Closing Date:  01 Apr, 2019

Finance Manager

Job  | Full-time  | 

Malthouse theatre have opened applications for their Finance Manager role.

Full Details

Title: Finance Manager

Reports to: Executive Producer and Co-CEO

Direct reports: Finance Administrator, Finance Assistant

Location: The Coopers Malthouse, Southbank

Employment: Full time


About Us

At Malthouse Theatre we collaborate with local and international artists to create inventive performances that cut to the core of the human experience. Theatre has the power to interrogate, disrupt and to be an agent of change—and we think it always should. At Malthouse Theatre the work we produce explores the world personally, socially and politically. Based in a dedicated venue, The Coopers Malthouse in Melbourne, we are a home for live experiences that entertain and provoke a dialogue with and within audiences. For further information about the company, visit malthousetheatre.com.au.

This is a full-time position based at The Coopers Malthouse in Southbank.

Our Values

• Epic ambition on stage and off • Maintaining a distinctive style that resonates locally, nationally and globally • A commitment to inclusivity, inviting collaboration without bias • Supporting and leading the city’s artistic community • Championing positive social change and passionately influencing its enactment


The Finance Manager works with the Co-CEOs and Head of Departments to generate the best financial results for Malthouse Theatre with the artistic framework developed by the Artistic Director and within the regulatory environment.

The Finance Department provides a range of services with the underlying objective of facilitating the artistic process.


• The Board – in relation to strategies to improve financial performance within the objectives of the Company • Executive Producer, Artistic Director and Heads of Department – ensuring all agree on financial priorities and there is alignment and integration of corporate strategies • Lease holders – manage Arts House tenant and Café leases

• Statutory bodies – including government stakeholders • Creative Victoria – in relation to the maintenance contracts for The Coopers Malthouse


Financial Management • Supervision of all accounting functions, including accounts receivable and payable, payroll and personnel; • Direct the establishment of accounting principles, practices, policies and procedures; • Preparation of annual and project budgets in conjunction with the Executive; • Monitor creative, marketing and administration budgets; • Preparation of monthly financial statements, including profit and loss and cash flow forecasts; • Comparison of actual, budget and forecast results and analysis of variances; • Preparation of annual financial statements; • Preparation for and management of annual audit; • Grant acquittals; • Management of purchasing and payment processes; • Venue Hire settlements; • Internal audit (Box office, Venue, Projects, Workshop, Bar).

Business Planning • Analysis of financial performance. Interpretation of the statistical and accounting information to appraise operating results in terms of cost, budgets, policies of operation, trends and increased profit possibilities; • Make recommendations concerning management of funds and assist in the valuation of business opportunities; • Preparation of multi-year forecasts including profit and loss, cash flow and balance sheet; • Management of assets, including cash; • Contribute to the development of business opportunities for the Company.

Governance • Compliance, statutory returns; • Insurance including Workcover responsibilities; • Finance Committee and Board, through the provision of accurate and timely reports and input into the strategies to improve financial performance within the objectives of the Company; • AD and EP to agree financial priorities, ensuring alignment and integration of corporate strategies; • Heads of departments (who have line responsibility for delivering annual priorities and results for their units; • Financial and IT professionals, service providers and consultants – to identify needs, seek specialist information and advice, negotiate contracts and keep abreast of best practice; • Coordination of HR Administration.


Financial Management • Budgeting and sensitivity analysis; • Managing financial performance, including monitoring and forecasting; • Supervision of all accounting functions such as revenue, accounts payable, payroll, asset register • Cash management;

• Timely financial reports including Board reports, grant acquittals, touring reconciliations, preparation of accounts for annual audit, cash flow monitoring; • Generating business opportunities including new processes, income sources, expenditure savings; • Advice to Co-CEOs to facilitate effective financial and strategic planning.

General Management • Stakeholder relationships including capacity to build effective relationships with variety of contractors, partners, owner representatives and industry peers; • Anticipates and comprehends issues, demonstrates flexibility and capacity to work in a team, delegates authority and responsibility, communicates effectively to all contacts and staff, delivers timely outcomes; • Ability to communicate in all forms to all levels of the organisation and other stakeholders.

Qualification and Experience • Proven success in the management of a small to medium-sized financial services team; • Minimum of 5 years experience as a financial manager; • Knowledge, understanding and/or interest in the performing arts; • Hands-on manager, proactive in nature with maturity, warmth and openness as key personal traits. • Experience with MYOB accounting software

Other Knowledge and experience in the following would be an advantage: • Experience or interest in arts administration • Workforce Planning

Inherent Physical Requirements The physical requirements of your position are consistent with those of a Finance Manager in a theatre company. You agree to advise the company of any pre-existing injuries or conditions that may arise that might inhibit you in the physical requirements of the position.


Applications should include: • A cover letter of no more than two pages addressing the Required Skills and Attributes; and • A curriculum vitae.

Please forward applications to careers@malthousetheatre.com.au by 9.00am, Monday 1st April 2019.

For further information, please contact:

Annie Bourke, Company Producer abourke@malthousetheatre.com.au / (03) 9865 5150

Malthouse Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing a safe working environment. We embrace and value diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Diversity includes all the ways in which employees differ, and the valuable contribution that all of these differences bring to the Company.

Malthouse Theatre encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with diverse cultural backgrounds and people with disabilities