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Finance Director

Company Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Job Type Contract
Location Melbourne or Sydney, Australia Job Reference TIGCFOJL
Salary Competitive Salary Closing Date 13/01/2017
Industry Global Events

Job Details

Founded by Prince Harry, the Invictus Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and ill servicemen and women and the families that play such an important supporting role. It is the only international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and ill active duty and veteran service members. Competitors take part in sports including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, and indoor rowing.

The long term objective of the Games is to showcase the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country. Named after Invictus, Latin for unconquered or undefeated the first Invictus Games took place in 2014 in London, UK. The second event was held in Orlando, Florida in 2016 and the third will be in Toronto in 2017.

Sydney 2018

On November 12, 2016 Prince Harry announced that Sydney will host the 2018 Games: “We had three key criteria. First, it had to be an iconic city – somewhere known the world over. Second, it needed to be a city with a proud military heritage, which would welcome competitors from all over the world with open arms. And finally, we wanted to go somewhere where they are absolutely sports mad and would really get behind our competitors. The 2018 Invictus Games are coming to Sydney!”

Australian International Military Games (AIMG) is a not-for-profit charity responsible for planning and delivering the Australian Invictus Games in 2018. The key details are as follows:
  • When: October 18-29, 2018, commencing with an Opening Ceremony and concluding with a Closing Ceremony
  • Where: Greater Sydney, including Sydney Olympic Park and around Sydney Harbour
  • Participants: AIMG anticipates 500+ competitors from at least 17 countries
  • Sports: The Games will include the following 11 adaptive sports; archery, athletics, golf, indoor rowing, power lifting, road cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and an iconic Australian demonstration sport such as sailing.

Key Responsibilities
The Finance Director is a key member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) and reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer, AIMG. The Finance Director will be responsible for the financial management of Federal and State Government funds, financial reporting and planning for the Games. This is a very hands-on leadership position, requiring financial flair, flexibility and agility to react to a fluid environment in order to achieve successful commercial outcomes for the Games. The Finance function will work closely with all departments which will be critical to the success of delivering a smooth and efficient event in October 2018.
The role will have the following key responsibilities: 
Program Accounting including:
  •   Managing the overall program budget
  •   Managing work package budgets
Statutory reporting including:
  •   Monthly, quarterly and annual reporting
  •   Budget v actual reporting
  •   Oversight of the accounting and bookkeeping function
  •   Reporting requirements including BAS and ASIC Statements
  •   Ensure all local compliances regarding statutory financial statement, VAT, agents, etc
  •   Responsible for year-end activities relating to the accounts payable and revenue functions, and interacting with external auditors during audit field work.
  •   The role will be supported by an Account Manager and Bookkeeper
In addition the role seeks a true business partner who will collaborate effectively with key stakeholders, including corporate partners, agencies, broadcasters, community and government departments to build sustainable relationships. You will be required to respond to enquiries and communicate accounts payable and revenue information to employees and suppliers as required, whilst ensuring proper payroll and HR operations are in place.  You will be responsible for collecting, reviewing, recording and preparing all ticket sales and revenues accurately.

Skills & Experience Required


  • Management of Federal and State Government funds in accordance with specified requirements and Commonwealth guidelines
  • Demonstrated ability to manage finances in a program environment with budgets of $25 mil or more
  • Proven people and stakeholder manager, open to direction and collaborative work style and commitment to achieving results and outcomes
  • Demonstrated ability to manage all statuary accounting requirements of business with an annual turnover of approximately $8 mil
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy and strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • A high degree of professionalism and customer service skill, including strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • CPA and Accounting Degree qualified
Key attributes required:
  • An inspirational leader who will make a visible and positive contribution to the senior leadership team and help, support and guide the Games to sustainability and success 
  • High levels of financial and business acumen with strong negotiation skills within B2B and B2C environments
  • A good communicator, experienced in operating in complex multi-stakeholder environments with an ability to think through problems, innovate and achieve effective solutions
  • Proven record of fostering relationships across different geographies, both internally and externally
  • Understanding of the Invictus Stakeholder environment
  •  Demonstrated commitment to the Invictus Movement and cultural fit with AIMG

Other information

This role is being managed exclusively by SRi. Letters of application and full CV’s should be sent by email to Josie Lahey at  For a confidential discussion about the role please contact Josie on +61 478 803 255. Closing date for applications is Friday 13th January 2017.


Invictus Games – Sydney 2018 is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from indigenous people, people with disability and members of visible minority groups.

How to apply

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Contact person: Josie Lahey
Phone: +61 (0) 478 803 255