Senior Financial Accountant

Date: 14 Sep 2023

Location: Support Services (Parramatta), AU

Company: YMCA NSW


About the role 


Reporting to the Financial Controller, the Senior Financial Accountant operates with autonomy within the context of an agreed work plan and is fully accountable for the quality, integrity and accuracy of the content of specialist advice provided, the quality of Financial Statements prepared, and the delivery of assigned projects and/or work packages on time. The role also collaborates with and provides information to both internal and external auditors.  Responsible to produce financial and management accounting reports and the fulfilment of other obligations such as tax and statutory reporting. Prepares and records asset, liability, revenue and expense entries by compiling and analysing account information.  Maintains and balances subsidiary accounts by verifying, allocating, posting and reconciling transactions and resolving discrepancies.  Producing error free accounting actual reports and presenting their results and performance against budgets.  Reconciling account balances, bank statements, maintaining general ledgers and preparing month-end close procedures. 


Key Accountabilities:


  • Review and evaluate financial or budget variance reports and analyse variations and financial performance data, taking corrective actions with discrepancies or errors.
  • Identify, verify and analyse variances between budgeted or projected and actual financial results, and the impacts on cash flow, working capital provisions and balance sheet.
  • Provide technical support and advice.
  • Supervise assistant accountant(s), including plan, assign and review of their work.
  • Prepare financial statements and management reports according to schedule
  • BAU project work as required.


Personal Attributes


  • Represent the organisation in an honest, ethical and professional way and encourage others to do so.
  • Understand and promote the role of sound financial management and its impact on organisational effectiveness
  • Ensure that others understand the legislation and policy framework within which they operate.
  • Act to prevent and report misconduct, illegal and inappropriate behaviour.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


  • Proven experience in a similar role
  • Thorough knowledge of basic accounting principles
  • In-depth understanding of Australian Accounting Standards (AASB)
  • Experience with general ledger functions and the month/year end close process
  • Advanced computer software and accounting packages user skills including MS Excel (vlookups and pivot tables)
  • Speed, accuracy and attention to detail


  • Degree Qualification in Accounting, Commerce or similar discipline
  • Professional accounting qualification such as CPA or CA



Support Services

Our Support Services Team is the glue that holds the Y NSW business lines together. Whether you have expertise in administration, marketing, IT, compliance, communications, HR or finance, in the Support Services Team, your contribution will truly make a difference to the lives of young people and their communities. As part of the Support Services Team, you’ll be working with a group of inclusive, passionate, and encouraging individuals with access to continuous development and growth opportunities. Here at the Y NSW, we embrace diversity, encourage innovation and sharing of ideas so you can truly own your role and take your career anywhere. If you want to use your corporate skills to make a difference to the lives of young people and their communities within a supportive and values-driven organisation, join the Y family and find your forever role.


Who What Y?


The Y NSW is a profit-for-purpose organisation focused on healthy living, social impact and empowering young people. We operate 24 recreation centres, 53 out-of-school-hours care services, and two camping locations which employ 1,500 staff across NSW –  and fund our diverse range of enriching community programs.


We believe in building a diverse, inclusive workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We encourage people of all genders, ages, religions, disability, sexual orientation, family and caring responsibilities and cultures, including people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, to apply.


Commitment to Safeguarding

At the Y, we are committed to empowering all Children and Young People to feel safe and be safe, at the Y, in their families and in their communities. As such, we embed Safeguarding into everything that we do to make sure Children and Young People are kept at the front of our minds in all our programs and services. We also ensure that all our candidates are appropriately screened to make sure that the right people are in the right roles to keep our children and young people safe. 

To learn more about our Commitment to Safeguarding Statement and our screening processes, click here.