Finance and Risk Lead

The Department of Health plays a critical role in the Victorian health system and is responsible for shaping it to meet the health needs of Victorians into the future. We also lead the Victorian Government's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Working with our partners, we oversee Victoria's health system including mental health, ageing and aged care and preventive health. We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated to provide responsive and quality services to all Victorians. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds and differences to realise the potential of our employees for innovation and delivering services.

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Department: Department of Health
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Finance
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DH/CR/1586133
Closing Date: 06-Dec-2021
Salary Range: $125,893 - $168,473
Job Duration: 30 June 2022
Attachments: Testing Coordination , Finance and Risk Lead PD.doc (Word, 1.18MB)
Job Specification

Contact: Bob Bishop

Position Details

Application Closes: 6 December 2021

Role: Finance and Risk Lead (fixed term until 30 June 2022)

Number of vacancies available: 1

Office Location(s): 50 Lonsdale Street/Work from home

Position Summary: 

The Testing Coordination, Finance and Risk Lead role is responsible for  the coordination and  delivery of a sustainable, safe, convenient, and accessible Victorian COVID-19 testing program, through leading and  supporting corporate, financial management Risk and Governance  activities across the Covid-19 testing response


  • Lead forecast/budgeting and financial analytical activities. Advanced knowledge of Excel is essential. 
  • Lead the risk and governance framework for Pathology, Testing and Engagement
  • Lead the end-to-end invoice validation process in a timely manner and in line with Department and legislative requirements. This includes validation of services against agreed scope or terms and escalation and resolution of invoice queries with vendors.
  • Lead and maintain the Pathology, Testing and Engagement risk framework, including influencing improvements, change and the control environment.Have or develop a working understanding of government payment systems and processes including Oracle, MAPS, SAMS2 or equivalent.
  • Maintain and strengthen key stakeholder relationships with relevant departmental stakeholders on matters of corporate governance including Legal, Procurement Services, Corporate Finance and COVID-19 Finance to ensure alignment with departmental process.
  • Maintain and strengthen relationships with external stakeholders and service providers in relation to Finance, risk and governance engagements.
  • Lead and have a hands-on approach to ensure team write clear, high quality, data driven and influential documents including briefs, memos, letters, and management reports/registers to support executive or ministerial decision making.
  • Lead and  create relevant  internal/external communications and reporting on behalf of Testing Operations.  
  • Lead and have a hands-on approach on developing policies, frameworks, guidance documentation, including process and procedures and management reporting, that promote financial management best practice.
  • Lead and develop a continuous improvement program to improve the COVID-19 finance, risk and governance experience, relating to guidelines, processes that promote operational excellence and promote safety and quality of service delivery. 
  • Ability to lead the team in a high-pressured agile environment and adapt to rapidly changing priorities. This requires you to potentially work shift work arrangement in exceptional circumstances.
  • Keep accurate and complete records of your work activities in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's records, information security and privacy policies and requirements.
  • Take utmost care for your own health and safety and for that of others in the workplace by working in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's occupational health and safety (OHS) policies and procedures.

Essential Information:

The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its workers and clients.  As it is an essential element of any role within the department that employees be able to attend work onsite and to do so safely, employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of their employment.  This requirement applies unless they have a medical condition which means they cannot be vaccinated against COVID -19.  Therefore, the department will ask any prospective employee, who has been identified as the preferred candidate for a role within the department, to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status prior to any offer of employment being made.  If a prospective employee has a relevant medical condition which means they cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19, they should contact the department to discuss their individual circumstances.


Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

Please note: For this position, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document.

Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and misconduct screening.

Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.

For further information please visit the Department of Health <>

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