CFO & Company Secretary
Location: South Brisbane
The Queensland Symphony Orchestra (“QSO”) is the state’s largest performing Arts company and only professional symphony orchestra. The diversity of the QSO operations and important role plays in the broader cultural community across Queensland is significant. Under its new CEO, QSO is commissioning new innovative programs by investing in collaborations, recordings and digital initiatives. A recent organisational restructure has resulted in the creation of this joint role, which used to fall under the remit of the COO.
Reporting directly to the CEO, the role has a pure finance and governance focus, and the CFO must ensure the systems and processes provide absolute confidence in the accuracy of the financial reports and compliance with all legal and statutory requirements. You will be supported by an excellent Financial Controller who oversees the transactional work, although the size of the team requires you to be hands on and involved.
The key role challenges are:
- To refine the financial systems and processes to provide timely, accurate financial reports, that help manage the tension between the financial reality and artistic aspirations;
- To enhance the governance framework to ensure compliance with legal and statutory obligations to keep the Board abreast of changes. Previous time as company secretary will have given you the practical experience and technical knowledge to build an exceptional framework;
- To comprehend QSO’s structural and operational intricacies which will be invaluable when undertaking detailed financial analysis. This analysis will highlight trends and identify issues from which you will make recommendations on strategic matters that impact how QSO achieves its strategic objectives, a key one being delivery of a surplus for reinvestment;
- To become a trusted business advisor by using your technical and commercial acumen to influence, inspire and motivate people to support the long-term financial strategy. You will add value by offering advice that is considered and balances QSO’s artistic vision with the financial and commercial imperatives.
- To appropriately challenge the status quo in a manner that offers innovative ways to improve the productivity and efficiency of all business units.
A CA/CPA executive with strong financial reporting, cashflow management, and managing compliance and legal issues is desired. Your track record of refining finance processes and systems and commercial acumen and capability to balance strategic and operational aspects of financial management in a growing and changing organisation will help in this role.
Your excellent interpersonal and communication skills have enabled you to be a people manager who provides effective team leadership. An interest in the Arts will be beneficial as it will assist you in understanding QSOs key operational business units. Prior company secretarial experience, and completion of the governance institute course will be a definite advantage given the major corporate governance aspects of the role.
Your Talent Specialist: Peter Murphy
My 25 year professional talent identification career has seen me undertake Board, C-Suite and Executive assignments for ASX listed and privately-owned corporations, government departments and owned corporations, and small to medium sized enterprises. As a Chartered Accountant working for several of the Big four CA firms I was provided training and experience over 8 years that instilled in me a professional services mindset and work ethic. The technical knowledge and “hands on” practical experience gained across various industries, and dealings with Boards and Executives was an excellent grounding. As Chair of the Edmund Rice Foundation Australia, my understanding of what is required to be an effective Chair and Board member was enhanced. I have received industry awards recognising my contribution to the industry including The Best Recruiter in Australia and the Best Recruiter in Queensland.