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Director of Finance

Job Title: Director of Finance
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Wollongong
Salary: Attractive Package
Start Date: 2022-04-26
Reference: BH-29576
Contact Name: Shannon Bird
Contact Email:
Job Published: April 27, 2022 12:53

Job Description

Director of Finance – HSSE Band 1
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District

  • High profile executive leadership role, based near Wollongong, reporting to the Chief Executive
  • Outstanding opportunity to impact this geographically dispersed health service and the communities served
  • Beautiful coastal location south of Sydney

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) extends south of Sydney, about 250km along this picturesque coastal strip, and provides world class health care to its community of more than 390,000 residents.  ISLHD is one of the region’s largest employers with a workforce of more than 7,300 across eight hospital sites and more than 60 community health services, and an annual budget of approximately $1 billion. It is a complex, geographically distributed organisation with significant multi-stakeholder involvement across its operations, both centrally and locally. ISLHD has built an established and experienced executive leadership team and is now seeking an outstanding, commercially focused Director of Finance to join this team. Reporting to the Chief Executive and as a key member of the executive team, the Director of Finance will:

  • Provide expert advice to the executive and Board relating to financial strategy, performance, risk, capital expenditure and other key strategic and operational matters;
  • Lead the delivery of high quality, strategic and operational financial performance reporting and analysis, to drive effective business planning, forecasting and resource management across the organisation;
  • Lead the establishment and maintenance of effective financial management controls; and implement financial risk management and governance frameworks to measure, control and minimise risks and ensure compliance with relevant reporting requirements and standards;
  • Develop strategic, business and financial plans for the LHD and its component Business Units, in accordance with Government, Ministry of Health and corporate policies;
  • Apply NSW Health Financial Performance Framework benchmarks to all reporting entities across the LHD;
  • Lead and direct improvements in productivity, revenue generation, value-based investment / disinvestment decisions, financial accountability and budget compliance, consistent with NSW Health State-wide strategies;
  • Forge strong, collegial relationships at the executive level, across the broader organisation and sector, and across NSW Health, sharing best practice and contributing to the broader organisational goals;
  • Provide inspirational leadership to direct team of 4 and a much larger indirect team, fostering a responsive, future focused and contemporary culture which supports staff to deliver true excellence.

To succeed in this role, you’ll be a contemporary executive finance leader, CA or CPA, with significant experience managing financial strategies within large, complex organisations.  Your experience may have been gained within a government or public sector agency; equally we will consider private / NFP experience, in which case you’ll have interfaced with government stakeholders or partners in some capacity within your career.  Critical to your success will be your ability to lead, motivate and inspire your team to be the very best, within a highly challenging and demanding environment.
This represents a unique and exciting opportunity to help shape the vision of, and ultimately deliver, world class healthcare across this thriving and growing community.  It also offers the prospect of living in this picturesque coastal region of NSW and becoming part of the friendly and community centred culture which the area is renowned for.

This is an ongoing, full time, Band 1, Health Service Senior Executive (HSSE) role.  A remuneration package within the range of $228,893 - $252,523 per annum, with annual performance reviews, will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

For further information and to download the Candidate Information Pack which includes the Role Description and how to apply, please CLICK HERE or visit and search reference number 29576.  To discuss further, please contact Rob Macmillan, Partner at Derwent Search or Shannon Bird at or call on 02 9091 3266.

NSW Health values diversity and is committed to building an inclusive workplace culture that reflects the community it serves. We encourage applications from diverse community groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTI, people with a disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications close: Sunday 15th May 2022


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