Finance Manager

Snowy Mountains Grammar School is a K-12 co-educational school, catering to both Day and Boarding students. Nestled in the foothills of Australia’s stunning alpine region and located on the banks of beautiful Lake Jindabyne, only a short drive from the alpine resorts of Thredbo and Perisher, Snowy Mountains Grammar School is truly unique.

SMGS places a strong emphasis on wellbeing and developing a sense of belonging for all, offers modern and diverse learning opportunities, and provides an extensive co-curricular program that includes performing arts, mountain biking, equestrian, snowsports, sailing, ball sports, and aviation.

As a leader in Australian education, SMGS has been formally recognised with multiple Innovative School Awards, named as Boarding School of the Year, and a National Finalist for Best Co-Curricular Program, Best Regional School, Best Primary School and Innovation in Curriculum Design.

The School is currently undertaking an exciting building program including a large learning hub with (Science laboratories, Art, D & T, Robotics, Flexible Learning Spaces, GLA’s, meeting rooms, outdoor learning spaces and more) due for completion in 2023, and a sports precinct with outdoor courts due for completion in late 2022.

Position Details

Award: Independent Schools NSW Standards Model (Support and Operational Staff) Multi- Enterprise Agreement 2021.
Salary: Paid in accordance with the Multi Enterprise Agreement 2021. Permanent Full Time. Commencing September 2022 by negotiation.
Term: Full-Time commencing in September 2022.
Closing Date: Applications have now closed

An exciting opportunity exists for a dedicated and qualified Finance Manager to join us at Snowy Mountains Grammar School in September 2022. This role requires an excellent knowledge of accounting and related financial practices, desirable criteria are tertiary finance qualifications and industry experience. As a member of a dynamic school community, you will report directly to the Business Manager and primarily manage the day-to-day operations of the Finance Team and assist with the financial, resource and business management of the School.

To be effective in this role, the applicant must align with the core values and support the Mission of the School, be professional with attention to detail, able to work to strict deadlines and work closely with teaching and support staff.

Position Details

The Finance Manager of Snowy Mountains Grammar School is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Finance Department and will assist the Business Manager with the financial, resource and business management of the School in accordance with the School’s policies, legislative requirements and within budgetary constraints.

The Finance Manager role involves the delivery of financial data, outcomes and products in accordance with the Australian Accounting Standards, NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requirements, local and commonwealth government accountability standards and ACNC regulations, as well as the School’s internal accounting calendar.

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensure the timely and accurate preparation of compliance and statutory returns for Australian and State Governments and statutory bodies for submission by the Business Manager. In particular, the Financial Questionnaire, Annual Accountability Certificates, Census, Grants Accountability Certificates, SES data and Australian Tax Office BAS Returns.
  • In conjunction with the Business Manager the preparation of monthly management reports for Board meetings.
  • Identify and enact cost efficiencies and process improvement opportunities throughout the School. Prepare and process invoicing of families for school fees and charges.
  • Oversee the quarterly billing of extracurricular fees.
  • Oversee the debt collection process, including liaison with parents and stakeholders.
  • Assist the Business Manager with the preparation of Annual Budgets, cash flow forecasts and monitoring of performance.
  • Monitoring accounting records and internal controls.
  • Oversee Uniform Shop, P & F and OSHC financial processing and reconciliation.
  • Prepare annual bursary reviews for the Business Manager and Board.
  • Oversee and ensure accuracy of bank reconciliations.
  • Coding of financial transactions to appropriate accounts.
  • Processing weekly creditor payments.
  • Preparation of financial accounts as at year-end for external audit including preparation of draft accounts.
  • Ensure financial and administrative functions are performed in an efficient and timely manner by managing workloads, monitoring, and developing work systems, determining priorities, and developing and implementing policies and guidelines.
  • Identify training requirements for staff under direct control and organise appropriate training / Professional Development within budgetary constraints.
  • Ensure an effective, efficient and cooperative interface between support and teaching staff, and between support staff and the School community and members of the public.
  • Process and monitor Workers’ Compensation insurance claims.
  • Assist with the control and management of the School’s asset register.
  • Additional duties as directed by the Business Manager.
  • Present self to both the School and prospective families in a positive and confident manner; and
  • Demonstrate a high level of discretion and the ability to problem solve independently whilst recognising the need to seek advice or guidance on procedures and courses of action.


  • Fortnightly preparation and processing of payroll.
  • Accurate leave entry processing and monitoring that all necessary applications etc are recorded.
  • Timely superannuation processing and reporting within legislated due dates.
  • Annual leave loading processing.
  • Annual pay increment processing.
  • Annual FBT lodgement and compliance within legislated due dates.
  • Timely processing of employee terminations ensuring all entitlements are paid.
  • Maintenance of a casual register within the payroll system.
  • Accurate STP reporting within legislated due dates.
  • Annual payroll reporting and payment summary preparation within legislated due dates.

Required Attributes for the Role

  • A willingness to support and help develop school culture and build the school community. Strong numeracy skills and a sound understanding of accounting practices.
  • Ability to interpret and apply relevant legislation.
  • Good analytical skills with an ability to identify and solve problems.
  • Strong computing skills including Microsoft Office suite and in particular Excel.
  • Good understanding and demonstrated working knowledge of relational databases, such as Sentral, Xero and CloudPayroll.
  • Tertiary qualifications, preferably in accounting or commerce or demonstrated equivalent experience, knowledge, and skills.
  • Experience with reconciliations and internal auditing.
  • An ability to meet deadlines and resolve complex issues.
  • A self-starter who is goal orientated and has strong interpersonal skills.
  • An ability to successfully communicate and liaise with people in writing and verbally at all levels, both internal and external to the School.
  • Absolute discretion when dealing with confidential information.
  • Commitment to continued professional and personal development.
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills.
  • The ability to develop and sustain efficient administration systems.
  • The capacity to manage multiple projects and meet competing deadlines.
  • Strong skills in databases and word processing; and,
  • Must have or be willing to obtain Working with Children Clearance.
  • Be supportive of the School’s philosophy including its Vision, Mission and Statement of Values
  • At all times acting professionally and adhering to the SMGS Code of Conduct

Need more information?

If you would like more information about this opportunity or would like to discuss further, please contact:

Mr David Griffiths
Business Manager

P: (02) 6457 1022

How To Apply

Applicants are asked to provide the following:

  • A covering letter addressed to Dr Andrew Bell
  • A Resume or Curriculum Vitae outlining qualifications and previous experience
  • Provide names and contact details of three professional referees, or be willing to make available if shortlisted for the role (Referees will not be contacted without prior notice to the applicant at the later stage of shortlisting)
  • Any other relevant supporting material.

Applications should be submitted using the Apply Now button at the top of this page.