Finance Manager


Summary

Join an organisation transforming how we achieve sustained behaviour change with financial capability for New Zealander’s.

Position purpose

The Finance Manager is part of the CFFC Operations team and is responsible for leading and managing all finance accounting and reporting functions for CFFC. In addition, the position provides high-level, comprehensive support to the Operations Manager and CFFC Leadership team.

Key aspects of the role include:

  • Ensure organisational finances are managed to appropriate standards.
  • Manage and prepare accounts monthly, quarterly and annually for reporting purposes, both internally and externally.
  • Provide support to the Leadership team around commercial decision making.
  • Develop and maintain the financial systems, processes and procedures to ensure that they are efficient, up to date and support CFFC in meeting its reporting and audit obligations.

Key tasks and accountabilities

Owning the CFFC Finance Function

  • Ensure CFFC finances are managed to appropriate standards. Manage and prepare accounts monthly, quarterly and annually for reporting purposes, both internally and externally.
  • Process payroll on a fortnightly basis.
  • Process and pay all accounts payable and receivable on time.
  • Work with the Leadership Team on financial planning, budget development, reforecasts and all other financial lifecycle matters.
  • Engage with Audit NZ and other external key stakeholders as and when required.
  • Manage cash flow to ensure sufficient funds are available to meet CFFC operational requirements.
  • Manage CFFC relationships with its bank, accountants and auditors.
  • Manage the Corporate Services budget to maximise efficiencies and ensure compliance with CFFC policies and standards.
  • Recommend potential ways to reduce operational expenditure costs across the organisation.
  • Provide support to the Leadership team around commercial decision making.

Reporting and analysis

  • Prepare reports, budgets, commentaries and financial statement as and when required.
  • Supply internal and external stakeholders with accurate and timely data as needed for preparation of responses to OIA's, questions in Parliament, and Select Committee questions.
  • Provide ‘easy to digest’ financial information to the Leadership team.

Procurement

  • Develop and regularly review the internal procurement process followed by CFFC, ensuing it is clear and easy to follow for all and meets audit and government requirements.
  • Oversee and manage the procurement process for contracts including building leases, utilities and all other suppliers. Ensure consistent and up to date internal documentation of processes according to AoG procedures.

Systems, process and policies

  • Develop and maintain the financial systems, processes and procedures to ensure they are efficient, up to date and support CFFC in meeting its reporting and audit obligations.
  • Champion and sustain all financial and accounting software systems and work with Operations Manager to standardise, streamline and ensure proper controls are in place.

Projects / Team contribution

  • Manage accounting/finance related projects as and when required.
  • Develop, nurture and grow internal cross functional relationships critical to the success of the Operations team to effectively support CFFC as a whole.
  • Display and actively promote our vision and mission.
  • Behave and act in a manner that is in line with and promotes our values.
  • Provide Operations team members with accurate and timely support and advice.
  • Encourage teamwork and mutual respect.
  • Attend appropriate meetings and actively contribute.
  • Work within legislative and organisational guidelines, policies and procedures.

Health and safety

  • Support and create a culture where health and safety is paramount.
  • Continually support and promote safe working conditions for all employees.
  • Ensure all accidents, incidents and hazards are reported accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Actively promote and support the health and safety policy and procedures.

Other duties

  • Fulfil other duties as required by manage

Skills and experience

  • Relevant Finance degree and professional qualification e.g. CIMA/CPA/CA.
  • Chartered Accountant with a minimum 10 years’ experience.
  • Broad experience of the full end to end financial operation in a similar sized organisation.
  • Experience in government compliance and financial reporting requirements is preferable.
  • Advanced working experience with accounting packages, preferably Xero.
  • Excellent accounting background and knowledge of accounting and finance compliance, month end closing, general ledger, budgeting, forecasting, financial analysis.
  • Advanced Excel skills.
  • A keen eye for detail and desire to probe further into data.
  • Proactive at managing a multitude of internal/external relationships.
  • An ability to contribute to strategic challenges.
  • Excellent verbal communication and the ability to engage and gain buy-in at all levels.
  • Proven problem-solving skills and the ability to properly analyse financial data and prepare financial reports, statements and projections.
  • Strong organisational and excellent interpersonal skills, as well as written and verbal communication skills of a high professional standard.
  • Be able to lead and take ownership of all areas of the finance function.
  • Be results orientated, proactive and able to solve complex problems.
  • Be able to work autonomously and be driven to achieve results.
  • Confident analytical and problem-solving ability with strong attention to detail.
  • Works in a structured and methodical style.
  • A team player who positively contributes to a high performing team.
  • Willingness to take ownership and responsibility for their role.
  • Demonstrates composure under pressure.
  • Able to simultaneously manage a diverse range of projects.
  • Task-orientated and focused.

What we offer

  • A flexible work life balance approach
  • A passionate and innovative team environment - we're not your typical government agency
  • A people-centric culture focused on wellness, teamwork, diversity and flexibility
  • Stunning Britomart offices, sea views, and only 2 minutes from the train station
  • The ability to be part of an organisation making a difference to the lives of New Zealanders.

For more information about CFFC and what we do, see our Statement of Intent 2017/20.

About the Commission for Financial Capability

We're on a mission to help New Zealanders of all ages make informed decisions throughout their lives that will help them get ahead financially. 

The Commission for Financial Capability doesn't have an exciting name, yet our approach is anything but dull. You might know us for our award-winning sorted.org.nz website, but there's much more to us than that. 

As a thought leader in our field, CFFC is shifting the way people think about and manage their money. We lead the way in achieving sustained behaviour change in New Zealanders’ financial capability.

Together with a range of partners, we are building wealth and wellbeing for the retirees of today and tomorrow.