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Consider a career in forestry

As a South Australian commercial and community forest manager, a position with ForestrySA can take many forms.

From forest fire management, planting and managing new forests, harvesting and marketing timber, native forest management, forest recreation management, community engagement to finance and administration, many skills are required to run our business efficiently.

ForestrySA maintains a clear focus on safety and development, supporting all staff within a team-based environment.

Finance Manager

The South Australian Forestry Corporation (ForestrySA) manages sustainable commercial radiata pine plantations in South Australia’s Mount Lofty Ranges (MLR) and extensive native forests and recreational reserves & facilities in the MLR and Green Triangle region in South East South Australia.

In this key position of Finance Manager, you will report directly to the Chief Executive of ForestrySA and be a key member of the hardworking and cohesive Leadership Team. This position can be aptly described as ‘hands-on’, and will lead a small, capable team.

Although operating at a reduced scale today, ForestrySA is a successful and enduring Corporation with a long and proud history of service to the people and forestry industry within South Australia. The business environment is fast-paced, and the work is transformational in nature as the organisation strives to secure the range of opportunities before it. The outlook is positive.

The position will operate from ForestrySA’s Head Office located in the attractive Kuitpo Forest Reserve which is adjacent to Meadows in the Adelaide Hills.

The key purpose of the position is to assume responsibility for the finance function necessitating ‘ownership’ of the provision of accurate, rigorous, and timely accounting services. Key responsibilities include reporting, budgeting, and financial risk management to meet the requirements of the Chief Executive and the independent Board of the Corporation. It is critical to drive compliance of the Corporation’s diverse operations with relevant Standards and public sector requirements including Treasurer’s Instructions. You can expect to participate in Board presentations and meetings with high level government departments and other agencies.

The finance, audit and governance functions are current and in good shape. The emphasis therefore is to focus on the opportunities available to build on a solid technical base to develop the role into one best described as a ‘business partner’. This will see you proactively involved with and adding professional and commercial value to interesting and exciting growth prospects and contract opportunities with a focus on optimising revenue and efficiency improvement initiatives.

It is expected that the successful candidate will hold relevant tertiary qualifications and CPA or CA credentials and extensive, well-rounded finance management experience. A demonstrable working knowledge of both the private and public sector environment, is desirable. The ability to ‘lead from the front’, provide thought leadership and sound professional business advice to develop well-considered solutions to improve operational efficiencies, systems and practices and add value to new business initiatives, expected of a proactive and engaged business partner, is mandatory. Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills and a collaborative team approach is expected.

ForestrySA has engaged the services of Rae Consulting Pty Ltd to assist with this key recruitment process. To apply, please submit your application in confidence via the seek.com process quoting reference number R31070. Initial enquiries may be directed to Allan Rae, Director of Rae Consulting Pty Ltd., on 0418 323 743.

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