Project Accountant

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 2 June 2020

Job Description

Project Accountant

Company Overview:

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.


For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives.


Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.


Project Overview and Role:

Palladium International Pty Ltd through its Pacific Labour Facility (PLF) facilitates seasonal and longer-term work opportunities for Pacific workers in Australia. It connects Australian employers with Pacific workers, supports the administration of the Pacific Labour Scheme and provides targeted support to the Seasonal Worker Programme.

The Pacific Labour Facility (PLF) requires an experienced Project Accountant to join the team on a full-time fixed term basis who will be responsible for managing the PLF’s finance accounting systems including month and year end processes, finance reporting, auditing, budgeting and cost management.

This position reports to the project’s Operations Manager and will also include supervising a small team of finance professionals.

The Project Accountant will:

  • Plan, manage and control all day-to-day financial transactions and functions
  • Maintain up-to-date and accurate financial accounts and records for all financial transactions, ensuring all:
    • records for receipts and expenses are accurate
    • information can be readily accessed by the Operations Manager
  • Ensure records can be conveniently accessed for internal and external audits;
  • Provide immediate access to all financial data, records, accounts and other financial material for inspection;
  • Conduct internal audits and facilitate external audits on PLF’s financial systems;
  • Assist with drafting budgetary and accounting policies and procedures relating to project financial management;
  • Assist HR and Operations manager with relevant information needed for payroll;
  • As required, prepare statements of forward expenditure and invoiced expenses, dis-aggregated by End Of Program Outcome, country and PLS/SWP;
  • Monitor Facility costs and conduct monthly account closure reports;
  • Monitor project expenditure, manage cash flow to project accounts and advise Operations Manager of any issues;
  • Assist monitoring of consultant’s expenses against contracts, ensure invoices are processed in a timely manner;
  • Monitor subcontractor payments, ensure records are kept for all transactions;
  • Work with the finance assistant to process PAFs, and update the project Field Voucher as required;
  • Manage the project bank account and prepare funds transfer requests as required;
  • Manage weekly payment run through Costpoint, with payment to Australian and Pacific financial establishments;
  • Investigate and resolve all variances in accounts, or funds discrepancies;
  • Ensure effective internal controls, timely response to external or internal audits and other reviews, and appropriate coordination with the head office;
  • Undertake banking transactions, including the management of petty cash, petty cash and bank account reconciliation, and the preparation of a monthly field voucher.

Required Qualifications: To be successful you will have:

  • Finance or business qualification
  • 10 - 15 years relevant work experience managing program finances (donor funded program experience preferred)
  • Sound management skills, strong problem-solving skills in relation to program financial management
  • Highly developed verbal and written communications skills, with a demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a range of personnel from different disciplines
  • Experience working regionally, with knowledge of Pacific financial institutions preferred
  • Highly proficient English communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

This is a Brisbane based role. Candidates who are willing to relocate for the position must do so at their own expense as no relocation package is available.

All applicants must include the following documents in their application:

  • Cover letter addressing key selection criteria
  • Resume

Salary range: $75,000 - $90,000 per annum plus superannuation dependent on experience

Applications close 30/6/2020



About the Organization

Palladium develops and delivers solutions that create positive impact for communities, businesses, societies and economies. We transform lives and create enduring value by working with governments, corporations and non-profit organisations.


Palladium is built on the idea that progress will be supported by four key pillars: • International Development • Strategy Execution Consulting • Impact Investment • Training and Events We create positive impact through more than 100 current projects with more than 2000 employees operating in over 90 countries.

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