Cairns Regional Council is on the hunt for a CFO to head up its newly created finance department following an operational overhaul.
The restructure is aimed at reducing duplication in resources and services as well as improving efficiencies and sees the introduction of a new finance department to ensure ratepayers’ money is well managed, Cairns Mayor Bob Manning said.
“A centralised and specialised finance department will oversee expenditure across all departments, which will improve accountability and streamline accounting processes,” he said. “Most departmental financial roles will now move into this centralised department, allowing a holistic approach to financial management.”
Other changes include merging the Economic Development and Innovation unit into the Planning and Environment Department, and creating a new separate department for Human Resources and Organisational Change. Council CEO Peter Tabulo said the objective was to deliver a professional and supportive work environment as well as provide career development opportunities. The council’s Planning and Sustainability Committee has also been merged into the Planning and Economic Committee.
“An emphasis has been put on high-level leadership and strengthened team environments,” Tabulo added.
According to the council’s CFO job ad posted on 14 March, the successful applicant will plan, lead, organise and control all financial functions of the council and be pivotal in helping the council to achieve strategic objectives and culture change while improving service delivery.
The Cairns Regional Council has an operating budget of $298m for the 2012/2013 financial year, and employs 1,440 people. Its focus includes revitalising the region through a variety of projects including the Cairns Performing Arts Centre, Marlin Coast Recycled Water Scheme and Edmonton Leisure Centre.
Skills required as CFO include proven leadership experience, people management skills, long-term strategic planning expertise along with negotiation, communication, problem solving and management capabilities.
Salary packages were not disclosed. Applications close 5 April.
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