Senior Accountant

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About Us:

WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. Our mission is to transform lives by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in the world’s poorest communities. WaterAid works with partners to maximise its impacts for policy change/influence.

WaterAid works through supporting local organisations and government authorities to design and demonstrate appropriate and sustainable WASH programs. WaterAid also seeks to influence policy change through government and other key sector actors to secure and protect the right of poor people to safe, affordable water and sanitation services.

About the Role

Reporting to the Director of Finance and IT, the Senior Accountant will be responsible for overseeing, maintaining and improving financial and transactional accounting at WaterAid. Supervising one staff member, the Senior Accountant will ensure the timely and accurate completion of account reconciliations and the best practice management of transactional finance systems and processes.

The Senior Accountant will provide leadership and support to the Director of Finance and IT to maintain and improve financial systems. An enthusiastic influence on team culture, the Senior Accountant will seek to positively identify opportunities to improve organisational systems and financial support processes.

To be successful in this role, you will have:



  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in accounting/finance
  • Demonstrated experience providing financial and transactional accounting services within small to medium sized organisations
  • Demonstrated experience overseeing accounts receivable, accounts payable, financial reporting, budget monitoring, payroll, month-end processes and reconciling balance sheet accounts
  • Staff supervision experience


  • Degree in commerce (accounting) or equivalent

Knowledge and skills

  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Strong analytical problem-solving skills
  • Strong approach to internal controls and systems improvement
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills – especially Excel

Personal qualities


(please select and address 3 of these personal qualities)

  1. Self-motivated and positive
  2. A team player with the ability to build strong relationships with colleagues
  3. Enthusiasm and willingness to learn
  4. Reliable, with a strong sense of responsibility and work ethic
  5. Attention to detail
  6. Strong commitment to human development and poverty reduction and inclusive development
  7. Able to work effectively with diverse cultures and adapt personal style to get the best out of others
  8. Commitment to child protection




  • CA or CPA qualified

Knowledge and skills

  • Experience with SunSystems, Reckon Online and XERO Accounting Software

Details of how to apply 

Please submit your application to [email protected] by 19th September 2019, 11.59pm

Applications for this position must include a resume and a cover letter which addresses the Selection criteria as identified in the Position Description.

Applicants must have the right to work in Australia

WaterAid is a child safe organisation committed to protection of people we serve. Our recruitment and selection procedures are designed to ensure we only recruit people who are suitable and aligned with our standards on the safety of children and protection from sexual exploitation and abuse. All appointments are subject to appropriate background checks and screening.

We promote diversity and equality in all our practices. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.