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Foreign Affairs and Trade Vacancy N.N. 10748632
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Closing date: Monday, 29 April 2019
Job Title: Chief Finance Officer (Specialist)
Division: Service Delivery Group
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Location: Canberra - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 2
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999

Job Description


As a key member of the Senior Executive, the Chief Finance Officer (CFO) plays a vital role planning and controlling the department’s budget and financial operations in Australia and overseas. The CFO formulates and implements budget and financial management policy in support of departmental objectives, positioning the department financially to meet its goals in an increasingly challenging and complex domestic and international environment.

The CFO, along with other Service Delivery Group senior executives, has an important role in driving new reforms in the department’s enabling services. The CFO also plays a key role in overseeing budgetary management and allocations for Australia’s $4 billion a year Official Development Assistance (ODA) budget.

Operationally, the CFO oversees and directs the work of the Budget Branch, Financial Management Branch and the Financial Services and Performance Branch, incorporating budget development, financial services and performance, financial policy and treasury, travel, and procurement functions.

The department supports flexible working arrangements, including part-time work and job sharing.

DFAT is committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace where all employees are valued. We appreciate the experiences, skills and perspectives of all individuals. We actively encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds. Please refer to our Workplace Diversity internet page for further information.

To be successful for this senior executive position you will have an outstanding track record in senior public sector budget and financial management positions, preferably as CFO in a similar organisation. You will have experience in developing, interpreting and implementing budget and financial management policy and working with complex grants programs.

The successful candidate will hold tertiary qualifications in finance and/or accounting and have an in-depth understanding of public sector budget, financial management and accountability requirements. You will be an experienced senior manager of complex budgets and large multi-disciplinary teams.

The key duties of the position include:

• Plan and control the department’s budget and financial operations in Australia and overseas, including Australia’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) budget.
• Formulate, implement and interpret policies for Ministers and the Senior Executive relating to the department’s budget and financial operations.
• Consult, negotiate, and liaise with internal stakeholders and other government agencies.
• Chair inter-departmental and inter-governmental meetings, appear before parliamentary committees and represent the department at conferences/meetings.


Candidates must be Australian citizens.

This is a security-designated position. Prior to engagement selected candidates will be required to obtain an Australian national security clearance at Negative Vetting Level 2. Ongoing employment with the department requires the successful candidates to maintain a security clearance. Loss of a security clearance at any time will lead to termination of employment.

A face-to-face interview is a critical part of the security clearance process. This interview will be conducted in Australia, preferably in Canberra. If you reside overseas, please be aware that you will be required to travel to Canberra at your own expense to undertake the security clearance interview. Interviews cannot be conducted by video link or Skype.

Depending on the role into which you are placed, you may be required to obtain and maintain a Working with Vulnerable People/Children registration (or equivalent).

DFAT employees are expected to adhere to the APS Values and Code of Conduct and the DFAT Values Statement.

Candidates’ attention is drawn to the department’s policy on recruitment or promotion to specialist positions. This position is categorised as “specialist”. If you are recruited to this position, you will be required to remain in your area of specialisation for the duration of your employment with the department, unless you are successful in a subsequent merit-based selection process.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Candidates

In support of the Government’s Closing the Gap Strategy: Indigenous Economic Participation Agreement, the department is aiming to increase its recruitment of Indigenous Australians, and strongly encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply.

People with Disabilities

Under Section 45 of the Disability Discrimination Act (1992), the department aims to ensure its recruitment processes are inclusive of people with disabilities and strongly encourages people with disability to apply.

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments for people with disability in our selection processes and for our employees in the workplace.


Please note applications close on Monday 29 April 2019 2:00pm AEST

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information see:

About Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade helps make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous by promoting and protecting Australia’s interests internationally and contributing to global stability and economic growth.

We work to: advance Australia’s security; open up new markets and increase trade and investment; shape the regional and international environment in ways that advance Australia’s interests; deliver an effective and high quality aid program; and provide passport and consular services to Australians.

We are the lead agency managing Australia's international presence through a global network of around 100 overseas posts.

To Apply

Position Contact: DFAT Recruitment Team, (02) 6261 9811
Agency Recruitment Site:
Applicants to vacancies notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette should be aware that;
.  the names of successful applicants may also be notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette
.  applicants found suitable may be offered similar employment opportunities by other Australian Public Service agencies
This notice is part of the electronic Public Service Gazette PS16-Fri - 12 Apr 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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