Business Manager, Primary Schools - Eastern Region

Catholic Education Melbourne

Executive Director:  


Applications Close: at 4 pm 10/11/2019

Commencing on or after: 01/01/2019

Position: Catholic Education Staff

Type: Ongoing

Hours per Week: Full-time


Alternate Contact: Lybbi Stigsdottir (Recruitment Officer)

Alternate Contact Email:

PD - Business Manager Primary Schools.pdf


Role Description/Criteria

Full-time, ongoing position, located around the Eastern Suburbs
  • Do you have 5 years' plus work experience as a Business Manager / Accountant in education or a similar setting?
  • Are you interested in being a member of a finance team providing accounting and auditing advice/guidance to Primary school principals?
  • Are you a fully qualified CA / CPA?
  • Salary $123,931.00 to $129,095.00 per annum (dependent upon experience) plus 9.5% superannuation.
**Please note: Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held between 18 November and 29 November 2019.

Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM) is a dynamic education service provider to 334 Catholic primary, secondary and special schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. More than 450 staff work across the head office in East Melbourne and four regional offices in the North, East, South and West. CEM provides services to schools in areas as diverse as Curriculum, RE, Finance, ICT, Marketing and Communications, Student Wellbeing, Legal, Planning and Industrial Relations. This community is committed to the safety, wellbeing and protection of all children in our care.

Working within the Business Services Advisory team, the successful applicant will be responsible for providing financial support directly to Principals of Catholic primary schools.  The position requires demonstrated knowledge of accounting in an educational or other relevant setting and demonstrated experience dealing with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and Shared Service Centres. Travel to and working on location at approximately 10 primary schools across the Eastern suburbs and also in our central office in East Melbourne will be required.

The successful candidate must possess a Tertiary qualification in business management and / or accounting; full membership to Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand or CPA Australia; experience as a Business Manager of a school or a comparable role in another industry; experience in leading and managing school improvement grounded in the ethos of a Catholic educational environment or similar; ability to develop and lead projects; outstanding communication and relationship building skills with staff, parents, suppliers and other key stakeholders; a willingness to 'hot desk' and work independently at primary schools in different locations.

Experience with using (ERP) systems and exposure to a Shared Service Centre (SSC) business model will be advantageous. Previous experience with Technology One and Synergetic also an advantage.

The successful applicant will also be subject to a Working with Children Check and a National Police Record Check and also hold a current Victorian Driver's Licence as travel to approximately 10schools/locations per fortnight will be required.

Special Requirements

  1. Demonstrated knowledge, experience and success in financial management/viability.
  2. Demonstrated understanding of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and Shared Service Centre (SSC) agreements/operations.
  3. Proven capacity for innovation, commitment to staff development and an ability to communicate effectively with many different stakeholders.
  4. Capacity to lead and manage capital / maintenance works.
  5. General knowledge in financial leadership financial management and risk management across multiple Catholic primary schools.
  6. An understanding of Government funding in an education context and ability to analyse changes and their effect on school funding and compliance.
  7. A commitment to the ethos, values and mission of Catholic education.

Application Procedures

Applicants need to provide
a) a separate statement addressing the Key Selection Criteria
b) a cover letter 
c) an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
d) the contact details for two employment referees (referees will only be contacted with your consent). 

Applications can be uploaded via the 'Apply' tab on the Catholic Education Melbourne website. All enquiries can be directed to the Recruitment Officer at or (03) 9267 0228.


Address: 228 Victoria Parade
East Melbourne

Phone: 9267 0228


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