thousands of Australians each year, please apply via the link and submit a current CV a cover letter which details your alignment with the essential requirements of the role.

The Salvation Army is an Equal Opportunity Employer who provides an inclusive work environment and embraces the diverse talent of its people.

The Salvation Army is a child safe organisation that is committed to ensuring the well being of children and young people, and protecting them from harm. All child facing roles will require the successful completion of a Working with Children Check. Applicants for all other roles require a mandatory National Police Check.
We value Integrity, Compassion, Respect, Diversity, and Collaboration.


We are seeking a talented Program Finance Controller who has experience working on International Development projects for a permanent full-time role base in Redfern.

Reporting to the Head of International Development, you will be an integral member of the Salvation Army International Development team (SAID) that works in the pursuit of a better world for all, through the elimination of poverty, discrimination and injustice. Working in partnership with other Salvation Army Territories and Commands, SAID operates globally in developing countries, empowering vulnerable communities to achieve basic human rights.

The role of Program Finance Controller has strong emphasis on developing, implementing and overseeing financial systems and providing financial support to our international project staff. The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Ensuring financial monitoring processes and financial controls are compliant with regulatory bodies requirements (ie ACFID, ACNC ECS, DFAT, AG)
  • Finance Business Partnering & Systems support
  • In consultation with global stakeholders, support and continually improve financial reporting procedures, tools, templates and controls
  • Support and mentor Project Staff and overseas workers in appropriate financial practices
  • Undertake Project Management / Project analysis, budgeting, reporting, forecasting and modelling
  • Ensure project budgets accurately reflect the planned implementation, capturing costs, and revenue sources
  • Review financial reports to ensure there is accountability for the use of funds and variances to budget are explained.
  • Perform or review internal financial audits
  • Financial Risk Management


To be successful in this role, you will hold a Bachelor's degree (or higher) in finance, accounting, economics or business management and you will have demonstrated experience working in a similar role within a multi-faceted organisation with diverse operations and programs. While not essential, relevant experience in International Development would be favourable.

Key capabilities include

  • Strong business partnering skills/experience with offshore stakeholders in the international projects port folio
  • A broad understanding of diversity issues and demonstrated ability to deal sensitively and diplomatically with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Committed to continuous improvement and building strong partnerships with stakeholders
  • Strong knowledge of improving Finance Systems, processes and developing reporting tools
  • A strong understanding of governance models in the NGO/charity sector
  • In-depth knowledge of the ACFID Code of Conduct, DFAT accreditation standards.
  • Advanced level of understanding of the complexities of financial accounting in developing countries
  • High level analytical, conceptual and problem-solving skills to interpret and report financial information;
  • High level communication and interpersonal skills with the capacity to work consultatively and collaboratively with staff at all levels;
  • Excellent writing skills including a demonstrated ability to prepare reports using clear, concise language and data;

In return we offer our eligible employees real and meaningful benefits such as;

  • NFP salary packaging ($15,900 tax free) plus meals and entertainment benefits
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Paid parental leave
  • Financial, retail and lifestyle discounts and benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program - Independent confidential counselling service
  • Opportunity for career development
  • An inclusive culture of dedicated, passionate and professional team members
  • Positively supporting and impacting the lives of others through your career contribution

How to Apply

If you would like to work for one of Australia's leading not-for-profit organisations and have the satisfaction of knowing that your career contributes positively to the lives of thousands of Australians each year, please apply via the link and submit a current CV a cover letter which details your alignment with the essential requirements of the role.

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