First listed on: 31 May 2023

Creating a brighter future for life in the Tropics and beyond, through education and research that makes a difference locally, and globally, James Cook University (JCU) is now seeking an analytical and strategic thinker to join our dynamic team in the Financial and Business Services Directorate to make a significant impact on the University’s financial success as a Commercial Analyst.

  • Full-time and continuing role
  • Based at the Townsville Bebegu Yumba campus
  • Hybrid work model between office and home (successful candidate must be based in Townsville or willing to relocate)
  • Competitive salary package of up to $131,979 on offer including superannuation and leave loading.


Providing high-level financial analysis and insights to drive effective decision-making and optimise financial performance, this opportunity will see you diving deep into the University’s financial and operational data, uncovering opportunities for revenue generation and cost efficiencies. Through proactive engagement and collaboration with internal stakeholders, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of their business needs, translating data into actionable insights and providing insightful recommendations to maximise successful business outcomes. You will evaluate potential investments, new products, and business opportunities whilst developing complex financial models, business cases, and risk assessments, ensuring that our decisions are well-informed and aligned with the University’s strategic objectives. We are looking for someone who can unlock the full potential of our Business Intelligence asset, by proactively identifying issues and providing recommendations for refining existing or developing new content, you will ensure that we leverage our resources optimally.  


You bring a postgraduate qualification in business, accounting, commerce, or data analytics (or progress toward) as well as current membership of a professional accounting body, such as a Certified Practicing Accountant or Chartered Accountant. Relevant experience in providing commercial analysis within medium to large businesses is essential as is a demonstrated ability to transform data into actionable insights. You bring advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel with the ability to utilise complex formulas and work with PowerQuery for data manipulation and analysis. Your analytical thinking skills and attention to detail will be invaluable as you grasp the University’s broader strategic objectives and align your analysis accordingly.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills are a must as you will convey insights and present complex information with clarity and professionalism, influencing various levels of stakeholders across the organisation. Furthermore, your high-level interpersonal skills will be vital in building and maintaining working relationships as you consult and liaise with stakeholders at varying levels to achieve positive outcomes for the University.


JCU offers a culturally diverse working environment with opportunities for professional and personal growth. Employee wellbeing is at the core of our values, and we support our people through the provision of flexible working conditions and many other exclusive benefits including:

  • A generous superannuation scheme with up to 17% employer contributions with UniSuper
  • Great work/life balance with a 36.25-hour working week
  • 5 weeks of annual recreation leave
  • 15 days of paid sick/carers leave per year
  • Flexible working options
  • Attractive options for salary packaging
  • Fitness Passport – affordable access to fitness facilities for yourself and family members
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Ongoing professional development support
  • Staff study assistance
  • Access to online media subscriptions
  • Corporate discount on health insurance premiums
  • Well-equipped campus facilities including medical, childcare, gym and cafes.


Townsville enjoys a tropical climate with less rainfall than elsewhere in the Tropics due to the city's geographical location. Winter in Townsville brings blue skies, warm days and cool nights due to south-easterly trade winds. Summer brings balmy temperatures and increased rainfall with thunderstorms usually starting in late October. As the largest urban centre in North Queensland, Townsville is a major commercial and tourism hub, providing opportunities for both business and recreation. Townsville is small enough for you to escape the hustle and bustle of big city life, yet large enough to host major events including sports, music, theatre and festivals. A family-friendly city where you can make the most of the great outdoors through rainforest hikes, mountain biking, and snorkelling or scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef.


Join us on this exciting journey and be a key player in shaping the University's financial landscape. Visit the Careers at JCU website for further information and submit your application online, including a cover letter and resume.

Vacancy reference 18450 – applications close on 21 June at 11:59 PM AEST.

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