Financial Controller


An exciting opportunity for an exceptional Financial Controller to support the MSO’s Finance team and wider organisation.  Working closely with the Chief Financial Officer, the Financial Controller leads a small team and is responsible for overseeing the accounting and corporate reporting requirements for the MSO, whilst assisting the CFO to ensure sound financial management across the Company.

An attractive remuneration package that recognises your expertise and leadership contributions.

The role

The Financial Controller is responsible for overseeing the accounting and corporate reporting requirements for the MSO, whilst assisting the CFO to ensure sound financial management across the Company. This includes implementation of accounting policy/best practice/compliance obligations, internal and external financial reporting, financial analysis, supervision of an end-to-end payroll process and implementation and maintenance of internal controls and processes to support financial best practice. There is also a strong focus on proactive identification of issues, opportunities and solutions to ensure effective risk management, financial performance and sustainability.

Overseeing a small team, the role works closely across all functions of the business and plays an important role in improving financial literacy and budgetary management. A confident and strategically oriented understanding of the unique challenges facing not for profit entities, particularly within the performing arts, is essential.

To succeed in this role, you will have:

·         Accountancy qualifications with Chartered or CPA certification

·         Previous experience as a Financial Controller in complex organizations

·         Strong regulatory, compliance, and reporting management skills in commercial and NFP sectors

·         Ability to communicate complex financial concepts effectively to diverse audiences

·         Proficiency in financial literacy, numeracy, and computer software, including payroll oversight.

Interpersonally you will have:

·         A professional demeanour with natural leadership and confidence

·         Capacity to balance priorities in fast-paced environments

·         Strong communication, interpersonal, and mentoring skills

·         Curiosity, problem-solving ability, and attention to detail

Ideally you will have an interest in and appreciation for orchestral music.

The organisation

Established in 1906, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is Australia’s pre-eminent orchestra, and a cornerstone of Victoria’s rich, cultural heritage. Each year, it reaches over 5 million people across 56 countries through more than 180 public events, including live performances, broadcasts on TV, radio, and online platforms like MSO.LIVE. Its extensive recording catalogue and in-house record label, in partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra’s LSO Live label, further expand its global presence.

The MSO is renowned for its excellence, versatility, and innovation, with a commitment to honouring Australia’s diverse heritage. Led by Chief Conductor Jaime Martín since 2021, the orchestra collaborates closely with culturally diverse and First Nations leaders to engage communities across Melbourne, Victoria, and beyond.

Featuring a dynamic Artistic Family, including Principal Guest Conductor Xian Zhang and Principal Conductor in Residence Benjamin Northey, the MSO attracts exceptional artists worldwide. While rooted in classical music, it also collaborates with contemporary artists like Tina Arena, Archie Roach, Nick Cave, and Dannii Minogue, expanding its audience base.

Pioneering international touring since 1965 and debuting at Carnegie Hall in 1970, the MSO has firm roots in China, Indonesia, and Singapore. It maintains strong ties with top orchestras and venues globally, such as the London Symphony Orchestra and the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing.

As an arts ambassador, the MSO advocates for universal access to music. Through curated learning programs, regional tours, accessible concerts, and free community events, it ensures inclusivity for music lovers of all ages and backgrounds.

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